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Safety Information

Download ISU Police Crime Prevention and Safety Brochure

Contact the ISU Police by calling our dispatch center at (309) 438-8631 (on-campus dial 8-8631).
You can also get more information from ISU's Safety & Security website.

Basic Safety Guidelines

  • Avoid walking alone at night and try to keep on main pathways and illuminated areas.
  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • Do not prop doors open.
  • Deny strangers from entering residence halls.
  • Lock your dorm, office, and vehicle when you leave.
  • Identify the person knocking before you open the door.
  • Be careful when sharing information online.
  • Be smart about alcohol and drugs.

Recognizing Suspicious Behavior

Preventing violence starts with identifying symptoms of violence. Recognize the following symptoms of aggression or violence:

  • Participating in surveillance activities.
  • Taking inappropriate photos or videos.
  • Loitering.
  • Using binoculars or night-vision devices.
  • Acting furtively and suspiciously and trying not to be noticed.
  • Departing quickly when seen or approached.
  • Being in places where he/she doesn't seem to belong.
  • Strong odor coming from a building or vehicle.
  • Overloaded vehicle or vehicle in an unexpected location.
  • Fluid other than gas leaking from a vehicle.
  • Being overdressed for the weather.

Crime Prevention Programs

The ISU Police Department (ISUPD) offers the following programs upon request:

  • Bird Watch (Neighborhood Watch program for campus)
  • Campus Violence: Prevention and Preparation
  • Identity Theft: How to Protect Yourself
  • Common Sense Self Defense
  • Theft Prevention
  • Operation Identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Play it Safe (20 minute program for children from kindergarten through fourth grade)
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Drug Abuse and Misuse 
  • The Law and You (Sponsored by AllState)
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