February 2014

Digital Safety While on Vacation

By: UWPD IT Manager James Werner

PCWhile we all dream of disconnecting from the world during our long weekend getaways, days-long vacations, or on Spring Break, the reality is we will most likely pack and use smartphones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices. We’ve included some safety tips and preparation considerations that we suggest you review before and during your trip to secure your data and devices.

First, ensure your devices require passwords when they boot, and that your laptop operating systems have strong passwords (view helpful tips from UW-Madison here). Also confirm that your laptop is running a firewall.  Make sure you also turn off file sharing and print sharing on your devices.  In addition, check for updates to your operating systems, applications and make sure your anti-virus/anti-malware software is up to date.

If you are travelling internationally and even think you might turn on your smartphone call your provider and discuss international voice and data packages. While this is not necessarily a security issue, it is a strong suggestion to save you unexpected costs. These plans are often inexpensive and will save you from possibly very high data costs. Resources from AT&T and Verizon offer great travel tips including how to turn off international data roaming and auto-receipt of email.

Personalize your devices so they are easily recognizable, and for laptops consider using a “This might be a bait laptop” sticker available from the UW-Madison Police Department. Personalization will allow you to spot your devices more quickly.

For secure connections back to UW-Madison, install and use WiscVPN. This is especially true if you will want to access your personal credit card or banking information as it adds an extra layer of protection against local network sniffing.

ValuablesDon’t forget to back up your data! Even ruggedized laptops can suffer drive failures during travel. Travel also increases the chances of spills, heat or cold damage and other environmental risks.  In addition, check your laptop for restricted or personally identifying information by using a tool such as Identityfinder (available free for University employees). This great tool will locate and help you either protect or eliminate data such as social security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers and many other account or identifying data.

Device location and tracking tools such as Find My iPhone (free from Apple) or Computrace LoJack (available for purchase from the DoIT TechStore) have proven useful in assisting law enforcement in recovering lost or stolen devices.

If you’re  traveling internationally be sure to check out the US Department of State travel website for any special security concerns regarding your destinations. This site also offers great travel planning advice.

Hotel-Safe-BoxWhile in transit or at your location, if you are not using your electronic devices lock them in a hotel room safe or in the trunk of your car (be sure to place them there before you get to your destination so nobody knows where you stashed your devices). At the airport don’t place your laptop and other electronic devices in the front of your possessions being scanned, place them in the middle so that you can keep an eye on them during the scanning and recovery process.

With the constant want or need to stay connected during travel protecting electronic devices such as laptops and smart phones requires plenty of planning and preparation. While many of the suggestions listed above may help keep you protected, the most important tool in securing your data and your devices is your own good common sense.

For more information see http://www.cio.wisc.edu/security-initiatives-preventTheft.aspx.

Safe travels!

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Know Your Way Out

By: Security Officer Timothy Slater, Emergency Management

The Occupant Emergency Plan (OEP) is designed to guide buildings occupants’ through various incidents. Because every scenario cannot be predicted, it is necessary to have a response plan that can be quickly adapted to events as they unfold. The overall building response needs to be quick, professional, supportive, and meet the changing demands of the situation.

Emergency ExitThe purpose of the OEP is to create a healthy and safe environment for building occupants, visitors and staff in a coordinated response for all emergencies. The OEP provides staff with the direction necessary to respond to any incident. It augments and adds building-specific information and procedures that are NOT available in UW-Madison’s Emergency Procedures Guide (flip guides), which are located in numerous offices throughout campus. Facility managers should continuously encourage building occupants to have a guide available and to periodically review it.

The OEP functions are:

  • – Provide a coordinated response to incidents occurring in the facility
  • – Provide particulars regarding what steps should be taken in the event of an emergency
  • – Identify specific routes of entry into and exit from the facility in response to emergencies
  • – Clearly designate assembly areas and shelter facilities where building occupants can gather to be accounted for
  • – Ensure that the appropriate university departments are notified

If an incident occurs within or adjacent to your facility, the Manager or designee is expected to provide a coordinated response to the incident and assist as outlined in the plan. They are expected to work with the UWPD and other agencies to resolve the issue at hand.

If you have additional questions about your facilities OEP, please contact your facility manager or email UWPD’s Emergency Management Unit.

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Be more than just a student, volunteer as an EMT!

By: Bill Curtis, Emergency Management Supervisor

Are you a licensed EMT and a student at UW-Madison? Use your skills to help your fellow students and the campus community! Consider joining the UWPD First Responders.

