Phone:(434) 924-7166
Fax: (434) 982-2817
Saferide: (434) 242-1122

2304 Ivy Road
P.O. Box 400214
Charlottesville, VA 22903-44790



Law Enforcement Accrediation

Crime Prevention

Over the years, the University of Virginia's Police Department has won four Governor's Awards for its crime prevention activities. These activities include seminars, self defense classes, brochures, posters, building security evaluations, and other special programs on a daily basis. Officers trained in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design work with facility planners during new design and construction of buildings to meet crime prevention goals. Crime Prevention also releases information to the public involving incidents that are believed to be a threat to students, staff, or the general public.

Please contact the U.Va. Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit to obtain information about the safety programs and resources offered.

Officer Benjamin Rexrode
(434) 924-8845
2304 Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA. 22903
br7u@virginia.edu

Safety Tips

When Walking or Jogging Alone
Safety in Dorm or Apartment
Personal Safety
Suspicious Packages
In The Car
Fire Safety
Property Security
Bicycle Security
Computer Safety
Vehicle Security
Identity Theft

When Walking or Jogging Alone

click here for a video on walking at night

  • Stay alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.
  • Use the Blue Light Phones located throughout the Grounds.
  • Know the Grounds. Find out what buildings are open late where you can summon help if needed.
  • Vary your route and schedule.
  • Avoid walking or jogging at night.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Consider not wearing headphones as they limit what you can hear.

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Safety in your Dorm or Apartment

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  • Never allow Strangers to follow you into the building. If Observed, notify the University Police immediately.
  • Never Prop open card reader doors or leave room doors open.
  • Secure doors and windows prior to leaving.
  • Call 911 if you see someone in the building who does not belong.

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Personal Safety

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  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid isolated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Use the Safe Ride Service or walk with friends.
  • Use the lighted pathway system.
  • Tell a friend where you are going and when you will return.
  • Notify police immediately of suspicious or criminal activity.
  • Never leave your cup unattended . click here for video

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Suspicious Packages

  • Identifying suspicious packages can be difficult. If you are uncertain about a package, call your local police department.

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In The Car

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  • Keep your car in good running condition to avoid breakdown.
  • Plan your route in advance, particularly on long or unfamiliar trips.
  • Have enough gas money to get you to your destination and back.
  • Drive with all car door locked.
  • Keep windows rolled up.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.

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Fire Safety

  • Activate the fire alarm if you detect a fire in a building.
  • Exit by the nearest stairway.
  • Call 911 or use a Blue Light Phone to notify emergency personnel.
  • Attempt to extinguish the fire only if you can do so safely.
  • Learn the locations of the emergency exits and fire equipment.
  • Always exit the building in the event of a fire alarm.

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Property Security

  • Never leave textbooks, purses, or book bags unattended.
  • Secure cash, checkbooks, and credit cards in a safe place.
  • Carry only small amounts of cash.
  • Call 911 immediately to report lost or stolen property.
  • Notify Business Operations immediately to report lost or stolen student I.D. cards.

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Bicycle Security

  • Invest in a good lock, such as a U-shaped hardened steel padlock.
  • Lock the bike frame and wheels to a bike rack (not trees, posts, etc.).
  • Register your bicycle with the University of Virginia Police. Click Here
  • Use a helmet and obey all traffic laws.

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Computer Safety

  • Do not leave laptops unattended.
  • Record the serial number of the computer, equipment, etc.
  • Use anchor security devices to lock personal computers.

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Vehicle Security

  • Keep your vehicle locked when its parked and when you drive.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view. Lock them in trunk.
  • Park Near light posts.
  • Report suspicious activity immediately.

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Identity Theft

  • Click Here for information from ITS on how to protect yourself from Identity Theft.
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