Safety Reminders


Adapted from guidelines provided by the Pennsylvania Crime Prevention Practitioners Association

At home, your family takes responsibility for the safety of its members, its dwelling, and its property. At Moravian, you are living in a much larger family whose members also are responsible for their own and one another's safety. In the greater College family, every member must take extra care to ensure the safety of all.

No member of the College community ought to feel afraid, but all members ought to exercise ordinary prudence. The Office of Campus Safety and Police has been established to protect you and everyone at Moravian, but many safety factors are under your control. Here are some reminders of commonsense precautions you can take. Your home is as safe as you make it, and so is your College.

In Offices, Classrooms, Libraries, or Laboratories

  • Always keep personal belongings in view. Keep petty cash and other valued items in a locked drawer. Keep your purse with you or in a locked cabinet or drawer. Never leave it in, on top of, or under a desk.
  • Never prop doors open, especially fire doors, even for a short time.
  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
  • Report anyone who behaves suspiciously to campus police. Take note of the person's appearance, and relay the information to the dispatcher. Advise campus police of any hazards or security problems.

On the Street

  • Cross streets at the crosswalks. Note that the crosswalk at Elizabeth Avenue and Monocacy Street features push-button access to warning lights in the roadway.
  • Do not text when walking, especially when crossing the roadway.
  • Stay in well-lit areas. Walk at the mid-point between curbs and buildings. Stay away from alleys, entries, and bushes.
  • Walk with someone whenever possible. Participate in the buddy system. Use our escort service after dark--it's worth the wait.
  • When walking during darkness, do not walk with stereo ear buds or headphones on. This prevents you from hearing someone approaching you from the rear.
  • If you are followed, keep looking behind you. This may discourage the follower.
  • If someone is following you on foot, cross the street, change directions, or vary your pace.
  • If you are followed by someone in a car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. If the follower persists, record the car's license number and call the police. There are blue-light call-boxes all over campus. There are blue-light emergency phones located throughout campus.

On Campus

  • In the event of an emergency, call 610 861-1421 or dial 911 from any campus phone.
  • If you are a victim of a crime, report it immediately to Campus Safety and Police, doing so, may assist in the apprehension of the perpetrator and the prevention of others from becoming victims.
  • An unlocked door, night or day, is an invitation to trouble. Keep doors locked even if you are away only for a few minutes. Don't leave notes on your door saying that you are out. Double lock your door before you go to sleep.
  • Remember that most thefts occur during the day.
  • Always keep your keys in your possession. Never place them under mats, over doors, or in any other obvious "hiding place."
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Close and lock all windows when you leave your room, especially if you're on the first floor or off a fire escape.
  • Keep an up-to-date inventory of your possessions. Engraving tools are available from the campus police.
  • If you should return to your residence and suspect it has been illegally entered, do not go in. Call the campus police at 610 861-1421.
  • If you see a suspicious person in a hallway or lounge, or if someone knocks on your door to solicit, call the campus police. Never confront a stranger, but never ignore one either.
  • In a residence hall, screams could sound like horseplay. Therefore, in an emergency, be specific. Shout "help!," "police!," or "fire!"
  • Don't ignore hazardous situations, and don't create them for others.

Social Situations and Alcohol

  • If you're not 21, don't drink alcohol.
  • If you are of legal age to drink, do so responsibly.
  • Don't give or sell alcohol to those who aren't at least 21.
  • Choose your social events carefully.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Never accept a drink unless you observed it being poured.
  • If you suspect your drink was tampered with, tell someone and seek medical attention.
  • Don't leave a party with someone you don't know well.
  • Always tell someone where you are going.
  • Don't invite someone you don't know well to your residence.
  • Watch out for each other.
  • Be conscious of your surroundings.
  • In all activities, use common sense.
  • Never, ever compromise your ability to be in control.


When the fire alarm sounds, act immediately to ensure your safety since the fire alarm system in your building is designed to provide you with early warning and detection that a problem exists and allow you to exit safely during an emergency situation.

  • Never ignore the alarm or assume the alarm is false, or that it is only a drill.
  • Do not panic, remain calm.
  • Immediately evacuate the building.
  • Lock your door when you leave. Take your keys, swipe card, cell phone and make sure to wear shoes.
  • Everyone must evacuate in the safest and closest exit or stairway. Never use an elevator.
  • If you have a disability of any type that requires assistance, retreat to the nearest area of refuge such as the stair tower and await assistance from campus police or fire department personnel.
  • Have an exit strategy by knowing two ways out, such as another stairway, emergency exit, or fire escape. Take time to review the emergency evacuation maps which are located in the common areas on your respective floor.
  • Once outside the building, move away from the structure preferably across the street, inside another safe structure, or other designated location.
  • Assume there is a fire even though you do not see smoke in your immediate area.
  • Do not obstruct fire fighters and fire apparatus by being in the local vicinity.
  • Once outside, never go back inside until the fire department allows re-entry.
  • Call 911 once you are safely outside.
  • In case of actual fire conditions, information regarding persons believed to be in the building should be made available to responding emergency crews.  (Do not return inside.)  Only trained search and rescue personnel should re-enter an evacuated area.