- Always lock your door, even if you only leave for a minute.
- Do not allow strangers to tailgate behind you.
- If someone asks to use your phone for emergency purposes, offer to telephone for them instead of allowing them access to your residence and possessions.
- Do not put your address anywhere that a stranger can gain easy access, such as a key chain or hang tag.
- On-campus, call 404-894-2500 to report suspicious activity. Immediately give the dispatcher your location and any pertinent information. If possible, stay on the line until help arrives or the dispatcher terminates the call.
- Use your ATM card during the day. If you must use the machine at night, go to an indoor or otherwise well-lit machine.
- Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
- Avoid using stairs in remote sections of a building.
- Never leave valuables unattended.
- Never prop doors open (especially fire doors).
- Advise police of any hazards or security problems.
- Walk with a friend at night.
- Park in a well lit areas near other vehicles or in high-traffic areas.
- Keep valuables in your vehicle out of sight.
- When leaving your vehicle, roll your windows up and lock your doors.
Online Safety Tips
· Be selective with what you share! Remember, what happens online, stays online! Once content is posted or shared you cannot get it back or control where it goes.
· If you do engage in recorded intimate behavior, take steps to conceal your identity such as shielding your face from camera view and covering tattoos or birthmarks.
· Cover your webcam when you are not using it.
· Set your social media accounts to private and do not confirm random followers or accept random friend requests.
· Block or ignore messages from strangers.
· Be wary of people’s alleged identity. Images and videos can be altered and are not proof of someone’s identity.
· Be suspicious if you meet someone on a game or app and they then ask you to start talking to them on a different platform.
· Do not share any personal contact information with someone you do not know.
· Never pay scammers the money they request! These sextortion suspects are predominantly based outside of the US and your money most often cannot be traced and recovered.
· Individuals of all gender identities can be targeted!
· Be willing to ask for help! If a message seems suspicious, contact GTPD and speak with an officer about your concerns!