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Crime Tips


  • Be especially aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Use discretion and caution when taking shortcuts through isolated parts of campus.
  • Know location of emergency phones on routes to and from class.
  • Keep personal belongings in view while in class, the library or lab.
  • Program your cell phone with the Campus Police at (626)585-7484 for faster assistance with on campus incidents.
  • Learn self-defense techniques by enrolling in a self-defense class.
  • Use the Escort service by calling Campus Police at (626) 585-7484.
  • Ride the campus courtesy shuttle from 6:30 A.M. to 10:45 P.M. Monday through Friday.

Using ATM Machines

  • If you feel threatened while using the ATM, push the cancel button to cancel your transaction. Just walk away and complete your transaction later.
  • If you must use an ATM at night take another person with you.
  • Use machines that are inside buildings or in well-lighted areas.

In an Apartment...At Home

  • Install and use locks on your doors and windows.
  • Have your locks changed, re-keyed or add a new lock when you move into a new house or apartment.
  • Keep doors locked day or night whether you are home or not.
  • Know who is at the door before opening it. Demand I.D's from anyone you don't know.
  • If someone comes to your door and asks to use your phone to call for help, offer instead to make the call.
  • If you live in an apartment, be alert when in the laundry or garage area by yourself.
  • Close your blinds and shades at night.
  • Give your home a "someone home" look. Put radio and lights on a timer.
  • Have good lighting around entrances.
  • Develop an escape plan for use in case of an intruder or fire.
  • Leave spare keys with a friend, not in accessible places.
  • Know your neighbors and know which ones you can trust in an emergency.
  • Keep emergency numbers near the phone.

On the Street...While Walking

  • Act confident. Look and be alert about the people around you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Cross the street or change direction if you think you are being followed.
  • Be careful when people ask you for directions. Reply from a distance rather than getting too close to a car.
  • Travel with a friend whenever possible to reduce the chances of being attacked. This includes going to public restrooms.
  • Wear clothes and shoes that give freedom of movement.
  • Vary your route if possible.
  • Consider carrying pepper spray for personal protection. Know how to use it and have it readily available when out in public.
  • Notice cars that pull up beside you or pass you more than once.
  • Keep one hand free when walking.
  • Carry change for bus fare or a telephone call.
  • Do not hesitate to get attention however you can if you are in trouble. Do not be afraid to make a scene.
  • If you travel a regular route at night, become familiar with stores that stay open, gas stations, and other places where there will be people.
  • If you use a wheelchair, try to check your destinations ahead of time for accessible entrances.
  • For an emergency, use a public phone to dial 911 (no coin is necessary).

Driving a Car

  • Have your keys in your hand as you approach your car.
  • Lock your doors when driving and after parking.
  • Check the back seat and floor.
  • Always keep at least a half tank of gas in your car.
  • Maintain the car in good running condition.
  • Keep your valuables out of sight, under the seat, in the glove compartment or trunk.
  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Try to be especially alert in parking structures.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, as you can be pulled in through the sliding door.
  • If you have car trouble, signal for help by raising the hood or tying a handkerchief to the door. Remain in the car with doors locked until identifiable help arrives.
  • Should another motorist offer to help, roll down window only an inch and ask him or her to call the police or auto club.
  • Keep an emergency kit containing a flashlight, flares, telephone change, distress signs and other essentials in your car.

On the Telephone

  • Be wary of telephone surveys.
  • List only your first initial and last name in the telephone directory.
  • Think about the information you give out over the telephone and to people you don't know well. Tell roommates and housemates not to give information by phone about who is home, who is out, how long anyone is expected to be out.
  • Never reveal your number to a wrong number caller.
  • If you receive a threatening or obscene phone call, hang up. Blow a loud whistle or leave the phone off the hook. Contact the police and make a report.
  • Answering machines may be used to screen calls. Your outgoing message should not say that you are away from home.

On an Elevator

  • Check the inside of an elevator before entering. Wait for the next elevator if you are unsure of the people inside.
  • When riding an elevator, stand by the control board. If you feel in danger, press all the buttons and get off the elevator as soon as possible.
  • All elevators on the Pasadena City College campus are equipped with emergency phones.

On Public Transportation

  • Check the bus schedule to avoid long waits at the bus stop. Become familiar with routes and timetables in your area.
  • Wait for buses at well-lighted stops.
  • If possible, join other people at a nearby stop.
  • If someone bothers you on the bus, say loudly, "Leave me alone" or "No". Get up and find another seat. Tell the driver.
  • Stay awake on public transportation if you are alone.
  • Notice who else gets off at your stop. If you feel someone is following you, walk towards a populated area. Avoid walking directly home.
  • Be aware that hitchhiking can be very dangerous.

While Cycling

  • Use reflectors, reflective tape, or other similar devises on cycling shoes, fenders, belts, frames, pedals and handlebars.
  • Keep to the right. Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Use hand signals to indicate turning or stopping.
  • Ride defensively.
  • Use bicycle paths whenever possible.
  • Walk your bicycle across busy intersections.
  • Perform regular maintenance checks.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • Park your bike in an open, well lighted, frequently traveled area.
  • Secure it properly. The "U" bolt locks provide the best protection.Consult the College Service Officers Program Unit of the Pasadena City College Police Department for more information.
  • Report any suspicious person you may see loitering around bicycle racks.
  • Always use a bike light and rear tail lamp when riding at night.
  • While on campus park your bike in a bike rack only.

While Jogging

  • Be aware of your environment.
  • If possible, consider jogging with a friend.
  • Choose well-traveled running paths and be aware of any isolated areas you will run through.
  • Vary your route.
  • At night, wear light colored clothing or wear reflective markings.
  • Tell your roommate or friend your route and expected time of return.
  • If approached by a car while running alone, do not stop to give directions or answer questions. Leave the road and head for a populated area.
  • Don't let yourself be surprised. Listening to your headset may make you unable to hear approaching traffic, emergency sirens or any other danger signals.

If Attacked...Self-Defense

  • If someone tries to grab your purse, let it go. Most injuries from robberies occur when people resist and refuse to comply with the robber's demands.
  • If you are attacked, whether you resist and how you resist will depend on your personal resources and your personal values. Give some thought right now to what you would do in various situations that could arise. The more you have thought ahead, the more likely you will be to act in the way you've planned.
  • Have you taken a self-defense class? Do you think you could hit or kick someone who is attacking you? Do you know how to get away from someone grabbing you? What objects could you use to defend yourself?
  • In considering your reactions to different situations, keep these three basic rules in mind:
    1. Trust your instincts.
    2. Don't be afraid to be impolite or make a scene; this is especially important, even if it is someone you know.
    3. Try to remain calm--use your imagination and good judgment give yourself time to think.

If You Are Sexually Assaulted

  • Go to a safe place that has a phone.
  • Call the police, rape crisis hotline, a friend or family member. Tell someone.
  • DO NOT wash hands, bathe, shower, douche, change clothes or straighten up the area. This destroys evidence.
  • Reporting is your choice. If you do not report, try to write down the details of the assault and save them in case you change your mind.
  • Whether you report or not, get medical attention for treatment of external and/or internal injuries and test for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
  • Take time to recover. Get counseling.