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Crime Prevention – “Safety First, Safety Always”

Crime prevention has been defined as “the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.” Crime prevention means using your instinct, commons sense and action to reduce a criminal’s opportunity. The Department of Public Safety provides proactive crime prevention programs and safety services to assist members of the campus community in reducing their risks of becoming a victim of crime.

Plainly speaking, crime prevention is recognizing that a crime risk exists and taking some corrective action to eliminate or reduce that risk. Crime prevention means risk reduction. A close working relationship among the crime prevention unit, management, patrol and investigations units, and the campus community is essential to eliminating crime risk. Reporting suspicious persons and/or activities, locking unoccupied rooms, securing doors and windows at the end of the day, securing university and personal property and being aware of your surroundings are all important risk reduction strategies.

For valuable crime prevention information click on the following links:

"Safety First, Safety Always" Newsletter

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