Keep safety a priority!

September 30, 2011

As the first month of the fall 2011 semester draws to a close, the Office of Public Safety wishes to remind you that safety is a priority for the Saint Martin’s community! Please heed the following safety tips:

Always secure your parked vehicle.

  • Never leave a vehicle unlocked.
  • Never leave valuables visible in the passenger compartment of your vehicle. Do not leave your purse or wallet in an unattended vehicle, whether locked or unlocked.
  • Do not leave purses, gym bags, computer cases or backpacks visible in your vehicle, whether they have anything in them or not. Thieves will break into vehicles just to see what is in a bag or backpack.
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended or unlocked with the keys in the ignition.

Vehicle break-in alert: Recently, there were two vehicle break-ins and one stolen vehicle on the Saint Martin’s Lacey campus. In both break-in cases, personal valuables were left in the passenger compartment of the vehicle and were visible from the outside. One vehicle break-in occurred in one of the Pavilion parking lots during the Home and Garden Show, and the other occurred in the Abbey Church visitor parking lot.

Sign up for alerts—TODAY!

Saint Martin’s University uses e2Campus to send time-sensitive emergency communication to campus community members who opt-in. By opting in, you will receive emergency notification by SMS (text messaging) and/or e-mail via cell phone and smart phone. Don’t wait for an emergency to register! Registration is free and easy. Visit www.stmartin.edu/alerts for more information. You can also follow campus emergency alerts on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SMUAlerts.

Always use the buddy system.

Whether you’re walking on the trails, to your car after class, or back to your residence hall after an event—walk in groups or in pairs. Don’t have a buddy to join you? The Office of Safety and Security (Old Main Room 251, 360-438-4555, security@stmartin.edu) offers an escort service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Keep your friends and neighbors safe.

Students living in the residence halls are reminded to keep their room doors locked at all times. Never prop open the external doors to residence halls, and never hold the door open to a person you don’t know.

For more information from Saint Martin’s Office of Public Safety, visit www.stmartin.edu/security.