Campus Safety Information

UMPD works hard to prevent crimes on campus.  We ask that you take an active role in your personal safety and the security of your property.  The information and links we have provided in this section are intended to help you learn to stay safe and to keep your possessions secure. 

By utilizing these steps to protect yourself and your property, you will reduce the probability of experiencing one of the more common types of campus crimes. In addition to staying well informed, using common sense, and practicing good safety habits, we also ask that you make full use of our many services and programs. A full listing of these programs can be found on our Services and Programs page. 

Please bear in mind, the safety tips and information found here are considered general guidelines for evaluating your safety and security in any given situation. If you would like more information on a particular subject/type of crime, or if you don't see information pertaining to a specific subject, please contact our Crime Prevention Unit by calling 305-284-1105.

Crime Prevention & Personal Property

Why should I keep my personal property securely locked and with me at all times?

50-80% of all crime on campus each month involves the theft of unattended or unsecured property. The simple solution: your property must be securely locked or kept under your watchful eye at all times. Most victims of theft cite that they just left their property for “one minute” in a public area.  This creates the opportunity for thieves to easily steal property.

Security 101: The Short Course

While police and security departments are responsible for ensuring that our campuses are as safe as possible, the primary responsibility for crime prevention and personal safety rests with each individual.

Anti-Theft Tips

  • Keep your dorm room or office door closed and locked at all times.
  • Do not prop doors open.
  • Anchor valuable office equipment or make use of a safe when possible.
  • Maintain on file serial numbers of all equipment.
  • Copy all important papers and cards that are in your purse or wallet.

Personal Safety in Your Car

  • Always keep your car doors locked.
  • Never give strangers a ride.
  • Check the back seat before entering a car.
  • Keep your vehicle properly maintained.
  • Have at least a quarter-tank of gas.
  • When you exit your vehicle do not leave your key fob/keys in your vehicle.
  • Put valuables in the trunk, not on the seats.
  • Always have a good spare tire and a jack.
  • If you break down, wait with your vehicle and call AAA or the police. Don’t accept a ride with a stranger.
  • If you feel that you’re being followed, drive toward a well-lit public area, preferably a place with many people.
  • Keep a copy of your vehicle registration at home; keep the original in your vehicle.

Personal Safety in Your Dorm or at Home

  • Keep shades down and windows and doors locked.
  • Use your peephole before opening the door.
  • Take a self-defense course and maintain proficiency.
  • Don’t leave a spare key outside.
  • If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up immediately. If it repeats, call police.
  • Use only initials on mailboxes and in telephone directories.
  • Make sure the exterior of your home is well lit and trees/foliage are well maintained.

Personal Safety Away from Home

  • Walk, exercise, and park in well-lit areas.
  • Carry your keys in hand so that you’re ready to enter your car or building.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Don’t wear excessive amounts of jewelry.
  • Use a waist pack rather than a purse.
  • Avoid ATMs in secluded or dark locations.
  • Avoid working or studying after hours in public areas.