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October 2013

Crime Prevention Month

(Oct. 22, 2013) Resources for survivors and reporting on-campus crime

(Oct. 15, 2013) Safety tips

(Oct. 8, 2013) Protect yourself from theft

(Oct. 1, 2013) Sign up for a R.A.D. class

Resources for survivors and reporting on-campus crime

(Oct. 22, 2013) The University of Denver has many resources for survivors of crime and assault. The Health and Counseling Center offers counseling services for faculty and staff, and the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment supports survivor healing.

The Health and Counseling Center

Counseling services at the Health and Counseling Center are offered for students, faculty and staff. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) allows staff and faculty to meet with counselors for personal needs. The EAP provides up to six free counseling sessions.

Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE)

CAPE supports survivor healing by providing advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment and relationship violence. All CAPE services are confidential and free of charge.

CAPE Helpline (formerly SASA)

The CAPE Helpline (formerly SASA) exists to assist members of the University of Denver community who have experienced gender-based violence. This includes sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking/harassment. Through the helpline, trained advocates assist survivors, and any family or friends, to cope with the physical, psychological, judicial and/or legal aftermath resulting from gender-based violence. Advocates are on call 24/7 during the fall, winter and spring quarters at 303-871-3456.

How to report

Crime
You can report a crime or Honor Code violation to Campus Safety at any time by calling 303-871-2334. An officer will be sent to your location to take your report.

If you would like to anonymously provide Campus Safety with information about a crime or suspected crime, you may call the anonymous tip line at 303-871-3130. Please leave as much information as possible.

Sexual assault
To anonymously report a sexual assault, contact the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment. To formally report a sexual assault, contact Campus Safety at 303-871-2334.

Emergency
In life-threatening emergencies, or when you need immediate police, fire or medical assistance, make the following two calls: 911 and the Campus Safety emergency number at 303-871-3000.

Safety tips

(Oct. 15, 2013) The Department of Campus Safety believes there are several safety precautions you can take to reduce the opportunity of becoming a victim of a criminal incident.

Be aware

  • Awareness of your surroundings can add to your safety.
  • If you think you are being followed, or notice someone who is suspicious, call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 and go to a place where there are other people such as a nearby restaurant, business or coffee shop.

Use the "buddy system"

  • Travel with a trusted friend or colleague to minimize your vulnerability.
  • Utilize a walking escort
  • If you find yourself needing to travel alone on campus after dark, call Campus Safety for a walking escort at 303-871-2334.
  • Escorts are available to students, staff and faculty seven days a week.

Become familiar with lighted areas when walking at night.

  • The DU campus has several well-lit sidewalk areas throughout campus. Use these sidewalks after dark.

Emergency telephones

  • Know where the emergency telephones are located.
  • There are dozens of emergency telephones throughout campus.
  • You can use these phones to report any crimes or suspicious activity.

Crime prevention presentations

  • Crime prevention presentations occur regularly during the year and are offered to University departments and individuals.
  • For information on scheduling a crime prevention presentation for your unit, please contact Campus Safety.

Learn more about the Department of Campus Safety.

protect yourself from theft

(Oct. 8, 2013) College campuses can be prime targets for office, dorm and car theft. Here are some tips to keep your belongings safe.

Secure your workspace

  • The majority of all burglaries and thefts on campus occur as a result of rooms left unsecured.
  • Lock your door even if you are only stepping away for a moment.
  • If you work in a cubical or open space, make sure you have a drawer available to you that locks and secure your valuables any time you walk away.
    • If you don't have a locking drawer, submit a work request with Facilities Management to install a lock (this is a billable service).
  • Don't loan your keys to anyone.

Protect your vehicle

  • Lock the doors and roll up the windows, even if you're only parked for a minute.
  • Park in well-lit areas.
  • Take your valuables with you or secure them in the trunk.
  • Never leave your car running while unattended.

Report

  • Theft: Report any thefts to Campus Safety by calling 303-871-2334. An officer will be sent to your location to take your report.
  • Suspicious persons: If you see a suspicious person on campus, call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.

You can also register your computer, bike or other belongings with Campus Safety to help the item be returned to you in the case of theft. Learn more at du.edu/campussafety.

Sign up for a R.A.D. class

(Oct. 1, 2013) Over the course of this month, DU Digest will feature tips on how to be safe on and around campus. This week, learn more about R.A.D. classes for women and men!

The Department of Campus Safety is offering free R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense/Resisting Aggression with Defense) classes for men and women in the month of October. The women's October course is sold out, register now for November. Men, register for your free October course before it fills up, too!

R.A.D. Systems is a self-defense class offered throughout the United States and Canada, primarily on college campuses. The program is designed to develop and enhance self-defense options so they become viable for people being attacked. Learn more about R.A.D.