University of Oregon

Crime Prevention Tips

UOPD promotes the following information to students, faculty and staff:

Incident Reporting

  • For emergencies or a crime being committed, call 9-1-1.
  • Report all crimes, no matter how minor they may seem. Notify UOPD of all suspicious persons or activity at 541-346-2919.
  • On campus, report any dim or unsafe-looking areas, or any malfunctioning lights, doors or windows, to UOPD at 541-346-2919.
  • For further information on reporting, see the UOPD Crime Reporting page.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Emergencies: 9-1-1
  • UOPD Non-Emergency: 541-346-2919 
  • Eugene Police Department Non-Emergency: 541-682-5111

Personal Safety

No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. To reduce the chances of being targeted for person crimes, consider the following:

If working or studying late, arrange to leave with a friend or call UOPD at 541-346-2919 for Safety Escort assistance. Lock doors and windows if working late alone.
Refrain from getting in elevators with people who look out of place or behave in a strange or threatening way. Always immediately report suspicious people or conditions to UOPD (541-346-2919).
If being followed, go to a populated area.
Be alert to any suspicious persons or vehicles.
Carry a fully charged cell phone with emergency numbers pre-programmed.
Student survivors of crime may see support and resource options at, or call the 24-hour SAFE hotline at 541-346-SAFE.

In a Threatening Situation

  • If physically attacked, attract attention by yelling loudly or using a whistle.
  • If using self-defense tactics or equipment such as pepper spray, run away as soon as the attacker is disabled.
  • Decide what to do in various situations before they occur. Try role-playing with a friend.
  • If 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.

Property Protection

  • Don’t leave valuables unattended (backpacks, wallets, purses, keys, computers, phones, electronic devices, etc.).
  • Engrave personal property, such as electronic or sporting equipment, with an Oregon Driver's License number, like this: OR123456DL.
  • Keep a written record of all personal valuables, including descriptions and serial numbers. It is evidence that the property belongs to the rightful owner.

Bicycle Theft

  • Never leave a bicycle unlocked. It only takes a moment to steal an unlocked bicycle.
  • U-shaped locks are best. Cables and padlocks can be cut easily and quickly.
  • Lock the bicycle frame to a bike rack or other secure object. Front wheels can be easily removed.
  • Bicycle registration is mandatory on campus. Bicycle registration is available at the Parking and Transportation Office (1401 Walnut St., 541-346-5444,, e-mail: This service is free of charge. See more at

Office Security

  • Never leave purses, wallets, or other valuables unattended. Lock them in a drawer or closet, or carry them.
  • Do not leave keys unattended, and do not loan out university keys.
  • 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

  • Those responsible for office keys should not leave them unattended, in plain sight on a desk, or in a 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 immediately (541-346-2919).
  • For more information, see the Access Control page.

Parking Safety

  • Lock vehicles at all times.
  • When returning to a vehicle, have the keys out while approaching. Check the interior before getting inside.
  • Notify UOPD immediately of any suspicious people loitering in the parking lot.
  • Remove all valuables from vehicles. Leave them at home, carry them, or lock them in the trunk.