Abduction Prevention Tips

The following provides some general guidance and precautions:

  • Emergency situations - call 9-1-1 immediately. Report any crime or suspicion of a crime at once. An abduction or abduction attempt requires emergency response. One should never feel at fault regarding any crime or attempted crime perpetrated on them.

  • Report any “non-emergency“ suspicious behavior and personnel to University Police at 715-346-3456.

  • Practice extra caution with suspicious people. One should be guarded with those that are acting odd, approach you with strange requests or movements, ask insincere directions orirregular questions, exhibit strange behavior, provide unsolicited/unnecessary advice, or present other unusual behaviors. Stay defensive, keep your distance and have an escape route.

  • Be cautious of questionable vehicles in your surroundings. Especially those with missing plates, circling patterns, interior concealment properties, stopped for artificialreasons,suspicious individuals in or around vehicle, or other abnormalities. Do not go near or into a vehicle of an unknown individual. Keep a safe distance.

  • Travel on designated walk ways. At night travel on lighted and designated walkways. Travel in pairs or groups whenever possible.

  • Tell others (e.g., family and friends) where you are going and your general schedule. Keep them updated.

  • Utilize UWSP Safe Way Home (715-346-3456), City of Stevens Point Bus Services, other public transportation services when needed.

  • Take your cell phone with you. Also, utilize campus exterior blue phones, interior red emergency phones, and other campus phones as needed for emergencies.
  • Practice sound judgment and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep a close watch out as well as scoping a larger perimeter around yourself.

  • Take a self-defense class for further personal preparation.

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately for all emergencies.

  • Contact University Police and Security Services (715-346-3456) for more information or questions.

We ask the entire campus community to stay vigilant and help protect each other.