Police Department

 Campus Safety/Crime Prevention

The El Paso Community College Police Department believes that a community that is well informed about the nature of its crimes is a safety conscious public. This section is provided to inform you of actions you can take to enhance your safety. You as a citizen and a member of the college community and the police department, acting together, can make a difference in reducing crime. It is to your advantage to act on the information provided by developing personal routines to become more aware of your surroundings.
Unfortunately, crime does not know the boundaries of an institution of higher learning. The El Paso Community College District does experience some crimes that occur on the city of El Paso, but luckily, not at the same proportions. The crime rate on District property is significantly lower than in the city.

The major types of crimes that occur on campus continue to be theft and burglary. In many instances, since these are crimes of opportunity, these crimes could be prevented by knowing some simple crime prevention measures.

Crime Prevention is defined as being aware of your environment and remaining alert to situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. Here you will find examples of common sense behavior that we hope will help make your life more safe and secure, both on and off campus.

The El Paso Community College Police Department is committed to serving the needs of the community. We offer presentations on Crime Prevention that cover a wide range of topics that include, but are not limited to personal safety, sexual assault prevention, preventing auto theft, campus safety and any other concerns that a group might have. To schedule a crime prevention program for your group or class, call 831-2200.


 Personal Safety

  • Recognize potentially dangerous situations before they develop.
     
  • Lock your doors and windows of your residence when you are away.
     
  • Lock the door to your residence or apartment you are alone or asleep. You need the extra protection a locked door provides.
     
  • Assess the risks and have a safety plan and think about what you would do if you feel threatened.
     
  • Don't open your door to strangers. Use a peep hole if you have one.
     
  • Be prepared to shout if you are attacked - Attract as much attention as you can.
     
  • Don't give out your name, address or telephone numbers to strangers. Use only you initials if you are published in a telephone directory.
     
  • Consider taking a self-defense course.
     
  • At night, travel only in well lighted areas.
     
  • If you feel threatened or suspect that you are been followed, walk towards lighted areas or where there are people around.
     
  • When you approach your car, check the front and back seats to insure that no one is inside. Always lock your doors when you are driving or riding in a car.
     
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.