Crime Prevention and Awareness Programs

The Wayne State University Police Department conducts and hosts a variety of crime prevention and safety awareness programs for our campus community. The purpose of these programs is to increase crime awareness and provide information that will reduce the likelihood that a crime could occur in our campus area.


The new employee or student's first exposure to our crime awareness efforts occurs at their orientation. These mandatory orientations provide the new student and employee with the policies and procedures to report criminal actions or other emergencies on campus, discuss the security of and access to various campus facilities, describe the campus law enforcement resources available to them for routine and emergency services, and discuss the common types of crime that can occur on our campus and the necessary steps that should be taken so as not to fall victim to these crimes. Specific orientation sessions are held for new students, transfer students, new staff and faculty.

Auto Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Etching

Approximately every other month, the WSUPD hosts free VIN etching sessions for all members of our campus community. VIN etching is a process endorsed by many auto insurance companies in which the vehicle identification number is permanently etched into the surface of at least six windows of a vehicle. The process uses a custom stencil and an acid-based paste. The permanent professional results provide traceable numbers in case of theft. This reduces the profit motive for auto theft. All VIN etching sessions are announced via CAMPUSWATCH emails.

Street Smarts Personal Safety Seminars

The Wayne State University Police Department provides personal safety seminars for a variety of student groups and organizations. The Street Smarts – How to Avoid Being a Victim seminars provide easy to use, real-world personal safety tips for use in a wide variety of situations.  The seminars are free and can be arranged by contacting the departments Crime Prevention Section at 313-577-6064.

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program

The department presently has nine nationally certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructors who rotate teaching Rape Aggression Defense seminars to women students, staff and faculty at Wayne State University. The 13-hour RAD course teaches awareness, prevention, risk reduction, avoidance and progresses on to easy to learn hands-on self defense techniques.


The WSUPD sends out monthly emails to over 68,000 current students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees. These monthly emails update the reader with a summary of any criminal activity on the campus and surrounding area. Additionally, the emails provide a variety of safety tips and suggestions as well as links to useful information on a wide variety of personal safety topics. Since its inception, we have learned that CAMPUSWATCH emails are forwarded well beyond the confines of the university community. The WSU Dean of Students Office routinely forwards each issue to all parents in the WSU Parent Association. The email is also routed to various community groups, neighborhood associations, news groups, the Detroit Police Department command staff, as well as the Detroit City Council.

Harden Auto Larceny Targets (HALT) brochures

Members of the WSU campus community are cautioned against leaving any item of value in plain view inside their parked vehicles. Valuables left unattended in vehicles have the same risk for theft as valuables left unattended in classrooms or offices. A general rule, "If something is valuable to you, it will also be valuable to a thief" applies to vehicles, just as it applies to classrooms and offices.  Rolled-up car windows and locked doors may only momentarily slow down a determined thief.