Crime Prevention Programs And Practices

 Crime prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a criminal risk and the initiation of some action to remove it. The basis of any crime prevention program is education. University Police actively promote crime prevention education through programming, printed literature, and by direct access to its community members. University Police participate in new student orientation on five separate occasions. These orientation programs are presented to both new students and their parents. In addition, University Police participate in nine new employee orientation programs. Covered in the orientation programs are the various duties of and services provided by University Police, in addition to crime prevention practices and procedures, crime reporting and response procedures, and sexual assault reporting procedures. The Student Handbook also covers these topics as well as building access, rules governing student behavior, alcohol, parking, and student organizations.

University Police maintain a number of printed brochures and video productions covering different aspects of personal safety and protection of property. Group and private programs are also available and are conducted throughout the year. These programs are tailored to the needs of the university community as they relate to campus life and to the social and cultural events that are unique to New Orleans. These programs include:

Operation I.D.

A program that has proven beneficial to the university community is OPERATION ID. University Police have two property engravers and a ultraviolet marker at the main office and are available upon request. These engravers are capable to permanently marking on virtually any type of object such as televisions, stereos, radios, etc. The ultraviolet marker produces an invisible marking that can only be seen under an ultraviolet light. It is strongly recommended that all community members permanently mark their personal property with a unique identifier such as a drivers license number or student ID number upon arrival to campus, ESPECIALLY BOOKS, and keep a record of all personal and university property. This record can include photographs, serial numbers, personal identifier locations on property and should be stored in a safe location.

Lost and Found

Each year University Police receive large numbers of unclaimed books and other personal property. Property turned into University Police is logged and stored in a secure location. Every possible attempt will be made to return property to the legal owner if the owner can be identified.

Alcohol Awareness Week

University Police participate in the alcohol awareness week activities sponsored by Counseling & Career Services. The department provides demonstrations in the residence halls and various locations on campus utilizing alcohol breath testing equipment.

University Police actively promote and participate with other university organizations in programs, which include topics such as sexual assault, hate crimes, personal safety, protection of property, fire safety, alcohol and drug awareness, and bicycle safety.

Rape Aggression Defense System (R.A.D.S.)

Public Safety/University Police sponsor the nationally recognized self-defense program for women, RADS. RADS is a 12-hour training course designed to maximize the physical defense abilities of women. The goal of the program is to increase the number of viable options for self-defense for a woman who is attacked. Participants have the opportunity to test their newly learned defense strategies during realistic attack scenarios. Call LUPD at (504) 865-3434 to find an upcoming class or to schedule one at your convenience.

Alcohol Awareness Education

Public Safety/University Police participate in alcohol awareness education in corroboration with activities sponsored by the University Counseling Center. The department provides information in the residence halls and various locations on campus regarding binge drinking, driving while under the influence and other laws regarding alcohol use.

Other Educational Programs

Public Safety/University Police actively promote and participate with other university organizations in programs which include topics such as sexual assault, hate crimes, personal safety, protection of property, fire safety, drug abuse awareness, and bicycle safety.

Crime Prevention Tips

 From the moment you walk on campus to graduation day, you should always be smart and be safe with yourself and with your possessions. University Police provides useful crime prevention and safety information and tips to the community on a regular basis.

BOLOS (Be On the Lookout) 

Public Safety/University Police email BOLOS to Loyola community members that announce crime alerts both on campus and in the university area when applicable, as warnings for caution. Safety and related crime prevention tips are also included.

Partnership with Student Assistants

Each semester Public Safety/University Police mentors with a number of student assistants who are taught and practice on the job public safety services to the Loyola community. They include dispatching, active visible safety patrols, security in the Monroe Library, testing 911 emergency blue light telephones on campus, safety escorts, auto assistance, CCTV surveillance, bike patrols and other services.

Silent Witness 

This program allows community members to report anonymously a crime or other matter that requires university police attention. There is an option for submitters to identify themselves should they desire to be contacted directly by the Director/Chief or Captain of LUPD.

Missing Student

 If a member of the University Community has reason to believe that a student is missing, they should immediately notify the University Police Department at 504-865-3434, whether or not the student resides on campus. All possible efforts will be made to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being through the collaboration of the offices of University Police, Admissions, and Student Affairs. The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs should also be contacted at 504-865-3737 to report that a student has been missing for 24 hours.

Adopt-A-Bike Program

Unsecured and unregistered bicycles found on campus are “adopted” by LUPD and brought to the department for safe keeping. Owners, who come to LUPD headquarters to report their bikes as stolen, are educated regarding locking their bikes, what types of locks to use, how to secure it and how to obtain a free bike permit/decal along with bike safety tips.

Rave Guardian

Rave Guardian is proven, battle tested, and been used in the higher education market for over (6) years.  The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App transforms  your mobile phone into personal safety devices.  Guardian enhances safety on campus through a virtual safety network of friends, family, and campus safety officials.

Panic Button — direct immediate connection to campus safety with GPS location and personal profile information.

Tip Texting –enables anonymous crime tip reporting and 2-way communication via SMS or mobile app.

Personal Guardians — Students can identify friends, roommates, and family  as ‘Guardians’ along with Campus Safety. Students can set a Rave Guardian Timer. During a Timer session Guardians and Campus Safety can check status of student. If the Rave Guardian timer is not deactivated before it expires, campus safety is automatically provided with the user’s Rave Guardian profile (photo, medical condition, or any other information relavent) to proactively identify and check-in on the individual.