General Safety Tips

It is important for employees and students to use common sense precautions in order to avoid becoming a victim of a crime. Consider the following tips:

Personal Safety

  • Be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious behavior/activities.
  • Walk at a brisk pace. Avoid walking alone after dark. Walk with people you know and travel in well-lighted, well-traveled areas.
  • Call Public Safety at 503-491-7310 for an escort anywhere on campus, including to and from your vehicle.
  • Be familiar with the location of emergency telephones/call boxes that are located throughout the Gresham Campus and in elevators. Call Public Safety at extension 7310 for non-emergencies and 7911 for emergencies.
  • Pre-program the Public Safety telephone number (503-491-7911) into your cell phone.
  • If you are confronted by someone who wants property, give it to them; then shout: “No!” “Stop!” or “Call the police!” loudly to call attention to the situation.  Immediately call Public Safety (503-491-7911). Provide a description of the assailant and the license number if a vehicle is involved.
  • Public Safety officers are available to meet with individuals to discuss their specific safety concerns on campus and to help you develop a personal safety plan.


  • Take your valuables with you. Do not leave personal items unattended in parked vehicles or college buildings where others may have an opportunity to take them.
  • Lock individual offices or areas when you are away.
  • Ensure rooms are locked when not in use, especially when valuable items or equipment are in the room.
  • Post signs at locations where public access is restricted.
  • Keep a written record of valuables, including descriptions and serial numbers.
  • Report missing or stolen property immediately to Public Safety.


  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Do not leave your valuables such as global positioning systems (GPS), laptops, CDs, book bags, purses and wallets in your vehicle, nor in the trunk, under the seats and/or in the glove compartment.
  • Remove your detachable stereo faceplate.
  • Lock your vehicle and close all windows. Consider using anti-theft devices, such as “The Club” sold in the Gresham Campus Bookstore.
  • Scan the interior and exterior of your parked car before entering.
  • If leaving your vehicle on campus overnight, call Public Safety (503-491-7310) and leave your name, contact number, vehicle plate number, make, model and color; and time you plan to remove the vehicle from campus. If you do not notify Public Safety, your vehicle may be towed at the owner’s expense.


  • Lock your bicycle frame and front wheel to a bike rack.
  • Use only a U-bolt type lock. Steel cable locks and padlocks can be easily cut.
  • Register your Bike at National Bike Registry

Threatening Emails and Telephone Calls

  • If you receive emails or telephone calls that are threatening or disturbing, please report these immediately to Public Safety (503-491-7310). Do not confront the individual.
  • Document all conversations, including what was said, email address or telephone number and date and time the call came in.
  • Save all messages. Do not delete.
  • Forward all email and telephone messages and other documentation to Public Safety (

Report Suspicious Activities

  • Be alert for unusual events or suspicious items or packages.
  • Do not confront the situation by yourself.
  • Do not go near the area or attempt to open or inspect suspicious items.
  • Immediately report any unusual, suspicious or obvious threatening or criminal activities to Public Safety (503-491-7911) if a situation is in progress; or 503-491-7310 if the incident has already occurred.
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