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Assertive police strategies have cut crime dramatically in New York.You can reduce the possibility of being a victim by knowing these simple facts:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.If you believe you are being followed or targeted chances are you may be."Stay Alert"
  • Avoid walking and texting or talking on a cell phone.
  • Use headsets; if they can't see it they can't grab it.
  • Carry your purse close to your body clap side in.
  • When in a restaurant or store, don't leave your handbag over the back of the chair or in a shopping cart unattended.
  • Carry your wallet in your breast pocket of your jacket or in your front pants pocket - NEVER in the your rear pants pocket.
  • Be wary of con artists; some divert your attention while another picks your pocket or grabs your cell phone.
  • If possible carry personal alarms you can activate to alert the public in the event that you need assistance.
  • Follow your instincts. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Hold on to your cell phone and keep it secured and out of sight when not in use.
  • Report suspicious activities to the Department of Public Safety.


Coordinate your schedule with fellow students or friends so that you walk to and from classes together.This will help reduce the risk of being targeted by a potential assailant.Use the College shuttle bus service whenever possible.


When does alcohol abuse become alcoholism?  It is not easy to pinpoint the moment when someone starts having a problem with alcohol.  Instead of clear lines, there are shades of gray between social drinking, alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

Know your limits: 
Experts define heavy drinking for men as more than two drinks per day on a regular basis.  For women, it's an average of more than one drink per day.  But it may still be hard to tell when drinking has become a problem.

Losing control:
   Alcohol abuse on a small scale can lead to full-blown alcoholism.  People who continue to abuse alcohol often find they have to drink more to get the same effect.  This warning sign of alcoholism is called tolerance.  In time you may need a drink just to feel normal.  These signs add up to dependence which is a hallmark of alcoholism.

Getting help: 
The effects of alcohol can be devastating.  Family and work relationships usually suffer.  Drinking too much alcohol on even one occasion can lead to injuries or death from a car crash, drowning or other types of incidents. Your doctor is a good place to start finding the counseling or treatment you need.


OFF CAMPUS:  National Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Referral Routing Service - 1 (800) 662-HELP

ON CAMPUS ASSISTANCE: The Wellness and Counseling Center - Marshak Building Room J15 - (212) 650-8222


Nidia Polonia, Crime Prevention CCNY Public Safety Department
(212) 650-6036 -
NAC Room 4/201

General Inquiries 24 Hours a day (212) 650-6911

For Emergencies Dial (212) 650-7777


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