NOTE: The following safety tips are provided as a community service and are to be
used only as guidelines, along with common sense, to help prevent crime. If you have
specific questions that are not covered here, please contact the Foothill-De Anza
Police Department at 650-949-7313 for more information.
Safe Walking Tips:
- Add Foothill-De Anza Police Department's ten-digit emergency number to your cell phone (408-924-8000).
- When walking, avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas.
- Avoid wearing headphones when walking in order to be more aware of your surroundings.
- If you think you are being followed, move to a well-lit building or area and attract the attention of others. Keep looking back, so that the individual realizes you are aware of his/her presence. Try to remember as many physical details of the individual as possible, so you can describe him/her to the police.
- Carry a personal alarm or an emergency whistle.
- Don't carry large sums of cash or expensive jewelry on your person.
- If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body.
- There is safety in numbers — always try to walk with a group of two or more.
- Walk with confidence, with your head held high. An assailant will usually target someone who seems vulnerable.
- Walk facing traffic.
- If you observe suspicious activity, report it to the Foothill-De Anza Police Department at 650-949-7313.
- If you feel uncomfortable walking to your car by yourself, request a Foothill-De Anza Police Escort to accompany you to your car by calling 650-949-7313 or by dialing extension 7313 on any campus phone.
Safe Driving Tips:
- Park in a well-lit area.
- Have your keys in hand when walking to your car so you can open your door quickly.
- Check the backseat before getting in your car.
- Lock your doors and keep your windows rolled up.
- Have a cell phone or change in your car to make emergency phone calls.
- If your car breaks down, call or have someone else call for assistance. Stay in your car and don't let anyone in.
- If you think someone is following you, change direction immediately and drive to a high-population area. Call the police while driving to the nearest police station.
- Keep an emergency kit in your car (basic tool kit, flares, flashlight with extra batteries, jack, jumper cables, aerosol tire inflator, tow rope, bottled water, snack foods, etc.).
- Keep your valuables out of sight by storing them in your glove compartment or trunk. It takes a thief 30 seconds to break into your car and only 10 seconds for you to lock your valuables in your trunk.
- Never hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.
- Stop for gas earlier in the day when there are more people around.
- Travel on well-lit, populated streets.
- Don't talk on the phone or text while driving – it can wait!
Theft Prevention Tips
- 75% of thefts on campus are crimes of opportunity – don't leave your valuables (textbooks, iPods, laptops, backpacks, purses, etc.) unattended.
- Write your name in ink in all of your textbooks.
- Record the serial numbers of your valuables.
- Mark your items with identifying names, numbers, etc.
- The Foothill-De Anza Police Department has a 24-hour dispatch line designed to allow individuals to report suspect information, stolen property, or information that may assist the FHDA Police Department in furthering their investigations. If you have any questions, please call 650-949-7313.
Identity Theft Prevention
Anyone can be a victim of identity theft. Thieves can use your name, birth date, Social Security number, and credit card numbers to commit crimes and ruin your credit, which may take years to restore. Follow these tips to help reduce your risk of having your identity stolen:
- Never carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Always keep it in a safe, secure place at home.
- Be aware of anyone who is standing near you when you are writing a check or entering your PIN number.
- Check your credit report often. You might want to consider signing up for a credit alert service that will let you know if there is suspicious activity regarding your bank account.
Do not share any personal information via email or over the phone with anyone you are not familiar with.
- If you receive an email from a stranger, never open any link attached to the email. You could be susceptible to both a virus on your computer, as well as having your computer hacked and personal information disclosed.
- Install firewall software on your computer.
If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft:
- Contact the Fraud Department of one of the three main credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) and have them place a "fraud alert" on your file.
- Close the accounts that you know or think have been subjected to tampering.
- File a police report detailing the identity theft. Obtain a copy of the report and submit it to your creditors as well as other parties who may need proof of the crime.
For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's identity theft website.