Crime Prevention

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The Department of Public Safety provides presentations on crime prevention, personal safety, date rape, self defense, fire safety and prevention. These presentations frequently involve experts from public and private organizations.

Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) also sponsor programs relating to personal safety, alcohol and drug awareness.

As part of crime prevention programs, information on major incidents is forwarded to certain University Officials, the Office of Public Affairs, and the campus newspaper, the Foghorn, when necessary. When circumstances require immediate notification throughout the University community, Crime Prevention Bulletins are produced and sent to the community through email and/or SMS Text Message.

Back to School Safety tips

The Department of Public Safety also provides information on crime prevention:

  • General Safety Tips
  • General Student Safety
  • Auto Theft Prevention
  • Harassing Telephone Calls
  • Residential Hall Security
  • Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Sexual Assault Reporting
  • Theft Prevention
  • USF Workplace Violence Prevention Policy (2013)
  • Bicycle Safety Theft Prevention
  • The Department of Public Safety also has Campus Emergency Phones located on campus to assist with crime prevention and safety.

    Self-Defense for Women

    Officers regularly offer self-defense classes for women throughout the year on campus. Each class combines lectures and hands-on training to teach rudimentary self-defense skills women can utilize to evade and avoid an attack. Stay tuned for Fall 2016 dates to be posted. 

    Additional Crime Prevention Information

    Make sure to update your personal information in USF Connect to ensure that you are subscribed to receiving emergency notifications. These notifications are sent to the whole community through SMS text during an emergency.

    SF SAFE

    Please visit San Francisco SAFE's website at http://www.sfsafe.org. San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone is the city's leading crime prevention education organization. SFSafe help residents, police, and community groups work together to create safe vibrant neighborhoods by providing violence prevention education, public safety and community organizing services. Please pay particular attention to their wide variety of brochures and other material available for download.