Have a Safe Party
- Only invite the number of guests that your house (or apartment) can comfortably hold.
- Do not open your party to people passing by. This is how irresponsible party-goers can ruin your event.
- Keep the noise level down. Tell your neighbors and give them a telephone number where they can reach you before calling the police about the noise.
- Consume alcohol responsibly—and legally. It is against the law for anyone under age 21 to consume alcohol. Even if you are of legal age, you can receive a citation for drinking in public.
- Have plenty of food and nonalcoholic beverages available.
- Don’t let your intoxicated guests drive home. Have someone who did not drink alcohol do the driving, or call a cab.
- Clean up after your party—especially if there is trash in your yard.
Other Safety Tips
Don’t be an easy target for would-be robbers! Play it safe, don’t be sorry!
- When you come and go from your property, and even when you are home, keep your doors and windows locked.
- During the day, lower your shades or close the drapes on ground floor windows to prevent anyone from looking into your house or apartment.
- Always report to the police any suspicious behavior or people in your neighborhood.
- As the holidays approach and you make travel plans to head home or away from campus, visit your year-round neighbors and ask if they could keep an eye on your property for you.
- Try to leave some lights on so the house looks lived in, since a lot of thefts tend to take place when students are away during break periods.
- It is always a good idea to take your valuables with you if you plan on being away for the entire break periods.
- Know who is on the other side of the door before you open it. Lock your windows.
- Close blinds or curtains on your windows to discourage window peepers and thieves.
- Trim shrubs and trees to discourage intruders.
- Make sure your outdoor lights work.
- Lock your bicycle or bring it inside.
- Did the management or your landlord change the locks when the old tenants moved out?
- Avoid walking alone at night, and if you do, stay in well-lit, open areas.