BHSU Security - Campus Watch Program

About the Campus Watch Program
The Campus Watch Program is a campaign designed to enlist total student, faculty and staff participation and involvement in a self-help cooperative attack against crime. Through your voluntary participation, you will learn personal protection strategies, how to safeguard your own property against theft and know how to assist your campus family when their rooms are unoccupied or otherwise susceptible to intruders.

The Campus Watch Program encourages you to contact Public Safety or Spearfish Police Department on any occasion when you observe suspicious activities. Emphasis is placed upon mutual reliance for the observation and reporting of unusual activities. The most negative aspect and the greatest challenge is to overcome students, faculty and staff apathy!

The most effective crime prevention device ever invented is you! Call Public Safety (6297 or 641-6988) to report criminal or suspicious activity. If it's an emergency, such as a crime in progress, dial 9-9-1-1.

Use The Phone!
We need your eyes and ears in the fight against crime. Phones are positioned throughout the campus. Report anything "out of the ordinary" and watch for the most obvious things to report such as:

  • A stranger loitering in or around the premises.
  • Someone "testing" doorknobs as they walk down a hallway.
  • People carrying property out of a building, especially at unusual hours.
  • A person screaming or calling for help.
  • Unusual sounds: glass breaking, loud explosion, gunshots, etc.
  • Anyone peering into cars, cruising the lots, tampering with cars.
  • Burnt out lights, ineffective locks and security devices or safety hazards.

Security Reminders
It takes eight seconds for a thief to enter your room and leave with your valuables! Over 90 percent of room and office thefts involve occupants who were "just gone for a few moments".

  • Be alert to strangers; don't open doors to unknown callers, EVER.
  • When away for an extended time, have a neighbor watch your room.
  • Keep doors and windows locked, especially at night. Most "Hot Prowls" occur through unlocked doors and windows.
  • Keep drapes drawn when undressing or retiring for the night.
  • Never give information to strangers on the phone.
  • Close and LOCK you door every time you leave, even for "a moment".
  • Keep a radio playing softly during your absence.
  • Do not leave notes indicating that you are away.
  • Leave keys with a trusted friend; don't attempt to hide it outside.
  • Never leave valuables easily visible from the outside; lock them up.
  • Never admit a stranger into lobby when entering your residence hall.
  • Avoid being alone on an elevator with a stranger; stand by the emergency buttons.
  • Do not furnish personal information by telephone to a stranger.
  • Do not enter if door is ajar or if you suspect intrusion; call Public Safety.
  • If confronted inside, escape at the first opportunity. If you can't, throw an object through the window; scream, anything you can do to draw attention.
  • Hang up immediately on obscene or threatening phone calls. Report them to Public Safety.

About this Information
The information provided is intended to educate the campus community in personal crime prevention strategies to reduce the likelihood of crime on and off campus. If you need additional information or have any comments, please contact Public Safety at 642-6297 or 641-6988.