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Campus Safety

Crime Prevention

Actions you can take

University of Denver Campus Safety believes there are several safety precautions that can be taken to reduce the opportunity of you becoming a victim of a criminal incident. Unfortunately you cannot prevent someone else’s actions, but the tips below may help you avoid a similar situation.

Crime prevention presentations occur regularly during the year and are offered to university departments and individuals.  They can also be scheduled as the need arises.  For information on scheduling a Crime Prevention Presentation, please contact us.

Awareness and Personal Safety
  • Be aware. Awareness of your surroundings can add to your personal safety. If you think you are being followed, or notice someone who is suspicious, go to a place of calculated security and call Campus Safety.
  • Use the "Buddy System" whenever possible. Travel with a trusted friend to minimize your vulnerability. When you go to parties or walk in the community, have a friend with you to assure you both are safe.
  • If you find yourself needing to travel alone on campus after dark, call Campus Safety for a walking escort.  Escorts are available to students, staff and faculty by calling 303-871-2334. 
  • Become familiar with lighted areas when walking at night. The D.U. campus has several well lit sidewalk areas throughout campus. Use these sidewalks after dark.
  • DU Campus Safety offers a variety of safety and self-defense courses. You can access the schedule here:
Bicycle Security
  • Secure your bicycle using only U-Lock devices and ensure that the U-Lock is through the bicycle’s frame. Students, staff and faculty often wonder why we require the use of U-Locks.  The reason is simple: cable locks are easily cut with basic tools and allow bikes to be stolen in a matter of a few short moments.
  • Only secure your bicycle to designated bicycle racks.
  • Check on your bicycle every couple of days, at minimum.
  • Please take a minute to review a video produced by the Denver Police Department regarding keeping your bicycle safe. The video contains a demonstration of how easily cable locks are defeated.
  • Review the Bicycle Regulations here.
  • Register your bicycle here.
Bicycle & Skateboard Safety Tips
  • Bikes and cars – same rights, same laws. Obey stop signs, traffic signs and traffic lights. Set an example for everyone and wait for the green light.
  • Take your place in traffic. Ride your bike/skateboard on the street or on campus brick pathways at a safe speed. City sidewalks are reserved for pedestrians.
  • Always ride with traffic. Ride on the right (or left on one-ways) where drivers expect to see you.
  • Be alert and be visible. Steer clear of riding with earphones and use lights at night.
Emergency Telephones

There are dozens of emergency telephones throughout campus and each one is marked with a blue light directly above it. You can use these phones to report any crimes, suspicious activities, medical emergencies, or any other safety concern. When one of these phones is activated, Campus Safety officers will respond to the phone’s location, even if no voice contact is made with the person who activated the phone.

  • Know where the emergency telephones are located. To familiarize yourself with the locations of these phones, visit
    • Select Campus from the menu on the left and then Emergency Phones
  • All efforts are made to regularly check and maintain the emergency phones so that they are in good working order. However, from time to time they do need maintenance. If you notice a problem with an emergency phone, please call Campus Safety at 303-871-2334.
Fraud Prevention
  • Shred trash (checks, junk mail and personal documents) with a cross-cut or confetti shredder.
  • Minimize financial and personal information carried on your person or in public, especially your Social Security Number.
  • Do not give out personal or account information unless you know who you are speaking to and you made the contact.
  • Research and become aware of the numerous types of fraud and scams such as shipping scams, check cashing scams, Nigerian scams, Lotto scams, confidence games and internet scams.
Pedestrian Safety
  • Always cross the street at an intersection.
  • Obey the “walk/don’t walk” pedestrian signals. Don’t enter the crosswalk once the hand begins flashing.
  • Use the “push to walk” button, where available. It adds pedestrian crossing time to the traffic signal.
  • Always stay alert. Don’t be a distracted walker.
  • Never assume vehicles see you. Look both ways before you cross the street.
Property Registration
  • The University of Denver maintains a database for property registration. Registering your property increases the chances of recovery in the event your items are stolen – particularly if you are able to register the property with the serial number. All current Students, Staff and Faculty may register laptops, smartphones and other valuable items here
  • Bicycles may be registered here
Preventing Violence on Campus

If you live on campus:

  • Do not prop doors open
  • Lock your residence at all times
  • Report suspicious activity by calling 911 and 303-871-3000.

If you live off campus:

  • Keep doors and windows locked, blinds/curtains closed, exterior lights on and report suspicious activity by calling 911.

If you are in a vehicle:

  • Keep the doors locked at all times and have keys in hand before getting to your vehicle.
  • Do not stop for hitchhikers.

If you are walking:

  • Stay in well-lit, high-traffic areas. All community members are welcome to contact Campus Safety for a walking escort 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, by calling 303-871-2334.