Holiday Security and Safety Guidelines

Certain types of crime increase during the holiday season.  In the past, there have been reports of on-campus theft during this period.  In order to prevent you from falling victim to the crimes that occur during the holiday season, we recommend that you take the following precautions:


On Campus

  • Secure all valuables in locked desks or cabinets.
  • During extended absences from the college, secure small items normally left on your desk.
  • Avoid leaving packages overnight in your office.
  • Safeguard your keys (do not leave them lying on desks, hanging in doors, locks, etc.).
  • Lock your office when you leave.
  • At the Graduate Center, report any suspicious activity to Public Safety at 212-817-7777.  For those based at the ASRC, call CCNY Public Safety at 212-650-6911.


Off Campus

  • Do not display large amounts of money in public.
  • If you have to carry cash, keep the larger amounts separate and not in your wallet or purse.
  • Be mindful of pickpockets on crowded trains, buses and elevators.  Keep money and wallets on a secure part of your person and be suspicious of excessive bumping.
  • Obtain all receipts when making credit card purchases.
  • Do not place shopping bags or pocketbooks on the ground and out of touch while paying for other items.
  • Place packages and merchandise in the trunk of your car and out of view.



  • Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed.
  • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
  • Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
  • Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a third party vendor, or a new or unfamiliar company.
  • To avoid purchasing counterfeit products, carefully examine the products you want to buy for signs of missing information (manufacturing information, warranty, product codes, etc.), broken or missing safety seals, different or incomplete packaging, and subtle or obvious changes to a company logo.


The chance of fire also increases with the added use of decorations during the holiday season.  In order to minimize the potential fire hazards associated with the holiday decorations, the following safety guidelines should be followed if you plan on decorating your office:


  • Use decorations that are noncombustible and labeled as flameproof.  The use of real evergreen trees, wreathes, garland, cotton and other combustible material is prohibited.
  • Electric decorative lighting should be inspected before use.  Dispose of lights that have broken/cracked sockets, exposed wires or loose connections.  Electronic items must have an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approval tag.
  • Electric wires should not be run in such a way that they are wedged or pinched against furniture or doors. 
  • Multi-plug adapters may not be used.
  • Unplug lights at the end of the day.
  • Burning candles or other types of open flames is prohibited.
  • Decorations should not obstruct exits or exit signs.


Thank you for your cooperation and have a happy and safe holiday. Please call me at 212-817-7761 if you have any questions or concerns.

Submitted on: DEC 13, 2019

Category: Security