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. For transportation from campus to your off campus location, use UT Night Rides.
Sign up for RAD’s free 16-hour 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 includes awareness, prevention and risk reduction. It 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.