Crime Prevention Tips

The Department of Police Services is committed to crime prevention and personal safety; however, it cannot do this alone. Awareness and education are among the best tools available to meet these goals, and it is for this reason that Police Services has created an archive of crime prevention and personal safety tips here for your use. As you review these tips you will find yourself becoming a part of the solution to a better and safer community.

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Crime prevention lectures
We offer crime prevention lectures to groups of students, faculty and staff. Contact our department to make arrangements for a presentation on your topic of interest. Contact: Hobreigh Fischer at 702-895-1302 or

Girls on Guard – Self-Defense Classes
We offer self-defense classes in order to provide women with the basic skills to escape an attacker and teach them how to avoid dangerous situations whenever possible. These classes are intended to help students to feel safer and better prepared on campus. Police Services' "Girls on Guard" self defense classes are open to all students, faculty and staff. In order to learn more and to participate in one of these sessions, please e-mail Sergeant Denise Murphy at, or contact the Jean Nidetch Women's Center at 702-895-4475 for more information regarding classes. "Girls on Guard" self defense courses are scheduled upon request when participant interest is large enough to conduct a class so call today!

Report suspicious or criminal activity on campus
Report suspicious or criminal activity or other emergencies by dialing campus police at 9-1-1. There are also 123 emergency telephones scattered throughout the Maryland Parkway, Paradise, and Shadow Lane Campuses that ring directly into the University Police Telecommunications Center. These telephones automatically register your location when you push the button to activate the phone. Select from the pull-down menu on our campus maps page for locations.

Possession and use of weapons
All university police officers carry service weapons while on duty. By Nevada Revised Statute 202.265, only police department personnel may carry or possess firearms or any other weapons on campus.

Residence Hall Security
Access to residence halls is controlled by card-access systems that restrict entrance to only those authorized to enter. Each residence hall also is staffed with a resident coordinator and numerous resident assistants, usually one per floor.