UPD has an active crime prevention program which strives to eliminator minimize criminal opportunities when possible, and encourage faculty, staff and students to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Crime prevention presentations are routinely scheduled for campus residents, as well as, faculty and staff groups. Topics generally covered are:
- Rape and Sexual Assault Risk Reduction
- Domestic Violence Education
- Workplace Violence Education
- Personal Safety
- Rape Aggression Defense Systems
- Sexual Assault
- Alcohol and Drug Awareness
- Travel Safety
- Operation Identification – Property Protection (this includes information on fraud, personal property and university property)
If you are looking for a topic not listed above, please contact us. Programs can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups. For further information or scheduling of programs, please call UPD at 662-915-5747 during regular business hours.
Other educational programs to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sexual offenses are routinely provided by other University departments such as the University Counseling Center, Violence Prevention Office, Residence Life Department, Dean of Students Office, and Student Health Services, as well as, the off-campus Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc. at 234-9929.
The Crime Prevention Program of UPD coordinates the Rebel Patrol Student Escort Service. Rebel Patrol escorts offer on-campus walk-along escorts for anyone concerned about walking alone on campus. UPD officers are available to provide on-campus escorts when Rebel Patrol escorts are not on duty. For an escort, call UPD at 915-7234.
The University has an emergency telephone system referred to as “Code Blue” which involves the strategic location of emergency telephones on campus. By depressing button on the emergency telephone unit pole, one will immediately be in contact with UPD for assistance with any emergency situation. The locations of the Code Blue phone units are depicted on the campus parking map distributed by UPD.
A daily police activity report is made to the Oxford newspaper (The Oxford Eagle).When a particular crime trend is noted or a significant criminal matter occurs, a crime prevention alert sheet will be posted in a timely manner, as well as, coverage by the campus media and entered on UPD’s Web page and faculty/staff/students e-mail list serves.
The University Police Department maintains a daily log of all department activity that is available for viewing at the Police Department in Kinard Hall – Wing C. Summaries of campus crime incidents may be published in University newspapers and/or newsletters, and in local, state or national newspapers at the discretion of the news organizations. A daily police activity report is made to the Oxford newspaper (The Oxford Eagle) as well.
UPD maintains a database of all calls for service. The Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System is used to record all significant events reported to the police department. These events can be viewed daily on UPD’s website. In addition to the CAD a media log containing a brief synopsis of all incident reports is maintained in the records division and can be viewed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays.
Ole Miss Students are more often the victims rather than the perpetrators of crime. Using some simple safety precautions will greatly reduce your chance of becoming a victim of crime.
Protecting yourself at home, in your room, dorm or apartment
- Lock your door, even when you intend to return home shortly or even if you are just going down the hall. It takes a thief ten seconds or less to enter an open room and steal your property.
- Lock or secure doors and windows when you are alone or asleep.
- Do not leave valuables lying out in plain sight. Record the serial number of your valuables or engrave your drivers license or social security number on the item.
- Keep emergency numbers by your phone.
- Do not leave messages on your door indicating that you are away and when you will return.
- Do not let strangers enter dormitory or premises.
- Do not prop open outer doors.
- If someone asks to use your phone for an emergency call, offer to telephone for them instead of allowing them access.
- Do not put your address on your key ring.
- Know your neighbors.
- Do not leave keys in hiding places. Thieves will find them. Carry your keys or make sure that anyone who truly needs them has their own copy.
- Call 915-7234 to report suspicious persons or activity in or around your neighborhood. Off campus, call 911.
- Open a savings or checking account instead of keeping money in your room.
- Keep automatic teller machine cards in a safe place, keep your PIN number secret. When possible, only use atm’s during the day.
- If you find yourself in immediate danger, call 9-911; try to stay calm and get away at first opportunity.
Protect yourself when walking
- Avoid walking alone at night unless absolutely necessary.
- Keep to well lit, commonly traveled routes.
- Avoid shortcuts and dark, isolated areas.
- Walk purposefully, know where you are going, project a no-nonsense image.
- Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
- If you feel threatened, cross the street, locate an emergency phone, or enter a store or place of business even if you have just left it.
- Have your door keys ready; carry them in your pockets, not buried in a purse.
Protect your auto or bicycle
- Always lock your car. Never leave the windows down while it is unattended.
- Do not leave tempting valuables or property visible inside the car. Lock these items in the trunk.
- Lock bikes to bike racks with hardened-alloy locks and chains or u-shaped locks to prevent thefts.
Protecting yourself when driving
- Look into your car before getting in. Lock doors and roll up windows once inside for protection.
- Never pick up strangers.
- Carry change for emergency calls. 911 is a free call.
- Drive to a police or fire station or open place of business if you feel you are being followed.
- Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled vehicles. Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them.
- Raise the hood, then lock yourself into your car if it breaks down. If someone stops and offers you help, remain in your car and ask them to phone for help. Do not worry about seeming rude.