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Crime Prevention Tips

Crime Prevention Tips

Crime prevention is everyone's job on campus. Campuses with active campus crime prevention programs have reported dramatic reductions in crime. Crime hurts all of us. If you see something suspicious or unusual, report it.

Take time to learn about crime prevention and safety – for yourself and your fellow community members. 

Department of Public Safety staff will provide educational programs on a variety of topics including crime prevention, safe driving and alcohol laws, emergency communication, and others upon request. Training requests may be made via the form available through this link.

Crime Prevention and Safety Tips

  • Take care and watch out for each other. If you go out together with friends, come home with your friends. Don't walk alone at night. 
  • Be alert and aware of people around you.
  • Use public walkways, avoid shortcuts and dark or secluded places.
  • The blue phones around campus are resources for immediate information beyond emergencies. Use the phones to report concerning or threatening behavior, or to get directions or access to campus resources.
  • Take advantage of the Lyft Flyer Ride service to get home. If you use a different car service, make sure vehicles are appropriately marked, and verify information from the car service app, such as text messages and license plates. It they don't check out, don't get into the car.  
  • Theft is the most common crime reported on campus. The best prevention is to secure your room, your house and your property by locking your doors, windows and cars. 
  • Always keep your door locked - day or night. NEVER let strangers in.
  • Never lend your keys or leave your door unlocked for a friend.
  • Don't bring valuables to campus. Leave them at home where they are most safe.
  • Keep cash and other small valuables out of sight.
  • Don't prop open exterior doors. You could be letting in an intruder. The doors are locked for your safety!
  • Don't leave your books unattended.
  • Always lock your bike to a fixed object. Use a high security bicycle lock for the best protection. We recommend a U-lock.
  • For gatherings at your house, make sure you actually know who is in attendance.  Have a few friends committed to being "sober monitors" who are not drinking. They can monitor noise levels and guests' behavior, ask strangers and troublesome guests to leave, and when necessary, call the police. 
  • Tap into UD's resources for mental health, violence prevention, sexual assault and harassment, racism, bias and other concerns. Tell your friends about these resources. 

     Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention | Sexual Violence Prevention |                     Sexual Assault and HarassmentBias Incident Response  

  • If you see or hear concerning or threatening behavior, or know of a student in distress, contact the Dean of Students' office at Report a Concern. Multiple campus units work closely together to respond quickly with appropriate support and intervention. If it's an immediate campus safety issue, call Public Safety at 937-229-2121.   
  • Be a partner in keeping campus safe. Make a point to meet the UDPD community engagement officers and the UD police officers patrolling campus and the student neighborhoods. 
Emergency Information

Call 911 from UD campus phones. Call 937-229-2121 from all other phones.

Non-campus phones and cell phones will reach the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center when dialing 911. Add 937-229-2121 to your cell phone for emergency calls to University of Dayton Public Safety.


Department of Public Safety 937-229-2131 (administrative offices)

Fitz Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2914