House Security Resource Guide

House Security Resource Guide

Key Contacts

House Sergeant at Arms 202-225-2456

USCP Emergency Landline on Campus - 911 Cell Phone - (202) 225-0911

Non- Emergency Police Services - (202) 224-5151

MPD First District - (202) 698-0555

Reduce Your Risk of Being a Victim

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you uneasy or if it doesn’t feel right, leave.
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace. Don’t stop to talk to strangers.
  • Do not allow yourself to be distracted by your cell phone. If you’re wearing headphones, keep the volume low enough that you can hear someone approaching you.
  • Try to travel with others and walk in populated and well-lit areas.
  • Park in well-lit areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, large vans or trucks, woods, or anything else that limits your visibility.
  • Never leave valuables out in plain view, even if the car is locked. Always put them in the trunk or out of sight. 
  • Try to park in a garage with an attendant.
  • Even if you’re rushed, look around before you get out and stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Always keep your doors locked and windows rolled up no matter how short the distance you’re traveling or how safe the neighborhood.
  • When you are coming to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away.
  • Always drive with the doors locked. If a thief can’t get in your vehicle, you stand a better chance of leaving with it.
  • Don’t stop to assist a stranger whose car has been broken down. You can help instead by using your cell phone to call police for help.