This is Campus Safety Week

Safety is in the spotlight every week at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but safety-boosting information, events and activities at UWM make Monday, Oct. 14 the official start of Campus Safety Week at UWM.

Today through Thursday, the UWM Police Department will have officers available at various locations to discuss safety issues and campus patrols, and to provide safety handouts.

At four campus events this week, officers will also be giving demonstrations of upcoming self-defense training programs. They’ll be signing up members of the campus community for the upcoming free two-hour presentations, which will focus on situational awareness and self-defense skills.

Safety Week Events are set for:

  • October 14, 4-7 p.m. Riverview Residence
  • October 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Union Concourse
  • October 16, 4-7 p.m. Cambridge Commons
  • October 17, 4-7 p.m.  Sandburg Residence

During Campus Safety Week, students, faculty and staff will also have the opportunity to sign up for S.A.F.E. alerts. In case of a campus emergency, these alerts are sent via text or email to anyone registered. If you have questions about the S.A.F.E. alerts, email: safelaert-help@uwm.edu.

Campus community members will also be able to sign up for UWM Mobile, the university’s official iPhone and Android app, which provides access to maps, directories, bus routes, safety information, B.O.S.S. (Be on the Safe Side) and other information. (See UWM Mobile for more information.)

This year’s Safety Week will also include a social media campaign, with short videos about staying safe on and off campus.

“We have a really safe campus,” says UWM Police Chief Michael Marzion. “The campus police officers work hard to keep it that way, but keeping this area safe is a shared responsibility with the campus community.

“Campus Safety Week gives officers a chance to remind community members of common-sense precautions they can take to keep themselves and others safe year-round.”