Crime in Progress
It is imperative that all crime and suspicious activity be reported to University Police promptly. By working together, the University community and the police can reduce crime on campus.
Hopefully, you will never be the victim of or witness to a crime of any sort. If you should be involved in or witness one, however, your personal safety and that of others is the number one priority.
"I didn't know I should call the police" and "When should I call the police?" are the two most common statements police officers hear when speaking to students, staff and faculty members. To help clear up any uncertainty, here are a few tips:
- TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS! If you suspect something is wrong, or a situation seems dangerous, you may be right. Don't dismiss suspicious people, cars or situations. If you observe or have knowledge of any dangerous, suspicious or criminal activity, don't hesitate; call University Police by dialing 911. DON'T delay. Call the police first, others second. Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the criminal except for self protection. Do not touch anything
or disturb the crime scene.
- Providing a good description of the criminal is the best way to help with catching that person. Note height, weight, sex, race, approximate age, clothing, method and direction of travel. If possible, obtain license plate information, make and model of vehicle, color and outstanding characteristics.
- Once you have contacted the police, you will be asked to provide the following information: The nature of your call, any information detailed above, your name, location and department.
- In the event of a civil disturbance, move to a safe location and contact the police immediately. If the disturbance is outside, stay away from doors and windows, and find a safe place to remain until police arrive and secure the situation. Do not interfere with those persons creating the disturbance or with authorities at the scene.
University Police offers programs dealing with personal safety, protecting your property, and criminal activity on campus. If the police can help you in any way, give them a call at 650-3324. We welcome the opportunity to serve you and work with you to make your time at SIUE both safe and enjoyable.