Safety Tips

The UMB Police Department is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for the University community to the best of our ability.

Often students, faculty, staff, and guests who live, work, and visit our campus do not assume responsibility for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings. By taking simple safety precautions, you can keep yourself and those around you safe and secure. 

Following these tips will decrease your chances of becoming a victim of crime.


Security Tips from the UMB Police

With the arrival of autumn and the upcoming return to standard time, it is dark later in the morning and earlier in the evening. Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay safe, particularly as you travel to and from the University.

General Safety

  • Walk in pairs or groups whenever possible, particularly in the evening.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If a path or area seems unsafe, avoid it; take the long way around.
  • Safe Walk/Safe Ride services from the UMB Police Department are available; call 410-706-6882 (ext. 6-6882 from a campus phone).
  • If you are in danger or see any dangerous activity call 911.         

Cellphone Security 
Cellphones have a great deal of street value to thieves. Don’t make it easy for them to steal your phone or any personal information you have stored on it. 

  • Stay off your cellphone in public places. Cellphones distract you from your surroundings. If you’re in a public place and preoccupied with talking or texting, somebody can easily grab the phone and run. Try to make calls before you go into public areas. If you receive an important call while you’re out, make it quick. Better yet, call back when you’re in a more secure location.  
  • Password-protect your phone. Lock your phone using the security lock code or PIN feature, usually found in Settings. Make it more difficult for others to access your personal information in your stolen phone.
  • Save your cellphone's serial number, as well as model and make. Keep the information in a place where you can find it. Your serial number proves it’s yours. The serial number is usually found by opening the battery compartment on your phone. It will start with one of these codes: IMEI, MEID, or ESN.  
  • Don't store secrets in your phone. If it's stolen, it's not that difficult for the thief to pull out your private information before clearing the memory and reselling the device. If the information isn't in the phone, the thief can't use it for identity theft.
  • Activate the phone’s tracking device: Activate the Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking system on your phone and other electronic devices. This will make it possible to locate it electronically. If the device does not have a GPS tracking system, you can buy software that does the same thing. Check with your provider. 

If Your Phone Is Stolen
First, find another phone and call 911 as soon as possible. Remember, emergency blue light phones are available in designated areas on campus. 

  • Contact your cellphone service provider immediately. Suspend your wireless service. This will prevent others from using your phone and racking up unauthorized charges. The carrier's main service number should be available on its website; you can also visit one of the company's stores to report the theft. If you have an online cellphone account, you should be able to suspend your service online.

Further Information
The UMB Police Department is available to meet with anyone needing additional information. We care about your safety and security. If your team or unit wants a crime prevention session, contact Police Chief Alice Cary at 410-706-6882.

Safety Begins With You

  • You are responsible for your own safety.
  • General approach to safety.
    • Reduce opportunities that make you a target.
    • Increase overall awareness of surroundings.
    • Trust your instincts.
    • Prepare your outing with safety in mind.

Prepare Before You Depart

  • Dress comfortably but professionally.
  • Think conservative. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry.
    • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry and accessories.
    • Avoid high heels and open-toed shoes.
    • Avoid carrying large handbags/purses.
    • Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to arrive at your destination.

Community Safety Tips

  • Carry your purse with the clasp-side inward toward your body.
  • Carry your wallet in a front or inside pocket, not in a back pocket.
  • Carry as little money or valuables as possible.
  • Be aware of people arguing or asking for directions as a means to distract you.
  • Safety in the Community
  • Security Tips

When Walking

  • Use well-lit areas and main streets.
  • Avoid alleys and shortcuts.
  • Plan your route in advance.
  • Travel in groups when possible.
  • Walk confidently. Avoid looking like a tourist.
  • If you are followed or feel you are being followed, head toward an open and/or populated area.
  • Avoid texting and talking on your cellphone while walking.
  • Don’t carry your phone in plain sight and keep it set to silent or vibrate when you are in a public area.

If Victimized

  • Remain calm.
  • The most valuable possession you own is your life.
  • Stay within yourself.
  • Don’t escalate the situation.
  • Do not try to follow the assailant.
  • Call 911.
  • Be ready to provide the following information:
    • The nature of the incident.
    • When and where the incident occurred.
    • Number of persons involved
    • Description, including:
      • Names if known
      • Sex   I   Race   I   Age
      • Approximate height (it helps to use your height as a comparison)
      • Hair color / style
      • Complexion
      • Distinctive characteristics (scars, tattoos, or physical defects)
      • Clothing (start with the head — hat, top, pants, shoes)
      • Direction and method of travel
      • Vehicles involved
      • Description of stolen property

Rape Aggression Defense

R.A.D. Stands for Rape Aggression Defense and is a women's self-defense class. This program is a hands-on course designed to emphasize confidence and self-discipline while developing and enhancing options of self-defense. This course will teach basic self-defense techniques and emphasize common-sense approaches to safety on campus. Classes are taught by certified instructors from URecFit and University Police.