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Neighborhood Personal Safety
UWM is located in a quiet, East Side neighborhood where the crime rate is low.

However, no neighborhood is completely safe from crime. Areas where residents are complacent or careless may become easy targets for opportunistic criminals. Property theft is the most common crime on and around most campuses and UWM is no exception.

Here are a few tips for avoiding becoming a victim of crime in the neighborhoods around campus.

  • Walk with a group, especially after dark.
  • If you've been drinking, try to find someone to drive or walk you home. Excessive alcohol consumption can contribute to a feeling of invulnerability and carelessness.
  • Walk with a purpose. If someone suspicious approaches you, go to the nearest open business and report the incident to police.
  • If you're having a party, have a guest list. Don't make it an open event or post open invitations.
  • Provide your guests with individual containers for beverages. Drinks poured into cups from a common source are more easy to tamper with.
  • The B.O.S.S. (Be on the Safe Side) van escort service is available to students off campus as well as on campus. It operates from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week.
For more personal safety tips, see Keeping Yourself Safe.