• 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 ( publicSafety2@mhcc.edu).

    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.