frequently asked questions
What can I do to stay safe on campus?
The Police Department provides a number of services to help educate the campus community in how to avoid being a victim of a crime. Printed information is available at Police Stations on both campuses on various topics, free of charge. An attempt is made to stock the most current publications.
However, if a campus user has knowledge of a particular publication not in stock that could benefit a substantial campus audience, an attempt will be made to obtain the item upon request. Police personnel are always available to answer questions and make suggestions regarding campus security issues.
Walk in pairs or groups; avoid isolation
Be alert; project confidence; look people in the eye
Stay in well-lit areas away from potential hiding places
Know where you are and where places of refuge are
If followed, go toward well-lit areas where there are people
Walk on the left, facing traffic, so vehicles can’t easily approach you from behind
Wear clothing and shoes that enable you to move fast
Carry only lightweight objects
Wear or carry items like jewelry and cash that are minimal in value and don’t attract attention
Avoid approaching strangers in vehicles for any reason
Carry a whistle or other noisemaker
If you think you are in trouble, do anything to attract attention – Scream! Break glass! Sound a horn!
Consider carrying pepper spray or other lawful self-defense equipment
Carry a cell phone
Develop and maintain excellent physical condition within individual age and health limitations
Well-maintained aerobic condition can serve you well if you are forced to run or fight for your safety
Learn self-defense/martial arts if so inclined.
What if I do become the victim of a crime?
If you are the victim of a crime, do not tamper with the crime scene and do not delay in calling the police. The sooner the police are called the better our chance of solving the crime. If you happen to see something suspicious, do not hesitate to call the police with a description of the persons, their vehicle and what they are doing. This may save a fellow student or staff member from suffering the frustration associated with being a victim. Remember it is a team effort. The police are here to serve and assist you, and we need your help to maintain a safe campus that is conducive to learning.
Blue Light Emergency Phones:
The phones may be identified by their signature bright blue light as well as emergency signage.
The blue light phones serve as a way for anyone to quickly and easily report an emergency, suspicious activity, or request police services.
Where can I find a blue light emergency phone?
Blue light phones can be found all across each campus. Typical places to find a blue light phone is in front of common areas, on campus grounds (tall blue pole with a blue light on top), wall mounted to the exterior and interior of some buildings, near parking areas and within parking structures. Furthermore, every elevator on campus is equipped with an emergency phone, which has the same functionality as a blue light phone.
How do I use the blue light emergency phones?
You can activate a blue light phone by pressing the "Call" button and listening for an operator response. If you are in an emergency situation where you cannot wait near the blue light phone for a response or you cannot speak, you can still press the call button and Foothill – De Anza PD will still be notified and dispatched to that location.