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Crime Prevention Tips

The USU campus is a relatively safe environment, but you can contribute to a safe campus or reduce the risk of crime by following these guidelines:

Be an Upstander

Be an active bystander - or Upstander - to promote a culture of safety and respect on the USU campus. 

  • If you see someone behaving in a suspicious manner, immediately contact USU Police by calling 911.
  • Create a distraction to prevent harm. Even interrupting a questionable interaction by asking an irrelevant question may prevent further harm. Others often feel uncomfortable stepping in, but will do so once someone takes action.
  • Ask directly if someone is OK. Direct questions can help identify if further intervention is needed.
  • Speak up if somone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person, particularly if that person is incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs, a mental or physical disability, or is asleep or unconscious.
  • Enlist an authority such as an RA or security guard to help you check on a situation.
  • If someone discloses sexual violence to you, help them access resources. 

Secure Your Belongings

  • Even if you are going to be away only a few seconds, close and lock your apartment, car, or office doors and windows to keep thieves and strangers out. Open windows and doors are easy access points to your personal and university property. Lock up your bicycle in a bicycle rack. Don't leave your book bag, laptop, or other valuable items unattended in any location on campus. The vast majority of items stolen on this campus are left unattended and unsecured.
  • Use a permanent marker or an engraver and write your name on your belongings. Write down the serial numbers and model numbers of valuable items such as bicycles, laptops, phones, MP3 players, video game units, etc. Digital photos of valuable items can also be used to help identify them.
  • Do not prop open entrances to any buildings, residential or academic.
  • Report lost access cards or keys immediately.
  • Report all maintenance problems to USU Facilities.

Know How to Access Help

Add USU Police disbatch to your contacts and know how to access the following resources for yourself or a friend: