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crime prevention

The Dickinson College Department of Public Safety (DPS) is committed to working to prevent crimes before they can occur, reducing the potential victimization of members of the campus community. DPS employs a Crime Prevention Coordinator to promote prevention strategies for the College community. All DPS Officers also receive crime prevention training. DPS personnel are available to provide prevention training, programming and materials upon request. Requests can be made by phone 717-245-1349 or emailing loudong@dickinson.edu.



Personal Safety

Emergency Telephone

Safety and Security in the Residential Halls and Houses

Theft Prevention

Bike Theft

Identify Theft

Telephone Related Harassments

Fire Safety

Steps To Take If You Have Been Assulated

 

Personal Safety


Dickinson’s friendly, small town setting makes it easy to become lax regarding safety and security.  However, the College is part of a greater community and crime does exist.  You should always take precautions to ensure your own safety.  The safety and security of the Dickinson community must be a cooperative venture, one that requires the effort of every member of the community.  The most important safety measure you can take is to be aware of your surroundings.

  • Never walk alone.  Use the Safe Ride/Safe Walk service or walk with a friend.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings and of other people in the area.
  • Plan your route before you leave and know where emergency telephones are located along your route.
  • Avoid walking in dark and deserted areas.
  • Carry your keys, identification and other valuables separately from your purse or backpack.
  • Carrying mace or other chemical agents for protection is not recommended.  Some sprays may not have a disabling effect and as with any weapon, can be turned against you.
  • If you feel threatened, think first, then take action.
  • If a threat is imminent, scream, make a commotion to attract attention and run toward other people or to nearby occupied areas.
  • It is recommended that you program the Dickinson Public Safety emergency number into your phone.  The number is 717-245-1111.
  •  If you or someone else is in trouble, call DPS immediately at X1111.  If using a cell phone or off campus phone, call 717-245-1111.

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Emergency Telephone


If you need emergency assistance, pick-up any campus telephone and dial X1111. You can also reach DPS on your cell phone by dialing 717-245-1111.  A Public Safety dispatcher will take information from you and send help as needed.  In addition to campus telephones, there are “Blue Light” safety telephones located throughout the campus.  These telephones are located in areas of campus where access to a campus telephone is limited.  Simply press the button on the telephone and DPS personnel will be dispatched to your location to assist you.  It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Blue Light locations. 

To see an interactive map of Blue Light locations click on the image below.

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Safety & Security in the residence hall & Houses


All residence halls are locked 24 hours a day; therefore you must carry your keys at all times.  You are encouraged to lock your room even if you are just leaving for a few minutes.  A telephone intercom system is located at the main entrance of some residential buildings for guests to contact residents.

  • Lock your room and secure your room key.
  • Never prop exit doors open.
  • Close and report any exit doors that are open or left unsecured.
  • Report any suspicious person’s activities to an R.A. or DPS immediately.
  • Notify facilities immediately if locks are malfunctioning.

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Theft Prevention


Following these simple safety precautions reduces opportunities for theft:

  • Protect your personal information, including your Social Security Number, to avoid identity theft.
  • Utilize the “Operation Identification” engraving program offered by DPS to engrave your driver’s license number on your valuables.
  • Record the serial numbers, brand names, models and descriptions of all valuables.  Stolen property cannot be lawfully reclaimed unless it can be positively identified.
  • Lock your room door, even if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes.
  • Avoid leaving valuables in the common areas of any building or campus.
  • When leaving your room for long periods of time, store valuables in a secure area or take them with you.
  • Never prop open access doors to any building, including your residence or home.
  • Do not attach your address or room number to your key chain or key.
  • Insure valuables such as computers, audio-visual equipment and jewelry.
  • Report suspicious persons or behavior immediately.
  • When moving in or out, have a trusted individual assist you and watch your belongings.
  • If your key is stolen or misplaced, report it as soon as possible to Public Safety or Residential Life.
  • Be careful who you allow into your room, and do not leave strangers unattended in your room.
  • Report any door or window security devices that are not in good working order immediately.

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Bike theft


Bike theft is a concern on college campuses and the following are some suggestions to help prevent your bike from being stolen:

  • Register your bike with the Dickinson Department of Public Safety.  An I.D. number will be placed on your bike to help identify it if it is stolen or lost.
  • Engrave your state driver’s license number on the bike to help deter thieves and assist in identifying the bike if it is stolen and taken out of the area.
  • Record the bike’s serial numbers, keep copies of the sales receipt and take a photograph of the bike.
  • Purchase a strong bike locking devise and use it.

Remember, the College is not responsible for the personal property of students.

