Crime Prevention Programs
B.A.T. (BICYCLE ANTI-THEFT) PROGRAM
B.A.T. program participants sign a form and receive a decal with their unique I.D. number to place on the crossbar of the frame between the seat and the handlebars. The information on the student and his/her bike are then put into the University Police computer system for tracking in case of theft. The decal also allows the University Police to stop bicycles displaying a decal on campus between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (the time when most bikes are stolen) to verify ownership. The decals act not only as a deterrent but also aid in the recovery process if your bike is stolen and recovered. There is no cost to register your bike and the process only takes a few minutes to complete. Students can drop by the University Police Department, located on the 2nd Floor of the Oak Street Parking Deck, with their bikes to register for the program.
For more information on securing your bike, click on Bike Security.
Inivisimark Pen Identification
- Print your driver's license number with the state identifier on most items of valuable property. Use ultraviolet invisible ink pen. Example: GA R99999. Use a permanent marker for non-porous surfaces. Do not look directly into the ultraviolet light.
- On books, print the number on the top right inside the cover page.
- On laptops, PDA's, or similar items, mark on a plain protected or concealed surface.
- On cell phones, mark inside the battery compartment to protect the mark.
- In reporting a stolen or lost item, including information about the UV marking.
- Marking does not prevent theft. Protect items of personal property by not leaving them in unattended places.
Mark your valuables with ultraviolet invisible ink: Prevent theft - Prove ownership - Promote recovery.
The Control Burn Program was developed at the request of the Residence Hall Directors (RHD's) and their Residence Assistants (RA's). To be an effective RHD or RA, he/she must be familiar with and be able to identify marijuana in its raw state and when it is burned. The program teaches them how to identify marijuana, how it is used, and its effects on the body. It covers the University Police procedures and the legal aspects of using marijuana. It also outlines steps that they can take to help students before the University Police get involved.
Lost and Found
Operations Supervisor Ofc. Rebecca Leatherberry maintains a found property repository.
Found property should be turned into the University Police Department. You may either call (229) 333-7816 to have an officer meet with you to pick up the found property or you may take the property directly to the University Police Department located on the 2nd Floor of the Oak Street Parking Deck. DO NOT send found property through inter-campus mail. Note: The VSU Police Department does not accept found clothing and only takes in items of value (cell phones, laptops, wallets and etc.).
Lost property should be reported to the Valdosta State University Police Department by telephoning (229) 333-7816. University Police make every effort to locate the owner of the found property and return it. Found property with some form of identification is can be returned to the rightful owner without delay. Found property is held for sixty(60) days and if the owner cannot be located, it is transferred to the VSU found property custodian to be disposed of in accordance with Board of Regents Policy.
Operation Secure Building
A trained Crime Prevention Officer will survey your building or office to identify features, which may make your building or office an easy target for a burglar. The officer will provide information on what steps you can take to reduce these hazards. A survey generally takes from 10 to 20 minutes for an office and up to one hour for a large building with different types of doors and windows.
C.R.E.A.S.E (Civilian Response to Active Threat Events)
The Civilian Response to Active Threat Events course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills.
S.A.F.E (Self Defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange
“S.A.F.E.”(an acronym for Self-defense Aawareness & Familiarization Exchange) is an unparalleled 2-hour educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program – encompassing Strategies, Techniques, Options, and Prevention- that provides teenaged & adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.
Teaching that "90% of self-defense is awareness, risk reduction, and avoiding confrontation; and only 10% is physical"; and focusing on both mental and physical preparedness, S.A.F.E. provides women with solid public safety-awareness information to incorporate into their everyday lives.
The class is offered to women at the university and the community. It is a 2-hour class that is put on by different departments within the University. The class is held a couple of times during the semester if possible, if you want more information on the class or are interested in getting a class scheduled for your student organization or etc., please contact (229) 333-7816.