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Crime Prevention Tips

CRIME ON CAMPUS
The majority of crimes on campus are crimes of opportunity. Items commonly stolen are bicycles, laptops, cell phones and backpacks. Items most commonly stolen from vehicles include GPS’s, MP3 players, loose change, wallets and other small valuable items. Awareness by members of the campus community is a major factor in reducing these types of crimes. Your willingness to secure your property and report suspicious activities immediately to the University Police Department will assist us in our endeavors to minimize this type of crime.

ON CAMPUS
Never leave your property unattended while on campus.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT
If you carry a purse have the strap across your body if it’s long enough, otherwise hold it close to your body and not on your forearm.
If you have a wallet, avoid carrying it in your back pocket. Put it inside your coat or front pocket.

1. Don’t flash your personal belongings such as MP3 players. Cell phones, Laptops
2. For your MP3 player, wear subtle colored headphones
3. Keep all personal belongings on your person.
4. Don’t wear your cell phone on your belt.
5. Don’t carry passport or important documents related to identity.

PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS
1. Don’t walk alone at night!
2. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Observe people and activities around you. Look confident and purposeful when you walk.
3. Choose busy, well-lit streets and avoid isolated areas, alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and construction sites.
4. Think about your safety everywhere you go – be alert and don’t assume you are always safe. Avoid situations that could put you in danger.
5. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, then leave.
6. Be aware that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger.

C.A.R.E.
CAMPUS ALLIANCE FOR A
RISK-FREE ENVIRONMENT
A free escort program on campus
C.A.R.E. escorts are trained and supervised by UPD
Available from 4:30pm-11:30pm M-F
UPD Officers are available when C.A.R.E. members are not on duty.
Night time on-campus transportation is available
Allow 10-15 minutes for your escort to arrive.

GRAB AND GO
Recently around campus we have had several incidents where suspects approach their victims asking to use their phone to make “an important call”. Once the suspect has the phone, they take off. Below is a list of things you can do to help protect your property.

DO NOT let strangers use your cell phone.

Stay alert to your surroundings at all times. Observe people and activities around you.

Look confident and purposeful when you walk.
Be aware that wearing earphones connected to electronic devices while walking can distract you and make you less able to sense potential danger.

PREVENTING AUTO BURGLARIES
1. Remove high dollar items from vehicle (GPS's, CD players, purses, wallets, MP3 players, laptops, backpacks, luggage etc). Do not leave your property in plain view.
2. If your car stereo has a detachable face, take the faceplate with you every time you park your vehicle.
3. Lock all doors.
4. Secure all windows.
5. Activate car alarm if you have one.

 

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