DePaul University Public Safety Department adheres to the dictum that it is more prudent to prevent crimes than to react to them after the fact. A primary vehicle for accomplishing this goal is the university's Crime Prevention Program. This program is based upon the dual concepts of eliminating and minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. The following is a list of crime prevention programs and projects implemented by DePaul University at it's Chicago campuses:
- New Student Orientation: Crime prevention presentations accompanied by brochures and other printed materials are made available to new students during the summer months.
- Residence Hall Security: Crime prevention presentations accompanied by brochures and other printed materials are made available to the residence life community and other on-campus residents on a routine basis.
- Rape Awareness, Education and Prevention: In cooperation with the Chicago Police Department, rape awareness, education and prevention presentations are made each year to members of the DePaul community.
- Crime Prevention Prevention Presentations: Crime prevention presentations accompanied by brochures and other printed materials are made available annually to campus groups and organizations such as commuter, students, campus departments, and recognized student organizations.
- RADD: Information about the RADD program is available at the Ray Meyer Fitness Center.
Crime Prevention Programs
- Escort Program: On the Lincoln park Campus, an escort service is provided, from 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m., for persons walking from one campus building/parking lot to another campus building/parking lot.
- Printed Crime Prevention Materials: Printed crime prevention brochures, posters and bookmarks related to motor vehicle security, bicycle security, residence hall security, the escort service, employee security and library security are widely distributed at crime prevention presentations and at various locations throughout the university's campuses.
- Architectural Design: Outside security consultants and selected members of the Public Safety Department provide significant input into the design of all new and renovated campus facilities to coordinate physical and electronic security systems.
- Operation Identification: The Public Safety Department loans a power engraver for engraving social security numbers or owner-recognized numbers on items of value, including bicycles.
- Crime Prevention Publicity: Crime prevention articles and material are routinely published in the student newspaper, sometimes using paid advertising.
- Access to Residence Halls: Access to secured Residence Halls is available to residents only via a key or card access system. The exterior doors to student residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day.