FirstRespondersArtThe UWPD First Responders is a student-run organization staffed by students of the university. The group strives to provide quality emergency medical services to the campus area on a volunteer basis while working closely with the UW-Madison Police and the City of Madison Fire Department. All members of the UWPD First Responders are licensed Emergency Medical Technicians and most are nationally registered through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The group provides services in the Police Center during UW Badger football games and on campus during weekend shifts. Because of the high percentage of intoxicated people processed through the Police Center, the EMTs working will assess the persons in custody to make sure there are no medical emergencies – many medical emergencies, especially diabetic emergencies, often imitate the behavior of an intoxicated subject. First Responders are also on call during the primetime hours of the “typical college festivities” – Friday and Saturday, 9PM to 3AM – to respond to medical emergencies on campus. The UWPD First Responders do not transport any of their patients, the City of Madison Fire-Rescue will respond if requested to transport the patient or if more advanced care is required.

Group members keep their skills sharp by training each month with their Medical Director, who also provides them with necessary medical updates. The UWPD First Responders also participates in full-scale emergency exercises to learn how large-scale emergency scenes operate.

For further information, please visit our website, or contact Bill Curtis at wjcurtis@wisc.edu or (608) 890-1397.

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Success: 2014 Badger Watch Conference

By: Community Officer Kristin Radtke

Badger Watch LogoThursday, January 9, 2014 marked our 8th Annual Badger Watch Safety Conference, which was held at Union South. Badger Watch is the UW-Madison Police Department’s crime prevention and awareness program. The UWPD’s community officers hosted the annual conference, which focuses on personal, property, and office safety as we go about our daily activities on campus.

Between attendees, speakers, helpers, and Resource Fair staff we had almost 200 staff and students involved. The Resource Fair was also very successful with 17 different companies, departments, and divisions represented from campus and the Madison community. Presentation topics at the conference were:

  • – Badger Watch
  • – Advanced Badger Watch
  • – CPR
  • – Self-Defense – beginners and intermediate
  • – Laser Shot (Firearms Simulator)
  • – CSI Workshop: Digital Forensics
  • – Fraud
  • – Computer Safety
  • – Suicide Prevention
  • – Bicycling in Traffic 101

Throughout the day, attendees enjoyed themselves and took away good safety information. Badger Watch volunteers continue to make campus a safer place to live, work, learn, and play. The 2015 conference is planned for Thursday, January 8, 2015!

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Coming Soon: A New Online Home for UWPD

By: Public Information Officer Marc Lovicott

In just a few short weeks, we’ll be unveiling our brand new online home, and we can’t wait.  For the last six months, our staff has been working hard to make our brand new website the best it can be, with the best information that our students, staff, and faculty are looking for.

Maybe you’ve noticed the new design of BADGEr Beat; we’ve taken some elements of our new website and move them here — so there’s a small preview of what you can expect.  But it’s so much more than just a redesign — the new site is information driven, designed to let you quickly find what you’re looking for.  It’s even smart phone and tablet friendly!

Ask AndyOne feature we’re very excited about has to do with Officer Andy — we don’t want to reveal too much, but we will say it’s a great interactive tool to get you whatever information you might be looking for.

We’re in the final test phases — and we hope to reveal our new site in just a few weeks.  So hang tight — it will be worth the wait!

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December 2013

 Preventing Winter Break Thefts

By: UWPD Staff & UW Parent Program Staff

With school about to break for the winter recess, the UW-Madison Police Department reminds parents and students to take a few steps to help reduce thefts. Crimes, including thefts, often occur when the reward to the criminal (such as obtaining your valuables), outweighs the risk or effort involved. During winter break, UW Police Officers are doing their part by increasing patrols around campus, but they need the campus community to help.

ValuablesStart by bringing your valuables – items such as iPods, laptops, and cameras – home with you when you leave campus. This removes the potential reward for a criminal, and it eliminates the opportunity for the item to be stolen. Other potential targets include cash, compact discs, bikes, jewelry, video games, stereos, and televisions. Don’t leave attractive items out in plain sight. If possible, store them in a locked drawer, closet, or interior room. Take small valuables with when you leave.

locking-door-w-keyWhile it may seem obvious, don’t forget to lock your residence before you head out of town for the holiday break. In your excitement to return home, you might forget this easy and important step. Be sure to also check apartment and offices doors and windows as well. It may also be a good idea to let your landlord, property owner, or co-worker know how long you’ll be gone and how you can be reached in the event of a problem.

Recovering stolen items does not happen as often as we’d like, but it is almost impossible unless the victim is able to provide the police an item’s serial number. Be sure to keep a log of all of your valuable property. Include the item description, value, and serial numbers. This could also be as simple as photocopying the serial number directly off the item – and filing it away. This information helps police to track and recover stolen property, and assists with any insurance claims. And if you are a victim, be sure to call police IMMEDIATELY – don’t wait days after the crime occurred. Immediacy is incredibly important in a police investigation.

The UW-Madison Police Department is always working to keep your property safe. For more information, call the department at 608-264-COPS (2677) or email uwpolice@mhub.uwpd.wisc.edu.

