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Crime Prevention

Crime prevention is defined as the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce that risk. Many campuses around the country investigate and make public the nature and quantity of crimes, as well as how crimes are investigated. Oklahoma State University - Tulsa subscribes to that approach and further believes that the public should know how active the University Police are in crime prevention and detection. OSU-Tulsa has experienced success at reducing and preventing crime. Some of the notable efforts are:

  • Twenty-four (24) hour preventive patrols
  • Campus foot patrol by uniformed officers
  • Campus bicycle patrol by uniformed bicycle officers
  • Parking lot intercom system
  • Alarms in all buildings
  • Custodial staff occupy many academic buildings throughout the day and evening and provide information to the OSU-Tulsa Campus Police about suspicious activity or persons in or around the building(s)
  • Crime prevention seminars upon request
  • Some parking lots and areas monitored by surveillance cameras
In addition to preventing crime, considerable effort is devoted to crime intervention. All reported crimes are investigated immediately. Follow-up investigations occur to identify the offenders. Where multiple incidents occur, surveillance techniques may be implemented to help apprehend violators. When caught, offenders are dealt with thorough the Tulsa County court system and OSU-Tulsa when appropriate. The Public Safety Department encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of criminal incidents, no matter how insignificant or small. Victims are encouraged to insist upon a proper police investigation and subsequent filing of charges. Victims are further encouraged to insist on restitution or compensation for losses and demand severe sanctions. Through these measures, OSU-Tulsa will become a safer community.

Avoid Victimization

Property Protection:

  1. Lock your door whenever you leave your office for ANY length of time. Always lock all car doors.
  2. Never prop open any door.
  3. Adequately protect all valuables in your office. Do not leave valuables or cash in plain view.
  4. Protect your books and put your name in them. Do not leave the receipt in your book. They can be sold back.
  5. Take all valuable items home with you during vacations.
  6. When in a public place, keep valuable possessions out of sight. If you must leave an area for any length of time, take personal items with you.
  7. Participate in "Operation Identification" in cooperation with the OSU-Tulsa Campus Police.
  8. Operation Identification is a crime prevention project to protect your possessions from theft.
Obtain Operation Identification materials from the OSU-Tulsa Police.
  • Itemize your possessions on a file card. Record the descriptions and serial numbers.
  • The OSU-Tulsa Police has available an electric engraver that you may use to engrave your license number, social security number, or other identifying marks on your valuables.
Note: Computers, VCRs, CD players, bicycles, cash, and jewelry are items particularly susceptible to theft.

Personal Safety:

At home or an apartment:

  1. Keep your room door locked when you are napping or sleeping.
  2. Never let unauthorized persons come into your home or enter apartment security doors. Always ask to see proper identification. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately.
  3. Do not hide keys outside of your home or apartment. Do not put your name or address on your keys.
  4. If an intruder awakens you inside your residence, do not attempt to apprehend the intruder. Try to get an accurate description of the intruder and then call the police. Exit your residence if you can safely do so.
When driving:
  1. Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly.
  2. Lock your doors and keep windows rolled up whenever possible. Always check underneath your car and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your automobile.
  3. Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
  4. Never hitchhike, and never pick up hitchhikers.
  5. If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area such as a convenience store.
  6. If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch. Be aware that an accident may be staged to provide the other driver an opportunity to commit a criminal act.
  7. Leave enough room between your car and the one ahead so you can drive around it if necessary.
  8. Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.
While walking or jogging:
  1. Avoid walking or jogging alone, and try not to walk or jog in the dark.
  2. Avoid dark or vacant areas. Walk along well-lit routes.
  3. Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed: Run in a different direction, go to the other side of the street and yell for help, or move quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or a parking lot intercom.
Steps to follow if you see suspicious activity or persons:

If you see any suspicious activity or person(s) on or near the University campus, it is your responsibility to call the University Police at 594-8123 or extension 8123 if on campus. Do not assume what you see is an innocent activity or that another individual has already called the police. Do not worry about being embarrassed; rather, think about what could happen if you do not act.

Suspicious persons may include:

  • Person(s) loitering about at unusual hours and locations.
  • Person(s) running, especially if something of value is being carried.
  • Person(s) exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms. Person(s) could be under the influence of drugs or needing medical or psychiatric assistance.
  • Person(s) carrying property that might be suspicious, depending on the circumstances.
  • Person(s) going from room to room trying doorknobs.
Other unusual situations:
  • Open or broken doors or windows.
  • Unusual noises-anything suggestive of foul play, danger, or illegal activity.
  • Person(s) sitting in parked vehicles for an extended period of time.
  • Vehicles driving slowly in a parking lot or parking garage at night.
  • Any person(s) not affiliated with the University community.
Do not assume the person(s) may be a visitor(s) or University staff that you have not seen before. Call the University Police immediately.

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Oklahoma State University - Tulsa | 700 North Greenwood Ave. | Tulsa, OK 74106 | 918-594-8000 © 2010 Oklahoma State University. All rights reserved.