BASIC PRECAUTIONS KEEP YOU SAFE
Hawai‘i’s culture, steeped in the aloha spirit, and a long history of welcoming visitors to the Islands are significant factors in the safe environment residents experience here. Though Hawai‘i’s crime rate, especially violent crime, is very low, you should always take steps to protect yourself, your belongings, and your personal information. Here is a list of guidelines that will help you stay safe here, and wherever you go.
Pay attention to who and what is around you. This is the best thing you can do to prevent personal harm.
DON’T GO PLACES ALONE
Travel with a friend or a group of friends, especially at night.
and make eye contact with those around you.
DON’T LEAVE YOUR BELONGINGS UNATTENDED
when out in public (at the library, at the beach, on a bench or chair, at a coffee shop, in a restroom, etc.).
KEEP YOUR DOOR LOCKED
at all times. Don’t open your windows all the way and use the window locks to prevent anyone from entering.
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
at ATMs and bank machines. If someone seems suspicious, leave. Avoid using ATMs in dark or isolated areas. Block the view of the keypad.
IF YOU THINK YOU’RE BEING FOLLOWED
go to a public place, cross the street, head to places where there are people.
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
or if personal belongings are stolen, call 911. The operator will send police officers or emergency vehicles to you, depending on the situation.
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE SECURITY PROGRAM
at your school and campus. Security guards will wear a special uniform and there is a security office with staff and resources available to all students.
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe somewhere, leave. Go to somewhere or someone you know and trust.