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College Student Safety

posted Jun 20, 2012, 9:35 AM by Kayla Reidel   [ updated Jun 25, 2012, 7:13 AM ]

Prevent a Crime

 -Light up the block—turn on the outside lights

-Be observant—Watch and report suspicious activity

-Lock up doors and windows

-Clear your car and lock it

-Report trouble right away

When you call 911

Be sure to describe:

- Type of crime you think is happening or about to happen

- Address of where the crime is occurring

- Number of people involved

- Any weapons seen

- Suspect description:





            -clothing description

The officer might see the suspect blocks away and because of your description of clothing the officer can stop and question him.

While you are still answering questions with the police operator, a separate dispatcher can send out a cruiser—Answering questions does not slow down the police response. Your information will help police officers be more effective.

Crime Reporting Numbers

911   for emergencies or crime in progress (police)

456-3400 barking dogs, thefts, noise, non-emergencies

456-9190 South West Area Neighbors-Crime Prevention Organizer

          Alert your neighbors too-we can help

Student Neighborhood Watch:

Crimes of Opportunity:

We each have considerable control over our personal safety of our possessions. Thieves look for easy targets. Open windows, a cell phone on a car seat and persons walking alone are tempting targets. It should not be that way, but it is. Preventing crime is relatively easy, cheap, and it saves a lot of grief.

 Take a look at your home and habits. Are you taking care of yourself and your roommates?

-  Do you lock your apartment door when you come in?

-  Is your lower floor bedroom window locked when you leave? What about other windows?

-  Do you bring home strangers to spend the night or party?

Help and resources in the neighborhood:

1.      If you think you need a refresher on home security, give South West Area Neighbors for a free apartment security check. The owner of an apartment is required to have deadbolt locks, window locks, exterior lighting, among other requirements.

Crime Prevention tips

1.      Clear your car: If you are new to the city, take a tip from us and take valuables out of your care before you leave it for the night. Sometimes a thief will break in to take iPods, a cell phone, stereos, change from vehicles. Even a gym bag on the back seat tempts a thief to break your car window to see what is inside. This is a preventable crime.

      2.   Keep bikes inside if possible: A bike thief was arrested because a neighbor and a UPS driver witnessed the crime, yelled at the thief, and followed him. They then talked with the police who arrested the thief. The suspect told the officer:” The bike was just sitting on the sidewalk, so I took it.” The victim had left it while he went to the back yard for a few minutes. Another bike was stolen off a front porch when the thief apparently cut off the chain that secured it to the railing sometime during the night.

Calling the Police: Don't worry about bothering the police. It's the criminals who do that!

 911 in an emergency of any type

 456-3400 for a non-emergency request for an officer

South West Area Neighbors Crime Prevention Organizer 456-9190

For questions or comments—

Tenant Safety

Keep your doors locked and your windows pinned especially when you are away from home or asleep. This prevents prowlers or other intruders from getting into your home quickly and quietly.


ñ Doors into your apartment from the common hall or from outside must have a functioning deadbolt lock. Main doors used by all tenants should have a spring-latch lock. Don't prop doors open. Keep all doors locked.

ñ A lock is required for every window- plus ground-floor windows and any other window that is accessible must also have a second security device on the window.

ñ Even second story windows sometimes need the extra security device. Intruders have been known to climb fire escapes, stand on trash barrels or use yard furniture to reach a window that we think is too high to reach.

Most frequently used for added security are:

ñ Window pins (bolts that slide into a hole drilled into the window sash) or

ñ Buttons that can be pushed back and forth to block the sash from being raised more than 4-6 inches.


          These allow you to sleep or leave in relative safety- if they are properly installed.


Call Mary Bueche at South West Area Neighbors if you would like a free home security check of the safety of your apartment-456-9190. Feel free to call with any questions or email