Tips for Staying Safe

UWM is located in the upper east side of Milwaukee, considered one of Milwaukee’s nicest and safest neighborhoods. It is still important to follow personal safety tips to reduce the likelihood of an incident occurring to you.

Be Prepared

Be Aware and Alert

  • Be aware and alert to what is going on around you.
  • Stand tall, walk confidently, and make eye contact with those around you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings especially when using a handheld device.
  • If biking or driving, watch out for pedestrians and stop at marked crosswalks.
  • If confronted, surrender property rather than risk your life. In an emergency, if you have no access to a phone, find the nearest Blue Light S.A.F.E. phone (map).

On-Campus Tips

  • If you feel threatened, find the nearest Blue Light S.A.F.E. phone (map) immediately.
  • Cross streets only at marked crosswalks.
  • If you own a bicycle, register it with the ​UWM Police Department.
  • If biking, follow the rules of the road (i.e. wear a helmet, ride with traffic, avoid sidewalks, etc.).
  • Secure your bicycle with a Cycle-Safe bike locker or a secure lock of your own.
  • Do not leave electronics, purses, wallets, or backpacks unattended.
  • Keep your car locked and remove any valuables.

After-Hours Tips

  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
  • Stay within well-lit areas. Avoid walking within alleys or dark side streets.
  • If you’ve been drinking, try to find someone to drive or walk you home. Utilize B.O.S.S. and the S.A.F.E. Walkers if necessary.
  • Don’t drink anything that could have been tampered with.
  • Don’t invite random people into your house.