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Important Public Safety Announcement:

Dear UTSA Community,

The UTSA Police Department is aware of recent social media posts claiming that there are various crimes occurring in and around the UTSA Main Campus.

These reports are not accurate.

Here is what you need to know:

  • On Tuesday, January 31, an armed robbery took place in the University Oaks apartment complex on the Main Campus. Because the victim and the suspect knew each other, UTSA PD believes that this was not a random crime and is not associated with any other incidents.
  • Reports suggesting that a suspect in a series of sexual assaults in the Medical Center has been seen on the UTSA campus have not been substantiated by or reported to UTSA PD.
  • Claims that four women have been attacked near UTSA and in off-campus apartments on Hausman Rd. have not been reported to the San Antonio Police Department or to UTSA PD.

The safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to UTSA – and to me. As a father, a husband and a police officer, I know how concerning it can be to read things on social media or see a television news story and to not have the facts.

I want to assure you that if we see something that concerns us or jeopardizes the safety of any member of the UTSA community, I will let you know.

Stay tuned to this web page, and to our UTSA Police Department social media channels, for the most up-to-date information about campus safety.

We also encourage you to read the safety recommendations below that will give you a good start to formulating a personal safety plan.

Thank you,
Gerald Lewis Jr.
AVP for Public Safety/Chief of Police


SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS:

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS – Awareness is your best self-defense.  Know what is happening around you.  Be especially careful and alert if you are alone.  Watch where you are going and what is going on around you.  Look for potential problems and be prepared to react to them. Avoid going to secluded areas of the campus alone. Find a trusted classmate or colleague to go to these areas with you. You may request a safety escort.

TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS – Don’t accept a false sense of security because you are in a group or in a remote area.  If you think something is wrong, remove yourself from the situation.  Trust your instincts – if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t be afraid to call for help.

WHEN WALKING, PLAN THE SAFEST AND MOST DIRECT ROUTE – Use well-lit, busy streets, sidewalks and pathways.  Walk with friends or a group.  When out at night, don’t go alone.  Let someone know where you will be going and when you plan to return.  Avoid areas you are not familiar with, alleys, deserted streets, secluded and wooded areas.

PROJECT CONFIDENCE – Walk as if you know where you are going.  Stand tall. Walk in a confident manner, and hold your head up.

HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED READY – Hold your keys when going to and from your car, home and office.  This will save you time and give you some security.  Be wary of self–defense products.  Any device you carry can be used against you.  If you do carry a device, know how to use it and be prepared to use it if necessary.  Don’t carry more money than what you will need.

IF YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED ON FOOT OR FEEL THREATENED – Cross the street, change direction and go to a safe, busy area where you can ask for help or call the police. If a car is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction if possible. Write down the license plate number and description of the car and occupants.

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – Criminals do not want to be seen or heard. They rarely commit crime in front of police officers. We rely on the community to report suspicious activity. We would much rather respond and not be needed than to not be called when a crime could have been prevented or stopped. Trust your instincts; if something does not feel right, it probably isn’t.

PROGRAM THE UTSA POLICE NUMBER INTO YOUR PHONE – Within the campus community our police department can respond to emergencies much faster than local law enforcement – Call (210) 458-4911

 

 

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