Video cameras are located throughout campus and in the near-campus neighborhood. They are linked to the Command Information Center in MUPD and are used to help monitor suspicious behavior and document activity in a given area.
Eagle Eye app
The university encourages all students, faculty and staff to download MUPD’s free safety app, EagleEye, as an added layer of security. The EagleEye app features a mobile BlueLight feature, which allows users to press a button in the app that connects them directly to MUPD and sends the device’s location in real-time, as long as location services are turned on.
The EagleEye app also includes a Friend Walk feature, which allows students to track their friends’ locations from point A to point B.
Additional features of the free app include:
- Emergency contacts
- Mobile BlueLight (when on campus)
- Safety toolbox
- Emergency procedures guide
- Support resources (great tools for directing students when they come to you for support as well as for staff themselves)
- Follow MUPD Nattie
- Social media links
The app is free and available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android; it can also be found by searching “Marquette EagleEye” in either app store.
MUPD’s self-defense program uniquely combines a hands-on approach to learning effective techniques with information about the latest national and local crime trends. Designed for female and male audiences, the class incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations. MUPD offers several free self-defense classes throughout the academic year. Individual requests for larger groups can be made with advance notice. Contact MUPD at (414) 288-6800 for complete information.
Active Shooter presentations
MUPD will provide training on how to respond and react in the event of an active shooter incident. This presentation is intended to provide the Marquette University campus community (Faculty, Staff and Students) the necessary information to prepare and survive a potential active shooter situation. Active Shooter presentations are scheduled on:
- Thursday, February 28th at 5pm in the AMU 305
- Monday, March 18th at 5pm in the AMU 305
- Thursday, April 4th at 5pm in the AMU 305.
Individual requests for larger groups can be made with advance notice. Contact Capt. Jeff Kranz by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a presentation.
Request for Nattie's attendance
Interested in having Nattie attend an event on campus? Contact Crime Prevention Officer Andy Huber by email at email@example.com with the name of the event as well as the requested date, and time of the event.
Vacant House Watch
During academic breaks, MUPD offers the Vacant House Watch program to students residing in the near-off-campus neighborhood. Students can use this form to register their residences with MUPD before leaving campus for spring or winter break. During break, officers monitor vacant residences during their routine patrols of the neighborhood.
A crime prevention officer can help you assess the security of your residence. The crime prevention officer will walk through your residence with you and prepare a written report detailing any security concerns. The written report will be given to you so you can use it to discuss with your landlord.
Personal safety tips
Avoiding potentially dangerous situations by maintaining a complete sense of awareness and planning ahead for responses to such situations allow one to remain confident while traveling around campus or home or in any other location. For any situation, it is important to consider preventing, planning and acting.
Avoid becoming an easy target
People unknowingly engage in activities every day that make them more vulnerable to crime. Make yourself less of a potential target by incorporating some simple actions:
- Travel on well-lit, busy streets, and avoid walking through alleys.
- Always trust your intuition and pay attention to warning signs, such as people watching you or quickly approaching.
- Maintain a complete awareness of your surroundings. Do not become distracted by using your phone or listening to your iPod while walking.
- Do not walk alone, especially at night.
- Only take what you absolutely need with you when going out. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash or multiple credit cards. Use backpacks to conceal laptop computers.
- Remain confident, alert and in control. Avoid going out or walking home while intoxicated.
Use the Department of Campus Safety resources
The Department of Campus Safety offers mobile transports to campus and near-off-campus locations during the evening hours. LIMO vans operate nightly during the school year from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m., with extended hours from 5 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights when school is in session. After-hours transports can be obtained from 3 a.m. until 7 a.m. To request a LIMO ride:
- Call (414) 288-6363 from any campus or near-off-campus location
- Make your request via a Blue Light Phone
- Flag down a van
- Wait at any designated LIMO stop
Be cautious at ATMs
- Use machines in busy areas that are well-lit. For your safety, ATMs are located in the Alumni Memorial Union and at the MUPD office in the 16th Street Parking Structure.
- Pay attention to those behind you and around you before making a transaction.
- Be private about your personal identification number.
- Never write your personal identification number on your card.
- Remove your card from the machine when your transaction is complete.
- Pressing 911 or any other series of numbers into the machine does NOT alert authorities to an emergency.
Knowing how to respond to a potentially dangerous situation is just as important as knowing how to avoid one. Often times, criminal catch victims off guard, allowing victims very little time to react. Thinking ahead about your response to such a situation and having a planned and practice response will allow you to remain calm and focused.
Carry a personal safety device
- Carry a safety whistle or other noise-making device, and use it when you feel threatened. Noise attracts the attention of those nearby. Although yelling provides the most comprehensive method of attracting attention, people often lack the ability to verbalize in crisis situations. Anyone can blow a whistle.
