Focused crime prevention and keeping you safe is the capstone of our campus safety programs.
Suspicious persons or activities should be reported immediately by calling 678.407.5333.
Learn more about what is suspicious.
Although the crime rate at GGC is very low, you should still be alert and use common sense to protect yourself and others from becoming victims of crime. When you go out, keep these safety tips in mind.
- Learn the best routes between parking areas and your classes and activities. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
- Travel in groups of two or more at night and always walk in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
- Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system.
- When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
- If you feel uncomfortable, call Public Safety for a ride at 678.407.5333.
- Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you.
- Follow your instincts. If something doesn't feel right, change directions, go into an open building or call Public Safety at 678.407.5333.
- Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
- Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
- Always lock your car and keep valuables out of site. Check the back seat before getting in.
- Memorize the Public Safety phone number: 678.407.5333.
- Remember, alcohol and/or drugs are involved in 90 percent of campus crimes.
Clean Car Campaign
Opportunity theft plagues every campus in the nation. We usually think of opportunity theft as someone else’s problem. However, we have learned through experience that many thefts from the parking lots are simply opportunity thefts.
Catching these opportunistic thieves is difficult at best so a different approach is required. We are asking for everyone to put forth a little effort in a "Clean Car" initiative. Simply put, by removing all viewable valuables from your vehicle, prior to leaving your vehicle, you will reduce the odds of your vehicle being illegally entered by nearly 95%!
Additionally, please help us to reduce the opportunity of theft by reminding other students, co-workers, visitors and friends to remove ALL items from their car.
In the Elevator
- Always stand near the control panel.
- If you suspect trouble or are attacked, push the alarm button and as many floor buttons as possible so that the elevator will halt quickly, probably at the next floor.
- Respond to instinct, intuition or gut reactions. Don’t get on an elevator with someone who makes you feel uneasy.
- If other passengers get off, leaving you with a person(s) who make you feel uneasy, get off with other passengers and wait for the next elevator.
- Allow other passengers to push the buttons for their floors first.
Keeping your personal information from falling into the wrong hands will help you from becoming another identity theft victim.Learn more about identity theft.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. RAD is not a martial arts program. It is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. The class offers a dynamic simulation that allows the participant to test their abilities at 100% in simulated circumstances against an instructor. The courses are taught by nationally certified RAD instructors and provide each participant with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for RAD graduates. Please contact Public Safety at 678.407.5333 for further information.
There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted.Review tips and more info about preventing sexual assault.
Sexual harassment of employees or students in the University System of Georgia is prohibited and shall subject the offender to dismissal or other sanctions after compliance with procedural due process requirements. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, unwelcome touching, and other conduct or comments of a sexual nature can constitute sexual harassment or even sexual assault. For more information, contact Campus Police at 678.407.5333.
Strangers and Children
- Teach your children what a stranger is, not necessarily what a person looks like or the clothes they wear. If a child does not personally know the individual or has not been introduced to that individual by their parents, they are to be considered a stranger.
- Have a “code word” shared with your child. If a stranger asks the child to come with them, all the child has to do is ask for the “code word.” If Mom or Dad did not tell the person the code word, the child does not go with them.
- If the child is grabbed by a stranger, tell them not to scream or cry. Rather, yell “He’s not my Daddy” or “She’s not my Mommy.”
- If your child is ever unsure about someone's intentions, teach them to trust their feelings and run away.
- Know the safest route to and from school and instruct your children to follow that route.
- Know the length of time it takes your child to walk to and from school.
- Immediately check any delay in arrival home.
- Know your children’s playmates and where they congregate.
- Instruct your children to report to you suspicious persons or attempts by unknown adults to approach them or become friendly with them.
- Instruct you children not to accept rides or gifts from anyone without your approval.
- Tell your children to check with you before going anywhere with anyone.
It is important to be alert for suspicious parcels, but keep in mind that a mail bomb is an extremely rare occurrence. To illustrate just how rare, postal inspectors have investigated an average of 16 mail bombs over the last few years. By contrast, each year, the Postal Service processed over 170 billion pieces of mail. That means during the last few years, the chances that a piece of mail actually contains a bomb average far less than one in 10 billion.
