The University of Houston is an open campus filled with people who care about each other. Because of its open accessibility, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to exercise a sense of personal responsibility for their own safety and well-being, and the safety and well-being of others. While crime can happen anywhere, when we act as a community that knows and cares about the safety of others, ourselves and our property, we lessen the likelihood of being victimized, and we showcase our Cougar Pride.
Throughout the year we'll share safety tips related to an array of campus issues.
This week we want to share a message about the UHDPS Security Escort Program.
What is the Security Escort Program and how do I use it?
- The Security Escort Program is a service available for UH faculty, staff and students.
- You can use this service if you ever have safety concerns or feel uncomfortable walking alone across campus at night.
- Based on availability, either a UHDPS police officer, security officer or a member of the Cougar Patrol will escort you to your desired location, which includes campus parking lots.
- Locations must begin and end on campus.
- Call UHDPS at 713-743-3333 or locate a call box and ask for a security escort.
- A security escort will be available within minutes to accompany you to your desired location.
Crime Prevention Tips
For a crime to be committed, an offender must have desire, ability, and opportunity. Law enforcement can do little to remove an offender's desire and ability to commit crimes, but together we can remove the element of opportunity. Remove the temptation of opportunity by taking precautions. Visit the University of Houston Department of Public Safety (UHDPS) web site for more tips on preventing crime.
Protect Your Property
- Lock your home or office door each time you leave – even for short trips down the hall to visit someone.
- Even if you're trying to be helpful, do not hold open any secure doors to buildings or dorms to allow others (without a key card) to enter.
- Do not leave items of value out in the open. Leave them in the trunk of your car or, better yet, take them home.
- Engrave your driver's license number on property items. Record serial numbers and brand names for your stuff.
- If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body; if a wallet, keep it in a front pocket.
- Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
- Lock your door when you take a nap or call it quits for the evening.
- If someone unfamiliar wants to come into your room, ask them for an ID.
- Walk on well-lit paths. Walk with others if possible, especially at night, or take advantage of our Security Escort Program.
- As you walk down the street or through the parking garage, walk alertly and assertively. Don’t weigh yourself down with too many bags.
- Do not give out personal information over the phone, through the mail/email, or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know with whom you are dealing.
- Report suspicious people or circumstances. Stop a crime before it happens. Call 713-743-3333.
- Offer your confidential assistance to the University Police.
What Can You Do?
Confrontations can occur without provocation, through no fault of your own. When such confrontations do occur, there are some actions you can take:
- BE ALERT!!
- Be cautious when approached by an unknown person on the street, even the nicest person can have bad motivations.
- Remain as calm as possible. Your own initiative and clear thinking are your best defenses.
- The University has more than 70 emergency call boxes placed strategically around campus. Use them! The call goes directly to the UHDPS Dispatch Center.
- Report the incident. Call the police immediately and report what has happened. Call (713) 743-3333 or 911.
- Try to notice details. This can allow you to provide the police with detailed physical and clothing descriptions of the person(s) involved.
- If a vehicle is involved, try to note the vehicle's license plate number or the vehicle's manufacturer, model and color or any other identifying features.
While no campus can be perfectly secure at all times, we are making every effort to ensure that the University of Houston is as safe as it can be.