University of Georgia police are investigating reports of a July 13 attempted kidnapping on campus, according to 11 Alive News. The 22-year-old victim was apparently “walking past the triangle parking lot near Thomas and Broad Streets on campus when a the suspect allegedly jumped out of the bushes and grabbed her from behind.” The AJC reports, the woman saw “a dark-colored car with an open door and a driver nearby.” Thankfully, she was able to fight off her attacker and escape.
The harrowing July 13 incident reminds students and staff to stay alert and practice personal safety measures on campus. The UGA Police Department provides campus safety tips:
Three Basic Personal Safety Rules:
DO: Stay alert, keep your mind on what’s around you.
DO: Communicate the message that you’re calm, confident and know where you’re going. Stand tall, walk purposely and make eye contract.
DO: Trust you instincts. If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t.
Safety in the Public…
- When walking with one other person you reduce your chance of becoming a victim by 63%.
- When walking with more then one other person you reduce your chance of becoming a victim by more than 90%.
- Never walk or jog alone.
- Avoid poorly lit streets, alleys, vacant lots, and parking lots.
- Walk close to the curb surroundings, don’t be overconfidence.
- Attackers look for a passive victim, so walk with a steady pace and appear purposeful.
Safety in your Residence…
- Seven hundred twenty burglaries occur every hour, one every five seconds.
- In a recent year more than 6.5 million burglaries were estimated to have occurred. (One out of every twelve households.)
- List only your last name and first initial on mailboxes and in the phone book.
- Do not allow strangers in your residence.
- Keep all entrances well illuminated.
- Use good deadbolt locks and solid core doors.
- Do not give personal information over the phone.
Safety in your Vehicle…
- Every 33 seconds a car is stolen.
- Car jacking is steadily becoming the crime of choice.
- Always lock your car doors even while you are inside you vehicle.
- From a distance, look around and underneath your vehicle before approaching.
- Look in your back seat.
- Have your keys in your hand and ready to unlock your car door.
For a complete list of campus safety tips visit the UGA-PD.
Know Your Rights
College students have a right to feel safe and secure while on campus. By law, colleges and universities are required to protect all students legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm, including sexual assaults, injuries and wrongful deaths.
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