Still, those who are familiar with the characteristics of suspect parcels can help to avert a tragedy. This actually occurred in 1991, when a Dumfries, Va., letter carrier identified a suspect parcel in a collection box. The parcel contained a bomb intended for the sender's estranged husband. By acting quickly, the carrier may have saved the man's life. Although the appearance of mail bombs may vary greatly, here are some characteristics that have repeatedly shown up:
- Mail bombs may have excessive postage. Normally a bomber does not want to mail a parcel over the counter and have to deal face-to-face with a window clerk.
- The return address may be fictitious or non-existent.
- The postmark may show a different location than the return address.
- Mail bombs may bear restricted endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Private." This is particularly important when the addressee does not usually receive personal mail at the office.
- Mail bombs may display distorted handwriting, or the name and address may be prepared with homemade labels or cut-and-paste lettering.
- Parcel bombs may be unprofessionally wrapped with several combinations of tape used to secure the package and may be endorsed "Fragile–Handle With Care" or "Rush–Do Not Delay."
- Letter bombs may feel rigid or appear uneven or lopsided.
- Package bombs may have an irregular shape, soft spots or bulges.
- Mail bombs may have protruding wires, aluminum foil or oil stains, and may emit a peculiar odor.
While the overwhelming volume of mail does not permit the Postal Service to screen every piece, postal inspectors are able to respond quickly if a suspect article is discovered. Each Inspection Service field division has trained and equipped bomb specialists available to provide professional assistance. If you become suspicious of a mailing and are unable to verify the contents, observe the following safety precautions:
- Don't open the article.
- Isolate the suspect parcel and evacuate the immediate area.
- Don't put it in water or a confined space, such as a desk drawer or cabinet.
- If possible, open windows in the immediate area to assist in venting potentially explosive gases.
- Don't worry about possible embarrassment if the item turns out to be innocent. Instead, contact the Postal Inspection Service and your local police.
On the Telephone
- Never list your address in the phone book.
- Use your first initial and last name in the phone book.
- When not at home, use an answering machine. Have it answer that you cannot come to the phone, not that you are not at home. Turn the ringer down so it cannot be heard from the outside.
- In cases of emergency, know what number to dial (911) and what to say when calling.
- Don't give any personal information out if called about surveys, contests, subscription drives, purchases or deliveries until the source of the call has been verified. Ask for a number they can be called back at and confirm it in a telephone book.
- Never give your name, address or phone number to someone you don’t know.
- Never give any information to "wrong number" callers. Ask for the number they are trying to dial.
- Always give the impression you are not alone.
- If they ask for someone who is not there, say they can’t come to the phone and ask for a name and number.
- When you first realize the caller is obscene or harassing, hang up immediately. Do not listen to them or show any type of emotional response. Report continuing incidents to the telephone company and police.
- Do not use a blast from a whistle to discourage obscene or harassing phone calls.
- If all else fails, change your phone number and have it unlisted.
Telephone 809 Scam
Being scammed is just a phone call away – a phone call to area code 809. This popular scam could cost you more than $100 for a few minutes of your time.
The scam plays something like this: You receive an email message or voicemail to immediately call an 809 area code. The message may tell you to call to avoid the cancellation of your email account, to get information on a relative in danger or to claim a prize. If you call from the United States, you may be charged as much as $25 per minute.
What lies on the other end of the receiver varies from a person speaking broken English to a long recorded message, both aimed at keeping you on the phone as long as possible. The 809 area code is located in the Bahamas and can be used as a "pay-per-call" number similar to a 900 number. But unlike 900 numbers in the United States, 809 area codes do not have to conform to laws set up to avoid scams like this one.
U.S. regulations require that you be warned of charges and rates involved and that the company provide a time period during which you may hang up without being charged. In addition, many U.S. phones have 900-number blocking, but this is not available for the 809 area code.