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identity theft


Identity (I.D.) Theft is a growing problem, particularly on college campuses.  The age group most victimized by I.D. Theft is 17-22 years old.  The following are some suggested tips to lower your potential for becoming an I.D. Theft victim:

  • Protect your Social Security and Credit Card numbers at all times.
  • Guard your backpack, wallet, purse, etc., from theft.
  • Do not use cell phones to provide personal information.
  • When giving personal information, i.e., at a bank, store, vendor or on a phone or computer, etc., ensure that others cannot overhear or view your information.
  • Use a cross cut shredder when discarding materials with personal information.
  • Secure personal information where you live, especially if you have roommates or other individuals frequenting your living area.
  • Shred all pre-approved credit card applications and use the opt-out procedure to cancel future pre-approved credit card applications from being mailed to you by calling 1-888-567-8688.
  • Report any I.D. theft to local authorities, all financial institutions you deal with and the Federal Trade Commission’s  I.D. Theft Hotline at 877-483-4338.

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telephone related harassment


Following are suggested tips for dealing with obscene or harassing calls:

  • Hang up at the first obscene or threatening word or if you are asked inappropriate questions or the caller does not say anything when you answer the phone
  • Do not let the caller know you are frightened, upset or angry as this may encourage them to continue their actions.  This should include not slamming the receiver down, yelling or threatening the caller.
  • If calls persist or you feel threatened, contact D.P.S.
  • Make a record of the incident of unusual or unwanted calls.  Make a note of the date, time, phone, location, witnesses and all the facts about the call.  If an inappropriate, annoying or threatening message is recorded on an answering machine, do not erase or delete it…this information may be helpful in stopping the calls.
  • Be careful of where you list your phone number, name or contact information, such as; websites, personal ads, chat rooms, classified ads, etc. 
  • Have Caller ID installed on your phone or have your phone number changed if necessary.

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fire safety


All residence halls are equipped with fire detection and fire fighting equipment.  All residents should familiarize themselves with the emergency escape plan for their residence hall.  Throughout the year fire alarm systems will be tested to ensure they are in working order.  When an alarm sounds (alarms sound different depending on what building you’re in), all occupants must vacate the facility for their own safety and so fire fighters may work undisturbed.  In the event of an actual fire, the local fire department will notify residents when it is safe to re-enter a building.  Students should assume all alarms are actual emergencies and respond accordingly.

Tampering with fire fighting or detection equipment is a serious offense.  Discharging fire extinguishers or setting off fire alarms under false pretenses has life threatening implications.  In addition to any criminal action, the College reserves the right to file disciplinary charges as outlined in the Community Standards.  The minimal fine for a first offense is $200.00 plus the cost of restoring the equipment to its original condition.

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steps to take if you have been assaulted


If you have been sexually assaulted you may be in a state of shock or disbelief.  You may feel numb or confused.  You may be angry and resentful, feel ashamed or blame yourself for the assault.  All of these feelings and reactions are common and may be experienced if you have been victimized by a stranger, an acquaintance, a friend or romantic partner.  Support and information is available from the Department of Public Safety, the Counseling Center, the Health Center and the Dean of Students Office to help you clarify the issues, facilitate your recovery and to discuss your options.  An Advocate (available through the Dean of Students Office) is also available to help you navigate resources and the legal and discipline system options available to you.  For more information regarding the College’s definitions of sexual misconduct, please see the “Sexual Harassment Policy” and “Definition of Sexual Misconduct” in the Dickinson Student Handbook.

If you have been assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place as soon as possible.
  • Do not wash, go to the bathroom or change clothing if at all possible.  This will help preserve physical evidence should you decide to take legal action.  If you do change clothing, put all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault in a paper (not plastic) bag.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure your physical health and to aid in the collection of evidence, which will be important should you decide to take legal action.  Medical attention is available at the Health Center during regular hours, or at the Carlisle Regional Medical Center emergency room 24 hours a day.
  • Contact someone you trust to be with you and support you.
  • Contact Public Safety for information on legal and discipline system options.
  • Speak with a counselor.  A counseling center staff member is available 24 hours a day, and may be contacted at anytime by calling Public Safety at X1111.  If using a cell phone, call DPS at: 717-245-1111.
  • An On-Call Student Life staff member is available to provide support and to make appropriate referrals.  They may be contacted at anytime by calling Public Safety at X1111.  If using a cell phone, call DPS at: 717-245-1111.

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400 W. North St. - Rear | Carlisle, PA 17013
Telephone Ext.: 1349 | Off Campus: (717) 245-1349