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Safety Information

Active Shooter Response

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event (5:55)

(Produced in 2012 by the City of Houston, and funded by a Department of Homeland Security Grant)

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. (4:36)

(Produced in 2020 by the FBI)


Crime Prevention Tips

Protect Yourself in Public Spaces, Including on Campus

Crime can happen anywhere, even in places that you consider safe. Here are some quick tips for staying safe in public spaces.

  • Call 9-1-1 for all emergencies.
  • Report crimes and suspicious people or activities immediately to the PPSC Police Department at 719-502-2900 (non-emergencies only).
  • Your intuition is a powerful tool for personal safety. If something feels off or makes you uncomfortable, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation.
  • Project confidence and alertness while you are out and about.
  • Stay aware of the people and activities around you.
  • Avoid being distracted by your phone or other electronics.
  • Avoid dark or secluded places where you can be targeted by criminals (stairwells, alleyways, ATMs, etc.).
  • When using public transportation:
  • Try to sit near the driver.
  • Take an aisle seat.
  • Arrange to have someone meet you at the bus stop to escort you home.


Protect Yourself from Theft and Identity Theft

  • Maintain control over your belongings.
  • Do not leave belongings unattended even for a short time.
  • Hold purses or bags tightly and keep them close to your body.
  • Always lock your vehicle, even if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes.
  • Always check the back seat of your car before entering.
  • Do not leave valuables or important items in your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lighted, public areas.
  • Secure your bicycle to a designated bike rack using a quality, hardened steel U-lock that locks the wheel and frame together.
  • Lock your doors at home every time you leave.
  • Always lock your car doors while driving and while parked.
  • Keep only what you need in your wallet/purse.
  • Securely store Social Security cards, birth certificates, and seldom used credit cards.
  • Cancel unused credit cards.
  • Protect your personal information.
  • Avoid posting personal details on social media platforms.
  • Do not share personal information with strangers.
  • Shield your PIN when using ATMs and checkout registers.
  • Don’t share your PINs or passwords with anyone.
  • Shred credit card applications and documents that show your credit card number, checking account number, social security number, or your date of birth.
  • Deposit outgoing mail in secure mailboxes or at the post office.
  • Make an inventory list for all of your valuables and keep it in a safe place.
  • Include date and place of purchase, price, serial number, description, etc.
  • If you become a fraud victim:
  • Call your local law enforcement agency.
  • Call your bank or financial institution and credit card companies.
  • Notify the fraud department of the three credit reporting agencies.
  • Close any checking and savings accounts.
  • Change all passwords.

Additional Crime Prevention Resources and Information

Colorado Springs Police Department Crime Prevention Programs and Resources: https://coloradosprings.gov/crime-prevention-program

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Programs and Resources: https://www.epcsheriffsoffice.com/sections-law-enforcement-bureau/investigations-division/crime-prevention

Crime Prevention Tips

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are stored in marked, alarmed cabinets located throughout Pikes Peak State College campuses. An AED is a device that delivers an electric shock to the heart of a person in cardiac arrest. The AED is a “smart” device and will only deliver a shock when it is needed. Anyone can use an AED since the device gives verbal instructions for each step of the process.

An AED should be used when a person collapses or becomes unconscious, is unresponsive to
shaking or shouting, has no pulse, and isn’t breathing.

  • Send someone to call 911 and to retrieve one of the AEDs located throughout each PPSC campus. Note: An alarm will sound when the AED is removed from its cabinet.
  • Check the patient for respirations and pulse. If the patient is not breathing and has no pulse, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • Pull the AED’s red tab labeled “Pull to Start” to turn on the AED and retrieve defibrillator pads. Verbal instructions will activate automatically. Stay calm and follow the instructions until emergency medical personnel arrive.
PPSC currently uses the Avive brand of AEDs. View the Avive training video (4:42 run time)
here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGMeY0j7T4g

More Safety Information

Stop the Bleed® Kits:

Stop the Bleed® kits are stored in AED cabinets on PPSC campuses. Each kit contains the
necessary items to control serious bleeding and prevent further blood loss for a victim suffering
a traumatic injury.

Stop the Bleed® offers in-person training. A free interactive virtual course is also available here: https://www.stopthebleed.org/training/online-course/ 

Emergency Evacuation Chairs:

Emergency evacuation chairs have been installed at Centennial Campus, Studio West, and at the Center for Healthcare Education & Simulation (CHES) to assist with evacuation of people with disabilities.

  • Centennial Campus locations: North side of the CAC lab near the stairs to the library; and at each catwalk tower near the Breckinridge Building.
  • Studio West (at Downtown Campus) location: South side of second floor next to stairwell.
  • CHES location: Second floor at the top of the stairs leading to the main entrance.
Although emergency evacuation chairs are designed to be guided by one person, seek assistance from others so that individuals can take turns guiding the chair down the stairs if

View the Evac Chair training video (9:39 run time) here: