General Campus Safety and Security Policies
The Daytona State Campus Safety Department provides security information, assistance, and service to aid campus occupants in the protection process. Seminars are provided upon request.The Campus Safety Department utilizes patrolling officers to observe and detect crimes and threats on the main campus. Their function is primarily informational and advisory, rather than regulatory. Campus Safety personnel are not police officers and are not empowered as such. The primarily protective means used are restricting campus access and use to only those authorized students, staff, and employees, or their guests, for reasonable and safe purposes.
The actions taken by a person to increase security in his or her residence, vehicle, or personal activity can prevent a crime by causing the perpetrator to think twice and be deterred. Simple actions include:
REPORT SUSPICIOUS OR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TO OUR DAYTONA STATE CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINE.
All calls will be investigated
REPORT ALL CRIMES & PROPERTY LOSS
In all instances of criminal occurrence, loss of property, assault, threat, injury, or attempted crime, the Campus Safety Department must be contacted as soon as possible in order to facilitate proper reporting and resource utilization and to record the occurrence for further study and preventive action.
To relay confidential information to Campus Safety, call 386-506-4500.
- Locking doors at all times (residence and vehicle)
- Not "propping" doors open
- Exercising, traveling, or jogging with a friend or partner
- Being aware of unusual or suspicious persons or conditions
- Staying in well-lighted areas of the campus
- Calling Campus Safety to report Crime or suspicious activity: 386-506-4444
- Calling the local police (911), then calling Campus Safety if danger is suspected or if you are threatened.
When you are at home alone, pull shades or curtains after dark. If you let someone in and then have second thoughts, be assertive and demand that the person leave or leave yourself. Call a friend or neighbor to come over. Pretend you are not alone, mention a friend or family member asleep in the next room. Anyone who refuses to leave is a trespasser, and you should call the local police (911) to have them removed.
Make sure hallways, entrances, garages, and grounds are well lighted. Leave porch lights on all night. When away from home for the night, or when you expect to return after dark, leave an interior light on in a room or two with shades drawn. Leave a television or radio on to give the impression that someone is at home. Install a peephole in your door.
When someone is at your door, never open it until you know who is there. Repair and sales people, police and survey takers carry identification. Ask to see it and, if you have any doubt or question, call the company to verify the person's identity before you permit entry. On campus, call Campus Safety at 506-4444. There is no soliciting allowed on campus.
If someone wants to use the phone, make the call for him or her without opening the door.
Get to know your neighbors so you can get help if necessary. Be familiar with who is coming and going in the neighborhood.
List initials and last name only on mailbox or door. Consider not listing your address in the phone book.
Avoid giving out information about yourself or making appointments with strangers over the phone.
To deter theft and fencing of stolen goods, engrave or mark all valuable personal property with your name and phone number and/or driver's license number.
The Campus Safety Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the protection of students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Officers patrol the campus by marked vehicles and by foot patrol.
Daytona State uses silent electronic surveillance equipment to monitor our properties.
The Campus Safety program announces to criminals that we at Daytona State are aware of possible crime and are alert enough to report it. A criminal does not want attention. Attention leads to prevention.
Preventative Measures: The following preventive measures will help minimize your chances of being attacked:
- If you are going out, tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
- Always lock your doors, and do not lend the key. Keys can be duplicated.
- Do not walk alone at night. Take a friend with you.
- Stay in well-lighted areas.
- If you lose a key or believe that someone has a key to your office, report this immediately to Campus Safety.
- Photocopy all important papers that you carry in your purse or wallet, including your driver's license. Keep the photo-copy in a safe place. This information will be invaluable if you lose your license or cards.
- Don't offer a ride to any individual you don't know, even if the person claims to be a student.
- Report to Campus Safety any malfunctioning corridor, hallway, or exterior lighting.
- Trust your intuition. If you feel uncomfortable, you do not have to use the elevator. Go back to an occupied office or classroom or call Campus Safety.
- If you are in an elevator and someone suspicious enters, stand near the controls. If necessary, you can press all the buttons or use the emergency alarm. The phone in the elevator automatically dials the Campus Safety office when the button is pushed or the handset is lifted.
On The Street
Be alert. Look around you. Be aware of others on the street. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Women should carry a whistle on a key chain. Walk with keys in hand. Walk or bike with others if you have a choice. Try not to go alone.
- Stay on populated, well-lighted streets when you can.
- If you think someone is following you, turn around and check so that you are not caught off guard. Cross the street or change direction.
- Walk or run toward people, traffic, or light. Consider shouting at the aggressor and saying, in a loud, firm voice, "Don't follow me!" Try to find an occupied building or business place.
- If a car follows you or stops near you for directions, do not approach the car. Change direction if you feel threatened and walk or run toward stores, a lighted house, or other people.
- Park in well-lit areas at night. Check the street before leaving the car. Park in full view of the front of stores and houses.
- Walk to your car with keys ready.
- If you have a flat tire, seek help by phone or at a nearby business. Beware of someone who instantly appears to offer help attackers often disable women's cars to make their owners vulnerable.
- Check the back seat before entering; someone could be hiding there.
- Keep the car doors locked at all times, even when driving in daylight, so no one can jump in at a red light.
- Keep enough gas in your tank for emergencies.
- If you are followed by another car, drive to a police station or business that has lights on and people in it. You may not want to go directly home with someone following you. "Driveway" robberies are becoming more common.
- If your car breaks down, lift the hood, put on the flashers, and wait inside for help with the doors locked. Ask people who stop to call the police or AAA for you. Don't go with anyone.
- Don't stop for stranded motorists. You are of greater help to them by calling the police or sheriff.
- Try to jog with a partner. Try to avoid running alone, even in daylight. You could become injured from a fall and might need help.
- Be aware of people around you.
- Stay on well-lit paths in open areas. Vary your route. Be suspicious of people you pass many times.
- Stay away from parked cars, especially those occupied by suspicious persons.
- If possible, wait for the bus at well-lit stops. Be alert so you cannot be grabbed from behind. If possible, join other people at a stop. If you feel threatened, go to a nearby business.
- If anyone bothers you on the bus, state in a loud, firm voice, "Leave me alone!" Let the other riders and the driver know what is going on and move to the front of the bus.
- Don't get off the bus in an isolated area.
- Notice who gets off at your stop. If someone is following you, practice the tips for street safety.
Emergency Telephone System
Emergency telephones with direct access to the Campus Safety operator are located at all Daytona State campuses and in all elevators. Emergency assistance may also be requested by dialing 911 from any of the public telephones located throughout each campus. Each of these phone systems may be used for emergency or non-emergency reasons. The Campus Safety operator will ask if you need assistance or help. Please remain at the location until an officer arrives (if the situation is safe).
Pursuant to Florida Statue 790.115
A person shall not possess any firearm, electric weapon or device, destructive device, or other weapon as defined in Florida Statute 790.001(13) including a razor blade or box cutter, on Daytona State College property or at a College-sponsored event, except as authorized in support of College-sanctioned activities; however, a person may carry a firearm:
- In a case to a firearms program, class or function which has been approved in advance by the principal or chief administrative officer of the school as a program or class to which firearms could be carried;
- In a case to a career center having a firearms training range; or
- In a vehicle pursuant to FL Statute. 790.25(5);
Daytona State College has a tobacco-free policy. The use of tobacco products is prohibited on all Daytona State College property, with the exception of inside a vehicle in the parking lots. The use of vaporizers (electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, etc.) is allowed on campus grounds but prohibited in all College buildings.