Call 911 if you witness a crime.

Report any unusual or suspicious activity to our non-emergency line: (315) 498-2478

Provide as much information about a suspect or vehicle as possible:

Suspect

  • Approximate age
  • Clothing
  • Gender
  • Hair color
  • Ethnicity
  • Weapons- if any

Vehicle

  • Year, make & model
  • Color
  • License plate number
  • Direction of travel

 

Personal Safety Tips

    • "If You See Something, Say Something".
    • Protect your property - never leave personal belongings unattended, and secure your vehicle and valuables.
    • Tell a friend or family member where you will be and when you will return.
    • Use the OCC Department of Campus Safety as a meet-up spot to buy and sell online items.
    • Walk-in groups of two or more.
    • Wear only one earbud or headphone when walking or riding your bike.
    • Use well-traveled, well-lit routes.
    • Be observant of your surroundings at all times.
    • Be aware of the OCC Blue-Light Emergency Call Boxes and where they are on your route.
    • Walk confidently and with purpose at a steady pace.
    • If you do get into trouble, attract attention to yourself in any way you can.
    • Add OCC Department of Campus Safety phone number into your cell phone.
      Emergency: 911; Non-emergency: 315-498-2478.
    • If you ever feel uncomfortable in a situation or with a person, remove yourself from that situation.
    • Be assertive by enforcing your own rights.
    • Don’t be predictable. This way, you can avoid someone learning your routines and using them against you.
    • Don’t be afraid to cause a scene if you feel threatened.
    • Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other out.
    • Don't leave valuable items out in the open.
    • Don’t advertise that you will not be in your room for extended periods of time.
    • You are responsible for your guests and their actions.
    • Always lock your door when you’re asleep or not in the room, even if you’re only gone for a moment.
    • Do not tamper with any locking mechanisms anywhere.
    • Do not let others follow you into your building.
    • Report any burnt out lights, vandalism, malfunctioning locks, etc. to RAs / RHDs.
    • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
    • Don’t open the door for someone if you don’t already know who they are.
    • Never prop doors open.
    • Take photos of valuable items and record serial numbers.
    • If anything seems unsafe or out of the ordinary in your room, go to a safe place and call Campus Safety.
    • Remember that anything you put on social media, or any other site can be seen by anyone with an internet connection.
    • Do not put your address, residence hall, room number, contact information, etc. on your personal page.
    • Do not put anything you would not want your family or boss seeing on your personal page.

    Always put your safety first. Call 911 anytime you feel uncomfortable or fearful.

    • Always seek consent, listen to your partner’s response, and respect their decision to say “no.”
    • Communicate your intentions and know what you are comfortable with.
    • Drink responsibly and only if you are 21 or older. Remain within your comfort level when it comes to consumption.
    • End calls, dates or texting whenever you feel uncomfortable.
    • Know the boundaries and privacy of others and respect them.
    • Take the relationship at your pace.
    • Use your transportation to and from any date.

    Online dating safety tips

    • Avoid putting too many personal details on your profile.
      • Do not give out your full name, reveal where you live or work until you feel comfortable.
      • Search yourself online to ensure your data and photos are not public.
      • Use unique photos for your dating profile.
    • Consider a Voice Number instead of your number.
    • Get to know the person you are messaging before meeting in person.
    • Know the policies and safety guidelines for each app or site you use. Notice when your location is shared and with whom it's shared.
    • Meet in a public place or with a group of friends.
    • Require all residence hall visitors to check in at the front desk and provide ID.
    • Tell friends or family about your plans: where you are going, what time you expect to return, and the name of the person you're meeting.
    • Try "reverse image searching" to verify someone's profile pictures.
    • Understand that you can end the date at any time.
    • Don’t leave a party with someone you don’t know well.
    • Alcohol and drugs limit your ability to make good decisions.
    • Be mindful when accepting an invitation to someone’s residence or when inviting someone to your own.
    • Communicate clearly your personal boundaries.

    Bike Security:

    • Always lock your bike to a bicycle rack.
    • Secure the U-lock through the bike frame, the rear wheel and the bicycle rack.

    Public Transportation / Ride Sharing:

    • Wait at well-lit bus stops.
    • Be aware of your surroundings while waiting for the bus.
    • Let the bus driver know of suspicious activity or harassment on the bus.
    • If it appears someone from the bus is following you, make yourself as visible as possible to others by making noise.
    • Be alert.
    • Double-check your pick-up vehicle information.
      • Ask drivers the name and the name of the person they are supposed to pick up.
      • Ensure the license plate number and driver name matches the confirmation screen.
    • Keep personal identifying information private.
    • Make sure your drive matches the route to get to your destination.
    • Share your location with a friend or family member.
    • Ride in the back seat with your seat belt on.
    • Wait in well-lit areas or indoors if possible.
    • Call 911 if you need assistance during your ride.
    • Use personal or encrypted WiFi when logging into websites.
    • Do not accept checks in exchange for cash.
    • Do not pay others with gift cards or wire transfers.
    • Never share personal information (ex. - birthdate, bank or credit card accounts or numbers, Social Security number)