Police chief: 10 safety tips

The Wichitan

Police Chief Dan Williams gives a lecture about a anti concealed weapon.
Police Chief Dan Williams gives a lecture about a anti concealed weapon in the spring of 2013.

I want to welcome students back to campus. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable semester. As we all get back in the routine of a new academic year, I want to remind everyone of some general safety tips.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus. Survey the campus while classes are in session and after dark to see that academic buildings, walkways, facilities, and parking lots are adequately secured and well-lighted.
  2. Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them your telephone numbers.
  3. Lock the door to your dorm room or apartment when not there.
  4. Make a list of all valuables and include a detailed description: make, model number and serial number.
  5. Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
  6. Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to use them.
  7. If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the description of the person following you.
  8. Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  9. Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  10. Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.

Contact the police department at 940/397-4239 or if it is an emergency, call 911. More tips for fire safety.