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Safety Suggestions 

The following suggestions and information have been compiled by various University resources and we hope they will reinforce some of the basic safety measures with which you are already acquainted.

protect Yourself


  • Try to avoid walking alone on campus, particularly if you are a woman. If you must walk alone at night, let someone know when you leave, where you’re going and when you expect to return;
  • Look assertive and be aware of your surroundings;
  • Walk in a brisk manner on well-lit streets away from bushes or alleys; avoid secluded and poorly lit areas;
  • If you must walk on dark or deserted streets, walk near the curb or down the middle of the street;
  • Try not to overload yourself with packages, books, etc;
  • Be aware that the use of headphones may increase your vulnerability;
  • Remember that alcohol and drug use can make you an easy target;
  • Do not hitchhike;
  • Know who is walking behind you; 
  • If you think you are being followed or feel threatened, go to an open place of business or a lighted home and seek assistance or call for help anywhere in Ann Arbor (including on-campus) by dialing 911;
  • Carry apartment or car keys between your fingers to avoid delays and to have some means of self-defense;
  • Carry a whistle attached to your keys or hand-held alarm to ward off assailants or help to get police attention.

Driving and Vehicle Safety

  • Lock your doors while driving and when you get out;
  • Have your keys in hand before you reach your car;
  • Check the interior of your vehicle before entering it;
  • If you have a flat tire in a questionable area, drive on it until you reach a safe, well-lit area;
  • If you feel that you are being followed in your car, drive to a busy, well-lighted area or to the police station.

Automatic Teller Machine Security

  • Avoid using an ATM at night;
  • Stand directly in front of the machine so that no one can see your PIN;
  • Cancel your transaction if anything or anyone seems suspicious;
  • Pocket your cash immediately and leave;
  • If you are being followed, go to a public place;
  • If you must use an ATM at night, bring a friend and choose a machine in a well-lit area with people around.

Protect Your Property

Laptops and other portable electronic devices are easy targets for theft. In addition to the cost of replacement, they often have personal information and intellectual property that can be difficult or impossible to recover and protect. The University of Michigan Department of Public Safety is offering a free Laptop Registration Program to members of the campus community to deter theft. If your laptop is found or recovered, the registration record will help DPS return your laptop to you. Visit the DPS Web site for more details and to register your laptop.


  • There should be lights in all entrances;
  • Use dead-bolt locks on all doors;
  • Don’t put your full name on the mail box or in the phone book, especially if you are a woman;
  • Always know who is at your door before opening it;
  • If a repairman is at the door, ask for I.D.;
  • If a stranger wants to use your phone, offer to make the call yourself while he or she waits outside;
  • If you find an intruder in your apartment, leave immediately.
  • If you think you hear a prowler, or otherwise feel suspicious, call the police;
  • Carry insurance;
  • Take valuables home over vacation;
  • Do not leave property unattended while moving in or out of your apartment or residence hall;
  • Never leave your door unlocked, even in the residence halls.

Special Notes for Lawyers Club Residents
If you are a resident of the Lawyers Club living on a ground floor apartment, your windows, screens, and doors should be closed and locked when you are alone or asleep.

The Lawyers Club has established an extra safety measure for women’s restrooms. A combination lock, with combination number known only to female Lawyers Club residents, has been installed in order to provide an extra measure of privacy and safety.