Crime Prevention Tips

  • Be aware of your surroundings and alert to strangers
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations
  • Park and walk in well lit, frequently traveled areas
  • Avoid walking alone at night
  • Utilize campus escort services provided by security
  • Learn where emergency telephones are located on the campus
  • Program campus security numbers into your cell phone
  • Always lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in plain view
  • Do not leave personal items unattended at any time

Steps to take differ greatly and each situation will dictate a different response. The particular circumstances of a given situation will suggest which of, and in which order, the following should occur.

  • Move immediately away from the danger to a safe location, behind a steel locked door if possible
  • Report to Campus Security by dialing 5-1111 or 9-1-1 at the safest opportunity
  • Alert others (signals, codes, alarms)
  • Secure surroundings, lock doors
  • If appropriate, evacuate employees/leave the area

Strategies to De-escalate Threatening Behavior

The following conflict resolution strategies may be helpful to de-escalate situations where an individual is exhibiting threatening or intimidating behavior and a means of quick escape is not available:

  • Get away from the situation if at all possible at any time, to a safe place, and then call 9-1-1, then Campus Security
  • Do not confront or physically move against the person unless this is a last resort
  • Adopt a neutral facial expression, relax shoulders, and lower hands to your sides
  • Introduce yourself by first name, converse as pleasantly as possible even if it is one-sided
  • Do not lean forward, appear at-ease
  • Do not block perpetrator or enter a close physical proximity
  • Observe emergency exits, know where you are, but focus eyes away from escape
  • Try to sympathize with perpetrator
  • Attempt negotiation for unimportant personal needs, toilet, sitting down, etc.
  • Slow down the action by asking for time to perform tasks
  • If possible, attempt to offer up alternatives, options, ideas
  • Do not confront, make a quick move of any kind, or attempt to disarm or approach
  • Call Campus Security at 231-995-1111 when it is safe to do so

This information along with a comprehensive list of other topics can be found at
employees.nmc.edu/depts/emergency-mngt-plan/