Crime Reporting, Prevention and Statistics


All crimes, or traffic accidents that take place on campus should be reported immediately to the University Department of Public Safety. Crimes can be reported to UDPS 24 hours a day by dialing (432) 837-8100. Sometimes students do not report crimes because they do not want to get someone in trouble (especially if they know the offender). They think it will not happen again or that it is too much trouble. It is important to remember that every student has the right to a safe campus environment. In cases such as personal assault or sexual assault, reporting the crime can provide the victim with personal assistance, and the needed evidence if they choose to file a formal criminal complaint. The University Department of Public Safety office can also direct persons to appropriate agencies for incidents occurring off campus, University counseling services, and other services that are available. Remember, a victim of a crime or someone who reports that a crime is being or has been committed, does not cause an offender to get in trouble; the act of committing a crime does.


Public Safety officers patrol the campus to assure a high level of good physical security. As a regular part of their assigned duties they look for any safety or security problems such as defective lighting, unsecured areas, inoperative doors or locks, damaged sidewalks and potential fire hazards. If you notice a safety or security problem on campus, please report it to the University Department of Public Safety. Students can help assume responsibility for their own personal safety and security of their personal belongings by taking some of the following precautions:

  • Avoid walking alone. Travel in pairs and groups or call for an escort at 837-8100
  • Be aware of your surroundings and potential danger spots
  • Lock your doors and keep your windows closed at all times
  • Report suspicious persons and circumstances
  • Do not give anyone the keys to your room, even temporarily
  • Do not leave valuables lying out in the open or in unlocked vehicles
  • Engrave your driver's license number on all valuable property
  • Record the serial numbers and brand names of all property of value
  • Never leave your belongings unattended. Backpacks, books and purses can become easy targets

Crime Statistics

Sul Ross State University follows the federal guidelines as outlined in Title II Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, Section 204, Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics. The University Department of Public Safety compiles and reports crimes on a regular basis. The figures in the PDF documents below are crime statistics that were reported to have occurred or did occur on the university campus. Statistics are for academic period from September 1-August 31. The Golden Rules of Campus Safety

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