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Although the crime rate at VHCC is very low, you should still be alert and use common sense to protect yourself and others from becoming victims of crime. When you go out, keep these safety tips in mind.

  • Learn the best routes between your classes and activities. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
  • Travel in groups of two or more at night and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
  • Stay on the part of the sidewalk that is farthest away from shrubs, dark doorways, and alleys.
  • Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system.
  • When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
  • Know where the emergency telephone is located. There is an orange telephone located in the Wolf’s Den located in the ISC Building in room 100.
  • If you feel unsafe walking to your car after dark, call campus police for an escort. (276) 614-8282
  • Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you.
  • Follow your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, change directions, go to an emergency phone or into a public building, or call Campus Police (276) 614-8282.
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
  • Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
  • Always lock your car and keep valuables out of site. Check the back seat before getting in.
  • Memorize the phone number of the Campus Police (276) 614-8282.
  • Remember, alcohol and/or drugs are involved in 90 percent of campus crimes.
  • Avoid walking alone if possible especially at night.
  • Walk with an air of confidence and stay alert.  
  • Keep your hand free, not overloaded.
  • Have your keys ready going to your vehicle.
  • If you are being followed: cross the street, scream, run to an occupied residence or store, or flag down a car and call Campus Police.

Campus Police (276) 614-8282

Last updated: 7/20/2010 9:33:05 AM