Purdue police offer help, resources when needed
With the arrival of warmer temperatures and more outside activities, we at the Purdue University Police Department wish you a great and safe spring.
Of course, safe, for us, is the key word. It's our job to help provide a safe and secure campus environment. To that end we have a department of 41 police officers and two K-9s. In addition, we work with a team of students just like you who are part of the Purdue Student Security Patrol. They are an invaluable asset to the department.
While we are committed to campus safety, you also play an important role, and this is how: Be aware of your surroundings and the resources available to you. Be protective of yourself and your personal belongings. Crime most often occurs because of opportunity.
Here are a few reminders to help you stay safe on campus.
* Never walk or jog alone during nightfall. Call a friend to accompany you.
* When you have to walk at night, select well-lit areas where other people are present as much as possible and never walk in secluded areas, such as alleys.
* CityBus is a great transportation option. It's free, and routes are designed to take you close to where you need to be.
* Always have your keys in hand when approaching your car or your card in hand as you approach your residence hall.
* Let someone know where you are and when you expect to return.
And for protecting personal property:
* Don't leave valuables unattended.
* Lock your room or apartment doors when you leave, even if you're going to be gone for only a few minutes.
* Keep checkbooks, jewelry, cash and valuables in locked drawers.
* Don't leave valuables in your car where other people can see them, even if the vehicle is locked. It's best to place them in the trunk.
* Don't keep your ID card on your key ring.
We urge you to take advantage of the many university resources available to you. For instance, the Purdue Student Safety Patrol's Safe Walk program provides escorts around campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 765-494-SAFE (7233). Last semester, the program provided 142 escorts. We also offer classes in self-defense and work with the residence halls on educational programs. Also, don't forget to register your bikes and computers with the Purdue Police Department to aid in recovery efforts if they are lost or stolen.
Lastly, never hesitate to call. If you ever find yourself in a situation in which you're not comfortable and want immediate assistance, call 911. If you have tips or suggestions, talk to an officer you see on campus or call our anonymous tipline at 765-496-3784 or the WeTip hotline at 1-800-78 CRIME (1-800-782-7463). These hotlines are available around the clock.
I hope you have a successful and safe semester.
Contact: Capt. Eric Chin, Purdue University Police Department, 765-494-8221, email@example.com