Your Role in Staying Safe
While UHPD does everything we can to ensure that the campus if safe and secure, it is you who plays the most important role in your own safety. Below are a few tips and guidelines that will help you to take ownership of your safety. If you have any questions on topics that you do not see covered here, or you would like to schedule a crime prevention presentation for your office or group, please contact our crime prevention officer.
Never do anything or go anywhere where you do not feel safe! You intuition is your best guide of what may cause you harm. Listen to it.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
Program taught by UHPD officers empowers
female students, faculty, and staff to
combat various types of assaults by
providing them with realistic self-defense
tactics and techniques. This empowerment is
taught through four basic principles:
education, dependency on self, making oneís
own decisions, and realization of oneís own
power. The objective of RAD is to develop
and enhance self-defense options for women.
The course, which consists of four, 4-hour
classes, begins with awareness, prevention,
risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while
progressing to the basics of hands-on
defense training. The classes provide women
with the knowledge to make educated
decisions about resistance. Classes
are open only to female students, faculty,
and staff. In order to successfully complete
the course, students are required to attend
all four classes.
locations of the
blue light phones in the areas you
frequent. These phones are directly linked
well-lit paths. Take the most traveled route
to and from classes. Walk with others if
possible, especially at night, or take
advantage of our
Security Escort Program.
locked. Lock the door to your room or office
as you leave, and in the case of dorm rooms,
while you are there as well. Do not hold
open any secure doors to buildings or dorm
to allow others to enter.
Know the emergency exits out of your
dorm. Be sure your smoke detectors are
working. Locate the fire extinguishers.
Go easy on
the alcohol. Approximately 1700 students die
from alcohol-related injuries each year.
Alcohol often plays a role in
acquaintance and date rape. Drinking too
much may impair your judgment and make you
less aware of your surroundings.
Do not give out personal information over the phone, through the mail, or over the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or know with whom you are dealing.
If you notice someone following you when youíre driving, head for the nearest busy, brightly lighted area. Write down the license number and make and model of the car an call 911.
Always lock car doors and take the keys when you leave your car, even if youíll be gone just for a minute.
Donít leave valuables in view in the car. Leave them in the trunk or, better yet, take them home immediately.
As you walk down the street or through the parking garage, walk alertly and assertively. Donít weigh yourself down with too many parcels.
If you carry a purse, hold it close to your body; if a wallet, keep it in a front pocket.
Donít display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
UHPD recommends that all students, faculty,
and staff members take a moment and enter
emergency contact information in their cell
phone address book/contacts under the
acronym ICE (In Case of Emergency). This
would assist public safety officials in
contacting the person to be called in the
event of an emergency if you are ever
discovered unconscious or incapacitated and
unable to communicate. You should enter at
least two ICE contacts with first name and
relationship in your address book/contacts
list. For example, your ICE entries could
be: ICE - Sondra (mom) and ICE - John
(brother). These entries could also be used
to assist in returning your cell phone in
the event that it is lost or stolen.
Entering these contacts into your cell phone should not replace the carrying of other photo identification (UH ID or license) at all times. You should also affix emergency contact information to these forms of identification.