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Homecoming Safety

October 21, 2009

Howard University Campus Police Department
2244 10th Street NW, Dispatch 806-1100, Investigations Section 806-1081
October 21, 2009.

Homecoming Safety Tips

Homecoming is a cheerful time for the Howard Community. This festive time can be marred by the unguarded moment when crime can, and usually does, occur. To help keep you on your guard and focused on enjoying the Bison spirit of Homecoming, here are some safety tips for you, your friends and your family.

Personal Safety

1.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
2. Anticipate your entertainment plans and know how you are going to get back to home base.
3. If  you are in a group have a designated meeting point or plan in case of emergency.  
4.  If you intend to consume alcohol and can legally do so, make sure you have regular meals to give your body a way to reduce inebriation.
5.  Always have a designated driver and a way to return safely home.
6.  At parties, only accept drinks in closed containers: bottles, cans or pouches.
7.  There is nothing wrong with wiping the seals or contact parts of drink containers your safety comes first.
8.  When in bars or clubs, always get your drink directly from the bartender, and do not take your eyes off the bartender or your order.

Property Safety

1.  Keep personal identification and credit cards on your person to a minimum.
2. Strip down your wallet to bare necessities. Where possible, one credit/debit card and some cash, student ID and state ID and driver’s license.
3. Keep bags and pocket books closed when you are not accessing its contents.
4. Cell phones and other electronic devices should be properly secured when not in use.
5. Disposable cameras are inexpensive and more functional in a crowded environment.
6. Secure car keys, and remember where they are located.
7. Secure all valuable items in the trunk of vehicles, not in the visible passenger area of vehicle.
8. Notice street and parking signs and landmarks when parking automobiles.

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