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Crime Prevention


Crime Prevention is student and employee awareness of their environment.  It is the willingness to look out for one another and to report suspicious activities immediately to Campus Safety.  Students and employees must be aware of their surrounding and develop a perception of what seems out of place, or out of the ordinary.  Do not take chances, what may appear harmless could be serious.  Fortunately, the right attitude, actions and awareness can help protect you and your belongings.


Preventing Crimes Against Property:

  • Lock all of your doors
  • Keep a list of serial numbers
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Do not carry very much cash
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Never leave property unattended


Preventing Crimes Against Persons:

  • Use the "Buddy System"
  • Walk tall, with pride
  • Do not wear flashy jewelry
  • Never be afraid to scream
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Walk with your keys in hand

It is the intent of Mt. San Jacinto College to inform students and staff, in a timely manner, of any criminal activity or security problems which may pose a reasonable threat to their physical safety.  Such information will be published and distributed to students, faculty and staff through campus publications, such as  in house memos, events, bulletins, and electronic mail.


Regular Patrol:

Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, as well as Campus Safety Officers, patrol the campus by foot, bicycle and vehicle.  Uniformed patrol provides a visual deterrent to potential thieves and also provides high visibility to the public in general, should contact be desired.

Staying Safe on Campus

College campuses can give you a sense of security—a feeling that everyone knows each other and watches out for one another. There are perpetrators who take advantage of this feeling of safety and security to commit acts of sexual violence.

We can all take steps to increase safety on college campuses. As bystanders, students can learn ways of stepping in to prevent crimes like sexual assault from occurring. When it comes to personal safety, there are steps you can take as well, and some of those tips are outlined below. No tips can absolutely guarantee safety—sexual violence can happen to anyone, and it’s not the only crime that can occur on a college campus. It’s important to remember that if you are sexually assaulted on campus it is not your fault—help and support are available.

Increasing on-campus safety
The following tips may reduce your risk for many different types of crimes, including sexual violence.
  • Know your resources. Who should you contact if you or a friend needs help? Where should you go? Locate resources such as the campus health center, campus safety office, couseling office and a local sexual assault service provider. Notice where emergency phones are located on campus, and program the campus safety number into your cell phone for easy access.
  • Stay alert. When you’re moving around on campus or in the surrounding neighborhood, be aware of your surroundings. Consider inviting a friend to join you or asking campus safety for an escort. If you’re alone, don't use headphones in order to stay aware of your surroundings.
  • Be careful about posting your location. Many social media sites, like Facebook use geolocation to publicly share your location. Consider disabling this function and reviewing other social media settings.
  • Make others earn your trust. A college environment can foster a false sense of security. They may feel like fast friends, but give people time to earn your trust before relying on them.
  • Think about alternate plans. Spend some time thinking about back-up plans for potentially sticky situations. If your phone dies, do you have a few numbers memorized to get help? Do you have emergency cash in case you can’t use a credit card? Do you have the address to the college memorized? If you drive, is there a spare key hidden, gas in your car, and a set of jumper cables?
Safety in social settings off-campus
It’s possible to relax and have a good time while still making safety a priority. Consider these tips for staying safe and looking out for your friends in social settings.
  • Make a plan. If you’re going to a party, go with people you trust. Agree to watch out for each other and plan to leave together. If your plans change, make sure to touch base with the other people in your group. Don’t leave someone stranded in an unfamiliar or unsafe situation.
  • Protect your drink. Don’t leave your drink unattended, and watch out for your friends’ drinks if you can. If you go to the bathroom or step outside, take the drink with you or toss it out. Drink from unopened containers or drinks you watched being made and poured. It’s not always possible to know if something has been added to someone’s drink. In drug-facilitated sexual assault, a perpetrator could use a substance that has no color, taste, or odor.
  • Know your limits. Keep track of how many drinks you’ve had, and be aware of your friends’ behavior. If one of you feels extremely tired or more drunk than you should, you may have been drugged. Leave the party or situation and find help immediately.
  • It’s okay to lie. If you want to exit a situation immediately and are concerned about frightening or upsetting someone, it’s okay to lie. You are never obligated to remain in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, pressured, or threatened. You can also lie to help a friend leave a situation that you think may be dangerous. Some excuses you could use are needing to take care of another friend or family member, an urgent phone call, not feeling well, and having to be somewhere else by a certain time.
  • Be a good friend. Trust your instincts. If you notice something that doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Learn more about how to keep your friends safe in social settings.
Feeling safe after an assault
If you have experienced sexual assault, there are steps you can take to feel safer.
  • Make use of on-campus resources. Colleges often provide a host of services to students for free, including safety escorts, health centers, psychological services, and sexual assault services.
  • Request a schedule change. If you have classes with the perpetrator, you can request a change from your college administration. Federal laws, such as the Campus SaVE Act, require colleges to honor these requests.
  • Access off-campus support services. If you are concerned about anonymity, you can seek out resources located off campus in the community, like a local sexual assault service provider or domestic violence shelter.
  • Seek a temporary restraining order (TRO). A TRO is a legal document that bars an individual from certain types of contact with the person who is awarded the order. An individual who violates the terms of the restraining order can face criminal charges. Each state has its own rules and regulations for Sexual Assault TROs that you can learn more about through the American Bar Association.
  • Create a safety plan. If you are concerned for your ongoing safety, it can be worthwhile to create a safety plan. Safety planning is about finding ways to be safe in the present while planning for your future safety as well.
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