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Crime Prevention

Carnegie Mellon University is dedicated to the safety and welfare of its students, faculty and staff. We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for everyone within our campus community through education and learning.

The Carnegie Mellon University Crime Prevention Unit provides various services to promote education in keeping our campus community safe.

Tips to keep yourself safe on Campus:

  • Keep alert; if you see a person acting suspiciously, head for bright lights and people and call 8-2323 immediately.
  • Never walk alone when it's dark outside.
  • Avoid poorly lit areas and side streets.
  • Do not give information about yourself or where you live to strangers.
  • Always carry spare change in the event that your cell phone becomes lost or stolen.
  • Close and lock the windows and doors of your room or office when you leave the area, even if it's just for a few moments.
  • Never leave your valuables unattended.
  • Keep purses, laptops, and valuable items with you at all times.
  • Lock your locker when you leave your items in a locker room in places such as the gym.
  • Report any suspicious activity even if you are unsure of the situation
  • Do not let unknown individuals follow you through doors that are generally protected by card readers or that are locked.


Bike and Laptop Registrations:

This service is offered to all students, faculty and staff.

CMU crime prevention unit will register your bike or laptop with the University Police Department. In the event that your item is ever lost or stolen and is recovered, the item can be traced back to its owner if it is found. This service also allows the police department to store valuable information about your item such as its make, model, and serial numbers.

You can get your item registered by contacting either of the Crime Prevention unit members listed below:

Don Campbell:

Heather O'Brien:


Crime Prevention Talks:

If you would like a Crime Prevention unit member to speak at any event that you may be having concerning campus safety or education about a certain safety topic, please feel free to contact either of the members listed below. The service is free of charge to your department. Please provide a detailed explanation of what you would like to be addressed in the talk as well as the date, time and location of your event.

Don Campbell:

Heather O'Brien: