Campus Neighborhood Watch Information

There is No Safe Haven from Crime!

Our campus is no exception.

Our biggest security problem is our vulnerability. Persons intent upon causing personal injury or depriving us of our personal property may do so if they are determined enough. Past experience and our records show that such people exist and are operating on our campus. Crime Prevention is the responsibility of each member of the University Community. Unless you, as a member accept this responsibility, crimes will continue to be committed by these persons as they wish.

How Can You Help?

Avoid erroneously thinking that crimes only happen to someone else.

  •  Recognize the reality that anyone's property or personal safety can be the target of criminals and assertively eliminate the potential for this occurring.
  • Be crime-prevention conscious at all times! A high percentage of crimes committed on campus are "Crimes of Opportunity."
  • You can be instrumental in decreasing these statistics by actively participating in following our Crime Prevention Tips.
  • Be alert and observant.
  • Report all crimes on campus, whether actual, attempted or suspected, to the Department of Public Safety by calling (715)394-8114 or by using our Online Crime Report.
  • (For violent crimes or emergencies please call 911 immediately!)
  • Don't be afraid to "get involved." 
  • Responsiveness is everyone's responsibility.

"Operation Crime Tip"

If you see a crime occurring on campus and you would like to report it via e-mail; please include the following information:

  • Type of crime occurring.
  • Exact location or address where this crime occurred.
  • Special dates or times when this crime occurs.
  • Explain why you suspect crime is being committed at the location.
  • Suspect(s) name(s).
  • If the suspect's name is not known, give a description. i.e. Clothing, etc.
  • How you became aware of this crime: eyewitness, suspect told me, heard it from someone else, etc.
  • Was the Department of Public Safety (715)394-8114 / Superior Police Department 9-1-1 called about this crime?
  • Sometimes we need additional information after we check into whether or not a crime has occurred.
  • Any e-mail address, name or phone number supplied while reporting this crime will be held in the strictest confidence.
  • The Director of the University Police Department has set up a "REWARD" program for UW-Superior Students and Staff.
  • A reward will be given to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons that are known to have committed a crime or crimes on University of Wisconsin-Superior property.

To inquire about this program, or to report any information, please email University Police Department, or use our Online Crime Report or CALL us at (715)394-8114 or 8247 or 8461.

All information will be kept CONFIDENTIAL!

"Operation Identification"

Please help us help you get your property back if it should be stolen by marking and inventorying it with us!

  • Marking of your valuable personal items may be done with our electric engraver.
  • A photographic record should also be taken with a digital camera.
  • Inventorying of your valuable personal property may be done using our form, which you should keep on file electronically and also a hard copy in a safe place.
  • If your valuable item should be stolen, and later on recovered, positive identification can be made easier for law enforcement agencies with this information.

To make an appointment for electric engraving at the Public Safety Building, University Police Department, 606 Belknap Street, please call (715)394-8114. 

What Can You Do to Keep Your Bike Safe?

  • Use "Operation Identification"! (Record serial # and engrave driver's license number or other special mark in several out of plain sight places on your bike).
  • Register your bike with the University Police Department and/or the Superior Police Department.
  • Buy a D-LOCK (available at the University Book Store) to secure both wheels and the bike body to a sturdy bike rack. (Do not secure bikes in walkways or driveways.)
  • Remove any "Quick-Remove" parts and bring them with you.
  • Immediately report any suspicious persons loitering around bikes or bike racks to the University Police Department at (715)394-8114.

Don't learn about bike theft the hard way!

Lets Be Home

Please take these tips from us, and be our partner for a safe Campus community.

Even though today's lifestyles sometimes make it difficult to be as neighborly as we'd like, being a good neighbor is one of the best ways to prevent crime!

Be Aware... Be Involved... Be Concerned... Be Alert... Be Caring... Make It Work!!!!!

  • Get to know your neighbors and discuss your concerns about safety in the community.
  • If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call the Department of Public Safety at (715)394-8114 or Superior Police 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Exchange work and vacation schedules with a neighbor you trust so you can keep an eye on each other's homes.
  • Never tell a stranger or an individual you don't trust that a neighbor lives alone, is ill, or is not at home.
  • Report any nonworking streetlights to the utility company or University Police Department immediately.
  • Report a tense situation that looks like it's about to blow up.
  • Report any unusual noise that you can't explain...screams, breaking glass, pounding, a gun shot, etc.
  • Report any emergency, such as an accident, a fire, a critically ill or injured person.
  • Report anyone being forced into a car, truck or van.
  • Report property being carried out of an office or residence you know is not occupied.
  • Report recently broken windows or doors.
  • Report someone running from a vehicle, building, or home, carrying property.
  • Report any form of vandalism...spray painting a sign or building; toilet papering trees; "borrowing" benches, signs, etc.; graffiti anywhere.
  • Report abandoned vehicles.
  • Report someone looking into windows or parked vehicles.
  • Report a vehicle driving slowly back and forth on a street or in a parking lot.
  • Report door-to-door solicitors without properly issued local licenses.
  • Report someone hanging around the dorm, hallway, or other campus building with no clear purpose of being there

Remember: If it worries you, the University Police Department Officers need to know about it. They would much rather be "called and not needed" than "needed and not called."

When You Alert the University Police Department Officer

Be prepared to report:

  • What happened.
  • When and where.
  • Whether anyone is hurt.
  • License plate numbers and vehicle description.
  • Direction of travel.
  • Description of suspect(s).
  • Whether any weapons were involved.

Write these details down as soon as possible.

And For Added Protection


  • If you keep valuable possessions in your home or live in an isolated area, investigate the benefits of an alarm system. Be sure to check the company's references.
  • Join "Operation Identification" and mark all valuable property. Compile an inventory, using photos or videotapes if possible.
  • Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street and the alley if you have one to help police and fire departments respond to emergency calls.
  • Don't include your address in a classified ad and don't announce plans for a party or vacation in the local newspaper.
  • Find an unpredictable place to hide valuable items.
  • Store little used items like a coin collection or stock certificates in a safe deposit box.
  • Take out homeowners'/renter' s insurance to protect yourself against financial loss from burglary or fire.
  • Install smoke alarms.

Take Action - Today

  1. Call your Public Safety, Police or Sheriff's Department for a free home security survey.
  2. Teach your children safety rules about answering the phone and the door and how to get out if there's a fire.
  3. Join, or start, a Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Campus Watch or Apartment Watch.
  4. Start a "Safe House" program for children.
  5. Get together with your neighbors to buy deadbolt locks in bulk (and at less cost to individuals). Organize a cooperative lock installation project and check to see if elderly or handicapped neighbors need new locks.
  6. Offer some neighborly assistance to anyone who's been the victim of crime: an ear to listen, phone numbers of counselors and victims' units, tips on home security, a ride to court.