Incorporate the following crime-prevention behaviors into your daily routine

In the Hostel


  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Do not leave outside doors open.
  • Keep your doors locked, even if you are going out for a minute.
  • Do not let strangers into your room, even if they look harmless.
  • Lock your windows and secure the doors
  • Record serial numbers and keep videos, photos or descriptions of your valuables.
  • If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up. If calls continue, report them to the security officer.

In the City/Town

  • There is safety in numbers. Always go places with a friend or group.
  • Be alert and pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Look confident when you walk and keep a firm grip on your belongings.
  • Avoid dark streets/alleys when parking or walking.
  • Do not use ATM machines at night.
  • Walk near the curb and avoid passing close to shrubs, dark doorways and other hiding places.
  • Carry your keys in your hand to allow quick entry into your car or home.
  • Carry enough change for a phone call. Keep cellular telephones fully charged and ready for use.
  • If you suspect trouble, leave the area immediately.

In the Car

  • Keep windows rolled up and doors locked.
  • Keep possessions out of sight and locked in the trunk. Keep your purse/wallet under the front seat or in your car trunk while driving.
  • Check around your car and in the back seat before you get in.
  • Make sure your car runs well and has adequate fuel.
  • If your car breaks down, stay inside your car and wait. Never accompany anyone who offers help. Instead, ask them to call for assistance.
  • Park in an area that is well-lit.
  • Never pick up strangers.
  • If you are driving, do not allow another vehicle to force you off the road; drive to a busy location to escape a dangerous driving situation.