Elevators may be the scene of many serious crimes-robberies, assaults, and sexual attacks. For those campuses with elevators, follow these crime prevention tips:
- Look into the elevator before entering
- Don't get on an elevator if you are at all uncomfortable with anyone in it
- Check the car's direction before you get in
- Stay near the control panel, even when alone
- The red button or indicator is the emergency stop. Use it if you are in trouble.
Report all vandalism and malfunctions to the Campus President or University Administration.
Vehicle thefts should be reported as soon as possible to the Campus President or University Administration and the local police department. Auto Theft Prevention Tips:
- Park at designated location
- Park in well lighted area
- Roll up windows complete
- Take your keys
- Lock your car
- Do not leave valuables in sight to tempt a thief
- Never hide a spare key on the vehicle
- If possible, walk to your car with a buddy in the evening
Fire Emergency and Other Emergencies
The fire alarm system will sound if there is a fire or other emergency necessitating building evacuation. Upon hearing the alarm, everyone is to leave the building by the nearest exit. In multi-story locations, use stairwells (not elevators). Students should not re-enter the building until told to do so by an ECPI official. Exit routes are posted in all student areas. Fire extinguishers are strategically placed for emergency use.
Upon Receipt of a Bomb Threat
- Keep the caller on the line as long as possible. Ask the person to repeat the message and record every word spoken by the person.
- If the caller does not indicate the location of the bomb or the time of the detonation, you should ask the person for this information.
- Inform the caller that the building is occupied and detonation of a bomb could result in death or serious injury to many innocent people.
- Pay particular attention to peculiar background noises such as motor running, background music, and any other noise, which may give a clue as to the location of the caller.
- Listen closely to the voice (male, female), voice quality (calm, excited), accents and speech impediments. Immediately after the caller hangs up, report the information in sequence to the Campus President or University Administration
What is Suspicious?
- Someone carrying property such as TV's, computers, office equipment, etc., at an unusually late hour or in an unusual place, especially if it does not appear that the property is newly purchased.
- The sound of shattering glass could signal a possible burglary, vandalism or larceny in progress.
- Anyone peering into vehicles while walking through the parking lot or someone removing tags, gasoline or parts from a car; someone attempting to enter a car using a coat hanger or other device. Never assume that it is the owner who has locked his keys in the car. Be suspicious of anyone tampering with the hood or trunk or a car.
- An improperly parked car or an abandoned vehicle, or someone leaving one car and driving away in another-these may be signs of a stolen vehicle.
- Anyone being forced into a vehicle could be the victim of a possible abduction.
- Persons loitering around school or parking area. Loiterers could be possible sex offenders or burglars.
- Business transactions conducted from a vehicle, especially around school grounds and often involving juveniles, a steady flow of strangers to and from a particular location on a regular basis at unusual times or late hours. This could indicate drug sales or a fencing operation.
- Offers of goods or repair work at unusually low prices could indicate stolen property or some type of fraud.
- All fights, screams and loud noises (such as explosions) should be reported, as possible crimes or life-threatening events could be taking place.