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Residence Hall Security

Neighborhood Watch

Turn your building into a community by ensuring all are watching out for each other. Report all suspicious people and circumstances immediately.

Lock Your Door

There are, on average, 250 thefts each year at Virginia Tech. Almost all of the residence hall thefts could have been thwarted simply by locking the door.

Trust Your Instincts and Report Suspicious Activity

If something doesn't look right to you, it probably isn't. If someone or something appears out of place in your neighborhood, contact the police immediately. Here is how to report something suspicious:

  • Call 911 (emergency) or 540-382-4343 (non-emergency);
  • Report suspicious activity via the Hokie Ready app (Report a Tip);
  • Report via Virginia Tech's Online Report Form;
  • Call the Blacksburg Police Department at 540-443-1400; and/or
  • Remain anonymous by calling the Blacksburg Police Tip Line at 540-961-1819.

Click here for more guidance on reporting.

Peephole

If you have a peephole, use it.

Close Propped Doors

This is not just the RA's job. Do not get a false sense of security from the card swiped exterior doors.

Engrave Valuables

In the event of a theft, you are much more likely to have your item returned if there is an identifiable mark separating yours from everyone else's. "Black laptop" isn't all that descriptive. Borrow an engraving tool for free at the Virginia Tech Police Department's Security Desk during regular operating hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Keychain Safety

Never attach your name and/or address to your keychain (such as your Hokie Passport). Remember that your Hokie Passport is personal information, as well as a key to your building. With a Hokie Passport, a threat could find your room on vt.edu, and use your passport to get into the building.

Know How to Defend Yourself

Enroll in a Rape Aggression Defense or Resisting Aggression with Defense for Men class today.

Learn about Timely Warnings at Virginia Tech

Providing students and employees with timely access to critical campus crime and safety information through Timely Warnings is just one example of how Virginia Tech strives to enhance safety and security for all university members.