To:           Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

From:       Deba Dutta, Provost and Bill Sullivan, Treasurer

Re:           Security and Crime Prevention

Date:        December 12, 2014


As we near the end of the 2014-2015 fall semester, we request that you refresh and redouble your level of vigilance on the safety and security of campus facilities.  With classes ending, and with students and faculty leaving the campus, it is important to increase your attention to security and report any suspicious behavior to the Purdue Police department.  Department heads are asked to ensure this letter reaches faculty, staff and all graduate assistants in their departments.

If you see something say something!

All Purdue faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to report suspicious activity or situations immediately to the Purdue Police at the non-emergency number:  494-8221.  Examples of these situations include broken doors or windows, unusual activities in buildings at unusual hours, vehicles parked in odd locations, and abandoned backpacks or packages.

Secure laboratories and offices!

Many crimes, such as theft or vandalism, are crimes of “opportunity”.  While we foster the concept of an open and collaborative environment, it is important that we secure our facilities to prevent the theft of or damage to valuable university and personal property.  The most common targets are computers, cell phones and purses, and each of you know best what equipment or research materials, such as chemical or biological agents, might be considered targets.

Report all incidents!

It is the responsibility of all Purdue community members to report thefts, vandalism, or other crimes, as well as threats of crimes, as soon as they are discovered.  Although the incident may be minor, patterns may be observed by law enforcement personnel to more readily identify and apprehend individuals involved.  Timeliness in reporting is of the essence.

For further information please contact the Purdue University Police at (765) 494-8221.  As always, in an emergency, please dial 911 from any phone.