Crime Prevention Tips

The Department of Police Services is committed to crime prevention and personal safety; however, it cannot assure either 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 creating a better and safer community.

Can't quite find what you are looking for here? We are always interested in suggestions for new crime prevention topics. Email us at

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

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 female students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions regarding the training, you may call Sergeant Denise Murphy at 702-895-4745 for further details.

In order to be notified about an upcoming session or participate in an already existing session, please email Sergeant Denise Murphy at Registrations may only be done via email (not by telephone). Girls on Guard self-defense courses are scheduled upon request when participant interest is large enough to conduct a class, so contact us today!

Report suspicious or criminal activity on campus
Report suspicious or criminal activity or other emergencies by dialing the campus police at 9-1-1. There are also emergency telephones scattered throughout the Maryland Parkway, Paradise, and Shadow Lane Campuses that ring directly to 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-activated access systems that restrict entrance to only those authorized to enter. Additionally, each residence hall is staffed with a resident coordinator and numerous resident assistants, usually one per floor.