The Baylor College of Medicine Campus Safety and Security Offices encourages faculty, staff, and trainees to be aware of the following tips:
Personal protection strategies
• Avoid walking or running alone at night
• Always walk in well-lit areas
• Avoid the use of shortcuts or areas with minimal foot-traffic
• Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you - especially if you are alone or it is dark
• Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where someone could hide
• Walk at a steady pace with a self-assured stride
• Avoid using headphones while walking, driving or jogging
• If someone in a vehicle stops and asks for directions, answer from a distance. Do not approach the vehicle
• Do not display cash openly, especially when leaving an ATM machine
• If in danger, scream and run, yell "fire" or carry and blow a loud whistle to attract attention
• Hold your purse tightly, close to your body. Keep your wallet in a front or buttoned hip pocket or side coat pocket
• Carry as little cash as possible
• Have your key ready in your hand so you can open the door to your home or car immediately
• Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situation, leave right away and go immediately to an area with lights and people; get help if necessary
• Property can be replaced - your life cannot
What predators look for
• Someone looking friendly, timid, lost, absent-minded, or intoxicated – thus more easily manipulated.
• Someone wearing earphones or distracted with a cell phone – unaware of surroundings.
• Someone unaware they're being followed until they're isolated.
• Someone parking close to trucks that prevent witnesses from seeing you – predators seek that kind of cover.
• Someone “handcuffed” with both arms loaded with packages or a child. Report suspicious persons to BCM Security at 713-798-3000 or call 911.