Campus Safety Tips
The Landmark Campus is a small, yet vibrant, active, and diverse community. Through the efforts of different departments at Landmark, including the Department of Campus Safety, our campus is a relatively safe environment. Yet, like other communities, we are not immune to crime and must remain constantly aware to ensure our safety and security. Our goal is to supply realistic, proactive safety and security techniques and keep our community informed about crime on campus.
The Department maintains a 24-hour telephone number for general information and emergencies. The duty officer can be reached by dialing 6899 from any on-campus telephone or 802-387-6899 from cell phones or off-campus telephones. The College is also part of the statewide E-911 system. Emergency services can be contacted by dialing 9-1-1 from any campus telephone. If 9-1-1 is called, please call the duty officer to inform them of the emergency.
The Department provides various safety and security services to the members of the Landmark community. Some of these services include vehicle registration, parking and traffic enforcement, escorts, lockouts, crime prevention, investigation, and student interactions.
LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICE PROVIDERS
The College maintains a positive working relationship with the local emergency service providers including the Putney Fire Department, Rescue Inc., Vermont State Police, and the Windham County Sheriff’s Department. It is not uncommon to find members of these departments on campus for various reasons. It is the expectation of the College that community members treat these providers with respect.
The education of the students does not end at the classroom door. It is the belief of the Department of Campus Safety that we play an important role in the education of the community members on how to maintain a level of safety and security in themselves, their belongings, and their community. In order to be successful at maintaining safe educational and living environments, the members of the College community must be aware of some basic safety precautions that can prevent potential criminal activities.
A suspicious person is an individual who should be reported to the College by any member of the campus community. Act on your intuition; if the person does not seem to “fit” into the environment, (s)he may not belong on campus. Based on your information, a crime may be prevented.
The following are examples of what may constitute a suspicious person.
- Walking around as if they are lost or looking things over.
- Acting strange as if they are guilty of something.
- Appear scared, nervous or anxious.
- Asking for directions to students rooms, faculty or staff offices, etc.
- More concerned with who is around them than what they are working on or looking for.
- Refusing help if you offer to assist them.
- Looking in windows or open doors.
- Tampering with locks on windows, doors, vehicles, bicycles, etc.
- Entering rooms, offices, labs, with no apparent business to transact.
- Soliciting, asking for donations, etc.
- Carrying items such as college property, knives, guns, crowbars, screwdrivers, etc.
When reporting a suspicious person, provide descriptors such as:
- What they are wearing and the color of their clothing.
- Their physical appearance such as skin color, hair color and style, height (tall or short), weight (thin or heavy).
- Distinguishing features such as scars, beards, mustaches, etc.
- Direction of travel and mode of travel such as walking or driving…include a description of their vehicle (color, license plates, type).
Never expose yourself to any danger by following or approaching the person. Remember the above descriptions and report it to the Security duty officer, or the closest employee of the college.
Suspicious activities and/or findings should be reported to the Department of Campus Safety or any employee of the College at the time of discovery.
Suspicious activities include:
- Sound of breaking glass
- Finding a broken window
- Hearing screams
- A vehicle continually driving in the same area of campus
- Groups of people or individuals who you suspect of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, disturbing the peace, causing property damage or rioting
- Smoke coming from buildings, vehicles, etc.
- Finding a syringe, knife, gun or other dangerous items
- Observing individuals with drugs or alcohol on campus or using drugs or alcohol on campus
- Observing drugs or drug paraphernalia or being used or sold.
- Sound of gunshots or anything that sounds like gunshots.
- Any activity that you feel is out of the ordinary or suspicious.
The Department of Security is tasked with maintaining the physical security of all buildings and areas on campus. Each building is locked and unlocked based on the occupation and use of the building. Residence Halls are locked 24 hours a day regardless of the building use. The buildings on the Landmark campus are primarily used by the campus community. On occasion, certain areas of campus are used by agencies or groups from off-campus. These individuals are informed of the campus policy and procedures regarding the securing of the building/area being utilized with the duty officer confirming the security of the building after the group departs from campus.
Each student who resides on campus is issued an access card and an appropriate key(s) for their specific building and room. It is the responsibility of the student to remember their access card and their room key at all times. Students should lock their rooms at all time. If a student forgets or looses their access card or key then the duty officer may be contacted for entrance upon confirmation of the student with the building and/or room.
