Crime Prevention Programs

The following are a list of Crime Prevention Unit programs available at Southern Miss:

Community-Oriented Policing Plan (COPP)

The Community-Oriented Policing Plan is a joint effort of Residence Life and the UPD.

The Student Retention Plan includes assigning sworn police officers to residence halls, The Village and fraternity houses to liaison with residents, housing staff and CSO.

The purpose of the plan is to:

  • improve communications between residents, hall staff and UPD;
  • address concerns of the residents to enhance the living-learning environment;
  • reduce complaints from residents; and
  • work with hall staff on action plans to address concerns.

Personal Safety

This program is to discuss the various aspects of personal safety and awareness both on and off campus. Participants will be provided with educational materials on personal safety principles.

Operation Identification

Theft of unsecured property is one of the biggest crimes seen on college campuses.  Operation ID is a theft prevention program offered free of charge by the UPD. This program involves keeping records of your personal properties serial number and a detailed description of the item, as well as engraving your item with a unique, definable characteristic.  Taking action in this way can help aid the recovery and return of lost or stolen items.

Drugs, Alcohol and the Law

This program is to discuss various state laws that apply to the campus community. Officers will also discuss the dangers of certain types of drugs. Visual aids will be used during this program to educate students on what certain drugs look like.

Crime Prevention and the Workplace

This program emphasizes key components that are vital to workplace safety. Officers will conduct security surveys of the departments and suggest implementation that might be used to deter crime.

Lock it Up

Designed to increase security awareness by reducing vulnerability. Officers use 3x5 cards and/or door hangers that alerts would be victims to their potential security and/or theft risk. Unlocked doors, wallets or purses, book bags, bikes or anything left exposed to a potential thief would receive a "Lock it Up" card.

Bikes 

Bicycle Information and Safety Tips

Whether you ride a bike, walk, or drive a car, it's important to know how to use our street system to ensure everyone's safety. More people of all ages are using their bicycles for Parking Management and recreation than ever before.

As a cyclist, you must be aware of your rights and responsibilities under the law. As a motorist, you should always be aware of these laws and how to interact with cyclists. Understanding your role in our multimodal street system and obeying the laws will help make Southern Miss a bicycle-friendly community.

MISSISSIPPI LAWS RELATING TO BICYCLES

Cyclists riding in the street are required to comply with motor vehicle traffic regulations. Cyclists should obey traffic signs and always ride with traffic. At all stop signs, cyclist must stop and yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and pedestrians already at the intersection. For more information on Mississippi Laws Relating to Bicycles, click here.

     Safety Tips for Cycling on Southern Miss' campus.

  • Practice Defensive Cycling
    Ride defensively and expect the unexpected. Pass with care. Watch for vehicles turning into your path, and never assume you know what a driver intends to do.
  • Watch for Hazards
    Regularly scan the roadway for cars, pedestrians, and unexpected hazards such as potholes, glass, and roadside trees that limit visibility. Ride at least two feet from the road edge to avoid debris and allow space to maneuver.
  • Keep Control of Your Bicycle
    Keeping both hands on the handlebars allows you to make quick turns and stops. In rain, allow three times the normal distance to stop.
  • Use Common Sense
    Do not put your life or the lives of others in danger with careless riding. It's not worth it. Remember, no matter who is at fault in an accident, the bicyclist always loses.
  • Always Wear a Helmet
    A helmet does four things for you: makes you more visible, keeps your head cooler in the sun, helps gain motorists' respect; and most importantly, it protects your head.
  • Use Lights at Night
    Using a white headlight and rear reflector at night always makes the cyclist more visible. Adding a taillight or amber reflector is also advisable. For extra visibility, wear light-colored clothes with reflective tape.
  • Obey Traffic Signs, Signals, and Laws
    Bicyclists must operate their bicycles like drivers of motor vehicles. Obeying laws helps you being taken seriously by drivers.
  • Lock Your Bike When You're Gone
    Lock your bike with a U-shaped lock or a strong cable or hardened chain. Lock to an immovable object such as a bike rack, putting the lock or cable through both wheels and frame.
  • Use Hand Signals
    Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of courtesy and protection.
  • Ride on the Right with Traffic
    Ride with traffic. Motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the roadway. Bicycling on the wrong side is particularly dangerous at intersections, roadway curves, and on the crest of hills.
  • Turning Left
    Bicyclists can make a left turn by
    1) Signaling, yielding to traffic, moving into the left lane, then turning left; or
    2) Riding straight across to the far-side crosswalk, then walk your bike across the road.
  • Riding through Intersections
    When you're going straight through an intersection, move to the through-lane, avoiding the right-turn-only lane. Don't ride to the right of a right-turning motorist.
  • Motorist: Pass with Care
    Motorists: please provide a reasonable safe distance (five feet) from bicyclist when passing….. thank you!

 

REGISTER YOUR BIKE

Registration helps UPD to identify owners of lost, stolen, or impounded bicycles and to disseminate safety information.  For more information on how to register your bicycle, go to USM Website http://www.usm.edu/parking management, or call 601-266-5447.

 

 

ABANDONED BICYCLES WILL BE REMOVED

Bicycles left unattended for an extended period of time are presumed to be abandoned and as such will be removed by the UPD. Suspected bicycles will be tagged. Abandoned bicycles will be held by UPD for 90 days before they may be disposed unless prior notification has been made to UPD. To retrieve an impounded bicycle, the owner must provide proof of ownership.

 

To report bicycles blocking any accessible features on campus, please call the University Police Department at 601.266.4986; the University Safety Department at 601.266.4850; Department of Parking Management at 601.266.5447; or ODA at 601.266.5024. At Southern Miss Gulf Coast, call 228.214.3430.

 

USM Crime Stoppers

The Crime Stoppers program allows members of the university to anonymously report criminal activity occurring on campus and to receive a monetary reward of $25-$1,000 for information that leads to an arrest. The Crime Stoppers hotline is open 24 hours a day.

Hot Line Numbers
266-4986 and/or 266-4946 (all calls are confidential)

S.A.F.E. (Self-defense, Awareness, & Familiarization Exchange)

You are your best defense.  This educational awareness, crime-victim prevention program encompasses strategies, techniques, options, and prevention.  It will provide teenage and adult women with information that may reduce their risk of exposure to violence and introduces them to the physical aspects of self-defense.

 

To set up a class, contact Lisa Carter at 601.266.5787 or email lisa.carter@usm.edu.