The chances of getting the charges dropped are slim, according to Internet Scambusters. Scambusters warns that your phone company may say they were simply providing the billing for the foreign company. The foreign company can argue it has done nothing wrong, and you may still be stuck with the bill because you made the call. The easiest way to avoid this hassle is not to return any calls with the 809 area code until you have investigated further.
Travel with a reputable travel agency. Know what kind of transportation, housing, and food and beverages are included in your travel package. If you don't know anything about the travel agency, call the State Consumer Protection Division to find out if there are any complaints against the agency.
If you plan on drinking as part of your spring break experience, consider the following:
- Know the alcohol laws at your destination. Ask your travel agent for information on age of consumption and local laws regarding alcohol use. Some areas will ticket for open intoxicants, while others may have stiff penalties for public inebriation.
- Plan ahead on how much you plan to drink. Talk with a friend about when the friend should intervene and make a plan for how you will return to your hotel. Stay with someone who knows you when you are drinking – don't wander off alone. Make sure that someone in your group is not drinking or is drinking responsibly so that they can get everyone home.
- Don't assume that someone you've just met will look out for your best interests. Keep in mind that more people are sexually assaulted by acquaintances than by strangers.
- Only accept drinks from a licensed bartender or drinks that you pour yourself. You put yourself at risk for receiving an altered beverage if you don't know the source of the drink.
- If a friend feels sick, don't leave them alone. If you feel sick, ask someone to look out for you.
- If a member of your group passes out, turn them on their side to prevent choking and call 911 immediately.
- Don't horseplay or climb on balconies. Never sit on railings and always keep both feet on the floor at all times. Falls from balconies, even those on lower floors, can be fatal.
- Don't carry all of your credit or bank cards in your wallet or purse. Carry the minimum amount of cash that you will need, including a little backup. Traveler's checks are your best bet when on vacation. If you have extra cash, leave it in your hotel room, hidden from sight.
- Make sure your friends and relatives know where you will be vacationing, when you will depart, and when you expect to return. Call friends or family members to let then know that you have arrived and returned safely.
- If you are robbed, don't resist – give up any money, jewelry or other valuables. You can always replace material things. Call 911 as soon as you can.
Victims Bill of Rights
Know the following:
- The accused may be released from custody prior to trial.
- Victims have certain rights during the stages of the criminal justice process.
- Additional information may be obtained by contacting the filing agency or Gwinnett County Victim/Witness Assistance Program at 770.822.8444.
- Victims may be eligible for out-of-pocket expenses from the Crime Victim's Compensation Program.
- Victims may have available to them community-based victim service programs. For information, contact the Governor's Victim Assistance Helpline at 1.800.338.6745.
- Victims must meet any applicable obligations (provide a current phone number and address).
For additional information regarding these rights, contact the following victims/witness assistance program: Gwinnett County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, 770.822.8444.
You have been the victim of or witness to a crime on campus. We will do everything within our ability to solve this crime and apprehend the offender. We are equally concerned that this offense does not recur to you or another member of the community.
- If you need police assistance, call Public Safety at 678.407.5333 or dial 911.
- If your purse or backpack is snatched, don’t fight it. There is nothing in it that can’t be replaced. It is not worth getting hurt over.
- Avoid walking alone as much as possible. Having other people nearby is a great defense.
- Be alert when you’re alone. Be aware of who is around you.
- Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace. Attackers look for someone who appears vulnerable.
- Walk near the curb; avoid shrubbery or other places of concealment.
- Avoid isolated or poorly-lit places and unpopulated areas, alleys, vacant lots or buildings.
- Do not hitchhike.
- Be careful when people in a car stop and ask you for directions. Always reply from a distance; never get too close to the car.
Leaving late? If you would like an escort on campus, please call 678.407.5333.
Through scheduled seminars that target specific groups, relevant presentations and community awareness meetings (town meetings), our crime prevention efforts are gaining support and showing exceptional promise. Crime prevention pamphlets are also available at the Public Safety office.