Avoid Becoming a Victim

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 the breast pocket of your jacket or in your front pants pocket - NEVER in 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.


Nidia Polonia, Crime Prevention CCNY Public Safety Department
(212) 650-7635 - Taish Rochester  npolonia@ccny.cuny.edu
NAC Room 4/201
General Inquiries 24 Hours a day (212) 650-6911


Last Updated: 10/16/2021 19:36