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Crime Prevention & Safety

The Department of Public Safety responds to crimes in progress and takes reports of crimes that occurred, but we stress that prevention is just as, if not more, important.  While response and enforcement help deter criminals and is part of prevention, we want the Augsburg community to reduce the opportunity for criminals.  A crime generally involves three things: the desire to commit the crime, the ability to commit the crime, and the opportunity to commit the crime.

A victim is never at fault for the crime, but we want the Augsburg community to help prevent–reduce the opportunity–for criminals to commit crimes.  The Department of Public Safety works to accomplish this by vehicle and foot patrol, CCTV cameras, controlling, building access (mechanical and electronic locking), etc.  We hope to deter criminals with our presence and response, but crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

Simple steps may help to keep you and your property safe.  For example, making sure that you lock your doors will stop someone from just walking in and grabbing your laptop, your phone, or your wallet.  Below are some:

Crime Prevention is everyone’s responsibility.  Only by working together can we keep Augsburg the safe campus that it is.

Emergency Contact Information

To report a fire, medical emergency, or crime in progress, dial x7777 from any campus phone.

For non-emergency calls, dial x1717  from any on-campus phone or 612-330-1717 from off campus.

Important Information

The Augsburg University Public Safety Department has trained officers available to answer your questions about Crime Prevention. To inquire about your specific needs, or schedule a Crime Prevention Seminar for your group, you can call the Department at x1717 from anywhere on campus, or 330-1717 from off campus.

You are also welcome to send email to

Special Thanks to the University of California-Northridge Police Department for assistance on this section.

Residence Hall Tips

Theft, usually a crime of opportunity, is by far the most common crime in residence halls. Thefts are most often committed by persons you or your roommates allow into your residence.

Burglary (entering your residence with the intent to commit a crime), is also a problem but can usually be prevented by taking simple precautions.

Last, but most important, is your personal safety. The chances of physical attack or rape can be greatly reduced by being cautious and alert.


  • Leave valuables, particularly jewelry, at home if it is not necessary to have them at your campus residence.
  • Keep your door locked even when you’re at home. It’s easy for others to enter your residence without you knowing, particularly if you’re in a back room or if your stereo or television is playing.
  • Call the Security Department to report suspicious persons.
  • Record the make, model, and serial number of valuables and keep the records in a safe place.
  • Engrave your property with your driver license number.
  • Report lost keys to your residence to housing staff immediately.
  • Check the area for suspicious persons before walking to or exiting your vehicle.
  • Discuss these crime prevention tips with your roommates and floormates.
  • Report crimes to the Security Department as soon as possible.


  • Allow strangers or hold large gatherings in your residence. It is easy for someone to steal small items without being noticed.
  • Prop open exterior building doors. You are jeopardizing other’s safety, as well as your own.
  • Let strangers into the buildings.

Fire Safety Tips: recently launched a college student’s guide to fire safety and education.  This guidebook was expert-driven and includes contribution from the NFPA, the CEO of Campus Fire Safety, and public safety directors from two 4 year campus colleges.  The guide provides safety tips for college students living in dorms and off campus housing, including Fraternity & Sorority houses.  Additionally, the guide provides fire safety information for students with disabilities and a comprehensive list of fire safety resources.  See the guide below:

Fire Science Online:  Fire Safety & Education for College Students we founded in 2011 and serves those looking for fire science education and fire safety information.  Most recently, the organization has broadened its scope to address several public safety and service careers such as homeland security, EMTs, forestry, and criminal justice to name a few.  Fire Science Online was funded by private donations and remains non-commercial and advertisement free.

Tips for Bicycle Owners

Preventing Bike Theft

Bicycle theft is an ongoing problem at this and every college. Most bicycle thefts can be prevented by taking simple precautions. You can also substantially increase the chances of recovering your bicycle should it be stolen.

Register Your Bike!

Of over 15,000 bicycles stolen in the U.S. every day, only 2-5% are ever returned to their owners. One of the best ways to ensure your bike is recovered is to have it registered. You can register your bike with the City of Minneapolis.

Securing your Bike

Securing Your Bike Using a Cable Lock or Chain

  • Use a cable or chain at least 3/8″ in diameter.
  • Use a key lock with a 3/8″ hardened shackle with heel and toe locking.
  • Pull up all slack in the cable or chain and make sure the lock is as high off the ground as possible.

Securing Your Bike Using a “U”-type lock

  1. Bike with quick release wheels- release the front wheel and include this with the rear wheel and frame.
  2. Bike without quick release wheels- secure the lock through both tire and frame.


  • Secure to a bicycle rack. University regulations do not allow bicycles in campus buildings or secured to trees, signposts, hand railings, etc. Contact Buildings & Grounds for more information regarding this policy.
  • Record make, model, and serial number and keep in a safe place.
  • Inscribe your driver license number on the frame.
  • Report your stolen bicycle to the security department as soon as possible.
  • Report suspicious persons observed near bicycle racks.
  • Use authorized bike racks on campus. Off campus, secure your bike in a frequently traveled, well-lit area.