- Become familiar with the locations of Blue Light Phones.
- Blue Light Phones provide a 24-hour-a-day direct link to the Command Information Center in MUPD.
- There are more than 450 Blue Light and service phones on campus and within the off-campus neighborhood.
- The phones are distinguishable by their bright blue lights.
When in an uncomfortable situation, always trust your instincts. If necessary, defend yourself to the best of your ability. When presented with an avenue of escape, run away to a safe place, where people are present to assist you. Near campus, safe places include residence halls, restaurants, businesses and the MUPD office, which is open 24 hours a day.
Using non-verbal self-defense
- In an uncomfortable situation, be assertive.
- Maintain eye contact with those who may attempt to confront you, and do not let yourself get distracted.
- Maintain a confident physical demeanor.
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from strangers.
Using verbal self-defense
- Do not be afraid to tell someone to get out of your personal space.
- If necessary, yell to attract the attention of those nearby.
- Use direct commands, such as “Get back!” or “Let me go!”
Protecting yourself during robberies
- If someone demands your property, give it to him or her. Do not resist. Maintaining your personal safety is more important than your backpack or cell phone.
- If someone claims to have a weapon, believe him or her and surrender your property.
- Throw your property in one direction and run away in the opposite direction to a safe place.
- While running, attract attention by yelling.
- If your assailant targets you instead of your property, remain calm and breathe. Think of your planned response, defend yourself and escape!
Ride share safety tips
- Match the license plate number of the car with the app- Always double check the license plate and make and model of the car to make sure they match the information the app provides.
- Ask the driver, “who are you waiting for?”-This way the driver must give you a name. If the information isn’t correct, DON’T get in the car.
- Look at the photo of the driver on the app- Match the photo of the driver on the app with the person driving. If the photo doesn’t match, DON’T get in the car.
- Wait for your ride indoors- Wait until the app shows that the driver has arrived.
- Ride in the back seat- This gives you and the driver personal space.
- Don’t reveal personal details- Do not share your phone number or other contact information with a driver. If a rider and driver need to contact each other for some reason, the app automatically makes both phone numbers anonymous to protect everyone’s privacy.
- Share trip details with a friend- Riders can share their trip details by tapping “Share status” in the app. This shares a driver’s name, photo, license plate and location.
- Rate your driver-This allows the service to remove potentially dangerous drivers.
Cell phone theft prevention tips
Step 1: Set up a password lock.
This is the easiest security feature that you can use. It prevents others from accessing personal, business and financial information stored on your device.
Step 2: Enable remote data wiping.
Most major brands offer options that allow you to remotely erase data from your device in case it is lost or stolen. Check your user’s guides or contact your service provider for specific instructions for your device.
Step 3: Update and upgrade.
Upgrading and downloading new operating systems can take time, but in addition to more and better applications, many upgrades contain security updates for your protection. When prompted by your device to download an upgrade, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Step 4: Be vigilant.
When in public, do not allow your mobile devices to completely distract you from your surroundings. Many of us carry more than one device, and thieves looking to steal one of them will often observe your actions, waiting for you to drop your guard or walk away from your electronic items.
Step 5: Enable or install a device locating application.
No matter how security conscious you are, determined and persistent thieves can still be successful at stealing your property. Fortunately, most mobile devices have the capability to “broadcast” their locations if lost or stolen. Using Global Positioning Satellites and wireless networks, many free or moderately priced applications can help you and law enforcement locate your phones, tablets and computers. If your device is already equipped with this capability, you must ensure that it is enabled. It is important to note that these services cannot be activated after your device has been lost or stolen. Please record your usernames, passwords, device brand, model and names of tracking applications in a secure place — not only on your device. This will help you and law enforcement locate your phone, tablet or computer.
Pedestrian safety tips
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Don't assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don't just look at the vehicle.
- Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look before you cross the road.
- Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections.
- Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
- Look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
- Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
- Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not assume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
- Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.
Railroad safety tips for pedestrians
- Stay alert—it is easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music, and conversation.
- Stop, look both ways, and listen.
- Follow all signs and instructions.
- Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
- Cross quickly, never stop on the tracks
- Cross at a 90° angle if crossing with a bike, stroller, or wheelchair, as your wheels can become stuck.
Bicycle theft prevention tips
Cable locks offer no real protection. Secure your bicycle with U-shaped or other high-quality security locks. When choosing a location to secure your bicycle, ensure that it is well-lit and visible. For maximum security, secure your frame and wheels to an immovable object. Keep a record of your bicycle and serial number. Keep a photo of your bicycle with your records, too. Contact MUPD at (414) 288-6800 for more tips and information about registering your bicycle with the university and city.