University of Oregon

Crime Prevention Tips

Office Security

  • Your protection and protection of your property starts with your willingness to take a few simple steps.
  • Keep your purse, wallet, or other valuables with you at all times or lock them in a drawer or closet.
  • Never leave your keys lying around.
  • Cash left on your desk or in an unlocked drawer is a great temptation to thieves.
  • Request authorization from persons asking for confidential information or from delivery or repair people who want to enter an area restricted to employees.

Key Control

  • If you are responsible for office keys, don't leave them on your desk or in the top drawer where they could be taken or copied easily.
  • Give keys only to those who have a legitimate need and make sure they are returned.
  • If keys are lost or stolen notify UOPD.
  • For more information, see the Access Control page.

Property Protection

  • Theft is our biggest offense on campus.
  • Engrave personal property, such as a coffee pot, radio, or calculator, with your Oregon Driver's License number, like this:
      OR 123456 DL
  • UOPD will cable-lock your office machines. Call 6-2919.
  • Keep a written record of all personal valuables, including descriptions and serial numbers. It is evidence that the property is yours.

Bicycle Theft

  • Lock your bike! It only takes a moment to steal an unlocked bicycle.
  • A kryptonite U-shaped lock is best. Cables and padlocks can be cut easily.
  • Lock your bicycle frame to a bike rack or other secure object. Front wheels can be easily removed.
  • Bicycle registration is mandatory on campus. Register it with UOPD.

Personal Safety

The most effective weapons against crime are common sense, alertness, and a few basic precautions.

  • If you work late, arrange to leave with a co-worker or call UOPD for assistance. Lock doors and windows if you are working late alone.
  • Refrain from getting in elevators with people who look out of place or behave in a strange or threatening way. Report them to UOPD.
  • If you feel you're being followed, go to an office where there are other people.
  • When walking to your car or home from work, vary your route.
  • Be alert to any suspicious persons or vehicles.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone with emergency numbers pre-programmed into the device.

Parking Lot Sense

  • Lock your car at all times.
  • When you return to your car have your keys out as you approach. Check the interior before you get in the car.
  • If you observe any suspicious persons lurking in the parking lot, notify UOPD.
  • Remove all valuables from your car. Leave them at home or lock them in the trunk.
  • If you work late, ask a co-worker to escort you to the parking lot or call UOPD.

In a Threatening Situation

  • The best defense is avoidance and following instincts.
  • Decide what you will do in various situations before they occur. Try role-playing with a friend.
  • If you are confronted by someone who only wants property, give it to them.
  • Try to get an accurate description of the assailant. If a vehicle is involved, get the license number and call UOPD.


  • Report all crimes, no matter how minor they may seem. Notify UOPD of all suspicious persons or activity.
  • If you notice any suspicious people or activity notify UOPD immediately.
  • Post 9-1-1 (the city emergency number) and UOPD phone numbers near your phone.
  • Report any broken or flickering lights, dimly lit corridors, doors that don't lock properly, etc. to UOPD.
  • For further information on reporting, see the Crime Reporting page.

Crime Prevention Services

The University of Oregon Police Department offers:

  • Bicycle registration and permits
  • Laptop registration
  • Moped, motorcycle, and vehicle registration and permits
  • Personal safety presentations
  • Theft prevention consulting
  • Office equipment cabling program

Important Phone Numbers

University of Oregon Police Department:

  • Emergency: 9-1-1 
  • Dispatch Non-Emergency: 541-346-2919 or on-campus 6-2919

Notice the location on campus of the outside emergency phones. You need only push one button for instant communication with a UOPD dispatcher.