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Your safety is our top priority. We have compiled a list of resources and useful tips to ensure that your off-campus living experience is both safe and successful.

Security Tips

  • Always keep your doors and windows locked.  
  • Never leave your door or any entrance to your residence open and unattended.  
  • Keep your keys in a safe location. Do not lend your keys to anyone. Inform your landlord immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.  
  • Do not allow any maintenance worker to enter your apartment without permission from your landlord. Your landlord will give you notice if repairs are being done in your apartment. 

Fire & Safety Tips

  • Ensure your apartment is equipped with working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, as well as a fire extinguisher that is up to date. 
  • Refer to the Environmental Health and Safety Off-Campus Apartment Fire Safety page for a helpful checklist and additional resources. 

Things to Keep Handy

  • Make sure you always have fresh batteries for your carbon monoxide (CO) and Smoke Detectors. 
  • Purchase a first aid kit to treat minor injuries. 
  • Keep a tool kit handy for small repairs.  
  • A flashlight can be useful in the event of power outages. 

Additional Safety Tips

  • Do not leave valuables (including keys, wallet, credit cards, ATM card, ID card, personal computer, or your backpack) in plain sight.  
  • Make sure your belongings are covered against fire, theft, etc. by your insurance policy.
  • Report any suspicious activities to the Pitt Police