Crime Prevention

Use the advice on this page to help keep yourself safe on and around Detroit Mercy campuses.

Know who to call in an emergency

  • For on-campus issues, contact the Detroit Mercy Public Safety Department (DPS).
    See the DPS contact page.
  • For off-campus issues, call 911.
Safety Warnings

Set up your phone and Emergency Alerts

  • Get immediate notification of campus emergencies via your phone, pager and e-mail by registering for Detroit Mercy's Emergency Alert System. Find details on the Emergency Alert System page.
  • Program into your phone a contact with the name ICE (for "In Case of Emergency") followed by an emergency contact person and their number. Emergency personnel know to look for this ICE contact on your phone if needed. For example, set up a contact in your phone for your father, using as a name like "ICE – John Jones Dad" with your father's phone number.
  • Program the Detroit Mercy 24-hour emergency number into a "one-touch button" on your phone for campus emergencies: 313-993-1123.
  • Program 911, the City of Detroit emergency number, into a one-touch button on your phone to report off-campus emergencies.

Protect yourself, on and off campus

  • Isolation is opportunity for crime. Use these tips to help protect yourself:
  • Look around — be mindful of your surroundings when walking to and from parking areas.
  • If you're concerned about anything while on campus, call Public Safety before you leave your office/room or area of safety.
  • Work and study in well-populated areas.
  • If studying at odd hours, alert Public Safety so that we can keep an eye on you.
  • Share a code word or code phrase with someone close to you. This way, you can secretly alert them that you are having a problem that they should call Public Safety immediately.
  • Call Public Safety for a campus escort to walk with you in the early morning or late evening hours.
  • Have your keys ready in your hand before you walk to your car or building.
  • Look inside your car before you get in.
  • Call your destination ahead of time so that someone close to you can expect your arrival (home/off-campus, etc.).
  • Change your routine from time to time (e.g. your route to and from work, shopping habits, etc.).
  • Take the Security Awareness Training offered by the Department of Public Safety. Contact DPS for details.
  • If you have a chronic health condition, consider a medical alert bracelet or necklace that will inform others of your condition if you are unable to speak.
  • Have your valuable belongings etched with identifying information by the Detroit Mercy Department of Public Safety.
  • Review the Emergency Readiness Information on the DPS web site, including evacuation and containment procedures in case of emergencies.
  • REPORT REPORT REPORT — Public Safety would rather have multiple calls than none!
  • Trust your instincts: if it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.

What to look for when an incident takes place

In the event of a crime, try to make note of the following information to help authorities find the culprit(s).

  • Race
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Clothing
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Eye color
  • Skin complexion, marks and tattoos
  • Hair color and style
  • Direction of escape
  • Vehicle type, color and license plate number

Student Responsibilities

The cooperation and involvement of students in a campus safety program is absolutely necessary. Students must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their own personal belongings by taking the following precautions:

  • Doors should be locked when rooms are unoccupied.
  • Valuables such as stereos, cameras and televisions should be marked with engravers provided by Public Safety.
  • Bicycles must be registered with Public Safety and should be secured with a sturdy lock.
  • Vehicles must be parked in assigned areas and locked at all times.
  • Valuables left in a car should be locked in the trunk.
  • Individuals should walk in well lit areas and use the buddy system or the campus escort service.