Safety Tips

The ASU Police Crime Prevention Unit offers these general safety tips:

Always lock your doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes. If you leave for an extended period, ask your neighbor or a family member to watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail. Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer. Leave a radio or TV on so the house looks and sounds occupied.

Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home. When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home. Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so it cannot be easily knocked over. If you use lights on your Christmas tree, be sure the wiring is in good condition to avoid a fire hazard.

Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green. Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

Do not drink alcohol if you are stressed, ill, or tired, taking medications, pregnant, nursing, or considering pregnancy, driving, underage or in violation of the law, recovering, or related to someone with alcoholism. Eat food before and while drinking.   Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks, particularly water. Do not play drinking games. Have no more than one drink per hour. Drink no more than four times per week. For more information, click here

If you must use an ATM, choose one located inside a mall or well-lighted location. Withdraw only the amount of cash you need. 
Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you. Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

Bicycle riding is an important means of transportation, particularly for traveling to work and school. Drivers must always be alert for bicycle traffic on any road at any time. Because bicycles are vehicles, bicyclists must obey the same traffic laws as other drivers.

Bicycles Must:

  • Ride on the right side of the road

  • Stop for stop signs and red lights

  • Give hand signals

  • Use lights, reflectors and consider wearing light colored clothes when riding at night.

Additional Safety Tips:

  • Always wear an approved bike helmet to avoid injuries. A helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 80%.

  • Ride in a single file line when riding with others unless the lane provided is wide enough to ride two abreast.

  • Check your bike before riding it to make sure it is in good working order.

  • Do not wear loose clothing that may catch in the chain or wheels.

  • Wear close-toe shoes.

  • Go slowly on sidewalks and bike paths. Yield to pedestrians. Give audible warnings when you pass a pedestrian.

  • Walk your bike across busy intersections.

  • Obey all traffic laws when riding in the street.

  • Do not pass on the right. Motorists may not be looking for you.

  • Avoid road hazards. Look for:

    • parallel slat sewer grates

    • slippery manhole covers

    • oily pavement

    • gravel and other debris

    • painted surfaces

  • Use hand signals before turning.

  • Do not hang on to other vehicles.

  • Use a bike lock and register your bike at a local bike store.

Avoid driving alone or at night. Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.

If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area. Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or cars with tinted windows. Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked. Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside. Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car because it creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car. Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car to open the door. When approaching and leaving your vehicle, be aware of your surroundings. Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.

Offer non-alcoholic beverages to your guests and find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests. 
Arrange for an official, designated driver for your party who will not drink.

Safely dispose of prescription and over the counter medications at the ASU Police Department.

Certain pharmacies and police department lobbies provide Medication Return Boxes to remove expired, unwanted or unused medicines.

This free service is offered all year on the Tempe campus. Access the Tempe campus MRB Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ASU PD lobby.

Due to potential blood-borne pathogens, Medication Return Boxes do not collect:

  • glass containers

  • inhalers

  • intravenous solutions

  • injectable drugs

  • syringes

Call 911 in case of emergency.  See 911 FAQs.

Download the free ASU LiveSafe mobile app.

Use emergency call boxes available on each campus that are identified by a bluepole with “Emergency” printed on it or by a bright yellow box on a metal pole. Look for the blue light directly above each pole or box at night. Read more

Do not walk alone at night. Utilize the SafeWalk feature in the ASU LiveSafe mobile app or contact the Safety Escort service on the Tempe campus by calling 480-965-1515. Or, call ASU Police to ask for an escort at 480-965-3456. On the West campus, call 602-543-3456; the Downtown campus, call 602-496-3456; and the Polytechnic campus, call 480-727-3456. Read more.

Always remain alert and aware of your surroundings, and trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe, take appropriate safety precautions.

Report any unusual or suspicious activity you witness. If you witness a crime, be prepared to give a full description….

  • Suspect(s) - Gender/Race/Hair/Approximate Age/Clothing/Weapons

  • Vehicle(s) - License Plate/Color/Year/Make/Model/Direction of Travel

If someone with a weapon demands your property, surrender it and contact police as soon as possible.

Report crime to ASU Police in person, by telephone 480-965-3456 or email.

If you would like to report a crime but do not wish to reveal your identity, you may contact ASU Police at 480-965-3456 or 480-965-TIPS.

For additional information on the ASU Police Department and campus crime, go to Police and Campus Security Police

Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member. Dress casually and comfortably. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. Always carry your Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.

Even though you might be rushed and distracted, stay alert to your surroundings. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible. Keep cash in your front pocket. Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit. Avoid overloading yourself with packages because it is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con artists use distraction techniques when they plan to take your money or belongings.

There’s a lot to think about before you venture out in the sun & surf, Mexico resorts or your neighbor’s pool.

It’s that time of year again. The weather is changing, and ASU is preparing to close down for a whole week. Yes, it’s Spring Break, and arguably one of the greatest times in a college student’s life.

It’s a time to get away from homework, tests, and projects. Even though Spring Break is an opportunity for students (and teachers) to let loose and have fun, it is important to maintain a level of safety and responsibility.

Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to have an enjoyable (but safe) week off:

Don't forget to wear sunscreen. Spring Break vacation destinations are usually outside, on a beach and out in the sun. So, unless you particularly enjoy getting sunburned and/or early onset skin cancer, be sure to bring the sunscreen. 

Don't get arrested. Finding a bathroom may prove to be difficult or even painful, but urinating in public is definitely a fast track to jail. 

Don't be careless with your belongings, as in, don’t leave it somewhere unattended or with sketchy locals…that is, if you hope to bring it back with you.

Don't place medication in plastic bags, medication must be in its original containers and only take what you need

Don't leave the country without your Pass Port, you will need this while traveling in Mexico

Do drink plenty of water. Extended time in the sun and excessive consumption of libations can cause dehydration. Do your best to pace yourself, and drink some water in between your drinks and stints in the sun. 

Do budget your money. Bring cash and leave your credit cards at home. Identity theft is high in Mexico.

Do keep safety first. Don’t light things on fire or jump to anything from any kind of height. Just don’t. Also, be careful of who you’re walking with — ladies in particular.  Going with a strange group of guys that you just met by yourself probably isn’t the wisest. It might sound lame, but why not use the buddy system? That way you can look out for one another.

Do obtain a Mexican drivers license before driving in Mexico

Hopefully, these do’s and don’ts will help you have a fun AND safe break. Just remember to enjoy yourself, because Spring Break is only a week long and will be here and gone before you know it.