When walking around campus, or to and from your off-campus residence, use these basic, common-sense tips to help keep you safe.
- Carry a cell phone and dial 911 for help.
- Walk with a friend whenever possible.
- Lock your doors at all times, even when you are awake.
- Never let anyone you don’t know into your building.
- Report any crime or suspicion of a crime immediately, starting with your location. Police who are contacted within the first five minutes have a better chance of finding a suspect.
- Take advantage of UW–Madison SAFEwalk and campus bus options available on campus, even during summer months. Call (608) 262-5000 for detailed information.
- Keep your head up. Do not look down or look away. Make brief eye contact with all people you meet.
- Use public walkways and avoid isolated shortcuts where you have limited escape routes.
- Be aware of places along your path of travel that could conceal a criminal, such as shrubbery or building recesses. Avoid or keep a distance from these areas whenever possible.
- Make sure someone knows when you leave and when to expect you back.
- If you think someone is following you, cross the street. At night, head for a well-populated and well-lit area.
- Do not resist a potential robbery. It is better to give up your belongings than be injured in a struggle.
- Carry a whistle or a panic alarm attached to your keys to use for warding off an assailant or obtaining police attention.
- Wear clothing and shoes that will allow you maximum mobility.
- Immediately report any suspicious people to the police.
For more information, visit UWPD Crime Prevention.