Do you want to prevent crime but feel as though you don't know where to start? Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent crime and increase your safety:
- Preprogram USTPD’s number into your cell phone (713) 528-3888
USTPD goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Never hesitate to report suspicious activity and consider putting this number on speed dial in case of an emergency.
- Never jog or walk alone, especially after dark.
Call (713) 525-3888 and police personnel will meet you anywhere on campus and escort you to your destination.
- Take all valuables (for example: Purses, IPods, money, GPS machines, etc.) out of vehicles.
Remember property thefts are the number one crime at the university, but many of these crimes can be averted when you eliminate temptation. Make sure you always roll up car windows, lock all doors, and take your keys with you.
- Lock you hall, apartment, or office door ANYTIME you leave.
Most thefts and burglaries from rooms or offices occur when the occupant was only gone a few minutes.
Below are additions guidelines to assist you in preventing crime and increasing your safety and the safety of your property:
- Property Inventory Form:
This form will allow you to register your personal property (example: TV, iPad, iPhone, etc.) with USTPD. If it is stolen, the police department will have all the necessary information to find it. Please fill out this form and take it to the USTPD office and we will keep it for you.
- Safety Guidelines/Identity Theft Form:
This form outlines general safety tips everyone needs to know to protect themselves on campus or off. Also, it provides you ways of preventing identity theft, what to do if it happens to you, and places you can find more information about identity theft.
- Safety Protocol Form:
This form outlines the guidelines you will need to use if you encounter an armed subject or disruptive individual.
- Sexual Assault Prevention Form:
This form will assist you in understanding definition of sexual assault and consent, strategies for avoiding sexual assault, what you should do if you have been sexually assaulted, and the rights of victims.
Sex Offender Registry
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, went into effect on October 28, 2002. The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteer’s services or is a student.