If possible, always use well-lit areas at night. Never take shortcuts through isolated areas.
Trust Your Instincts
If something doesn't look right to you, it probably isn't. If someone or something appears out of place in your building or neighborhood, contact your RA or the police immediately.
Stay aware of your surroundings. Perpetrators choose their victims based on their vulnerability. Some think talking on a cell phone while walking at night is a deterrent, but actually it is a highly visible sign that you are distracted.
Travel in groups whenever possible. Perpetrators look for individuals who are easy targets, in areas where they can hide. Simply one other person in your group can take away the criminal's opportunity.
Use Safe Ride
Don't walk alone on campus at night. Use Safe Ride, a free service run by the police department. Call 540-231-SAFE (7233) and go to any campus building for free.
Know How to Defend Yourself
Never attach anything with your name and/or address to your keychain.