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Crime prevention tips

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Public Safety Sgt. Victor Lopez Jr. patrols the Lincoln Park campus this spring. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

With more DePaul community members learning and working on our Lincoln Park and Loop campuses, now is a good time to review tips from Public Safety to maximize your safety.

DePaul is committed to doing all it can to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment for students, staff and faculty members. To that end, the university provides crime prevention programming, safety tips and referral services for all members of its community. DePaul's Office of Public Safety leads safety and alertness programs on campus, and it collaborates through its strong working relationship with local police and other nearby universities to do so.

Public Safety officers refer major crimes reported to them to the Chicago Police Department for investigation, if victims of crime choose to file reports with the CPD. In addition, DePaul is an active member of the Chicago Loop Alliance that has been holding our mayor and public officials accountable so that they address the city's criminal activity.

Public Safety is planning crime prevention meetings in the fall for students, faculty and staff, and it is available to address smaller groups at departmental meetings.

As the fall term approaches, here are some steps you can take:

  • Stay alert: Like the residents of other major cities, DePaul's community members should be aware of their surroundings and do their best to be alert in public. The Loop is bustling more each day as more Chicago employers reopen offices. Public Safety expects the larger presence of students returning to the universities located in the Loop will help drive criminal activity out of the Loop area. We do recommend that you meet other people and travel in groups if possible. Review some safety tips here.
  • DPU Alert: If an offender is believed to be at large on campus or in the nearby surrounding area, Public Safety issues a crime alert and increases patrols on campus. Learn more about the DPU Alert system, and make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Public transportation: When you use the CTA or Metra, contact the bus or rail operator or call 911 if you see something suspicious. Review the CTA's Safety Tips brochure to learn more security​ tips.