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Holiday Safety

In preparation for the upcoming holiday season, the Drexel University Department of Public Safety recommends that everyone take special precautions to ensure maximum safety and security for themselves and their property. These are some reasonable and easy-to-remember safety tips to follow while on campus, traveling or at home.

When leaving your residence or office for an extended period of time...

  • Make sure to check that all your doors and windows are closed and locked and that the locks are operating properly.
  • Report defective locks, doors, windows and alarm systems to University Facilities, Public Safety or your landlord.
  • Use an alarm system if you have one.
  • Maintain key control, adhere to all access control procedures, and carry identification.
  • Be cautious with whom you are sharing personal and travel information, including social media sites.
  • Never leave gifts and valuables visible in your car.
  • Make sure valuables and personal items are secured; photograph valuables and record serial numbers.
  • Travel with others during evening and early morning hours or use our Public Safety walking escorts (215-895-2822).
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to check on your residence periodically when traveling for an extended period of time.
  • Suspend newspaper and mail deliveries when away from a residence for an extended period of time.
  • Place lighting and other electronic devices (TVs, radios) on timers to give the appearance that someone is home.
  • When shopping, carry your car keys in your hand and be ready to unlock the door and enter as quickly as possible. As you approach your vehicle, scan the area, glance underneath the vehicle, and take a quick look inside before entering.
  • While out and about, present an alert appearance. Don’t be distracted by using cell phones and texting while driving or walking.
  • Regardless of the season, never put a wallet or pocketbook down on a store counter.
  • If possible, students should do their shopping with someone else, so packages are more easily managed and they don’t lose sight of their items.
  • Do NOT carry around a lot of cash. Thieves are on the lookout for people holding large amounts of money.
  • When shopping on the web, it’s important to make sure that you are on a legitimate website. You can do this by checking the Better Business Bureau website, which identifies potential scams.
  • Before sending credit card information to a website, check that data is submitted securely. If the address at the top of the page begins with https://, as opposed to http://, it is secure.
  • DO NOT leave packages on the front porch. If you know that you will not be available to sign for a package, have it sent to someone else who will accept it.

If your residence is located within Drexel’s patrol area (30th to 36th Streets, Chestnut to Spring Garden Streets) and you are leaving your residence for an extended period of time, register for special property checks online using the Request for Special Property Check Form at http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/about/forms/ or by calling Drexel Public Safety at 215-895-2822. Drexel Police and security officers will periodically check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches.