Crime Prevention and Awareness
Colorado Mesa University is a community consisting of students, faculty, support staff and administrators. The university relies on community members to assume the responsibility and obligation of conducting themselves in a manner compatible with the purpose of the university as an educational institution and a place of learning and residence.
CMU Crime Prevention Programs
Security and Safety Awareness Campaign - This program is designed to make the campus community aware of campus crime and provide information on reporting and implementing self-security to reduce overall campus crime. Self-help tips and reporting information is provided through posters, brochures and media advertising. This campaign is provided in the fall and the spring semester.
Operation ID - This program is provided to help reduce theft on campus and aid in the recovery of stolen property. Forms are available from the Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) to register the make, model and serial numbers of valuable items such as digital cameras, laptop computers, iPods, etc. Without this information it is extremely difficult to recover stolen property or prosecute the offender(s). This is a free program available to all students, faculty and staff.
Public Safety Education Service - Informative classes and mini-programs are presented by the GJPD throughout the year. Subjects ranging from personal safety to property security are available for campus residents through Residence Life and for the campus community at large by contacting the GJPD. Educational programs aimed at alcohol and drug abuse prevention are provided by the GJPD upon request.
Whistle Stop Program - The program was implemented in 2001 to provide students, faculty and staff with a means to bring immediate attention should they find themselves in a situation they perceive as threatening. Whistles are provided free of charge as well as training as to when usage would be appropriate. Training is also provided that instructs anyone hearing a whistle to immediately activate the emergency response system by dialing 911 to provide responders with a location, as well as other pertinent information which may assist in identification and subsequent prosecution should the situation warrant it.
Bicycle Registration Program - Members of the campus community are encouraged to register their bicycles with the GJPD. Registration is only $1 and greatly aids in the recovery of stolen bicycles and prosecution of the offender(s). It is recommended that good quality locks always be used to secure bicycles. If possible, storing bicycles inside a residence hall or apartment helps prevent them from being stolen.
Video Surveillance - Video cameras are located in various areas throughout the campus. Besides serving as a deterrent to crime, these cameras have assisted law enforcement in identifying suspects in several cases.
Weapon Storage - A safe is maintained at the GJPD Substation on campus to store firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, knives, etc. Students who reside on campus are welcome to store items that are used for hunting, sporting or competitive purposes in the safe.
Residence Life Saff Training - The GJPD, in conjunction with CMU Residence Life, conducts training with the Residence Life staff each semester. Topics of instruction include when to call 911, suspicious activity, identifying illegal narcotics, dealing with intoxicated individuals, personal safety and available resources.
Faculty and Staff Safety Presentations - The GJPD offers presentations to faculty and staff about safety on campus and reporting suspicious activity.
Crisis Intervention Training - All of the GJPD officers currently assigned to CMU have undergone specialized training to assist individuals who are in a crisis situation, including mental illness, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Lighting and Vegetation Surveys - Facilities Services, along with members of the Residence Hall Association, Associated Student Government and other members of the campus, regularly walk around campus at night to observe any vegetation or lighting issues that may cause a safety concern. Once identified, the problems are promptly corrected.