GWU Police Car

Crime Prevention

"This community is only as safe as those living in it choose to make it.  I strongly encourage each of you to report any suspicious activity.  Personal safety is something we all need to take very seriously. "
~ Police Chief Barry Johnson

Safety When Walking


  • Avoid walking alone at night. Call the University Police Department to arrange an escort  between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • Stay in well-lit, populated areas. 
  • If you are confronted by an attacker, scream loudly and try to run to a safe area. 
  • If you feel threatened contact University Police immediately.


Protecting You and Your Vehicle


  • Have your keys ready before you reach your car so you can open the door quickly.
  • Look in, around and under your car before you get in. 
  • Do not assist occupants of disabled vehicles. Continue driving and call on your cell phone or find a nearby phone to call 911 to report the disabled vehicle. 
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood, lock yourself in the car and call 911 or private motor assistance, if possible. If someone stops to help, stay in your locked car and let the window down 2 inches to talk. 
  • Always lock your car. 
  • If you can't take all your valuables from your car, lock them out of sight in the trunk or glove box. 
  • Never leave your windows open or your convertible top down.


In Your Office or Dorm

  • Lock up your valuables even if you are just going to be gone a few minutes.
  • When entering a secure area, don't let anyone "tailgate" in behind you. Make them show their ID if you don't know them. 
  • Keep all or your personal information secure (home address, Social Security number, access PINs). 
  • Don't leave your desk or office keys, personal identification or building-access cards in unsecured areas. 
  • Call police to report suspicious people or activities