The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Department of Public Safety encourages all students to take steps to prevent crimes involving their residences, their property, and themselves.
Crime Prevention Tips
Theft of personal property is an ongoing concern. Here are a few tips for safety of yourself and your property. It is important that you take preventative measures to help ensure you are not a victim of theft or other serious crimes.
- Keep windows and doors locked at all times, especially while you are gone
- Keep valuables in a safe place. For example, a safety box with a lock that you can keep hidden in your room.
- Do not give out your combination or key. If you do not have a key you need to see the Office of Residence Life.
- Do not hold doors for people you do not know, especially exterior doors to buildings.
- If you see suspicious individuals or activity please report them to Public Safety at x4911.
- If you have a vehicle on campus, be sure to keep it locked at all times. If the radio is removable, take the radio face out of the vehicle as well.
- If you have a bicycle on campus, be sure to get a bike lock and use it at all times. You can also come to Public Safety and get your bicycle registered. At the end of each year, be sure to take your bicycle with you.
Call Public Safety if you have any questions about Safety Issues
Crime Prevention Programs
Crime prevention programs and discussions of safety issues are offered each semester for all members of the campus community.
Public Safety Officers prepare and present material in the residence halls, in the classroom as guest lecturers or part of student presentations, or in general forums for entire campus community. Public Safety Officers also work closely with residence life staff who are receiving training regarding confrontation, assertiveness, College rules and regulations, and the College Judicial Code.
Residence hall programs for students are offered monthly, regarding such issues as personal safety, self-defense, rape and sexual assault, and protection of personal property. Students are informed not only of the policies and procedures regarding these issues, but also various resources for help, including Counseling Services, Health Services, Public Safety, and community services.
Responsibility for exterior safety and security on campus is shared by many offices. Safety features include: blue-light emergency telephones, residence hall card access system, and the presence of Public Safety Officers who perform varied patrol and are in radio contact with a communications officer. The Residence Life Staff, the Physical Plant and Grounds crew, Public Safety Officers, and various administrative offices constantly review the lighting, the underbrush, and such specific areas as construction sites to identify safety issues and take steps to correct them.
Crime Prevention and Safety Programs which are available are listed below. Please feel free to contact the Department of Public Safety at x4911 to schedule a presentation.
Crime Prevention Program Offerings
- Alcohol Presentation – Alcohol 101+ Program
- Bicycle Safety Presentation
- Child Safety Seat Inspections
- Dating Safety Presentation
- Drug Presentation
- Fire Safety Presentation
- Hate Crime Presentation
- Home Safety Presentation
- Identity Theft Presentation
- Internet Safety Presentation – Surfing the World Wide Web
- Motor Vehicle/Traffic Safety Presentation
- Pedestrian Safety Presentation
- Safety in the Workplace/ Workplace Violence Presentation
- Telephone Safety Presentation – Combating the Crank Call
- Travel Safety Presentation
- Winter Driving Presentation