Crime Prevention | Webster University

Crime Prevention

Webster University supports pro-active Crime Prevention to make our campus and living areas a safer place to learn, live and work. Additional tools we use are:

  • Emergency call boxes located throughout campus.
  • IP telephones throughout campus buildings.
  • 24-hour preventative patrol.
  • Burglar alarms in key areas.
  • Panic alarms in strategic locations.
  • Crime prevention material.
  • Campus Safe Walk Service available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring.
  • Card Access entry system on residential buildings and other locations throughout campus.

The University's crime prevention program is based upon the dual concept of minimizing criminal opportunities whenever possible and encouraging students and employees to take an active role in their own personal security and the security of others.

The Department of Public Safety in partnership with other community groups and organizations (Housing & Residential Life, Student Affairs, Student Government Association, etc.) is available to provide, distribute and participate in discussion groups to address topics such as crime/fire prevention, general or specific safety issues, drug and weapons free environment compliance, and general property or personal security concerns.

They will also utilize a number of strategies and activities specifically designated to educate the community regarding sexual assault issues and to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offense prevention strategies. The strategies and activities referenced above may include the use of posters, flyers, brochures, videos, lectures and awareness days/weeks.

Additional programs include:

Operation Identification

This is offered and can effectively assist in reducing theft within the campus community. This is accomplished by conspicuously marking items of value with a unique identifier. Marking your property in this manner accomplishes the following:

  • The stolen goods are more difficult to sell
  • It contributes to a higher rate of conviction for those criminals apprehended with marked property in their possession.
  • It is easier for law enforcement officials to return marked property to the rightful owner if it is lost or stolen.

The tools for marking personal property are available for purchase at local retail stores or may be borrowed from a variety of public and private agencies. Please contact the Department of Public Safety or the Webster Groves Police Department for suggestions in this area.

Access Control-Non-Residential

Webster University maintains over forty buildings situated on about 47 acres at the Webster Groves campus. In addition, the University has many extended campuses located domestically and internationally.  The issuance of keys, pass cards, access codes, Webster ID cards etc. is coordinated through the Department of Public Safety.

After hour access to offices, classrooms, studios, media center, visual arts studios, microcomputer resource center, practice rooms, etc. requires written approval by relevant faculty or staff. University issued identification is the standard for access.

Access Control-Residential

Access to campus housing  is restricted to residents, registered guests or properly authorized service personnel only. All guests and service personnel must be signed in and out at the Housing office located in the West Hall.

All who enter the residence halls during the hours of 6:00 pm – 8:00 am daily and all day on Saturday, Sunday and traditional holidays must produce a valid University Identification Card. Guests may be required to produce and/or leave a form of identification or deposit at the Operations Desk while in the Residence Halls to confirm their presence in case of an emergency.

Willful violations of these policies may lead to significant disciplinary action and/or prosecution for criminal and/or civil trespass. The Residential Life Handbook provides additional details.

Office Security

A high percentage of crimes on campus are crimes of opportunity. Often, members of the campus contribute to crimes of opportunity by needlessly placing themselves or their property at risk.

Prevention efforts can be effective in reducing opportunities for criminal activity. You play a key role in crime prevention efforts. Be cautious, careful, alert to your own safety, and protective of your possessions and University property.

  1. Always lock your office, even when you are away for a few minutes.
  2. If you have valuables stored in your office, do not leave them overnight.
  3. Never leave purses or other valuable unattended. Take them with you or lock them in a secure cabinet.
  4. Keep your desk and files locked when you are away.
  5. Never store money in your desk drawers or file cabinets
  6. Report all losses to the Department of Public Safety immediately.

Reporting Crime or Suspicious Activity Reporting

The University endorses a reporting policy that strongly encourages victims to report all crimes that occur within the campus geography to the Department of Public Safety, regardless of their nature. Crimes that occur off campus should be reported to the law enforcement agency having proper jurisdiction. If you are a victim of a crime off campus and are unsure of the proper police department to contact; call the Department of Public Safety for assistance.

Members of the University are encouraged to immediately report any suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety. The prompt reporting of suspicious activity or persons can prevent crimes. If someone's actions are out of character and you become suspicious, call Public Safety to assess the situation. Do not hesitate to call!

A network of blue light emergency call boxes located in strategic locations throughout the campus, and internal IP phones exist to provide instantaneous 24-hour availability for communication with department personnel.

If you are the victim of a crime, observe criminal activity or observe suspicious activity, call the Department of Public Safety and relay as much information as possible.