See also Campus Safety and Security
Los Angeles is a large, vibrant, diverse, modern city with all the benefits and challenges of urban life. Being in the heart of a major metropolitan area is exciting, providing many cultural, professional, recreational, historical and educational opportunities. However, you also need to be smart about your safety and security. What can you do to protect yourself from crime? Southwestern is committed to protecting you in every way possible; however, you are ultimately responsible for your personal safety. Take time to do some planning and learn how to keep yourself safe. The following are a few helpful hints to keep in mind.
When Walking on the Street:
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
- Walk with a friend or use the escort service provided by on-campus security.
- Avoid dark streets.
- Walk near the curb and avoid shrubs and dark doorways.
- Have your keys in your hand, so you can open your car or home immediately.
- Keep a tight hold on your bag or purse.
- If a driver asks you for directions, don't get too close to the car.
- If you feel you are being followed, move away fast, change directions or walk into a well-lit public area, store or building.
Protecting your Property:
- Keep your books, laptop computer or bags with you; don't leave them unattended on campus or other public places.
- Don't leave books, bags or other valuable items visible in your car.
- Do not carry large amounts of cash on you.
- Lock your car or bike.
There are three safety intercoms/buzzers on each floor of the campus parking structure that are directly connected to campus security, as well as one in every campus restroom area; the parking structure is also monitored by surveillance cameras. Report any incidents on campus by using one of these intercoms or calling one of the campus security numbers (213.738.6735 or 213.738.5793).