UNR chief urges safety precautions after crimes near campus

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- University of Nevada Police Services Chief Adam Garcia sent an email to students Wednesday urging them to take safety precautions after crimes near the campus over the weekend.


There were three robberies reported near the University of Nevada, Reno campus beginning about midnight the night of October 5, 2018, and continuing into early the next morning, the Reno Police Department reports.

Police have ruled out any connection with another case of a stolen vehicle whose driver led police on a chase Saturday morning, leading to the four juveniles being taken into custody. One was arrested.

Here is the information Garcia sent to students:

Reno Police are investigating several violent crimes which occurred over the weekend near campus. As a result of these reported crimes, I want to remind you of these safety tips when walking, coming and going to campus:

  • Make personal safety your number one priority. Awareness, Avoidance and Risk Reduction are the best ways to not be a victim.

  • Be alert! Look around you; be aware of who is on the street and in the area. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Look and walk with a confident stride with your head up.

  • Keep your distance from anyone who triggers a suspicion in your mind. Make eye contact with people you encounter. This shows self-confidence and may deter a potential attack.

  • Stay alert to your surroundings when walking at night. Walk briskly to your destination.

  • Travel in groups of two or more and always travel in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.

  • Carry a whistle or noise maker. This can serve as a reminder to exercise caution, and can alert someone in the area that you need help.

  • If listening to music, keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you. Don’t talk on your cell phone or listen to music when you are in an unfamiliar area. This can be a distraction and can make you vulnerable.

  • When walking, stay in public areas that are well lit and populated.

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

  • If you know you are going to be working late, plan ahead as to how you will get to your vehicle or home safely.

  • Keep your hands free. Limit the number of items you’re carrying or use a backpack or bag to ensure that your hands are free in order to defend yourself if needed.

  • Use university services such as Campus Escort or University Police Cadets to get you to your vehicle safely. The Campus Escort Van operates 7 days a week from 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM during academic semesters. Download the app at https://www.unr.edu/campus-escort/tapride. University Police Cadets operate Monday-Thursday from 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM during academic semesters.

  • Regularly change your routine.

  • Develop a survival mind set. While you’re in a safe place, visualize a dangerous situation and what you would do if confronted. This may be unpleasant, however it is a good idea to prepare yourself if you were ever attacked, so you don’t freeze with fear if something ever was to happen.

  • If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, don’t worry about hurting the person’s feelings, just leave.

  • Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your feelings and do what you need to do to be safe.

  • Download the Safe Pack Safety App.

Knowledge is the best weapon you can possess to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim.

Immediately report any suspicious activity to University Police Services by calling dispatch at (775) 334-COPS (2677), or 911.