Crime and Personal Safety

Albany and Corvallis are generally safe, quiet places. We have excellent Campus Security workers and excellent city police departments. Unfortunately, like every place, we do have people who commit crimes. For your personal safety, please keep the following information in mind:

  • For 24-hour on-campus emergencies, call the LBCC Public Safety Office at 541-926-6855.
  • For on-campus non-emergencies, call the LBCC Public Safety Office at 541-917-4440.
  • For emergencies anywhere, anytime (Police, Fire, etc.) call 911.
  • For non-emergencies in Albany call Albany Police at 541-917-7680, for Corvallis Police call 541-766-6924 

Safety at Home

  • Before you open the door ask, “Who’s there?” Ask for identification from any repair or service person before opening your door. Call the company if you are suspicious.
  • When you go out at night, pull down your shades or pull your curtains shut and leave both outside and inside lights on.
  • Always lock your apartment door when you leave or when you intend to sleep. If you have a car or bicycle, lock it up.

Safety Tips

  • If you get lost or you are not sure where you are going, go into a store and ask for directions, ask a bus driver or taxi driver for directions or get help from a friend or the police.
  • When you are waiting for a bus at night, wait near an occupied building or in a lighted area and stay close to other people.
  • Keep emergency numbers under ICE (In case of emergency) in your cell phone.
  • Always carry Identification with you.
  • Never carry a large amount of cash with you. A credit card, debit card, personal check or traveler’s checks are safer.
  • Let someone know where you are going and what time you will be back. Call if you are going to be late or if plans change.
  • Avoid accepting a ride from someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Only accept rides from people you know and trust.
  • Remember: You must have a valid driver's license, car registration and proof of insurance with you when you drive.
  • Be aware of how much information you give to people you meet in person and on line. Ask yourself, “How much do they really need to know?”
  • Keep your passport in a safe place. Do not carry it with you. Always carry a school ID with you and a copy of your passport.
  • If you work on campus and have a social security number (SSN), don't care you SSN card with you. Keep it in a safe place.

Cooperating with the Police

  • Obey the laws of the United States.
  • If someone runs into your car and there is only minor damage, stop and discuss the accident there. Be sure that you get the other driver's name and license plate number, plus the name of his/her insurance company. If there is more serious damage, call 911, and a police officer will come as soon as possible. If you feel uncomfortable talking with the other person, call 911, and a police officer will assist you. If you feel threatened or the other person threatens you, stay in your car, keep the doors locked and windows rolled up. Wait until a police officer arrives to help.
  • If you are driving and the police try to stop you, pull over and stop as soon as possible. Stay in your car and wait for the police to come to you. Be polite. No bribes.
  • If you have been a victim of a crime, call the police. Reporting the crime early will be to your advantage. Call 911. They will do everything they can to help you.

Preventing Sexual Assault

Sexual relations between two caring individuals can be a special time. However, use safe practices to prevent risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. If you are 18 years of age or older and your partner (even if consenting) is younger than 18 years old, you are committing a crime punishable by time in prison and a permanent record as a sex offender.

  • Have your own transportation or arrange transportation with someone you trust.
  • Limit or avoid use of alcohol or other substances that impair judgment. Be aware of the amount of alcohol you and others around you have consumed.
  • To reduce the risk of sexual assault, remember that you can agree to have sex or refuse it. Say exactly how you feel. Say "No" clearly. Know your own values and know when and how to communicate them. Stay in charge.
  • Sex without consent is rape, even if you know the person. Rape is considered a crime in the United States.
  • If you sense you are in danger get away and get help.