RESIDENCE HALL SAFETY

September 2014

LIM College is an extremely safe campus, and we intend to keep it that way by making sure that our residential students understand safety and security measures and are actively taking a part to protect themselves and the LIM College community. The more proactive we are, the safer we become.

For many students, this may be your first time away from home. Each student brings various items of personal property from iPhones to laptops, all of which are easy targets for a criminal. Most of the crimes that occur in residence halls are thefts of personal property. In almost every case the victim's room is unlocked and unoccupied at the time of the theft. The residence hall will quickly feel like home, but you have to remember to keep your property safe.

The following are tips to help you to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of a crime:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look to see who's in front of and behind you. Have your keys ready and enter the residence hall as quickly as possible when returning home. Don't let strangers in the building or allow them to "tailgate" or follow you through after you open the door. Never prop doors which lead to residential areas and rooms. Even though propping the doors makes it easier for you to get back into the residence halls, you also have made it easier for an unauthorized person to enter the building.
  • Never share your access card or keys with anyone and do not hide keys outside for easier access; these actions defeat the measures LIM College has taken to keep our residential community safe. Report lost or misplaced room keys and ID cards immediately.
  • Lock your door and windows when you leave and take your keys with you, no matter how short a time that you may be gone - in order to prevent thefts. Do not tape or put any objects in your door jam. You may forget that you have done so and leave your room vulnerable to theft.
  • Purchase a plastic keychain coil that fits around your wrist.
  • Keep your shades drawn when changing clothes or retiring for the night. Lock your door when you and/or your roommate are sleeping.
  • Do not leave notes on your door stating that no one is home or when you will return, it's an open invitation to a theft.
  • Tell your roommate or a friend if you are planning to be away overnight or for a few days.
  • Place lights on a timer when away from the residence hall for the evening.
  • Do not allow strangers into your room.
  • Do not open your door unless you know who is on the other side, especially at night. Positively identify anyone at your front door before opening the door. Use your peephole if the door has one; if you cannot see who is knocking on your door, do not let the person in.
  • Keep wallets, purses, checkbooks and jewelry out of sight and locked up if possible. Use inexpensive "costume" jewelry if possible. Do not keep large sums of money on hand, and routinely check your checkbook to see if any checks are missing.
  • Keep a record of all your valuable items, including jewelry and electronic devices, noting descriptions, serial numbers, and approximate dollar values of all items . These records should be kept in a secure location, i.e. your parent’s house or someplace where it can be easily accessed. You should also engrave your driver's license number and state on items where applicable to allow the police to track it more easi ly if stolen or missing.
  • Purchase locking devices if you have your have a laptop and printer in your room.
  • LIM College strongly recommends that personal property insurance (renter’s insurance) be obtained by each student for his or her belongings. Renter’s insurance is offered by most major insurance companies; some companies actually offer the option of a rider on a homeowner’s policy to cover the belongings of students away at college. Contact your current insurance provider to examine your options.
  • Have a Crisis Plan.
    • Have A Kit. The American Red Cross suggests that all students come to college with a safety kit. The kit should include: water, non-perishable food, flashlight, first aid kit, medications, radio with extra batteries, tools, large amounts of clothing, personal items (i.e. ID cards and insurance cards) sanitary supplies, money, and contact information.
  • Make A Plan.
    • Students should plan ahead with their Resident Advisors as to where to meet if there is an emergency and they cannot access the Residence Hall. LIM College’s muster point is Monterey Gardens at 175 East 96th Street.
  • Request identification and authorization from maintenance staff who request to enter your room.
  • Watch for unescorted people in the residence halls. Do not let the person continue unescorted, contact a member of the residence hall staff for assistance.
  • If you hear a prowler inside your dorm room, get out and go for help. Avoid any confrontation with the prowler.
  • Your RA's are an excellent source for advice on problems in your residence hall. Report any person behaving suspiciously immediately to your RA or to the security guard at the front desk.

LIM College’s residence hall main entrance is staffed 24 hours per day by a well-trained, New York State licensed security guard who is employed by the building management company. Access to the residence hall is only permitted through the main entrance. If you have any kind of emergency, assistance can be obtained quickly via the security desk.

Your personal safety and the protection of your possessions require a joint effort between you and the resident hall staff. As students, you must take an active role in the security of your residence hall . This is your home - treat it as it is your home. Crimes that occur in the residence hall can be minimized if as a community we are vigilant and understand that we play a role in keeping our home away from home, safe. Don't let people do things in the residence hall that you wouldn't want them to do in your home!