Police Services provides a number of services to help educate the campus community in how to avoid being a victim of a crime. Printed information is available at Police Services offices on both campuses on various topics, free of charge. An attempt is made to stock the most current publications.
However, if a campus user has knowledge of a particular publication not in stock that could benefit a substantial campus audience, an attempt will be made to obtain the item upon request. Police personnel are always available to answer questions and make suggestions regarding campus security issues.
Each person must take steps to avoid being a victim. Remember to keep your car locked and to put valuables in the trunk or take them with you, do not leave valuables in lockers, and always walk in a group or with an escort at night. If you are the victim of a crime, do not tamper with the crime scene and do not delay in calling the police. The sooner the police are called the better our chance of solving the crime. If you happen to see something suspicious, do not hesitate to call the police with a description of the persons, their vehicle and what they are doing. This may save a fellow student or staff member from suffering the frustration associated with being a victim. Remember it is a team effort. The police are here to serve and assist you, and we need your help to maintain a safe campus that is conducive to learning.
Crime Prevention Tips
- Always be vigilant
- Walk in pairs or groups; avoid isolation.
- Stay in well-lit areas away from potential hiding places.
- Know where you are and where places of refuge are.
- If followed, go toward well-lit areas where there are people.
- Wear clothing and shoes that enable you to move fast!
- Carry only lightweight objects.
- Wear or carry items like jewelry and cash that are minimal in value and don’t attract attention.
- Avoid approaching strangers in vehicles for any reason.
- Carry a whistle or other noisemaker.
- If you think you are in trouble, do anything to attract attention - Scream! Break glass! Sound car horn!
- Consider carrying pepper spray or other lawful self-defense equipment.
- Carry a cell phone and have law enforcement agencies’ numbers preprogrammed.
- Learn self-defense/martial arts if so inclined.