Crime Prevention Information
- Do stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who's in front of you and who's behind you. Don't get distracted. If you're worried about crime, ask a friend to accompany you when you go out.
- Do communicate the messages that you're calm, confident and know where you're going. Stand tall, walk purposefully, and make quick eye contact with people around you.
- Do trust your instincts! If you feel uncomfortable in a place or situations, leave.
- Do go with someone. There's safety in numbers. Stay away from isolated areas.
- Do walk in well-lit areas. Be prepared for the unexpected.
- Do have your car or house key in hand and ready as you approach either of them.
- Do carry a whistle or noisemaker, to bring attention to a bad situation.
- Do go to another ATM machine if someone suspicious is outside of one.
- Don't carry large amounts of cash. A front pocket is safer for a wallet than a back one.
- Don't flaunt expensive jewelry, clothing, or "flash" cash.
- Don't jog or bike at night.
- Do not prop open the exterior door of your dorm.
- Always lock your door; even if you leave for a few minutes.
- Close and lock your windows when you leave. Record the serial number, model and brand name of any valuables.
- Take care of your keys and access cards. Don't give anyone a chance to take them from your room.
- Don't leave your valuables, like your wallet, checkbook, or jewelry, in open view.
- Close your blinds or shades in the evening.
- Engrave electronic items.
- Look out for your fellow students.
- Report any suspicious activity and crimes to the Campus Safety Department.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Park in well-lit, heavily populated areas. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, find another place to park.
- Avoid parking next to occupied vehicles.
- If you have a cell phone, have it accessible.
- Do not leave valuable items visible in your vehicle.
- Always roll up your windows and lock your doors before leaving your vehicle.
- Walk with others to your vehicle whenever possible.
- Carry your keys in hand when you approach your vehicle.
- Look around and check the back seat of your vehicle before entering.
- Upon entering your vehicle immediately lock all doors.
- If you are involved in a minor collision in an isolated area, you may want to drive to a well lit and populated area before stopping to assess your damage.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- While driving, if you noticed that you are being followed, do not go home. Drive to the nearest open store, service station, police station etc. for help. Blow your horn to draw attention to yourself. Try to get a description of the car following you and its license plate number.
- Phone solicitation is a popular annoyance. However, scam artists are making big money from unsuspecting people who fall for illegitimate solicitation schemes.
- Never assume that a friendly voice belongs to a trustworthy caller.
- Never give out your credit card, Social Security or checking account numbers, or any information about yourself, unless you are the initiating party.
- Ask the caller to identify himself/herself and ask him/her what company he/she is with.
- Never trust an unknown caller who tells you that you have won something, but asks you to send money first.
- Avoid making arrangements to have someone pick up money from your residence.
- If you feel that there is something unsettling going on, hang up.
- Invest in Caller ID to screen calls.
- Consider putting a privacy management feature on your line to stop unwanted calls from reaching you.
- When a legitimate telemarketer calls, you have the right to order the removal of your name and number from their list. Tell them to remove you from the list and never call you again. Make sure they understand what you have ordered. By law, they are required to remove you from their list.
- Check all unsolicited offers with your Better Business Bureau.
- Make sure you keep a file of all your credit card statements, receipts and customer numbers. You may need them so you can verify any false charges made on your card.
- If you lose your credit card, call and cancel it immediately. The same is true for ATM cards.
- Make sure you tell the operator to put a stop on all transactions made on the card. This will prohibit people from charging any new purchases to the card.
- After you have notified the credit card company to remove validation of the card, you need to make sure that you contact a credit bureau. Criminals can open new accounts using the credit card number that exists on your credit record. By contacting these bureaus, you can have a fraud stamp on your report to protect you. The numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.
- Maintain privacy while conducting business. If you are being asked for information that you are uncomfortable giving out, do not provide it.
- Make sure you maintain secure interactions on the computer and especially the internet.
- Never give out your password to anyone posing as a network administrator of any sort.
- Shopping online has grown increasingly popular and much safer in recent years. However, make sure the sites you shop on use the latest encryption technology to secure your user information, credit card numbers and personal information.
