Crime Prevention & Safety on Campus

Crime prevention is a cooperative effort between students, staff, faculty, visitors, and community partners. Our goal is to provide current and accurate information about crime, crime prevention, and campus security & safety issues at Gonzaga that enables community members to make good decisions about their safety & security.
  • Walk with another person after dark or call CSPS at 509-313-2222 for a security escort
  • Be aware of your surroundings and any signs that something is amiss or out of place
  • Stay in well-lit areas and avoid alleys, dark corners and bushes whenever possible
  • Keep a phone in hand and have CSPS or 911 on "speed dial" for unexpected emergency situations
  • When walking to your vehicle, you should keep your keys in hand and ready to use when entering the parking lot or street
  • Consider wearing or carrying medical identification if you have a chronic medical condition 
  • Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones – as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants
 
  • Immediately call 911 in the presence of flames or smoke 
  • Do not intentionally set fire of items not intended to be burned including: furniture, books, posters, etc. 
  • Keep copies of records, important papers and documents stored in a safety deposit box, off site
  • Keep important paperwork such as passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. in a fireproof, locked box in your home
  • Maintain functional home sprinkler systems and smoke detectors 
  • Gather all residents in the home to create an agreed upon home escape plan
  • Perform a periodic inspection and eliminate typical fire hazards including: overloaded outlets, out-of-date electrical cords, space heaters within 3 feet of combustible materials, etc. 
 
  • Lock all doors while driving and after parking
  • Help secure your vehicle against theft or burglary with an electronic alarm
  • Keep a copy of your registration, insurance, and title in a safe place separate from your vehicle
  • Store valuables out of sight or locked in the trunk, and do not keep visible change in the car
  • If you don't use your car regularly, check on it every day or two
  • Immediately report all thefts, as well as suspicious activity in parking lots and near parked cars, to CSPS at 509-313-2222
  • Park in a well-lit area so you can see your car and the surroundings from as far away as possible.
  • Glance into the back seat and floor boards of your car before you enter
  • If you think you are being followed, do not go home. Go to a safe place such as a police station, fire station, business or other populated area and call 911
 
  • Always keep doors and windows locked, including access to garages and sheds
  • Consider installing solid core entry doors with reinforced door frames and dead bolt locks
  • Keep your front, back and side doors well lit overnight
  • Get to know your neighbors and share information about suspicious activities
  • If going out of town, have a neighbor, friend or landlord perform periodic checks of the home 
 
  • Do not loan out office keys or allow them to be copied
  • Keep your purse, wallet, or other valuables locked in a cabinet or drawer. Office thieves know the usual unlocked "hiding places"
  • If your office will be unattended, even for just a minute, lock the door
  • Record the description and serial numbers of office equipment- especially highly portable computer equipment
  • Lock your computer screen whenever you are not using the computer, especially in a shared office environment
  • Keep petty cash locked up at all times and make periodic checks of the amount
  • Lock doors and close windows at the end of the working day
  • Never prop exterior doors.
  • If you see someone who appears lost or out of place, offer assistance with directions
  • If an individual is hostile, evasive or a potential safety threat, immediately contact CSPS at 509-313-2222 with the location, description and behavior of the subject
 
  • Close exterior doors behind you as you enter your hall. Do not allow anyone to enter who is not accompanied by another resident
  • Escort your visitors to the exterior door when they leave
  • Soliciting and sales are not allowed in the residence halls. Report solicitors you encounter to CSPS at 509-313-2222 and residence hall staff
  • Do not prop exteriors door (even when it's hot) and immediately close those that you find open
  • If a door lock is broken, call 509-313-5656 to report it. After hours and on weekends, call CSPS
  • If you live on the ground floor or have a balcony keep your balcony doors and windows locked
  • Be sure to lock your room door if you will be away, even for a minute, and when you are sleeping
 
  • If possible, don’t walk alone during late-night hours
  • If you feel unsafe, call CSPS at 509-313-2222 for a security escort 
  • Let a family member or friend know your destination and your estimated time of arrival or return
  • Stay in well-lit areas as much as possible. Avoid alleys, vacant lots, wooded areas, and other short-cuts or secluded areas. They are usually not well-lit or heavily traveled
  • Know the locations of blue light emergency telephones. They are a direct line to CSPS assistance
  • Walk confidently, directly, and at a steady pace
  • If you are wearing headphones, don’t turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises
  • Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones – as well as the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants