Grand Valley Police Department

Personal Security Information

Historically, Grand Valley State University has had a low rate of violent crime. It is the police department’s intent to encourage you to take individual responsibility for your own personal safety.  Your safety is our concern however you need to be mindful of prevention methods. Unfortunate events can often be avoided by being mindful of prevention methods.  The following is not a guarantee, however; it will assist you in developing your personal plan to mitigate risk in your life.
Reducing Your Risk
  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted
  • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you
  • Don’t display your cash or other inviting targets such as electronics, or expensive jewelry
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly and call the police. Don’t be afraid to yell for help
  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door
  • Always lock your car, never leave your motor running
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property—don’t give up your life
  • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police immediately. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim
  • Report all suspicious situations to the police. You may help prevent a crime

Page last modified April 23, 2014