Crime Prevention Tips

The University Police Department has a comprehensive crime prevention program that assists community members to reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime. The Crime Prevention Unit of the University Police Department has certified Crime Prevention Officers on staff that has received numerous hours of training in crime prevention and physical security. Programming and presentations that are taught include self-defense, alcohol awareness and sexual assault prevention. Other duties include security surveys of resident areas or office areas and threat assessment.

Safety Escort Program

The Police Department’s Campus Safety Escort service plays an essential role in the department’s effort to promote safety and security on campus. The Safety Escort service is safe and easy to use. It is available to students, staff, faculty, and anyone else who needs an escort. You can request a Safety Escort from anywhere on campus to your campus destination and a uniformed officer or guard will respond. The Safety Escort service is a free service provided by the UTSAPD.  Call 210.458.4242.

Whistle Defense Program

The University of Texas at San Antonio Police Department has available FREE key chain safety whistles for  UTSA STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF as a new personal defense system for our campus community. The Whistle Defense Program is a campus safety program based on the use of whistles to alert patrol officers, students, faculty and staff that an offense or incident has occurred or is about to occur.

Crime Prevention Presentations

Crime prevention presentations pertaining to personal safety, sexual assault prevention, acquaintance rape, women’s self-defense, alcohol and drug awareness, burglary and theft prevention and office safety are conducted as needed for faculty, staff and students.  The Crime Prevention Unit works closely with campus housing departments and other UTSA student groups to develop and schedule presentations.  Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 210.458.6250 for more information.  Classes are also scheduled on the UTSAPD web site. Customized crime prevention presentations are also available upon special request.

Printed Crime Prevention Literature

Crime prevention literature related to persona safety, auto theft prevention and residential security is available at various locations throughout the campus. Specialized crime prevention literature is available upon special request.

Operation Identification

Operation Identification is an on-going program which involves the engraving of driver’s license or student identification numbers on valuable items of personal property. Engravers are available at the UTSA Police Department.

Security Surveys

Campus buildings, University Oaks Apartments, Chisholm Hall dormitory, Chaparral Village housing and other campus areas are surveyed for safety and security concerns on a regular basis.

Crime Prevention Unit

The Crime Prevention Unit is located at the UTSA Police Department (Bosque St Building, 1.408).  Call 210.458.6250 or 210.458.6974.

Supervisor:  Sgt. Shawn Smith, (210) 458-6250,

Officer: Cpl. Maranda Tupper, (210) 458-6974,