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Denver Seminary is committed to providing a safe environment for all members of the campus community. We encourage all of our students to join in helping to keep our campus safe. If you see something, say something.

At Your
Service!

There may be a time when you or your family feel uncomfortable traveling across campus or navigating an outlying parking lot, especially when it gets dark earlier in the fall and winter. The Denver Seminary Security Team will be happy to safely escort anyone from one on-campus location to another on-campus location 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 303.961.1184 if you need assistance. We encourage you to save this number in your cell phone contacts.

Register for approved Denver Seminary emergency communications (lockdowns, evacuations, dangerous situations, school closures due to weather) and other important information via text message and email at

getrave.com/login/denverseminary

 

Rave does not charge subscribers to send or receive SMS messages. Standard or other messaging charges apply depending upon your wireless carrier plan and subscription details.

 

Once registered, you can opt out of SMS messages at any time by texting STOP to 67283 or 226787.

Reverse 911 Emergency Notification

The emergency notification system enables local authorities to provide essential information quickly in a variety of critical situations, such as fires, floods, evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods, and other emergencies. 

If you have a landline phone, you are already in the notification system.  We also urge you to register your mobile phones to one or more of the following counties. If you live in Parker, for example, you should register in both Douglas County and Arapahoe County (DenSem’s jurisdiction).

Arapahoe County Alert Program

Douglas County CodeRed

Jefferson County CodeRed

City of Aurora Citizen Alert

Rave Communication System
Crime on the
Seminary Campus
As our annual crime statistics indicate, we have been very fortunate in having a low campus crime rate. However, we have not been crime free, and realize that appropriate policies, in conjunction with personal responsibility and vigilance on the part of all members of our community, are necessary to maintain an environment of safety.
Car break-ins and bike thefts are the crimes with which we deal the most on the Seminary campus. As such, we encourage all members of our community to lock vehicles at all times and refrain from keeping valuables inside, and secure bikes with a strong lock, or keep them in the bike storage shed or their apartment.
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Littleton Police Department
& Fire Department:

 

Call 911 for an emergency situation

LPD Dispatcher:

Call 303.794.1551 

for a non-emergency situation

​DenSem Security

303.961.1184

List your important emergency contact numbers and information in your wallet, planner, or backpack if you carry one. Plan ahead and help those who want to help you in an emergency. 

Safety Recommendations
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Be Careful

What You Post

Social media is a great platform for connecting with friends and family worldwide or sharing updates about your life. However, with everything you post, stay aware of who else could be viewing your profile. Avoid geotagging your photos, as it reveals your location to strangers, and never publicly announce when you’re home alone or are leaving your home/apartment unattended.

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If You Smell

Natural Gas 

Gas leaks are a serious fire safety hazard. If you smell gas, avoid any open flames. Do not turn electrical switches on or off, or light matches or cigarettes. Open windows and doors to air out your home or apartment, and then get out. Call your gas utility supplier and/or the fire department from an outside phone and let them know that there is a gas leak. Do not re-enter your home until your utility supplier has checked and fixed the problem. 

Xcel Energy 24-Hour Gas Emergency: 1-800-895-2999 

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Emergency

Contacts

Program emergency phone numbers into your cell phone, especially our DenSem Security number. Also, list your important emergency contact numbers and information in your wallet, planner, or backpack if you carry one. Plan ahead and help those who want to help you in an emergency.

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Fire Safety

Tips

Fires spread quickly and most fire-related deaths are not from burns but from smoke inhalation—dangerous fumes can overcome a person in just a few minutes. If you are in a fire, you should:

 

Crawl under the smoke to safety, staying as low to the ground as possible (smoke always rises).

Identify the nearest escape route in your building—always avoid elevators during a fire.

When evacuating, touch the door (not the doorknob) to see if it is hot, and if it is, do not to open it—find another exit!

 

Never delay your evacuation to take personal belongings or to make a phone call (even to 911). Make your 911 call once you are safely out of the building.

Never go back into a burning building once safely outside.

Stop, drop, and roll to extinguish flames if an article of clothing catches on fire.

Practice fire drills with your family.

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Safety

at Work

Keep emergency phone numbers posted near your phone. Keep money, checkbooks, or other valuable items out of sight. Know your office emergency evacuation plan. If you are working late, let someone know where you are and how long you expect to work before leaving or plan in advance to have a co-worker stay with you. Report any suspicious, threatening, or alarming behavior of others to your supervisor. 

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Hail Storm

Preparedness

Hailstones vary greatly in size, but even small ones — driven by gravity and strong winds — pose a danger to anything or anyone caught in a storm. As a storm approaches, put vehicles in the garage and bring pets inside. If you are outdoors, go indoors immediately.

 

Once you are indoors, close all drapes, blinds, or shades to prevent broken window glass and hailstones from entering your home. If possible, move to a basement, cellar, or other level of the building not directly below the roof. Stay indoors until the storm has passed.

 

If you are on the road during a hailstorm, stay in your vehicle and slow down or stop, as roads may become slippery. Once you have pulled over safely, turn your back to windows or cover yourself with a blanket to protect yourself from broken glass.

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ATM

Safety

Remember the following ATM safety tips: Try to use ATMs during daylight hours.  If you must go at night, do not go alone and avoid ATMs that are not well-lit or clearly visible from the street.  Be aware of people loitering or sitting in cars near the ATM.  Prepare your transaction ahead of time so you limit your time at the machine.  Make sure to take your receipt with you and do not throw it away in a public trash can.  


 

Candles

Candles Are

an Open Flame

Place candles on sturdy holders that will not tip or burn and position them far away from curtains and other flammable items.  Candles should never be placed on window sills.  Do not leave burning candles unattended and keep them out of reach of children and pets.  Always contain candles within glass receptacles and extinguish the candle flame before you go to bed.  In emergencies such as power outages, use flashlights, which are safer and more dependable.


 

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Tornado

Preparedness

Seek indoor shelter and stay away from outside walls. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe. The lower you go, the more protected you are, so go to a basement if available. Plan and prepare ahead of time to designate your “safe place” in your home. Bottom line: Find an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

 

If you are in a car, drive to the closest sturdy building immediately for shelter. If you are in a remote place and are not near a building, staying inside your car is safer than just being outside by yourself. Get down in your car and cover your head. By keeping your car running, your air bags can still deploy if needed. Your vehicle is designed to keep you safe, but a sturdy building is always the BEST option. If you do not have a vehicle or must abandon your vehicle, seek shelter in a low-lying area such as a ditch or a ravine.

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Unattended

Personal Items

Books, bags, backpacks, and other personal items should not be left unattended in common areas of campus buildings. Unattended items can lead to loss of property or identity theft. DenSem security guards will sweep the buildings at closing time and may, but are not obligated to, take abandoned items to Lost and Found. Lost and Found is located at the Circulation Desk in the Library (303.762.6962). Items are held for two weeks, and containers holding food or beverages will be discarded.

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Public

Transportation

When using public transportation, always stay alert to your surroundings. Try to maintain a schedule that ensures plenty of people are at your bus or train stop. Never fall asleep while riding public transportation. Be aware of pickpockets and place your wallet in a front pocket or carry a purse that has a strong strap. Loud commotions may be staged for pickpocketing. If someone bothers you, say in a loud voice, "Leave me alone," and move to another area of the bus or train. If possible, sit near the driver or operator.

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Regarding

Bicycles...

Always lock your bicycle with a good U-bar bike lock.  If you use a chain, one that is at least 12mm thick will delay thieves the longest.  Bicycles should be locked around the bike frame to a bicycle rack when on campus.  If off campus, lock your bike to a substantial object such as a telephone pole, sturdy sign, or lamppost when a bicycle rack is not available.  Register your bike with the Campus Operations Group in the Anita Graber Administration Building so that your bike is not identified as abandoned.  Your bike could then be impounded and/or donated to charity.  Help us keep your property safe by using the appropriate locks and following these safety procedures.

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Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Save Lives 

Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors warn you of danger in time for you to escape, so do not ignore them. Do not remove the batteries for any other use, or if you are annoyed by the alarm. Never remove or tamper with smoke or carbon monoxide detectors and be sure to test them monthly and replace batteries as instructed. 

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Building

Evacuation

When you hear a fire alarm, follow your professor or safety team leader to your designated evacuation destination outside of the Administration, Classroom, or Library/Student Center buildings. Be aware of where you need to go in case of an emergency event or a building evacuation drill. This map will show you where your designated evacuation destination is located. Safety Team Administration will work with emergency responders to determine when it is safe to return to buildings. The “all clear” signal will then be communicated to safety team members so evacuees can return to their buildings.

