LAVC Sheriff Station

Personal Safety Tips for College Students

Student at Services Building

Here are some suggestions for College Students safety:

  • LAVC has a “panic phone” system located in and around campus. Know where these are.
  • Have a safety buddy, someone you can call for a ride or for help, and create a code word or phrase that means “Come help me out of this” or “I’m in trouble.”
  • If you are on campus at night and feel uncomfortable walking to your car or the bus station please call the Sheriff’s Office at (818) 947-2911 and ask for the escort service to give you a ride to your destination.
  • If you are walking to your vehicle alone (day or night) make sure you have your keys ready when you get to the car. These will prevent a long delay in getting into the car and locking the doors for safety.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and any suspicious activity in your area. If you are concerned call the College Sheriff at (818) 947-2911 or use an Emergency Call Box.
  • Before going to a party, tell a friend where you’re going and when you’ll be back. Let them know if your plans change.
  • Take turns being a designated driver or sober companion. You could save someone’s life.
  • If a party gets out of hand, leave!
  • Never, ever leave your drink alone or with someone you don’t know. Date rape drugs are easy to use. And men are just as vulnerable as women.
  • Don’t take drinks or anything else from strangers, even food.
  • Don’t ride with drunk or drugged drivers.
  • Don’t offer rides to people you don’t know.
  • Trust your instincts!

And here’s what parents can do:

  • Ask the college administrators about campus alcohol policies.
  • Talk to your kids about the legal penalties for underage drinking.
  • Discuss the possible consequences of drinking, including date rape, violence and school interference.
  • Know your child’s roommate and living arrangements.
  • Call your son or daughter frequently.


Dial 2911 from any campus phone to reach the Sheriff's Department.