Personal Safety Off-Campus

Students at Arcadia University and in the surrounding area consistently report that they feel safe. Unfortunately, each year, some students are victims of certain crimes both on and off campus. Some common factors are the misuse of alcohol, drugs, leaving car doors unlocked and allowing strangers to enter buildings. Although the Glenside area is generally safe, you have to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to protect yourself.

In Your Home or Apartment

  • Doors and windows to your residence should be equipped with quality locking mechanisms.
  • Entry doors should have peep holes and dead bolt locks.
  • Never loan out your key.
  • Always lock your doors and 1st and 2nd floor windows at night. Never leave a door unlocked for a housemate.
  • Do not leave your valuables, such as your ID, wallet, jewelry, etc. in open view.
  • Do not let strangers in the building or allow them to “tailgate” in behind you.
  • Do not leave notes on your door that you are not there.
  • Keep your shades drawn when changing clothes or retiring for the night.
  • Leave spare keys with a trusted neighbor. Never hide them around the exterior of your apartment.
  • Arrange for service people to come when someone else will be present.
  • Avoid isolated areas, such as stairwells, laundry rooms, the basement, etc. when you are alone.

In Your Vehicle

  • Park in well-lighted areas.
  • Do not leave valuables lying in plain view in the vehicle. Take them with you or lock them in the trunk.
  • Do not leave your keys in your car.
  • Remember where you parked your car so you don’t have to wander around looking for it.
  • Keep your doors and windows locked.
  • Remember where you park. Have your key ready to open your doors as you approach your car.
  • Look inside your vehicle before getting inside.
  • If you are followed by someone in another vehicle, drive to an open business, fire station, police station, etc. for help. Do not drive to your residence.
  • Don’t offer rides to people you don’t know.


  • Protect your computer from Internet intruders. Use anti-virus software and firewalls.
  • Create passwords that would be difficult for someone to guess. Protect your passwords.
  • Never give your name, address, telephone number, passwords, credit card numbers, or other personal information to others online.
  • Never agree to meet alone and face to face with someone you’ve met online.
  • Take a friend with you and meet in a public place.
  • Never respond to messages from unfamiliar persons.