Ever get a funny feeling that youre being followed in the parking structure? That the stranger doesnt belong in your office building? Or that the person who asks you for the time of day really is eyeing your purse?
Its not paranoia. The vague feeling that something may not be right is what Sgts. David A. Betts and Benny Chenevert of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Prevention Unit call that sixth sense.
At the Workplace of the 90s Crime Prevention workshop, Betts and Chenevert encouraged staff members to pay attention to their sixth sense, to always be alert, to be aware of their surroundings and thus able to avoid possible danger when the sixth sense sounds an internal alarm.
Chenevert, crime prevention coordinator, and Betts, crime prevention supervisor, offered a number of tips on preventing crimes at home, when out in the community and at work.
Noting the success of the Neighborhood Watch Program, in which neighbors keep an eye on each others property, Betts said DPS has instituted a Building Watch program in some large campus buildings such as the Institute for Social Research.
Chenevert said staff members usually know who does and doesnt belong in their building. When you see a stranger, he suggested politely offering assistance. Persons who dont have legitimate reasons for being in the building usually will leave, he said, because they know at least one person can identify them.
Dont be afraid to call us. Thats what were here for, Chenevert stressed.
Some other tips: