For Your Safety
For Your Safety
Campus Access - During the school year, the population of PLNU is over 2,500, the size of a small town with its own vulnerability to crime. Even though a car or truck can only enter the campus through the main entrance, there are numerous places for a person to walk onto the campus. When you park on campus, remember to lock your vehicle and consider investing in a steering wheel locking device and/or alarm. During the evening hours use the shuttle service provided by the department of Public Safety. Regardless of the time of day or night, be alert and aware of your surroundings and exercise common sense safety precautions. Even though there is a Welcome Center at the entrance to PLNU, the City of San Diego does not allow personnel to stop vehicles from driving through the campus during daylight hours to obtain access to the coastal viewing area along Sunset Cliffs Park.
Safety In Numbers (Sunset Cliffs Park) - If you wish to take a walk or jog through Sunset Cliffs Park, which is located between PLNU and the Pacific Ocean, it is strongly recommended that you go with a friend or in a group. During the night time hours it is suggested that you stay out of the park because of increased criminal activity. The crime rate in this park is higher than that reported for on campus crime.
Protecting Yourself against Assault - Although we cannot guarantee that you will never be a victim of assault or rape, there are several steps you can take to minimize your chances of being a victim.We strongly suggest that you consider the following:
On the Street
- Don’t walk alone unless you absolutely have to.
- Be aware of what is happening around you. Know where you are and where you are going.
- If you walk Don’t be predictable! Walk away from bushes, alleys, and dark entry ways. Stay in well-lighted areas.
- Don’t be surprised. Attackers rely on the element of surprise. Don’t wear headphones while walking alone.
- Trust your instincts. If you think you are being followed, walk towards a busy, lighted area. Scream loudly to attract attention, then tell someone to call the police because you are being followed.
- If someone bothers you from a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction. If possible, get a license plate number. Then when you are in a safe place, notify the police department.
- When you are walking, keep one hand free. Keep your purse close to your body. If you are carrying books or packages, be prepared to drop them. Nothing you are carrying is worth your life. Drop it and run.
- When using public transportation, wait for a bus at a well-lighted stop and/or with groups of people.
- If anyone bothers you on the bus, in a loud voice say, "leave me alone." Let the driver and passengers around you know what is happening.
- Be aware of who gets off at your stop. Make certain you are not being followed.
- Jogging on the Track and Streets
- It is safer to be with a friend or group.
- Avoid running during the evening hours on the streets away from campus.
- When running on the track during the evening hours, run with a friend or group.
In Your Car
- Have your keys in your hand as you approach your car. Don’t fumble around with your attention focused on something other than what is happening around you.
- Always look inside the car to the back seat and the floor before you get in.
- Keep your car doors locked and your windows up when you drive.
- Don’t let the gas run close to empty. You don’t want to have to stop for gas in places where you would not want to walk.
- Carry a flashlight and flares or reflectors and an emergency manual in the car.
- Know how to change a tire. Make certain the spare tire is in good condition, and that the proper jack and all its parts are in the car.
- If your car breaks down at night, put on your emergency flashers and place a flare about twenty feet behind your car. Remain in your car with the doors locked and the windows closed until the police arrive.
- If another motorist stops to assist you, roll the window down a crack and ask him/her to call the police or a towing service for you.
- Always keep enough money in your car to make an emergency phone call.
- If possible, purchase a cellular phone to have with you for emergencies.