Preventing Rape by Intoxication through Community Education
Rape by intoxication is a growing crime, particularly among persons 18-25 years old. That is why the PRICE Coalition was formed through the San Diego County District Attorney. The PRICE Coalition includes members of law enforcement, local universities and colleges, the military, and the Center for Community Solutions. All of these groups have teamed up to educate young people how they can stop this crime before it ever happens. Recognize the warning signs, and always look out for your friends. In addition, if you or someone you know has been victim of a sexual assault, know that there resources available to help.
- Only admit your own visitors to University Village Apartments (UVA).
- Make sure outside doors of UVA shut securely behind you.
- Insist that your resident assistant or security guard check for doors left ajar during the day and at night.
- Do not loan your room key to anyone.
- Make sure your apartment or dorm room has secure locks on doors and windows.
- Always lock your apartment or dorm room even if you are going to be gone for just a few minutes. Be sure to lock your doors at night as well.
- Have the locks changed if you ever lose the keys to your residence.
- Leave lights or a radio on at your apartment so it looks like someone is always home.
- Never open the door for someone you do not know.
- Ask anyone who gives you a ride home to wait around until you have safely entered your apartment or dorm building.
Parking Lot Safety
- Always lock your car.
- Place valuables in the trunk or under the seats.
- Have your keys in hand before you leave to go to your car.
- Have someone walk you to your car, especially at night (if possible).
- Utilize your campus's escort service if you feel you might be in danger.
- Check your backseat before entering your car.
- Never walk alone, especially at night.
- Be alert to your surroundings and walk with confidence.
- Walk where the sidewalks are well lit and well traveled.
- Trust your gut. If you feel like someone is following you, go to a populated place where people can help you and then call campus Police at 760-750-4567.
- Do not wear a radio headset when you are walking on campus.
- Know where campus emergency phones are located.
- Be alert to your surroundings.
- Take a friend with you (if possible).
- Have your ATM card in your pocket for easy access.
- Do not give anyone your personal identification number.
- Stand directly in front of the teller machine so no one will see your information.
- Make eye contact with anyone standing in line. If anyone seems suspicious, cancel your transaction and return later.
- Store your cash in a safe place as soon as you receive it. You can always count it later.
- Report any lost ATM cards to your bank.
Following the tips listed above will make you a more safety-oriented person and could possibly help save your life one day. If you are ever a victim or a witness of campus crime, try to retain information that will help catch the assailant. Obtain a description of the attacker, such as approximate age, weight, and height; eye, hair, and skin color; gender; and distinctive scars. Report any crime that you are aware of to University Police.