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Being Safe on Campus

Although the crime rate at SCCC is very low, you should still be alert and use common sense to protect yourself and others from becoming victims of crime. When you go out, keep these safety tips in mind.
• Learn the best routes between parking areas and your classes and activities. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
• Travel in groups of two or more at night and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
• Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system.
• When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
• If you feel uncomfortable, call security for a ride.
• Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you. If something doesn’t feel right, change directions, go into an open building, or call Security.
• Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
• Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
• Always lock your car and keep valuables out of site. Check the back seat before getting in.
• Memorize the Security phone number: 973-300-2222.

Medical Emergencies

In the event someone has a medical emergency, remain calm and call 973-300-2222 or 911, or use an Emergency Call Box to report the incident. It is best to have the person calling 911 or 2222 from a college phone, physically with the patient at the time the call is made if at all possible. Be sure that the following information is provided to the dispatcher:
• The age and gender of the patient. If you are unsure of the patient’s age, estimate.
• The location of the patient.
• The nature of the medical emergency and whether or not the patient is conscious and breathing.
• Any other pertinent information, such as events leading up to the emergency or known past medical history of the patient.

Other Tips

• Do not take seriously ill or injured persons to the emergency room yourself, request an ambulance.
• Ensure that the scene is safe prior to approaching the patient and reassure the patient that help is on the way.
• If the patient is inside a building or a remote location, send someone to meet and direct EMS to the location, if possible.
• Do not move the patient unless absolutely necessary.
• If you are trained in first aid, you may provide care per your level of training until EMS arrives.
• Upon arrival of Campus Police and EMS, remain and provide any specific information or knowledge of the patient.

Sussex County Community College security officers are trained in First Aid, CPR, and Automatic External Defibrillation and are available on campus 24 hours a day.

Walking Alone

• There are several Blue Light emergency phones across the SCCC campus. If you need security assistance, push the button. It establishes an immediate phone connection to the security desk. Officers will know which phone you are calling from, so they will know where you are located.
• If your purse or backpack is snatched, don’t fight it. There is nothing in it that can’t be replaced. It is not worth getting hurt over.
• Avoid walking alone as much as possible. Having other people nearby is a great defense. Be alert when you’re alone. Be aware of who is around you.
• Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who appears vulnerable. Avoid walking near shrubbery or other places of concealment such as isolated or poorly-lit places, unpopulated areas, alleys, vacant lots or buildings.
• Be careful when people in a car stop and ask you for directions. Always reply from a distance; never get too close to the car.
If you would like an escort on campus, please call 973.300.2222

Preventing Identity Theft

Keeping your personal information from falling into the wrong hands will help you from becoming another identity theft victim.
For more information and resources, click here.