The University Police Department has a comprehensive crime prevention program that assists community members to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime. The Crime Prevention Unit of the University Police Department has certified Crime Prevention Officers on staff that has received numerous hours of training in crime prevention and physical security. Programming and presentations that are taught include self-defense, alcohol awareness and sexual assault prevention. Other duties include security surveys of resident areas or office areas and threat assessment.
Safety Escort Program
Safety escorts are provided to locations on campus 24/7. Call 210.458.4242.
Whistle Defense Program
The University of Texas at San Antonio Police Department has available FREE key chain safety whistles for FEMALE UTSA STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF as a new personal defense system for our Tri-Campus Community. The Whistle Defense Program is a campus safety program based on the use of whistles to alert patrol officers, students, faculty and staff that an offense or incident has occurred or is about to occur.
Crime Prevention Presentations
Crime prevention presentations pertaining to personal safety, sexual assault prevention, acquaintance rape, women’s self-defense, alcohol and drug awareness, burglary and theft prevention and office safety are conducted as needed for faculty, staff and students. The Crime Prevention Unit works closely with campus housing departments and other UTSA student groups to develop and schedule presentations. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 210-458-6974 for more information. Classes are also scheduled on the UTSA PD web site. Customized crime prevention presentations are also available upon special request.
Printed Crime Prevention Literature
Crime prevention literature related to persona safety, auto theft prevention and residential security is available at various locations throughout the campus. Specialized crime prevention literature is available upon special request.
Operation Identification is an on-going program which involves the engraving of driver's license or student identification numbers on valuable items of personal property. Engravers are available at the UTSA Police Department.
Campus buildings, University Oaks Apartments, Chisholm Hall dormitory, Chaparral Village housing and other campus areas are surveyed for safety and security concerns on a regular basis.
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Crime Prevention Unit
Supervisor: Sgt. Geoffrey Merritt (210-458-6250)
Crime Prevention Officers: Cpl. Elizabeth Carter, Ofc. Melody Piepho(210-458-6974)
1.408 Physical Plant Building