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Chief's Corner

16 AUGUST 2018

The UNC Police Department would like to welcome all new and returning students to the start of fall semester. As you pursue your educational goals, we want to collaborate with you in an effort to help keep campus safe. Although the overall crime rate on campus is low and the City of Greeley is safe, here are some very basic safety practices to be aware of as the school year begins.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and drug abuse are significant contributors to compromised safety and criminal activity. Engaging in such activity can lead to poor decision-making and correlates to increases in disturbances, fights and damaged property that can result in criminal charges as well.
Regardless of the potential legal restrictions or ramifications, practice responsible behavior for your own safety. If alcohol or drugs enter into the mix, be sure to:

  • Follow these 0-1-2-3 rules advocated by UNC Prevention Education:
    • 0 drinks if you are: under age 21, driving, on medication, haven’t eaten, in substance abuse recovery, suspect you may be pregnant
    • 1 – No more than 1 drink an hour
    • 2 – Limit your drinking to no more than 2 times per week
    • 3 – Don’t have more than 3 drinks in one day
  • Stay with a small group of known friends when going to parties, clubs or bars. Don’t separate from the group. Always use a designated driver.
  • Keep control of your drink. Don’t let others hold it or set it aside at a party or bar.
  • Never use drugs, period. That includes not abusing prescription medication.
  • If a friend appears to be intoxicated, passed out, hurt or acting out in an unreasonable manner, call 911. Stay on the line with the dispatcher and identify yourself to responding emergency workers. This can qualify you for immunity under the Safe Haven Law, and you may save your friend from significant injury or death.

Property Crimes

Like any other community, property crimes do occur here, but with some basic pre-planning and safety practices, you can minimize your risk of becoming a victim. At UNC, we have multiple policing strategies to help prevent and solve crime. This includes the use of surveillance cameras throughout campus as appropriate. We also utilize student patrols, mutual aid agreements with other local police agencies and saturated patrols, but our most effective crime prevention tools are community safety practices.

  • Bike theft is one of the most common crimes on campus. Always use a bike lock (U-shaped locks are most preferred and difficult to circumvent). A secondary wire/chain-type lock around tires can help prevent a single tire from theft.
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle and bring them with you or store them in a trunk if you have one. Make sure to lock your doors. Thieves are often looking for the path of least resistance. If they are unsure that breaking into a car will lead to any gain, it’s unlikely they will commit the crime.
  • Mark your personal belongings with the last four digits of your Bear number, Social Security number, or other partial identifier. Don’t leave backpacks or other valuables unattended in public places. 
  • Always make sure your room and apartment/home is locked when you leave the premises, even if it is for a short time. Don’t prop your door if you are away from your room in the residence halls.
  • Program (970) 351-2245 into your cell phone and call the UNC Police when you notice a suspicious activity or person on campus. We are here 24 hours a day year-round for your safety, and we are the most effective when we work together to prevent crime.

We hope that you have a successful and enjoyable year at UNC. With these small efforts on your part, in partnership with your police department, which patrols campus and surrounding areas around the clock, we can help provide a very safe campus for our community to enjoy.


Dennis R. Pumphrey
Chief of Police