COLUMBUS, Miss.--With the end of Daylight Saving Time and the approach of the holiday season, Mississippi University for Women Chief of Police Randy Vibrock has a few reminders to help keep everyone safe.
“Individuals should never become complacent about their personal safety,” Vibrock said. “The police department is responsible for keeping the campus safe and the campus community does so much to help us just by practicing good personal safety strategies. Being aware of your surroundings allows you to observe what is going on and enables you to report suspicious activity quickly.”
Vibrock said everyone can assist the police department by remaining alert and aware at all times. He encouraged students/faculty members/staff to avoid walking and traveling alone. Vibrock said anyone can request a Night Owl to accompany them as they move throughout university property. Night Owls operate from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. To request a Night Owl, call 662-241-7777. If a night is unavailable, a walking escort will be provided by a police officer.
Vibrock also recommended that everyone on campus use commonly traveled/lighted paths and routes. He also urged members of the campus community to always secure their vehicles and residences and to keep valuables out of plain view.
If anyone feels unsafe, Vibrock said they should call The W police department at 662-241-7777 or dial 911.
“I would encourage everyone continue making it a habit of practicing good personal safety strategies,” Vibrock said. “Practicing good personal safety will reduce the chances of becoming a victim of a crime. If everyone makes safety a priority, it makes our campus that much safer.”
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Nov. 23, 2020