Crime prevention is everyone's responsibility . . .
Historically, this has been a safe haven from the busy world. SMU’s campus
and isolated wooded acres, recently encroached upon by the increasingly rapid
growth of the City of Lacey and surrounding Thurston County, are beginning to
experience the pressure of a growing population. No community is totally
risk-free I today’s sometimes violent society. SMU recognizes the potential for
increased crime associated with local growth and development and its location
near Interstate-5, the West’s Coast’s main north-south corridor.
Saint Martin’s University works hard to ensure the safety of its
community, faculty, staff, and students; however, each must take
responsibility for their own personal property and safety. Crime does
not magically stop at the edge of campus; the key to preventing crime is
awareness, heightened through education. Public safety, campus and
residence life and other employees and students help share
responsibility for safety. The majority of crime on campus can be
avoided with recognition that basic precautions will prevent most
victimization. Basic precautions are the most effective means of
maintaining personal security. Most crimes are crimes of opportunity; an
individual walking alone in a dark area is susceptible to personal
crime. Property left openly on a vehicle seat begs to be stolen. Common
sense and good judgment can reduce a criminal’s opportunity and help
reduce crime, creating a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff,
students, and the public. For example, when walking across campus, or in
parking areas at night, walk in groups or in pairs; additionally, SMU
public safety offers an escort service to assist persons moving about
campus after dark. Students living in SMU residence halls are reminded
to keep their room doors locked at all times and never prop open the
external doors to residence halls. guests of residence hall students
must register their vehicles with the residence hall manager or resident
advisor (RA) and display a SMU guest pass in the vehicle; guests should
be escorted by a resident student at all times. All security concerns
should be reported to the SMU Office of Public Safety immediately.
Valuable personal property should be engraved with the owner’s
driver’s license number using equipment provided through SMU Office of
Public Safety. Bicycles should be registered and secured with a good
lock. Lock parked vehicles in a well-lit area with valuables removed or
stored in the trunk. Notify SMU Office of Public Safety of any and all
individuals present in a building or on campus who appears to have no
legitimate business there or who arouses suspicion in any way. History
and experience reveal that not all crimes/criminal activity is reported.
SMU Office of Public Safety encourages reporting of all suspicious
Crime prevention and reporting
The risk of crime is ongoing. Crime can occur anyplace and anytime.
Awareness, diligence and precautions are logical and useful tools in
crime prevention. Here are some examples of preventative measures:
- Keep vehicles locked.
- Never walk alone, especially at night.
- Request an escort from the Office of Public Safety.
- Don't leave valuables unattended.
- Promptly report any suspicious activity to the Office of Public
Safety and / or local police.
The Office of Public Safety offers a variety of programs to help
safeguard members of the campus community. These programs include:
- Escort and welfare check service.
- Photo identity of personal property.
- Serial number and property descriptions recording.
- Property engraving.
- Crime and safety awareness pamphlets.
- Crime and safety awareness sessions.
Let the Saint Martin's University Office of Public Safety help you
reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. Visit us in Old Main,
Room 251 or call 360-438-4555 (on-campus: ext. 4555).