The Wayne State University Police Department has programs set up on campus that inform students about crime alerts, safety awareness and how students can get involved with crime prevention. Some of these programs include: CAMPUSWATCH, Street Smarts Personal Safety Seminar and Orientations. CAMPUSWATCH sends emails to all students, faculty and staff every month to keep everyone updated on any recent crimes, suspicious assailants or areas and provide safety tips.
Street Smarts Personal Safety Seminar teaches students how they can avoid being a victim and is a free seminar. Orientations are mandatory for all new students, transfer students and faculty. During Orientation, all who are in attendance are informed of the WSUPD’s phone numbers, safety programs, common crimes and how to avoid them and any questions and concerns attendees may have.
Rape Aggression Defense is a 13 hour program where women are taught special techniques used to handle their aggressors, safety tips, avoiding situations and more. R.A.D. offers instructor certification courses, as well as basic and advances courses. More intense levels of the program include weapons defense options, keychain defense options, and aerosol defense options. Domestic violence seminars, teen seminars and resisting aggression with defense for men are also offered.
These different programs do make a difference in campus safety. Certain crimes have been trending downward the last few years at WSU according to the 2017 Annual Security and Fire Safety report. Robbery and Assault have decreased between the years of 2014 and 2016. Student housing robberies decreased from one robbery in 2014 to zero robberies until 2016. On campus robberies decreased from seven in 2014 to four in 2015 and three in 2016. Student housing assaults decreased from one in 2014 and 2015 to zero in 2016. On campus assaults consistently stayed at one assault in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The programs aren’t the only things making a difference. The WSUPD has uploaded the entire Safety Awareness Handbook on their website for anyone who needs to view it. WSUPD has placed phones all around campus with the emergency number in sight for anyone to use. WSU students feel comfortable on campus and believe they attend one of the safest schools in the state of Michigan.
“The WSU police department does nothing but assure me they’re doing their best,” said WSU senior Sara Batzdorfer. “Honestly, I think Wayne State is one of the safer major Universities within the state of Michigan,” she said.
Students are pleased with the job WSUPD has been doing.
“Most of my classes are during the day but um even at night I don’t feel unsafe at all,” said WSU sophomore Bayan Chbib. “Even if I’m studying super late and I’m walking alone to the parking structure, nothing has really happened on this campus to make me feel unsafe.”
Some students weren’t even aware that robberies and assaults ever took place on campus.
“Um it’s very nice that police at Wayne State are keeping the crime rate low,” said WSU senior Danielle Kulesza. “I had no idea that anyone was ever actually robbed here. It makes me feel good that the crime rate was so low I didn’t know about it.”
Some students feel safety precautions have been improved.
“Certain things have improved and the campus here is really focused on safety and making everyone feel safe and secured,” said WSU sophomore Olivia Esparza. “The WSU police really do a good job alerting you with anything even if it’s considered like a small thing. They’re always watching and that’s great.”
In the event that a student or faculty member forgets any of this information, they can always go to https://police.wayne.edu and find different tabs that talk about everything you would need to know about your safety and more.