Winter break brings reminder to keep homes, buildings safe

UOPD patrol car

Safety and Risk Services and the UO Police Department would like to remind members of campus community to keep themselves, their property and the campus safe over winter break.

“Communities are safest when members look out for each other,” said Andre Le Duc, the university’s chief resilience officer. “Anyone who sees any suspicious activity or unauthorized strangers on campus are encouraged to report it right away.”

While on campus, Le Duc offers these reminders to employees:

  • Report criminal activity — such as a break-in or intruder, robbery or assault — immediately to 911 or, for nonemergency situations on campus, to UOPD at 541-346-2919.
  • In secured buildings, employees are reminded not to let in strangers or allow them to enter as you enter.
  • Don’t prop open doors or lend out keys. Only open the front door of a secured building or residence to someone you know and trust.
  • Immediately report any malfunctioning doors or windows in residence halls to University Housing at 541-346-4277 or housing@uoregon.edu. For other UO buildings, contact Campus Planning and Facilities Management Work Control at 541-346-2319 or workcontrolcenter@uoregon.edu.

As always, crimes or suspicious activity should be reported to police as soon as possible. Call 911 for emergencies or crimes in progress. For issues off campus, call the Eugene Police Department nonemergency line at 541-682-5111. For issues on campus, call UOPD at 541-346-2919.

UOPD is again offering Vacation Watch to students living in near-campus neighborhoods to help make the community safer and more secure during vacations and extended absences. Students who live near campus can register their residences before leaving the area for the holidays.

UOPD will check registered vacant residences as often as possible. While this service can’t guarantee a property won’t be the target of a crime, it can provide a deterrent and quick notification to residents of any suspicious activity.

People leaving residences for winter break should follow the basic guidelines to secure doors and windows, close window coverings, suspend mail and other deliveries and, if possible, set lights on timers.