Community Outreach

Residence Hall Safety Tips

  • Lock your doors at all times even when you are just going next door to visit a friend or to the restroom. 
  • Most thefts are crimes of opportunity and occur within minutes. Unlocked doors are favorite targets.
  • Remember that residence halls are restricted to the students who live there and their guests. Don’t allow strangers to enter behind you.
  • Never give your roommate’s personal information to a stranger. 
  • Lock your doors while you are inside for personal safety. Be aware of who is at your door. Use your peephole if you have one to observe the person at your door. If you don’t recognize them, do not open the door. Request that they leave any information they have at your door, so you may retrieve it when you feel safe.
  • Do not tamper with your door locking mechanisms. Never use any object(s) to prevent your door from closing and/or locking (e.g. trash cans or tape to keep the door from locking).
  • Never leave entry/exit doors propped open, which could allow an unauthorized person to gain entry into your hall or dorm room.
  • Report lost or stolen resident hall keys immediately.
  • Avoid leaving messages on your door advertising your departure or arrival times to alert thieves of your absence. Also consider removing your name if it is posted on your door.
  • Do not share your key or your UCard. Report losses immediately. 
  • Lock your doors, even if leaving the room for just a moment. 
  • Always check to see who is at your door before opening it. 
  • Use main entrances and exits, except during a fire alarm. 
  • Do not prop exterior doors. 
  • Do not let someone follow you into a residence hall when you enter. 
  • Register all guests. 
  • Follow residence hall guidelines and policies.
  • Notify staff of broken doors and security equipment. 
  • Take fire drills seriously and always evacuate when a fire alarm sounds (remember to lock your door).
  • Report all suspicious people and/or activity to UMass Lowell Police 978-934-2398.