Campus safety is everyone’s responsibility. The University makes efforts to educate students about crime prevention, and the University Police and Minneapolis Police cooperate in patrolling campus and the surrounding area.
As part of the safety education effort, the Minneapolis Police offer the following tips and suggestions:
- When walking, look confident. Keep your head up and be alert. Pay attention to what is going on around you.
- Choose busy streets and avoid areas where there are places for people to hide.
- Do not flash your cash.
- When walking alone, do not talk on your cell phone or use your phone/mp3 player to listen to music. Showing your electronics can serve as an announcement that you have something of value, and the conversation or music can distract you from your surroundings.
- At night, stick to well-lighted areas.
- Walk with a friend or group when out after dark.
- Know what stores, restaurants, etc. are open late in case you need to get help.
- Carry your purse close to your side-but re-evaluate if you really need to carry one. Don't carry valuables or money you won't need. Carry wallets in a front pants pocket or an inside jacket pocket.
- Understand that you can call 911 at any time, free of charge from any pay phone.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any place or situation, leave immediately.
- If you are being followed by someone in a car, turn around and walk quickly to someplace where there are other people.
Remember, if you should become a victim of crime, try not to panic.
- Look at the attacker carefully so you can give a good description to police. Key things to remember are age, race, complexion, clothing, height, weight, hair, eyes, and markings such as scars and tattoos. If a vehicle is involved, note the color, size, make, license number, dents or other distinct features.
- If attacker has a weapon and wants your money or possessions, don't fight back. Your life and safety are much, much more important.
Parents can find current crime statistics and prevention information on the University of Minnesota Police Department website. It also links to off-campus statistics and information.
Nick Juarez, the Minneapolis Second Precinct’s Crime Prevention Specialist assigned to working with the University neighborhoods, encourages parents to contact him for further information or to check out a rental their son or daughter may be considering for their future home. Nick can check license status, housing violations, and police calls to the address.
Nick’s contact information:
Crime Prevention Specialist
Minneapolis Police Department
1911 Central Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418