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What is

Suspicious Activity?

The following activities are considered suspicious and should be reported:

Someone attempting to enter a building, residence or vehicle without proper access.

Body language suggesting someone being watched or followed.

Transactions conducted from vehicles, especially near schools or parks.

One or more persons sitting in a parked car closely scanning an area.

A person seemingly forced into a vehicle.

An individual displaying unusual mental or physical symptoms.

Unusual noises, including gunshots, screaming, fighting sounds, barking dogs, or anything suggesting foul play, danger, or illegal activity.

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Should I

Report?

Your involvement is essential to the prevention of crime on campus. Disinterest and complacency are the prime contributors to a criminal’s success. Help us share the burden of keeping everyone safe by recognizing and immediately reporting incidents of suspicious or criminal activity, no matter how insignificant you think they may be. The extent of your cooperation will greatly influence the DenSem Security Team’s effectiveness in combating suspicious activity and potential crime.

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Be Aware of

Your Surroundings II

When enjoying a walk, jog, or bike ride in beautiful Colorado:

USE COMMON SENSE!

 

Stay clear of trees and bushes, and an arm’s length away from strangers.

 

Women should walk with confidence. Anyone who is timid or shy is easy prey.

 

Walk, jog, or ride your bikes in pairs or groups for better safety.

 

Earbuds should be left at home, especially if you will be walking in isolated areas.

 

Always let someone know of the route you are taking whenever you leave the house.

 

Turn on your cell phone’s location setting.

 

Carry mace or pepper spray.

 

Source: Brad Nicolarsen of The Kompound Training Facility

Bicycle Shop

Bicycle

Security

Always lock your bicycle with a good U-bar bike lock. If you use a chain, one that is at least 12mm thick will delay thieves the longest. Bicycles should be locked around the bike frame to a bicycle rack when on campus. If off campus, lock your bike to a substantial object such as a telephone pole, sturdy sign, or lamppost when a bicycle rack is not available. Register your bike with the Campus Operations Group in the Anita Graber Administration Building so that your bike is not identified as abandoned. Your bike could then be impounded and/or donated to charity.  Help us keep your property safe by using the appropriate locks and following these safety procedures.

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Traveling or

Studying Abroad

Tips:

Make two extra copies of all your travel information (passport, airline tickets, etc.); leave one set at home with a relative or close friend and take a copy with you.

Take a list of all important phone numbers (family, U.S. Embassy and Consulate, and Campus Emergency numbers) in case you lose your phone.

Check your medical health insurance coverage for your treatment options outside the U.S.

Get a letter from your doctor for medications you are bringing. Some countries have strict laws, even against over-the-counter medications, so check with the embassy of your destination before traveling.

Before going abroad, notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel and check exchange rates.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – Enroll for free at STEP.state.gov to receive travel and security updates about your destination, and to help us reach you in an emergency.

For more info, go to travel.state.gov

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If Your Identity

Is Stolen

Contact the fraud departments of the three major credit bureaus. Online requests include: Free Annual Credit Report, Dispute Info on credit report, request a Fraud Alert, and place a Security Freeze on your report.

 

1) Equifax: 1.800.525.6285 (P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241)

 

2) Experian: 1.888.EXPERIAN (397.3742) (P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013)

 

3) TransUnion: 1.800.680.7289 (Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92634)

If your Social Security number has been used illegally, contact Social Security Fraud (Office of Inspector General) or call 800.269.0271.

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Motor Vehicle

Safety

​Help us keep your vehicle safe by following these tips:

Always lock your doors, keep windows rolled up tightly, and keep sunroofs closed at all times, even if you are coming right back to your vehicle.

Keep valuables out of sight; place articles of value in the trunk, glove box, or remove them from your car altogether. 

Put your garage door opener out of sight, too. Don’t tempt a thief to steal your car AND have access to your home.

Activate your vehicle alarm system if you have one.

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Active Shooter Response:

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1) Run

Have an escape route and plan in mind.

Leave your belongings behind.

Keep your hands visible.

2) Hide

Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.

Block entry to your hiding place.

Silence your cell phone.

