Safety Tips

SAFETY TIPS

WHAT YOU ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO WHEN RENTING:

* Your landlord must provide deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
* If you would like any additional upgrades for security purposes such as an alarm, extra lighting, or bars on the windows, you must first consult with your landlord and generally you will be responsible for the cost of upgrades.

WHEN SEARCHING FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING:

* Ask the current residents and neighbors if they feel the area is a safe place to live.
* Are the areas outside the building well lit, particularly from the parking areas to the entrance?
* Is there an additional security presence at the residence? If so, is it a substantial presence?
* How far away is emergency assistance if needed?
* Is the door sturdy and are the locks sufficient?
* Do all the windows have locks and are these locks sufficient?
* You may find our Local Area Profiles handout a helpful resource when familiarizing yourself with the surrounding communities.

TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF THEFT OR BURGLARY:

* Secure your valuables.
* Make sure you don’t leave valuables outside of your residence.
* Keep doors locked at all times.
* Be sure that windows are closed and locked when you leave the home.
* Invest in additional security such as an alarm or dog. If not, invest in dummy security signs or “Beware of dog” signs.
* Don’t leave boxes for high value goods visible in your trash (For example, computer, and electronic equipment).
* If you or your roommates will not be in the home for an extended period of time, have someone collect your mail and newspapers.
* Avoid having large groups of strangers in your home.
* Don’t leave valuables unattended in public places.
* Stay away from areas with high theft rates.
* Avoid overly crowded areas where it is east to be pick-pocketed.

TO AVOID BEING ROBBED:

* Don’t walk alone at night if you can avoid it.
* Use services such as Gallaudet shuttle, DPS escorts, DC Metro and buses as alternatives to walking alone.
* Avoid isolated locations near high crime areas.
* Don’t walk around while heavily intoxicated.
* Don’t show off valuables such as cell phones, pagers, or cash unnecessarily.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS:

Emergency Fire Rescue and Police………………911
Non-Emergency…………………………………………..311

TRANSPORTATION NUMBERS:

Gallaudet Shuttle……………………….(202) 651-5151
DPS…………………………………………….(202) 651-5555
DPS pager……………gallydps@att.blackberry.net
DC Metro……………………………………(202) 637-7000
DC Bus………………………………………..(202) 637-7000

NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS:

Poison Center…………………..…….….800-222-1222
Animal Control & Shelter…………..301-499-8300
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Liaison Unit ………………………………(202)698-0289
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit…….(202)727-5427
Latino Liaison Unit…………………….(202)673-4445
Asian Liaison Unit……………………..(202)724-8009
Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline(800-799-7233
Deaf Addiction Service in MD…..(800)735-2258

HOSPITALS:

-Washington hospital Center (202) 877-7174
-Georgetown University (202) 687-1448
-George Washington (202) 715-4000
-Children Hospital (202) 884-5000
-Howard Hospital (202) 865-6100
-District of Columbia General (202) 698-5000
-Providence Hospital (202) 269-7000