Protecting yourself does not end at the College property line. It is important that you are just as aware of your surroundings on campus as you are off. Although the crime rate on campus and the surrounding community is low, there is always the potential for something to happen. The Department of Campus Safety takes pride in providing the safest educational and living environment that it can. It is important that the students also take this same level of pride and ownership to maintain their own personal safety.
Plan Ahead for Personal Protection
- Be alert! Know your surroundings and be aware of who is in front of and behind you.
- Be aware of who is standing around watching you or who may look suspicious to you.
- Do not take shortcuts through parks, tunnels, parking lots and alleys if you are alone or if they are known to be problem areas.
- If possible, do not carry a purse. If you must, keep your money and credit cards in a pocket or some other place. You might consider a fanny pack positioned in front of you as opposed to the side.
- Carry as little cash as possible.
- Walk on highly traveled streets and at night travel only in well-lit areas. If possible, walk in groups; remember there is safety in numbers.
- Carry your keys in your hand, with the proper key ready, as you approach your home so you do not have to fumble for them outside your door. If someone attacks, do not resist unless you feel your life is in danger and you believe it is in your best interest.
Escort Service Program
An escort service is provided by the Landmark College Department of Security for the protection of individuals as they travel within the Landmark campus. Contact the duty officer at ext. 6899 from on campus, or telephone 802-387-6899 from a cell phone or off-campus telephone.
Whether you live in the residence halls, Chumley’s, Bridge’s, or off-campus please remember:
- Have your house/room keys in your hand and the proper key ready to unlock the door prior to your arrival at the door. If you believe you are being followed or watched, go to a friends or neighbors.
- When you enter your house/room, lock the door behind you.
- Be sensible with your keys. Do not leave them outside or in hiding places.
- Shut and lock your windows when you are not home or sleeping.
- Know your neighbors and which ones you can trust in an emergency.
- Know who is at the door before opening it.
- Demand identification from anyone you do not know, especially sales and repair persons.
- If a stranger requests the use of your phone to call for help, offer to place the call for him/her without letting them into your home.
- If you live off campus, use only your first initials on your mailbox and telephone directories.
- Do not prop a door open for someone who does not belong in the building.
- Never let anyone wait alone in your room for your roommates return.
- Keep emergency numbers handy.
- Never loan your keys to anyone.
- Keep doors and windows locked.
- If you feel threatened, sound the horn and drive away.
- Keep change in your car for emergency telephone calls. Cellular phones are not always reliable in the Landmark College area.
- If you are followed to your driveway or onto campus, do not leave your car; continue driving to a service station or other open public space.
- If your car breaks down raise the hood, then stay inside with the doors locked and windows up until legitimate help arrives. If someone stops to help, do not open your window or door. Ask the person to call for help.
- If you see someone in trouble, go for help instead of stopping.
- Do not pick up hitchhikers.
- Consider it will be dark when you return to your car and select a parking place that will be well lighted and not deserted.
- Check for loiterers before leaving and returning to your car.
- Remove keys from the ignition when you leave your car, even for a few minutes.
- Lock your car doors.
- Have keys ready when returning to your car.
- Check the back seat before getting into your car.
Walking or Running
- Walk with someone else. Two is good, but three or more is better.
- Use the escort service.
- Be alert, observant and aware of your surroundings and any other people on the street with you.
- Never assume a parked car is empty.
- Listen for footsteps or voices.
- Plan your route before you go out and know where to find emergency telephones.
- Avoid dark or deserted streets, alleys, parking lots, parks, cemetery grounds, or areas known to have crime issues.
- Conceal jewelry.
- If you carry a purse, briefcase, or backpack, keep only a small amount of cash in it.
- Carry your keys, your identification and anything else of value concealed on your person.
- Write down or leave word of your route, time leaving and returning.
- Do not use headphones. Use your hearing to be aware of your surroundings.
- Wear reflective material if you are walking or running before dawn or after dark.
Protecting your Property
The majority of all thefts occur in unlocked areas where valuables are left unattended and the thief thinks there is a minimal chance of being caught. To reduce the chances of a theft occurring make sure to keep your items locked when not in use, out of sight, and/or in your possession.