What’s happening? You could be the victim of identity theft, where an imposter is using your personal information to obtain credit. Then when the thief does not pay the bills, the company itself or a debt collection company contacts you to demand payment. As a result, your credit report is likely to contain negative information about your bill-payment history, and your credit score has probably been lowered considerably, making it difficult or impossible to obtain new credit yourself. Click Here to view information for Identity Theft Victims.
Click on the name of the credit bureau to link to their Web site or call the toll-free number.
Sex Crimes Information
Definition. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- A student's submission to unwelcome sexual conduct becomes an explicit or implicit condition of a grade, admission to a program, a favorable recommendation, or a disciplinary or similar decision;
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or education decisions.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering substantially with an individual's work or educational performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for work or learning.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome verbal, visual or physical behaviors. These behaviors may occur as sexual comments or advances, sexual slurs or jokes, leering, displays of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, sexually suggestive gestures, touching, pinching, physical abuse or sexual assault.
Victims of Sexual Assault
Victims of sexual assault/rape are strongly encouraged to report offenses immediately.
Sexual assault is any sexual act directed against another person forcibly or against the person's will.
If a rape has occurred, it is important that the victim do the following:
- DO NOT SHOWER.
- DO NOT CHANGE CLOTHES.
- DO NOT DISTURB THE AREA WHERE THE RAPE OCCURRED. NOTE: This is to preserve as much evidence as possible.
The victim should seek medical attention. On campus you can receive assistance from a Resident Director, Resident Assistant and Campus Safety.
Facilities are available off-campus to assist you. You can contact the Elgin Police Department at 847-289-2700 or the Community Crisis center at 847-697-2380. Both are available 24 hours a day.
Alcohol/Drug Abuse Information
The use of hallucinogenic drugs and substances (including marijuana) or narcotics not authorized by a physician is forbidden. Under no circumstances is the use, possession, or distribution of the above allowed on or away from campus. The use of tobacco products is prohibited on campus, in campus-approved housing or at University-related activities. The use of alcoholic beverages and/or simulated alcoholic beverages is not allowed on campus, in campus-approved housing, or at University-related activities. For specific policy information, please refer to the Student Handbook.
Bicycle Theft Prevention
One particular area that Campus Safety is regularly notified of is missing bicycles on campus. Here are steps you can take to deter bicycle theft, and if it does occur, to help in the possible recovery of your bicycle.
- Lock your bicycle. Judson University has provided bicycle racks near each building on campus. When you ride your bicycle anywhere always take the necessary time to lock your bicycle to the appropriate racks. Always secure your lock through the frame as well as both wheels. Make sure that your lock is adequate for the task. Bike thieves often check out bike racks looking for "bargains," the best bike with the cheapest-looking lock.
- Register your bicycle. Judson University provides registration stickers for your bike at a cost of five dollars, which covers registration with the City of Elgin and the National Bike Registry. Faculty, staff, commuters and students living in the University dorms may register their bicycles with Campus Safety by stopping at the Campus Safety office during normal business hours. If your bicycle is registered, then stolen and recovered, Campus Safety will know you are the owner and can return the bike to you.
Obscene Phone Calls
What to do
- Once the call is recognized as annoying, harassing, or obscene, hang-up immediately.
- Do not engage in conversation.
- Remember that the only thing these callers want is an audience.
- Do not slam the receiver down. Just quietly hang up.
- Do not give out personal information to anyone who calls. This includes your name, address, social security number, ATM codes, etc.
Record the following:
- Date and time
- Type of call - Hang up, Threatening, Obscene, Prank
- Voice - Male, Female, Young, Old, High, Low, Accent, Intoxicated, Nervous, Other
- Description of Background Noise
- Call JUCS at 9999 immediately and an officer will meet with you to fill out a report. This report will be faxed to the Elgin Police Department and an Ameritech trace may be established.
- Criminal charges will be made to any individual charged with harassing phone calls. Students charged may also face expulsion from Judson University.