WUPD provides tips to help students stay safe in the dark

The Washington University in St. Louis Police Department will implement its “Don’t be in the Dark” safety program to educate students about safely walking after dark beginning the evening of Monday, Nov. 4, and continuing through Thursday, Nov. 7.

Officers will be located in the area of Skinker and Forest Park Parkway and also on the Greenway Overpass, where they will talk with students about personal safety and have whistles available for those who don’t have one.

The Washington University Police Department offers these reminders as part of the “Don’t be in the Dark” campaign:

1. Never travel alone. Always travel with someone.

2. Walk in well-lit areas as much as possible. Don’t walk in alleys or other isolated areas.

3. Be alert. Always be aware of what is going on around you. Don’t wear headphones. Don’t engage in conversations with people you don’t know.

4. Trust your instincts. If it doesn’t feel safe, it probably isn’t. Move to a safe spot immediately and call for help.

5. If thieves confront you, give them what they want. Don’t chase them, but do blow your whistle! To obtain an emergency whistle, call (314) 935-5084 or request one online.

6. Take the Campus2Home shuttle. The Campus2Home shuttle will provide a safe ride from the Danforth Campus for those living in four designated areas off campus — Skinker-DeBaliviere, north and south of the Delmar Loop and just south of campus — from 6 p.m.-4 a.m. seven days a week. For more information about Campus2Home, visit here.

The safety cards, whistles and other safety information dispensed as part of “Don’t be in the Dark” also can be found on the WUPD website. You also may contact Sgt. Bob Wayne in the Crime Prevention Office at (314) 935-5084.