- Record serial numbers, brand names and descriptions of valuable items
- Take photos if possible.
- Never leave your wallet, purse or prescription medications lying out in the open. Keep it locked up or out of sight.
- When leaving your room remove all valuables from the top of your dresser and desk. Make sure windows are shut and locked.
- Avoid leaving notes on your door stating you are out and for how long.
- Report missing room keys to your Resident Dean immediately.
Textbooks and Laptops
- If you leave your textbooks or laptop in your car, leave your car locked.
- Never leave your textbooks or laptop unattended in a public area, even if only for a minute.
- If you own a backpack, store your books and computer in it and carry it with you at all times.
- Write your name or a code number/word you can remember on a page somewhere inside the book. Register your computer with Information Technology. This will help you identify your item if found.
- Lock doors and close all windows tightly each time you leave your car.
- Lock your portable valuables out of sight inside the automobile trunk or carry them with you.
- Be aware of anyone suspiciously tampering with or looking into motor vehicles.
- Be aware of persons hanging around the parking lots.
- Be aware of persons quickly walking away from parked vehicles when they see you approaching.
- At night, park in well-lighted areas where traffic flow by pedestrians and autos is frequent
Fires can occur in any building on campus. Every building is equipped with various levels of fire protection equipment including audible and/or visual devices. Most buildings on campus, especially the residential living spaces, are tied into a monitoring system that automatically notifies the local fire department.
If you discover or suspect a fire:
- Activate the building fire alarm system. Each building as pull-stations located at the exterior doors.
- Notify occupants of the building of the fire on your way out of the building.
- Do not attempt rescue efforts if it puts your own life in jeopardy.
- Contact the Campus Safety duty officer relaying what information you have.
- Move to a safe location away from the building.
Alcohol is by far the most common substance involved in sexual assaults. However, there is other less common but available substances, including Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine, which have recently received media attention in North America for their abilities to impair individuals so they cannot adequately defend themselves. In the majority of incidents, these substances are dropped into the alcoholic beverages of unsuspecting victims. We recommend you educate yourself about these drugs and the common risk reduction strategies.
- Be observant of your surroundings.
- Drink from tamper-proof bottles or cans. Do not drink from a punch bowl.
- Do not ask someone to watch your drink while you dance, go to the bathroom, etc. Take it with you or finish it first.
- Watch while your beverage is prepared. Do not accept drinks from anyone if you did not see it being prepared.
- Keep your hand over your beverage when possible.
- Use the buddy system and take your friends.
- Do not accept a ride from anyone who has been drinking.
- Do not accept a ride from anyone you do not know.
- Carry with you enough money for a taxi.
- Tell an employee of the club if you are being harassed or if there are any suspicious individuals.
- Arrange a deal with a friend to watch out for each other and to leave together in a group.
When you consume too much alcohol too fast, it acts as a poison. Sometimes if you drink too much, you pass out. This is your body’s way of protecting itself from absorbing any more alcohol. However, when you drink a lot really fast, you may not pass out in time, and instead can actually go into a coma and die. Alcohol poisoning is tragically common on campuses and is often associated with drinking games or buying shots or shooters for someone at a party.
Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include the following. If a person has any of these symptoms, they are likely suffering from alcohol poisoning. It is important for them to receive medical attention.
- Unconsciousness or “sleeping”; the person cannot be wakened.
- Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin.
- Slow breathing, less then 8 times per minute, or irregular breathing, with 10 seconds or more between breathes.
- Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.
What to do:
- Call 9-1-1 and then Campus Safety (802-387-6899).
- Roll the person onto their side to prevent them from choking.
- Do not leave the person alone. Stay with them and monitor breathing until medical help arrives.
THREATENING - HARASSING - OBSCENE TELEPHONE CALLS
If you are the recipient of a threatening, harassing or obscene telephone call, try to remain calm.
- Hang up immediately. If you stay on the line or express emotion, you will only feed the caller's obsession.
- If the calls persist, report it immediately to the duty officer, on-duty Resident Dean, or other employee of the College.
- If you are off campus and the calls persist, call local law enforcement.
- If any of the calls are recorded on your voice-mail or answering machine, do not erase the message.
