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Travel well-lit, busy routes. Avoid walking or parking in dark or shaded areas. Have your keys in hand as you approach your door, and remember to be alert to what and who is around you.
Plan your route when walking. Avoid shortcuts through deserted parks, vacant lots, lanes and unlit areas. Let a friend know where you are going and when you expect to return.
There’s safety in numbers. Don’t make yourself an easy target. If you must be out at night, arrange to go to class, do errands or go shopping with a companion or two. You’ll have more fun, and you’ll all be safer for it.
Use credit and debit cards rather than displaying and carrying large sums of money in public. Only carry the credit cards you need. Use a credit or debit card instead of carrying large sums of cash. Keep ATM cards in a safe place. Keep your PIN number secret. Only use ATMs during the day. Around the university, use the debit account feature on your SCAD Card for the bookstore, dining halls and at locations that accept the card.
Be careful with purses or wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, but do not loop or wrap straps around you. A purse snatcher could injure you. Keep wallets in an inside pocket.
Be alert and aware. Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public. Make eye contact with individuals as you pass. Avoid text messaging and talking on the phone while you are walking.
If you are confronted, cooperate! Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police immediately.
Nationwide, more than one million cars are stolen each year. A car does not have to be new and shiny to be a temptation. As long as the vehicle is easy to steal, a thief will have their eye on it.
Rules of the road
Extension cords and multi-plug adapters prohibited in residence halls
The safety of our students is always a top priority. Each year the university and the city of Savannah fire marshal inspect student rooms, walkways and common areas. These inspections are conducted annually to protect you from the risk of fire and personal property damage.
The most common violation cited by the fire marshal was the use of extension cords. Extension cords and multi-plug adapters are prohibited under the housing license agreement. Students are to use UL-approved power strip extension cords, no longer than 6 feet, with built-in circuit breakers. Only one such power strip is allowed per resident.
We recommend that students use Fire Shield-protected surge strips in SCAD residence halls. While it is not the only product on the market, it is one of the best and meets our requirements. For more information, including stores nationwide that sell Fire Shield products, visit fireshield.com.
In Terrace, the fire marshal cited the use of HVAC and water heater closets as a common violation. Items in these mechanical closets have the potential to start a fire if the items shift and touch the elements. If personal items are stored in these closets, please remove them immediately.
The City of Savannah fire marshal has the right to re-inspect rooms and apartments with violations 30 days after the initial inspection. This may be an unannounced inspection.
If you have any questions, contact your hall office or the main housing office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 912.525.7000.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is in full compliance with the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226); 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 40:
SCAD takes a number of precautions to help ensure the safety of the community we all live and work in.