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PUBLIC SAFETY AND U — January

January 14, 2020

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A New Year brings new calendars and new goals. The Department of Public Safety is asking you to include us in your 2020 resolutions, by answering the following five questions. In doing so, you’ll be helping us achieve our top resolution every year: protecting our campus.

5 QUESTIONS & 5 RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020

1. Do I know whom to contact in the event of an emergency on Drexel’s campus?

Add 215.895.2222 (Drexel Public Safety), to your mobile phone contacts list. This number will connect you to the Drexel Public Safety Communications Center, staffed 24 hours per day, seven days per week. When you dial 215.895.2222 during an on-campus emergency, a dispatcher from our centralized communications team will answer and send help your way (you may also call 911 during any emergency). Additionally, calls placed on campus blue-light emergency telephones immediately connect to the Communications Center.  We strongly advise against sending us an e-mail during an emergency.  Our communications center team is always ready to answer your call at 215.895.2222.

2. Have I downloaded the Drexel Guardian app onto my mobile phone?

If you download Drexel Guardian onto your mobile phone, you can use a one-touch dialing feature to activate a GPS locator during an emergency. The Drexel Communications Center can then immediately locate and assist you, improving the speed at which we can help those who may be at risk. Drexel Guardian will not track you nor share your information unless you initiate an emergency.

Other useful features of this app include:

  • Set a Safety Timer – You can set a safety timer to notify Drexel Police or people you trust to check in on you if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place.
  • Manage & Message Your Guardians – Invite family, friends or others to be your Guardian, and communicate with them within the app as needed.
  • Easy Emergency Communication – Use one-touch dialing to call safety officials directly for help if you are in trouble. Send text tips — including photos — if you see something suspicious.

Downloading the app is easy. Search for ‘Rave Guardian’ in the app store. Review these frequently asked questions to learn more.

Members of the Drexel Field Hockey team pose with Drexel Police officers after taking the two-hour self-defense class.
Members of the Drexel Field Hockey team pose with Drexel Police officers after taking the two-hour self-defense class.

3. Am I familiar with my location’s emergency procedures?

A safe and secure campus is our No. 1 priority, but we need help from all Drexel community members to respond to and prevent emergencies. Before you get settled back into your daily routine, familiarize yourself with your surroundings — know the addresses of your residence hall, classrooms and/or offices. Awareness is a key component of emergency preparation, and we encourage you to familiarize yourself with these tips on personal preparedness.

4. What is the No. 1 crime on campus?

Most crimes on campus are unattended thefts. Theft leaves victims susceptible to the loss of important/personal items and potential identity theft. Safeguard your valuables and use our free service to register your property (bikes, laptops, skateboards, cell phones, larger headphones) by bringing them to Drexel Police Headquarters at 3219 Arch St., where we will log item details into our registration system.

5.  How can I do more to protect myself?

  • In addition to reviewing your emergency plans at work, take time to do the same at home with your family.
  • Change your passwords to protect your identity online.
  • Change your smoke alarm batteries.
  • Sign-up for our new, two-hour self-defense class. Contact Linda Moran at lmm467@drexel.edu for more information.

DREXEL RANKED NO. 5 IN CAMPUS SAFETY

Security Magazine ranked Drexel University No. 5 in the nation for campus safety among colleges, universities and technical institutions in its 2019 Security 500 rankings. The magazine also profiled Drexel’s Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police Eileen Behr in an article published in November. In the article, Behr discusses Drexel’s public safety resources and community-based approach to keeping our campus community safe. You can read the profile at this link.

“See Something, Say Something, Do Something”

Call Public Safety

Emergency Numbers
215.895.2222 or 911
TTY: 215.571.4141

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To learn more about Drexel Public Safety visit drexel.edu/publicsafety.

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