BeeSafe at SCAD

BeeSafe offers students, faculty and staff the necessary tools to identify risks and navigate safety concerns both on and off campus. Through the crime prevention program, you can learn how to identify online scams and avoid identity theft; safely conduct transactions from online marketplaces; and mitigate security weaknesses in your home.

Conduct transactions safely with SafeTrade

SafeTrade provides a staffed location on campus where you can buy, sell or trade from online marketplaces.

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Reduce risks at home with HomeCheck

Request a HomeCheck to make your off-campus residence more secure and lessen your exposure to crime.

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Your personal safety

Because much of the student experience often takes place away from SCAD buildings and facilities, the SCAD Department of University Safety goes to great lengths to educate students on personal safety. No level of security will prevent every crime everywhere, but students can be empowered by practicing commonsense steps to create a safe and fun downtown experience. We recommend these tips:

  • Always travel in groups when you're out late at night.
  • Keep your cellphone easily accessible but out of sight (in a pocket rather than a purse or bag).
  • Park and walk in well-lit areas, never in dark or secluded spots.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity.
  • Look around before exiting your car. Don't get out if you see someone or something that makes you feel unsafe. Be just as observant when returning and always trust your instincts.
  • Be careful with purses or wallets. Carry a purse close to your body and keep wallets in an inside pocket.
  • Be alert and aware. Make eye contact with individuals as you pass. Avoid texting and talking on the phone while walking because it can appear as though your guard is down.
  • If a criminal confronts you for your belongings, cooperate. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Immediately report any incidents to the police.

In your room, apartment or home

Make sure your home is secure, regardless of where you live. Be proactive with these tips:

  • Lock doors and windows when you leave home, and at times you are home alone or are asleep. Don't prop open exterior doors.
  • Tell someone you trust if you'll be away from home for a long time.
  • Don't talk about specific travel plans on your social media accounts. You never know who is reading your posts.
  • If you're away from home for a long time, store your valuables in a safe location or take them with you.
  • Remember: Only registered guests are allowed to enter residence halls or college premises. Do not permit entry to strangers or unregistered visitors.

Protect your identity and bank accounts

Today's technology creates opportunities for criminals to trick unsuspecting people into providing bank account information, computer access or other identifying information.

Common scams include the following:

  • IRS imposter: An individual calls, texts or emails and states the victim owes money to the IRS or the government and threatens to sue, arrest, deport or revoke the victim's license if the victim does not pay immediately. If you receive one of these calls, do not respond — simply hang up. 
  • 'You've Won!': Victims receive a card, phone call, text or email stating they have won a prize, trip or sweepstakes. In order to claim the prize, you're asked to pay fees, taxes or customs duties upfront, usually in the form of a wire transfer. Sometimes you will be asked for bank account information or a credit card number. If the victim agrees to pay these fees, the caller will ask for personal information such as address, name and phone number, which can be used for identity theft.
  • Tech support: The victim sees a pop-up window or some other message on the computer stating the computer is vulnerable to or has been infected by a virus. These messages look real and often include a link or phone number to contact in order to fix or protect your computer. Don't call the number or click the link; these are scams designed to obtain your credit card information or the ability to remotely access your computer to view sensitive personal information.
  • Identity theft: With personal information like your credit card number, Social Security number, address and phone number, someone can open various unauthorized accounts in your name and rack up debt you're unaware of.

Avoid the scams listed above and similar fraud attempts by keeping the following tips in mind:

  • The IRS and other government agencies will never demand payment of unpaid taxes over the phone. They will also never ask that payment be made in the form of gift cards, prepaid cards or wire transfers.
  • All official government correspondence will arrive via U.S. mail.
  • Never share your banking or personal information with someone who contacts you.
  • Do not wire money to anyone you do not personally know. You will not get it back.
  • Protect your personal and financial information. Tear up or shred any credit card or personal loan advertisements sent to you in the mail.
  • If you lose your wallet, call your banks to deactivate all cards and check your accounts to verify no fraudulent charges or purchases were made. If your state ID, driver's license or Social Security card was lost, call the issuing agency to report it and request a new one.
  • For a fee, credit monitoring services will alert you if a new account is opened in your name or using your Social Security number.
  • You can receive one free credit report each year from each of the three major credit bureaus at annualcreditreport.com.