Personal Safety

Personal Safety

The following are some simple suggestions to keep you safe on campus:

Walking on or around campus

  1. If you know you are going to be studying and/or working late on campus, plan ahead as to how you will get home safely.
  2. Take advantage of safe rides from Campus Escort Service (775) 742-6808 and University Police (775) 334-COPS.
  3. Don’t distract yourself with music players or cell phones while walking at night.
  4. Walk in groups or pairs. Meet friends at locations from which the two of you can walk safely (i.e., well-lighted parking lots or garages).
  5. If you see a suspicious person or situation, call 911 or University Police (775) 334-COPS.
  6. Remember to lock doors and windows.
  7. Choose open, well-lit, and well-traveled areas to walk.
  8. If you are carrying a purse, hold it firm, close to your body. Purse snatchers prefer to grab from behind.
  9. If you work late, arrange to leave at the same time as a co-worker.
  10. Park as close as possible to your destination. Check with Parking Services (775) 784-4654 for information about evening passes and other accommodations.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  12. Make eye contact with passers-by and glance behind you occasionally.
  13. If you sense that you are being followed, change directions or cross the street.
  14. If the person persists, run to the nearest place where you’ll find people. DON’T allow a stranger to follow you to your doorstep.
  15. Yell FIRE instead of rape or help for greater attention.

In the Car

  1. Park in well-lit areas.
  2. Walk back to the car with your keys ready.
  3. Check beneath the car and in the back seat before getting in to make sure no one is hiding.
  4. Keep doors locked and windows rolled up most of the way at all times.
  5. Keep your gas tank at least half full in case of emergency.
  6. Keep your car in good running condition.
  7. Stay on well-traveled and well-lit roads.
  8. If you are being followed by another car, drive into an open gas station, stay in your car, and ask the attendant to call the police.
  9. If your car breaks down, raise the hood, put on emergency lights and remain in the car with the doors locked. If a cell phone is available, call for help. If not, then wait for help.
  10. Secure valuables in the trunk of the vehicle or otherwise out of sight.
  11. If you are “rear-ended” by another vehicle, motion the driver to follow you to a public place.

At Home

  1. Check for signs of forced entry such as broken glass, a torn screen, or pry marks before you go inside.
  2. NEVER feel reluctant to call to police.
  3. Screen all strangers knocking at your door.

Safety Walk

Each semester, the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) sponsors campus safety walks. During these walks students, faculty, administration and Facilities Maintenance staff tour the campus methodically checking for burned out lights, broken concrete, overgrown landscaping, and other unsafe conditions around campus.

Report broken lights and unsafe areas of campus to Facilities Services: (775) 784-8020

Campus Escort Service

Please call for hours and information: (775) 742-6808

This service provides reliable transportation and escorts to any vehicle, residence or facility within a three mile radius of the campus perimeter Campus escort serves all university students, staff, faculty and visitors.

Over 20 specially trained students serve as Campus Escort Officers. These officers are trained in self-defense, professional driving and basic CPR/First Aid care.

The service is available during the fall and spring semesters with limited service on holidays and school breaks.