The University community
is a vibrant academic, social, cultural and sports
center for our city. Unfortunately the advantages of an open, urban
location can be an attraction to those with criminal intent.
The USC Department of Law Enforcement
and Safety actively patrols the University and works in partnership with
the Columbia Police Department in patrolling the many streets going
through campus as well as surrounding areas to help provide a safe and
vigilant campus environment.
What can you do to help? The best thing you can
do is take a few precautions and follow a few safety tips:
Trust your instincts. If a place or situation
doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.
Avoid shortcuts and isolated areas when walking
Don't walk alone after dark. Early
evening to late evening, travel only in groups of three or more in
well lit and
heavily traveled areas.
- Use the APO Escort Services (777-DUCK) or call for a
police escort (777-4215).
When traveling in your vehicle, keep
windows up and
If approached, don't resist a robber especially if
he/she has a weapon.
Never venture into or through dark or undesirable
Familiarize yourself with call box locations.
Don't carry large sums of cash.
Get a good description of the attacker and locate a
safe area in the event of an encounter.
- If attacked or approached by someone suspicious,
contact the police immediately by calling 911 or use the nearest call
additional safety advice and tips, you may contact Sgt. Kenneth Adams at
777-0855 or e-mail
If you are a victim or witness of a crime, you can call Inv. Calvin Gallman at 777-7786 or e-mail