Staying Safe: Tips to Help Your Student
According to FBI statistics, Baldwin Wallace has one of the safest campuses in Ohio. That's because we make safety a top priority. BW's Department of Safety and Security maintains a secure environment for members of the college community.
In addition to its own staff, which includes an investigator and patrol officers, the department has a student auxiliary staff and ongoing initiatives with the Berea Police, Southwest Enforcement Bureau (a SWAT unit), Berea fire marshal and the FBI. These relationships, as well as a formalized emergency response plan, are in place in the event of a potential crisis situation.
On a day-to-day basis, students are advised to be alert and use common sense precautions. As a parent, you may want to encourage your student to follow these suggestions:
- Avoid remote areas and don't walk alone at night. BW has a walking escort service available around the clock. Simply dial 2000 from a campus phone or (440) 826-2000 from any phone and a dispatcher will send someone.
- Be aware of your surroundings and familiarize yourself with the location of campus emergency telephones. These phones, located at all residence halls and throughout campus, dial directly to the Department of Safety and Security.
- Don't leave your ID card, purse, wallet, electronics, jewelry and other valuables unattended. Keep them with you or locked away out of open view.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable with a person, place or situation, then leave and go someplace where you can be with others and feel safe.
- When socializing, don't allow yourself or others to be left alone. Keep beverages in hand and don't accept one you didn't see poured or are suspicious of in terms of its contents or source.
- Keep your cell phone on and accessible. It enables you to have immediate access for help.
- Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle and be alert. Upon entering or exiting it, immediately lock the doors. Avoid parking alongside occupied vehicles and don't turn your back on strangers.
- Don't seek help from strangers if you accidentally lock your keys in your vehicle or need a battery jump-start while on campus or on an adjacent street. Call (440) 826-2336 and an officer will be dispatched to assist you. There is no charge for this service.
- If you live in the residence halls, lock the door to your room whenever it will be vacant. While BW residence halls have special steel security screens, windows should be locked if no one is in there. In addition, exterior doors of residence halls should not be propped open.
- Report suspicious activity to the Department of Safety and Security and pay attention to the well being of others on campus.
- Protect your identity by being aware of ways you can secure it from potential theft.
- While Berea is a safe community, you should be alert to situations, surroundings and people who might compromise your well being. Avoid carrying expensive belongings and large quantities of cash.
Give Us a Call
Security Department provides 24-7 service, including holidays and breaks. Dial 2000 from a campus phone or (440) 826-2000 from any phone. For non-emergencies, call 2336. A dispatcher is always on duty to answer a call and dispatch an officer for assistance.
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