Crime Prevention Tips

Do you want to prevent crime, but you don’t know where to start? Here are five simple steps to prevent crime and increase your safety.

Keep belongings out of sight when you park your car

Remember, property thefts are the No. 1 crime at the university, but theft often can be averted by eliminating temptation. Make sure to place valuables out of sight. And always close car windows, lock all doors and take your keys with you.

Use a two-lock locking system when securing your bicycle on campus

Austin has one of the highest bicycle theft rates in the world. Two locks take twice the time, tools and energy for a potential thief to defeat. The primary lock should be a U-shaped lock that uses a flat key, and the secondary lock a self-locking cable. Watch a video illustrating how to double-lock your bike. Also, take a few minutes and register your bicycle online with Parking and Transportation Services.

Don’t walk home alone

Call SURE Walk at 512-232-WALK (9255) and volunteers will meet you anywhere on campus and escort you to your destination.

Sign up for RAD’s free 16-hour women’s self defense class

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention and risk reduction, and incorporates hands-on defense training. Registration is currently open to females for classes at different times throughout the semester.

Avoid sleeping in public areas

The majority of crimes are crimes of opportunity in which victims lack general awareness. Sleeping in common areas on campus, such as the Texas Union or a library, provides criminals an opportunity to take advantage of exhausted students. If you must rest your eyes, wrap your arms around your belongings or keep your belongings under your head like a pillow. Does staying awake in public seem like a piece of cake? If so, try taking your awareness of your surroundings to a whole new level by signing up for Campus Watch.