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Safety Tips

Along with the students, faculty, and staff who attend BCCC, there are a number of visitors who come to our campus on a daily basis to attend business, cultural, and educational events.

Because of this, the BCCC Police Department strictly enforces all motor vehicle and traffic laws. This is done to increase the safety of the pedestrians and decrease the number of vehicle collisions. Speeding, driving while intoxicated, and blocking fire/emergency lanes are some of the many violations that place members of the BCCC community in danger.

In Offices

  • Keep your office door locked when you are out.
  • Never leave personal valuables sitting out and take your purse or wallet with you when you exit the office, unless they have been placed in a locked, secure area.
  • Small electronics such as iPods, mp3 players, cell phones, thumb drives, and laptops are easily taken by thieves and must be secured.
  • Never work alone in an office or classroom on campus at night.
  • If you hear or see something suspicious, call the BCCC Police Department immediately at (252) 943-8721.

Personal Safety

  • Create a safety plan.
  • Always let someone know where you are.
  • Program 911 and BCCC Police, (252) 943-8721, into your cell phone speed dial.
  • Never walk alone at night; always walk with a friend.
  • Do not leave a party or bar with a casual acquaintance.
  • Never leave food or drinks unattended when at a social gathering.
  • If your intuition tells you that you are at risk, leave the situation immediately.
  • Be constantly mindful of who is around you.
  • If you feel you are in danger, attract attention anyway you can – scream and run if necessary.
  • At night, stay in well-lit areas and use routes that are more heavily traveled.
  • Walk confidently and assertively. A potential attacker looks for someone who appears vulnerable.
  • Walk in groups to class and to and from parking lots.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night.
  • Do not wear headphones while walking or jogging.
  • Know the route to your destination.
  • Walk in the center of the sidewalk-away from buildings, doorways, hedges, and parked cars.
  • Carry a noise-making device and have it ready to use (shrill whistles, hand-held alarms.)
  • Avoid isolated places.
  • If all of the avoidance tactics fail and you find yourself in a dangerous situation with a perpetrator… It is not worth being hurt, give the perpetrator what he/she wants.
  • If someone asks you for directions, and if you choose to reply, remain at least two arms lengths away.
  • Clogs, high heels, and tight skirts are hard to run and fight in. Capes, scarves, neckties and long necklaces are easy to grab. Wear shoes and clothes that will allow you to move quickly.
  • Be careful using outside ATMs at night or in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • When walking, face the oncoming traffic. It will be harder for someone to pull you into a car and abduct you. You can also see cars coming in your lane.
  • Don’t overload yourself with packages. If you must have your hands full, visualize how you would respond if approached, how you would get your hands free, etc.