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Living in the midst of a city has its perks and its disadvantages. The streets we walk are populated with not only students, but local residents from the city as well, which makes us more vulnerable to thefts and attacks.

There have been several robberies and attempted robberies on campus recently, demanding students and residents of Milwaukee to give up their cellphones and various other possessions. In light of these recent events, the Department of Student Safety warns us to keep our cellphones out of sight while walking around.

Joseph Secanky, crime prevention officer for DPS, advises “If someone demands your property, give it to them. Do not resist. Your physical well-being is more important than your property.”

Do not hesitate to contact DPS with questions or concerns. Call a LIMO if you are traveling at night and take advantage of the blue-light phones. Walk on well-lit,-populated streets.

DPS sends out safety alerts to our emails and phones any time there has been a robbery or an assault. Each email comes with tips, and as redundant as they may sound, they are important. To get these alerts to your phone, register your number in the university’s text messaging system through Checkmarq under “Personal Information.”

If you’re going out, make sure you let several friends know where you are going. Always travel in pairs or groups and make sure everyone you left with returns with you.

Here’s a simple little trick of defense if you get approached by a stranger: Keep a key in between one of your fingers and clench your fist. That way if someone attacks you, you can deliver a punch that will ensure they will leave you alone.

If all else fails, pepper spray can always do the job. These can be found at hardware or firearm stores, and DPS says that it can protect you effectively if used in the right way. Contact DPS for more information if you’re interested in a personal safety device. 

There is no foolproof way to avoid danger, but the best you can do is be aware of your surroundings and your options if harm does come in your way.

Important phone numbers:

DPS, non-emergency, (414) 288-6800

DPS, emergency, (414) 288-1911

LIMO, (414) 288-6363

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