Student Survival Guide
Be conscious of your surroundings and
your security at all times. San Luis Obispo is like any City, in terms of the types of
crimes and criminals that may visit at any time. You do not have to become a victim.
areas, day or night, when walking or jogging alone.
Maintain awareness and avoid
vulnerability due to intoxication.
If you come home and find a door
ajar, lights out that you left on, or other suspicious circumstances, stay outside and
phone the police.
Check the inside of your car before
Obtain an unlisted telephone number,
or use first initial and last name only.
Lock your car and keep purses, bags,
stereos, CDs & players (especially the pull-out & removable face-plate CD
players) OUT OF SIGHT.
Lock your residence doors and
windows, even when you’re home. Leave a light or radio on a timer.
Protect access to your checkbook,
checks, and credit cards. Many crimes occur involving checks and credit cards.
old statements, bills, unsolicited credit cards, etc. that contain name, address,
account numbers and other personal information.
Record the serial numbers for
computers, cameras, stereos, bicycles etc. This info can result in recovery if you
suffer a theft. If no serial number is visible you can engrave your property with your
driver’s license number. (Engraving tools are available on a loan
basis from the San Luis Obispo Police Department.)
Do not leave your bicycle outside
during the school holidays or breaks. These are times when thefts are likely to take
Do not drive a motor vehicle or ride
a bicycle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Besides being deadly, it's very
Do not possess or display false or
altered i.d. It can mean a trip to County Jail.
Do not party too ‘hardy’—the
1992 Nuisance Abatement Ordinance can result in your eviction if the Police respond to
your home more than twice in a 60-day period. You may also lose any deposits you have on
the home, as well as be subject to noise citation and other penalties. Violation of
Municipal Code 9.12.020 prohibiting any noise which is plainly audible at 50 feet from
its source between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., is one of the most numerous citations to
students. Each citation costs about $150.
Do not sell alcohol at your party.
The fine is up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail. See Section 23399.1 of the
Alcohol Beverage Control Act. Charging money in any way (donations for the band, etc.)
at a party where alcohol is served is a violation.
Do not write bad checks. 20% of the
people in SLO arrested for this crime are students. They don’t finish the quarter
because they’re in jail.
Do not ride a bicycle or skateboard
on the SIDEWALK in the downtown area. This is a Municipal Code infraction carrying a
fine of $25 or more. The ‘downtown area’ perimeter is: Santa Rosa, Marsh, Nipomo,
Do not jaywalk. Citations are $25 or
more and are issued daily.
Obey all traffic signals and roadway
Don’t park your car on your front
lawn—it’s a parking ticket.
Use your bicycle to commute, if at
all possible. There is a parking shortage and you may find it easier to ride your bike
and park it in the bike racks. Keep it locked when not in use.
Ride your bike in the same direction
as traffic—on the right side of the road—even if bicycle lanes are available on the
other side of the street.
Report all accidents immediately if
injuries result from the accident.
information or if you have any questions, contact the Crime
Prevention Coordinator at the San Luis Obispo Police Department, 805.781.7317.
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