Purdue police offer help, resources when needed

August 20, 2012  

John Cox

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By John Cox
Purdue University Police Chief

We at the Purdue University Police Department welcome students back to campus and wish you a great and safe academic year.

Safety is the foundation that makes it possible for students to excel and enjoy their time on campus, and it's our job to help provide that environment. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind:

* Never walk or jog alone after 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 card in hand as you approach your residence hall.

* Let someone know where you are and when you expect to return.

* Stay with your group at parties. "Go on without me, I’ll be fine," is not good personal policy.

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 have a department of 40 police officers. 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 and our campus.

We urge you to take advantage of the many university resources available. For instance, the Purdue Student Security Patrol's Safe Walk program provides escorts around campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 765-494-SAFE (7233). 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.

Please take a moment to visit the Purdue Police Department's website at http://www.purdue.edu/police/. There, you will find updated information on police activities, a range of tips and resources available to you to keep you safe, and more.

 John Cox is the Purdue University police chief. The Purdue Police Department is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies - CALEA - the nation's largest law enforcement accrediting organization.

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