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Crime Prevention and Awareness at Baylor

CRIME PREVENTION

The Baylor University Police Department places a high priority on crime prevention. While it is impossible to prevent all crimes, the Department believes that people can be aware of ways to reduce their chances of becoming victims. The Department provides a wide range of services and educational programs designed to promote campus security and that aid in anticipating and minimizing potential dangers to the population and property of the University.

Crime prevention and awareness at Baylor require the involvement of all members of the University community. The Baylor Police Department strives to provide leadership and direction for this effort through programs ranging from crime prevention seminars to on-sight inspections. Baylor Police officers participate in over 40 crime prevention and awareness presentations each academic year.

For the purpose of discouraging thefts on campus, the Baylor Police Department sponsors Operation Identification. Through this program, bicycles and other items of personal property are engraved with the owner's personal identification number. The Baylor Department of Residence Life provides assistance with this program by encouraging students residing in campus housing to mark their valuable personal property.

Baylor Police Department crime prevention programs stress campus community awareness and interaction through the dissemination of materials and presentations geared toward familiarizing students, faculty, and staff members with their individual responsibility to help reduce criminal opportunity. In addition, crime prevention posters and handouts are utilized in an effort to make all members of the campus community aware of the potential for crime. The Lariat, the campus newspaper, is used as a means for presenting crime prevention and awareness information to the University community, including timely reports to members of the campus community regarding the occurrence of serious crimes on the campus (e.g., murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor-vehicle theft).

While all police personnel are oriented to the concept of crime prevention, the Crime Prevention Officer attends many advanced training schools to keep his/her level of expertise current at all times. This officer acts as the Department's liaison to the campus community.

Program and information available from the Crime Prevention Officer include, but are not limited to: personal safety; bicycle registration; security surveys for residences and departments on campus; identity theft and theft prevention training for students and members of the faculty and staff; sexual assault awareness/prevention; and alcohol awareness.

These and other programs are available upon request and are presented throughout the year to groups on campus. Additionally, the Crime Prevention Officer participates in the annual National Night Out, during which area communities are visited by members of the local law enforcement agencies.

Anyone desiring information on crime prevention programs or related literature may contact the Crime Prevention Officer at (254) 710-2222.

SEMINARS ON CAMPUS SECURITY PROCEDURES AND CRIME PREVENTION

Throughout the year, the Baylor Police Department conducts a variety of crime prevention programs. Programs are held for students, parents of students, and employees.

During the month of June each year, approximately 25 programs on campus safety are presented during orientation to incoming students and their parents. Beginning with the first week of school and continuing throughout the fall semester each year, Baylor Police officers hold small group discussions and residence hall floor meetings with students. Current crime trends and safety issues are discussed at these meetings. Emphasis is placed on the fact that crime can occur anywhere and to anyone. The students are encouraged to use common sense security practices on and off campus.

CAMPUS MAINTENANCE FOR SAFETY ISSUES

The Baylor University Police Department (BUPD), Department of Risk Management, and Facilities Management Office are vigilant for safety and security considerations in the category of campus maintenance. Inspections of campus facilities by Facilities Management personnel are made regularly so repairs affecting safety and security can be made. Concerns regarding potential safety or security hazards may be reported to any of these groups:

Facilities Department (254) 710-1361

Police Department (254) 710-2222

Department of Risk Management (254) 710-4586

An electronic security alarm system located at the Police Department's communication Center monitors a comprehensive network of intrusion detection and duress alarm systems.

VICTIMS OR WITNESSES REPORTING CRIMES

In certain instances, a crime victim may be reluctant to file a report fearing the “process” and/or loss of his/her anonymity. In such circumstances, crime victims are still encouraged to make a confidential report to one of the designated campus authorities. At minimum, crime victims will receive important counseling and referral information. Confidential reports are important because they provide valuable information that can enhance the safety of the community-at-large and such reports will (at least) provide a more accurate portrait of actual campus crime. (Remember, help is available, all you need to do is ask.)

It is important to have a culture where people feel safe reporting wrongful conduct. For more information or to file a complaint, you may access Baylor's Whistleblower Policy or the EthicsPoint Webpage.