- In order to assist the law enforcement agency keep a written record including the following information:
- Date and time of the call
- Exact conversation or action, no matter how embarrassing.
- Description of voice: gender, tone, age group, dialect, style of enunciation, overall tone, or other distinctive qualities.
- Description of background noises.
Rape or sexual assault can be the subjection of the victim to sexual content against his/her will. The assailant may be known or unknown, the victim planned or random, and threat of physical force or the use of sedative drugs. The following information may assist you in not becoming a potential victim.
Use your imagination. Remember your best weapon is your ability to think. Use your head and take into account your capabilities and limitations. There are as many reactions as there are situations. You will have to use whatever seems the most appropriate at the time.
The most important thing to remember is whatever you do or say should be convincing.
- Use weapons
If you think your life is in immediate danger, use any method of defense you can think of. Scream, run, fight back and use whatever is handy as a weapon.
If You Become a Victim
It is important that you report a sexual assault or rape to a member of the Department of Campus Safety, Residential Life staff, or Health Services staff as soon as possible, regardless if you want to file a complaint. The attacker is a potential danger to the rest of the community if he is not stopped. Your description may lead to his/her arrest, preventing others from being attacked as you were. The College has personnel trained to assist victims through any type of sexual assault or rape situation.
Seeking medical attention is necessary to address and treat both the physical and emotional injuries that occurred during the assault. This treatment will also preserve evidence for use if you should decide to prosecute.
DRIVING TIPS FOR WINTER CONDITIONS
The centralized location of the College provides access to many attractions within a short drive. These include Boston, New York City, Canada, and many other scenic areas. The following are a few tips that will assist in making these trips enjoyable and safe.
- Allow enough time. Trips to the mountains can take longer during winter than other times of the year, especially if you encounter storm conditions or icy roads. Get an early start and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Keep your gas tank full. It may be necessary to change routes or turn back during a bad storm or you may be caught in a traffic delay.
- Keep windshield and windows clear. You may want to stop at a safe turnout to use a snow brush or scraper. Use the car defroster and a clean cloth to keep the windows free of fog.
- Slow down. A highway speed of 65 miles an hour may be safe in dry weather but an invitation for trouble on snow and ice. Snow and ice make stopping distances much longer, so keep your seat belt buckled and leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead. Bridge decks and shady spots can be icy when other areas are not. Remember to avoid sudden stops and quick direction changes.
- Be more observant. Visibility is often limited in winter by weather conditions. Slow down and watch for other vehicles that have flashing lights, visibility may be so restricted during a storm that it is difficult to see the slow moving equipment.
- When stalled, stay with your vehicle and try to conserve fuel while maintaining warmth. Be alert to any possible exhaust or monoxide problems.
BEFORE DRIVING IN SNOW COUNTRY
- Make sure your brakes, windshield wipers, defroster, heater and exhaust system are in top condition.
- Check your antifreeze and be ready for colder temperatures. You may want to add special solvent to your windshield washer reservoir to prevent icing.
- Check your tires. Make sure they are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition. Consider putting snow tires or studded tires on your vehicle.
- Consider traction devices. Make sure they are the proper size for your tires and are in working order. You might want to take along a flashlight and chain repair links. Traction devices must be installed on the drive wheels. Make sure you know if your vehicle is front or rear wheel drive.
- It is also a good idea to take along water, food, warm blankets, extra clothing and a car emergency kit that includes an emergency flasher. A lengthy delay will make you glad you have them.
- Put an extra car key in you pocket. A number of motorists have locked themselves out of their cars when putting on traction devices and skis at ski areas.
Other suggested items to carry in your car are:
- An ice scraper or commercial de-icer
- A broom for brushing snow off your car
- A shovel to free you car if it is "snowed in"
- Sand or burlap for traction if your wheels should become mired in snow
- An old towel to clean your hands.
TRICKS FOR SAFE DRIVING IN ALL CONDITIONS
- When driving during daylight hours, wear a good pair of sunglasses to reduce eyestrain and fatigue.
- Any time you drive in less than ideal weather, make it a habit to turn "Wipers on, Lights on."
- When driving at night, avoid looking directly at oncoming headlights. Instead, look down and to the right, and follow the edge of the road.
On-Campus: ext. 6899
Campus Safety Office
Davis Hall, Room 001