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Keeping Yourself Safe
UWM is located in a pleasant neighborhood, and University police regularly patrol the campus area. Unfortunately, no place can claim to be totally safe these days.

That's why it's important for students, faculty and staff to learn to protect themselves. The best protection, of course, is prevention. Here are a few tips:

  • Don't walk alone, especially after dark. This is good advice for men and women. There is more safety in numbers. Police statistics show most crimes are committed between midnight and 6 a.m. and involve a lone victim.
  • Take advantage of the free rides offered by B.O.S.S. (Be on the Safe Side) to safely get to a destination. Sponsored by the Student Association, B.O.S.S. covers the campus and immediate surrounding area. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week during the academic year. University Police provide escorts outside of B.O.S.S. hours.
  • If you are out after dark, try to stay away from deserted side streets, shortcuts, parks and wooded areas.
  • Don't invite people you don't know or don't know well into your home or residence hall.
  • If you're waiting for a ride after dark, try to wait inside a building rather than in a deserted parking lot or street.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. If you see someone who makes you feel uncomfortable, leave the area immediately.
  • If you become robbery victim, do not make any sudden movements. Cooperate with the person if they have a gun or other weapon. No amount of property is worth your life.
  • Do not give money to any unlicensed solicitors.  It is illegal to solicit people for money both on the UWM campus and off campus without the proper license and permissions.  Please report any aggressive or uncomfortable soliciting to the UWM Police or the City of Milwaukee Police.
Don't be afraid to call University Police (9-911) or Milwaukee Police (911) if you feel threatened. If you're on campus, use the S.A.F.E. phone system — marked by blue lights on the poles. To operate, open the box and push the button.