3) Fight

Use as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.

Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.

Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

 

Watch this 6-minute Run, Hide, Fight Video sponsored by the City of Houston and Homeland Security to learn how to survive an active shooter situation.

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At Your

Service

On average, crimes are more likely to occur at night. While we shouldn’t scare ourselves into assuming danger is around every corner, we shouldn’t take unnecessary risks, such as walking or jogging alone at night. Instead, use the buddy system and enjoy your walk or workout with a friend.

There may be a time when you or your family feel uncomfortable traveling across campus or navigating an outlying parking lot, especially when it gets dark earlier this time of year.   The Denver Seminary Security Team will be happy to safely escort anyone from one on-campus location to another on-campus location 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call 303.961.1184 if you need assistance. 

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Road

Rage

It’s not always a pleasant experience commuting to school, work, or home, but you can lower your stress by allowing plenty of time for your trip.  If you encounter road rage, keep calm and don’t react to provocation by distancing yourself from drivers behaving erratically.  Never take your eyes off the road and try to avoid eye contact with an aggressive driver so you don’t escalate the issue.  In addition, avoid tailgating, making obscene gestures, and using your horn and high-beam headlights unnecessarily. Keep in mind that you can’t control the traffic, but you can control your reaction to it.

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Parking Permit

Decals

DenSem parking permit decals are now available at the reception desk in the Anita Graber Administration Building. DenSem students must have a permit to park in any seminary parking lot.  See DenSem Parking Lot Map.

Why do you need a parking permit?
• Denver Seminary Parking permit decals identify vehicles that have permission to park in designated areas of the Seminary’s parking lots. • Parking permit decals are issued to enable our Security Team to contact the vehicle’s owner in the event a vehicle must be moved, is involved in an accident, etc. • Without a permit, your parking option is the Hudson Gardens (HG) gravel parking lot. • DenSem security cannot cross our property line to escort students to HG parking, but we can escort students to lots on our property. • Since DenSem security cannot patrol HG lots, we cannot deter criminal activity or locate a student if their car has been broken into, has a flat tire, etc. • If HG must move a car for whatever reason, we cannot contact you without a permit advising us to whom the car belongs. Therefore, you may not be advised in advance of a vehicle tow. • DenSem parking lots are well lighted at night. HG lots are only lighted during their events which seldom is on a night when we have classes. • There are no security cameras on HG lots which creates a greater personal risk for students, especially when returning to a dark parking lot late at night after class.

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Be Aware of

Your Surroundings I

Denver Seminary’s campus is an access way many people use to get to and from the South Platte River.  This access way can provide a great opportunity for our seminary to be known to the general public, but it can also expose our campus to suspicious activity.  The Arapahoe Community College Police Department recently notified us of increased transient activity with these individuals wandering around their campus and buildings.  If you see something out of place or someone suspicious when on campus, contact security and use caution if making contact with them on your own.   

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Our Wild

Neighbors

Many wild animals have adapted to live comfortably in an urban environment. It is not unusual to see raccoons, skunks, squirrels, fox, coyotes and other wildlife in residential areas, including here at the seminary.  In most situations, people and wildlife can coexist. The key is to respect the wildness of wildlife. An animal lives where it lives because it feels safe and comfortable. If you make the animal feel unsafe or uncomfortable, it will simply move.

Tips for coexisting with coyotes:

Do what you can to discourage a coyote’s approach. If a coyote approaches, yell, throw rocks or sticks at it, spray with a hose or bang pots and pans.

Never feed coyotes.

Never allow your pets to play with a coyote.

Always supervise your pet when outside, especially at dawn and dusk.

Eliminate attractants from your yard, including pet food, water sources and bird feeders.

Work with your neighbors to discourage coyotes in your entire community.

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Pedestrian Safety

(On and Off Campus)

Check both directions for oncoming traffic before stepping off the curb.  Always cross the street at the designated crosswalk where you are more visible to drivers. Although pedestrians have the right of way, never put yourself in a dangerous position by challenging a driver to stop for you. Drivers have blind spots or may not see you until the last second because you are hidden by parked cars or shrubbery before you enter the crosswalk.

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Campus

Safety

Report common area and outdoor light outages or any other hazardous conditions immediately to Campus Security. Faculty and staff can report these issues by making a work order request through Maintenance Direct.