  • Leave your unlocked bicycle unattended “just for a minute.”
  • Use cable or chain lock, no matter how large, as they are easily defeated with bolt cutters.
  • Secure to chain link fencing or other objects significantly weaker in strength than your lock.

Preventing Theft

Theft is by far the most common crime on college campuses. Most thefts are crimes of opportunity and can be prevented by taking simple precautions.


  • Keep valuables with you at all times or leave them at home.
  • Record the make, model, and serial numbers of all valuables and keep the records in a safe place.
  • Engrave your property with your driver license or some other identification number.
  • Report stolen property to the Security Department as soon as possible.


  • Leave textbooks unattended, particularly toward the end of a semester. It is common for thieves to sell stolen textbooks back to the stores.
  • Leave credit cards, checks, or other valuables when you “check your bag” in the bookstore while shopping.
  • Leave your bookbag unattended in classrooms, library, study lounges, etc.
  • Carry valubles such as your wallet, jewlery, or credit cards in your bookbag.

Personal Safety Tips


  • Use the “Buddy System.” Walk in groups, if possible, or use the Escort Service.
  • Stay in populated areas and avoid “short cuts” through deserted places, alleys, or bushes.
  • Know the location of emergency call boxes and courtesy phones on campus.
  • Park in well-lit areas as close to your destination as possible.
  • Let a family member, friend or roommate know who you are with, where you will be, and when you will return. Leave an address and phone number if possible.


  • Hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.
  • Jog alone or in secluded areas. Ask one or more friends to jog with you.
  • “Flash” large amounts of money or expensive jewelry.

If You Feel Threatened:

  • If you are being followed by a suspicious person, go quickly to a well-lit area and/or group of people.
  • If you feel you are in danger or are approached suddenly, yell “Fire!” or “Help, Police!” and scream as loud as you can. Many people have avoided or escaped harm simply by screaming.
  • If someone follows you into your driveway, stay in your car with the windows shut and the doors locked. Honk your horn to get the attention of neighbors and scare off the other driver.
  • If a car approaches you while you are on foot and you feel threatened, scream and run in the opposite direction from which the car is going.

Preventing Sexual Assault

If You or a Friend has been Sexually Assaulted:

For Immediate Assistance

If your life or safety is in danger, contact the Minneapolis Police Department by calling 9-1-1 or the Augsburg Department of Public Safety at 612-330-1717 or ext. 1717. 

If you have just been sexually assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place—contact the Department of Public Safety or 911 if you are in danger
  • Contact someone you trust
  • Do not: shower, wash, douche, use the rest room, change clothes, comb your hair, clean up the scene, or move items – evidence preservation is essential.
  • Consider seeking medical attention with a SANE Nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner).  The exam may still be effective up to 72 hours later, but the sooner the better to preserve evidence.
  • If you are comfortable doing so, report the incident to: DPS, Student Affairs, CCHP, Campus Ministry, or Residence Life
  • Remember: you are not at-fault!  Healing takes time, and help is available.

For immediate assistance 24 hours per day: you should contact the Department of Public Safety at 612-330-1717 or ext. 1717.

Augsburg University has increased its efforts to reduce sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.  For a list of available resources both on- and off-campus, visit the Sexual Misconduct page.  The Sexual Misconduct page includes information on assistance options (immediate and later), prevention and education information, and victims’ rights information.

Car Tips

Theft From Auto is the theft of something from inside a vehicle, such as the stereo. The theft of a part, such as a hood ornament or hubcap, is also considered theft from auto.

Auto Theft is when an entire car is stolen. Auto theft is on the rise nationwide.

Car Jacking is the theft of an auto by force. This crime, while highly publicized, is less common than auto theft.


  • Always roll up windows, close the sunroof and lock your doors before leaving your vehicle.
  • Whenever possible, bring valuables with you once you have parked your car. If you can’t bring them with you, lock all valuables in the trunk and out of sight, whenever your vehicle is parked.
  • Make sure you have plenty of gas and windshield washer fluid. Ensure your tires have plenty of air and your spare tire and jack are serviceable.
  • Record the make, model, and license number of your car and keep the records in a safe place.
  • Park your car in a well-lit area, as close to your destination as possible.
  • When returning to your vehicle, keep your keys in hand while walking with confidence and purpose.
  • Report any suspicious activity to Augsburg’s Department of Public Safety by calling 612-330-1717 from an off-campus phone or 1717 from an on-campus phone.
  • Trust your instincts. If you do not feel comfortable, or if you have any concerns for your safety, call Augsburg Public Safety for an escort.


  • Leave cash, credit cards, auto registration or other important papers in plain view or in the glove compartment.
  • Leave valuables such as notebook computers, cell phones or MP3 players in your car.
  • Take “short-cuts” through dark or unfamiliar areas.