Spring Break security tips for off-campus residents

March 5, 2015


Let trusted neighbors or friends know you are leaving and ask them to keep an eye on your house.

Leave exterior lights on. Lock all gates, doors and windows. Close all curtains.

If you would like your home checked while you are away on break, the Spokane Police Department Senior Volunteers offer this service. Services are provided Monday through Friday for up to 30 days. All doors and windows are physically checked including any out-buildings on your property. Call the Vacation Home Check Information line at (509)622-5885 if you are interested in having this service provided to you.


If you live off-campus, you may want to park your car on campus over spring break. The City of Spokane only allows parking on the street for up to twelve hours at a time. Consider utilizing the free parking program offered by Campus Public Safety and Security. No permit is required but you must sign up at the CPS&S office located in lower Welch hall. Parking is limited and is on a first-come first-served basis. Campus Security is not responsible for any damage or theft to vehicles if you choose to utilize this program. Remember to lock your vehicle and remove all valuables that may attract unwanted attention.

Mail & Packages

If you will be gone more than two to three days, make arrangements to have your newspaper and mail deliveries stopped or picked up by a trusted neighbor or friend.

Whether you live on campus or off, you may rent a mailbox from the Gonzaga Mail Room for $35.00 per school year. Right now they are offering mailbox rentals for $15.00 for the rest of the school year. If you live on or off-campus and you have a mailbox through Gonzaga, you can have packages delivered to the secure mail room.

The United States Parcel Service offers the following service if you will be away from your off-campus residence for any period of time: https://holdmail.usps.com/duns/HoldMail.jsp

Halloween Safety Tips for Social Gatherings

October 25, 2012

If you go to a costume party, go with a group of friends you know and trust.

  • Always carry a photo ID, and make sure your friends carry identification and phone numbers with them in case they become incapacitated for any reason.
  • Consider your costume, and avoid wearing one that inhibits your ability to see and move freely. Use special caution when crossing the street, and be sure motorists see you before you cross.
  • Some people who want to cause harm may take advantage of being unrecognizable in a Halloween costume.  Stay in an environment where you can easily get help or move away from someone who is threatening your safety.  Be aware of your surroundings.
  • If you are intoxicated, your impaired judgment places you at a much greater risk for injury, unwanted sexual contact, or a police citation. Set a drink limit for yourself and stick to it. (Or plan not to drink alcohol at all.)
  • If you accept a beverage from someone, make sure that you know the individual, you have observed the drink being prepared, and you never leave it unattended. Exercise caution in any public setting with any beverage.
  • Make a plan to get home safely. If you have no other safe option, you can utilize GSBA Saferide for rides back to your on-campus or near-campus residence.  568-8000. Halloween is one of the busiest nights of the year for cabs, so please be prepared to wait for your ride.

If you plan to host a social gathering, please visit the Gonzaga Off-Campus Living guide at: http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/Off-Campus-Living/Docs-and-Pics/OffCampusGuide1.pdf .  You’ll find some great tips for safely hosting guests and a social gathering on pages 16-19.

Magic Trick

December 15, 2009


How is this “magic” trick done?

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Tips to Reduce the Risk

  • Remember that alcohol is still #1 date rape drug. Persons who drink alcohol are more likely to be sexually assaulted.
  • Never leave a drink unattended, even for just a minute.
  • If someone wants to buy you a drink, go with that person when they buy it so you can keep track of the drink.
  • When holding your drink, hold it so where your hand is covering the top.
  • If you or a friend feels extremely drunk after only a few drinks, get help because you may have been drugged.
  • Other two predator drugs being used are roofies and GHB. Both make you feel drunk after 20-30 minutes. Both can cause amnesia and unconsciousness for three to eight hours.
  • If you go into a room and the person locks the door, leave immediately.
  • Go to a party with your friends and always leave together. If someone you just met wants to walk you home, thank him/her for the offer, but leave with the group you came with. You can always see this person the next day, when you’re both sober.

REMEMBER….any beverage including Juice, tea, coffee, soda and water can be drugged too.

Holiday Savvy

December 5, 2009

Here are a few simple tips from the Spokane Police to consider during the holidays:

  • Park Smart
    • Park and walk in well-lit, busy areas
    • Stay away from over-grown bushes and trees
    • Use valet parking or an attended garage if you are alone
    • Shop at locations that have police and/or security patrols Read the rest of this entry »

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