Criminal Activity Emergency Response Procedures

Preventing robberies, thefts, burglaries, and other types of criminal activity.

CRIME IN PROGRESS PROCEDURES:

  • Remain calm and avoid any action that might incite the suspect to act violently.  The suspect may be nervous. Further excitement by the victim can cause the suspect to panic and harm the victim or bystanders.
  • Obey the suspect's instructions, even if it appears that victims cannot be harmed.  Money and property are not worth the price of a life.
  • Activate a holdup alarm at a safe time; i.e., when the suspect is leaving.  Do not let the suspect see the alarm being activated; it may further incite the suspect to violence.
  • Call the department of Public Safety at ext. 3111 or 255-3111.


AFTER CRIMINAL EVENT

  • Immediately after the crime, ensure that no one has been hurt or injured.
  • Close and secure the office until the police arrive. This procedure will help preserve the scene of the crime for fingerprints and other physical evidence. This will also prevent the perpetrator from returning to the scene.
  • Preserve any notes that the suspect may have written; e.g., a request for money/valuables.
  • Each employee involved in the incident should write down their own description of the suspect and events, and should complete the Description of Physical Characteristics Form that is supplied.  Employees should not confer with other witnesses or compare notes.


CRIME PREVENTION

INSTRUCT EMPOYEES TO TAKE THESE DAILY PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT BREAK-INS AND ROBBERIES AT YOUR FACILITY:
  • Check all security equipment. Do not discuss cash levels and security procedures outside of work.
  • Be alert for suspicious persons loitering in or near the workplace.
  • Be alert for unfamiliar or suspicious vehicles near the workplace.
  • Report all suspicious activity to your supervisor.
  • Protect university property by securing the facility when not attended.
  • Protect personal property by securing it in locked file cabinets or desks.


REPORTING

After contacting Public Safety, and after meeting with the University Police, contact your supervisor.