Duke University Police:
The Duke University Police Department
provides comprehensive law enforcement services 24 hours daily.
emergencies, dial 9-1-1
non-emergencies, call (919) 684-2444.
headquarters is on campus at 502 Oregon Street, Durham, NC 27708.
City of Durham Police:
Emergencies - Call 9-1-1
Non-Emergencies - Call (919) 560-4600 or 560-4601
Safety Tips in Your Apartment
allow strangers into your building or apartment. View visitors through the
peep-hole or other viewer. When in doubt, don’t answer the door and never
reveal to a visitor or telephone caller that you are alone. Ask repair or
service personnel to show official identification.
lock your door(s) to your apartment when you are alone, sleeping or going out,
EVEN if only for a few minutes! It’s easy... “Just do it!”
EXTERIOR doors to your apartment building unlocked.
Keep your windows
covered at night and LOCKED.
your building has an elevator, don’t enter it with a stranger. Stand in front
of the button panel so you can push the emergency alarm if necessary.
Don’t use your
first name on mailboxes. Use your first initial.
lounges and common areas should not be used when you’re alone.
Keep keys in your
possession. Do not put them under mats, over doors, or in other obvious hiding
places. Do not “tag” your keys with your name and address.
Use a timer for
lamps and a radio to give your apartment an occupied look and sound.
you return home and you think it has been illegally entered, DO NOT enter. Get
to a safe place and call the Police.
Keep valuables out
of sight and do not place such articles near windows.
DO NOT ADVERTISE
that you are not home with notes on your door.
Make sure you have
the Durham Police phone number 919-560-4600 (non-emergency) or in an emergency,
just dial 911.
Safety When Traveling To and From
Avoid walking alone
late at night, use Duke Transit or Duke Van Services (919-684-2020).
aware of your surroundings at all times and stay in well-lit areas. Walk
mid-point between curbs and buildings and stay away from alleys or less
Stay near people.
Avoid short-cuts through parks, vacant lots and deserted places.
only necessary credit cards and money and avoid using ATM machines when alone
and at night.
Walk with someone
you know whenever possible.
If someone is
following you on foot, cross the street, change directions or vary your pace.
someone is following you in a car, turn around and walk in the opposite
direction. If that person persists, record the license number and call the
Police immediately. Get to an area where there are other people around.
Don’t stop to give
directions or other information to strangers.
Use the “buddy
you must carry a purse or handbag, keep it close to your body to minimize the
chances of theft. If your purse or wallet is “snatched”, don’t fight. Turn it
over rather than risk personal injury and report the incident as soon as
NOT wear a personal stereo system or play music so loudly that you are not
aware of your surroundings.
Learn where the
emergency telephones and call boxes are located on campus.
Learn about and USE
public transportation such as DATA and BullCity Connector buses.
Protecting Your Personal Property
a photographic record of your possessions. Write down the date and place of
purchase along with the model number and most importantly, the serial number.
This information can be placed on the back of each photo. Store the photos and
information in a safe place.
you must have valuable items such as jewelry and other collections, make
arrangements to keep them in a safe deposit box.
Make sure your car
is always locked with no valuables left in view.
If you have to
store your bike outside, use a high quality lock and lock it to an immovable
Make copies of all
your credit card numbers and ID cards and keep them in a safe place.