Crime Prevention

Campus safety is everyone’s responsibility. The University makes efforts to educate students about crime prevention, and the University Police and City of La Crosse Police Department cooperate in patrolling campus and the surrounding area.

As part of the safety education effort, the University offers the following tips and suggestions:

  • When walking, look confident. Keep your head up and be alert. Pay attention to what is going on around you.
  • Choose busy streets and avoid areas where there are places for people to hide.
  • Do not flash your cash.
  • At night, stick to well-lighted areas.
  • Walk with a friend or group when out after dark.
  • Know what stores, restaurants, etc. are open late in case you need to get help.
  • Carry your purse close to your side-but re-evaluate if you really need to carry one. Don't carry valuables or money you won't need. Carry wallets in a front pants pocket or an inside jacket pocket.
  • Understand that you can call 911 at any time, free of charge from any pay phone.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any place or situation, leave immediately.
  • If you are being followed by someone in a car, turn around and walk quickly to someplace where there are other people.

Remember, if you should become a victim of crime, try not to panic.

  • Look at the attacker carefully so you can give a good description to police. Key things to remember are age, race, complexion, clothing, height, weight, hair, eyes, and markings such as scars and tattoos. If a vehicle is involved, note the color, size, make, license number, dents or other distinct features.
  • If attacker has a weapon and wants your money or possessions, don't fight back. Your life and safety are much, much more important.

Parents can find current crime statistics and prevention information on the UW-L Police Department website. It also links to off-campus statistics and information.