IUP Safe Halloween Tips

Posted on 10/26/2016 1:07:20 PM

As Halloween approaches, all members of the IUP community are urged to continue to practice good personal safety habits.

Please do not hesitate to contact IUP Police (724-357-2141) or call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious or dangerous behaviors.

IUP University Police offer this list of safety tips:

  • Stay in Groups : This may seem obvious, but sticking with a group of friends is definitely one of the safest things you can do. Never leave a party without at least one other person and never let friends go off by themselves - there is safety in numbers.
  • Leave Your Lights On, Lock Your Doors : Even if you don’t plan on being in your room or your house, turn on the lights before you leave. Secure your personal possessions and ask your roommates to do the same so anyone passing by is not tempted by easily stolen items viewable through a window or door. Lock all doors and windows before leaving.
  • If You’re Hosting a Party, Keep an Eye on Who You Let Enter : If persons unknown to you enter your party uninvited or are beginning to cause problems, notify the police. Don’t wait for trouble before taking action. Be considerate of your neighbors and the neighborhood. If your party is getting out of control, ask for police assistance in shutting it down or removing uninvited guests.  Don’t let your party overtake an entire neighborhood.
  • Keep Your Phone With You and Keep it Charged : Don’t leave your phone in a bag somewhere or give it to someone else to hold. Your “perfect costume” may not lend itself to pockets and your phone may not go with your “look,” but keep your phone with you at all times.  Make sure it’s charged – a dead phone isn’t going to help you or anyone else. Load the numbers for the local and university police into your contacts. 
  • Set Limits and Stick to Them : It’s always smart to set limits on how much you drink. Drink legally and responsibly – always. Watch your drink at all times. Never leave your drink unattended for any amount of time. Never accept a drink from a stranger.
  • Have the Number of a Taxi Company : Paying for a taxi is a small price to pay compared to what could happen if you tried to walk alone, get lost, or get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
  • Choose Your Halloween Costume Wisely: Make sure you can easily move in the costume you decide to wear. Apparel like high-heels can cause ankle injuries, and masks and wigs can impair vision. Reconsider any costume that includes the use of fake, but realistic looking weapons.
  • Obey Laws, Rules, and Regulations: Seems pretty obvious, but understand what’s lawfully allowed or restricted no matter where you go. Be aware that not all businesses want costumed individuals entering their premises. 
  • Be Kind, but Cautious: A university can be an incredibly social place, but be on your toes when meeting new people who are wearing costumes, especially outfits that hide their faces or change their voices. That person may have ill intentions. If you find yourself at a party where you don’t know a lot of people or the crowd seems sketchy, grab your friends and get out. 
  • Trust Your Instincts: On Halloween or any other night, if something “just doesn’t feel right,” trust your gut instinct. Leave the party, don’t accept the drink, or just say no to whatever it is that is making you uncomfortable. Your safety is more important than a party or possibly upsetting a friend.