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Safe Shopping this Holiday Season

By: UWPD Community Officer Kristin Radtke & Security Officer Larry Schultz

Shopping-BagsTis the season – it’s the busiest shopping time of the year! With that, there are many things to consider and remember. Here are some crime prevention tips to keep in mind, with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season:

First, prepare before you go shopping:

  • – If you use checks, take only the number of checks you need, plus one spare.
  • – Have the phone numbers of your credit/debit cards in a safe place so you can cancel them quickly and easily if any are lost or stolen.
  • – If at all possible, scan a copy of your credit cards for reference – and be sure to keep them in a safe, secure place.
  • – Do NOT keep your social security card, birth certificate, or passport with you.  Keep these items in a safe, secure place at home.
  • – If you have a GPS device, don’t use “HOME” as a listing – use another name. If your car is stolen or towed, someone has access to your address via the GPS if it is marked HOME.

When you go shopping, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • – Have your cell phone charged – keep an extra battery or portable charger with you as well.
  • – Remember where you parked your vehicle.
  • – Place all of your packages out of sight – the best place is in your trunk.
  • – Be aware of your surroundings at all times
  • – Have your car keys ready when you get to your car.

We want you to be safe and safeguard your property this holiday season! Happy holidays, and the all the best in 2014!

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Don’t Get Scammed this Holiday Season

By: UWPD Detective Doug Scheller

We’re all familiar with the ever-present e-mail scams, phishing scams, etc.  Scams are also present on many on-line auction sites – from big sites like eBay to, more localized sites like Craigslist.  The good thing about the Craigslist-type sites is that many of the transactions are in person and cash transactions, which tends to keep things safe.  But don’t get overly comfortable, and possibly careless – you still need to take your safety seriously.

If you’re buying an item, remember that there are never too many questions you can ask the seller!  It’s always a good idea to get a name and phone number, and try to talk to a live person.  Email accounts are a dime a dozen, and easily created with false information.  If the offer looks or sounds too good to be true, it just might be.  Here are some other helpful tips to consider:

  • – If a meeting is arranged, make it in a very public and safe spot.
  • – Always try to take a second person with you to a meeting, or at least tell a friend where and when the meeting is taking place.
  • – At any point, if anything seems wrong or if you are uncomfortable, back out and leave.

fraud2The same issues are present if you are selling an item.  You still need to be safe and careful.  First and foremost, never buy or sell to anyone using checks, money orders, etc.  Many fraud cases occur when the other party in a transaction sends you a check – possibly for over the purchase price – and asks you to cash the check and send the difference to an electronic payment system like Western Union, etc.  This should scream “fraud!” at you.  Often times, the fraudsters attempt to victimize people posting on-line ads for employment, housing etc.

Anyone can become a victim – and if you find yourself in that position, immediately contact your local police agency and report the incident.

Be careful, and stay safe!

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Travel Safe During Winter Break

By: UWPD Officer Stewart Ballweg – Emergency Management

As the cold weather approaches, it’s important for you to be aware of several safety tips and travel considerations.  Personal safety is vital – always be aware of your surroundings while walking to and from classes, or if you are out for a walk.  Always walk with a friend – but even more importantly, in the hours of darkness. Utilize the services that our wonderful campus has to offer such as SAFEwalk, Madison Metro bus service, or the numerous cab companies in the downtown area.  If you’re in a situation where you or your friends are not feeling safe consider the above mentioned programs.

In an emergency, you have several options – some of which include the numerous emergency phones on and around Campus. These phones will put you in contact with the UWPD Communications Center within a few seconds. Always carry your cell phone with you – but remember calling 911 from your cell phone will ring into the Dane County Communications Center; not the UW-Madison Police Department, so always know your location. Another idea is to purchase a whistle to alert others that you may need assistance. The UW-Madison Police Department encourages personal safety; contact our agency at 264-COPS (2677) or dial 911 if the situation dictates an emergency response.

If you’re traveling this holiday season, your personal safety is also very important!  Consider the following tips as you make your way around during the cold season:

  • car snow– Always have a full tank of fuel in your vehicle.
  • – Carry an emergency kit with you in your vehicle – it should include items like a first aid kit, a blanket, jumper cables, a shovel, a change of clothes, etc.
  • – Be sure to have extra/warm clothes in your vehicle in the event you’re stranded due to vehicle breakdowns, poor road conditions, or any unforeseen issues.
  • – Let others know when you leave or expect to arrive at your destination.
  • – Have your cell phone with you, and don’t forget the charger.  Consider carrying an extra cell phone battery with you.

Safety is the responsibility of all of us. Remember these safety tips while on foot or in your vehicle and you’ll be better prepared for emergency situations that may arise.

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Wisconsin Unions Chair Retrieval Program

By: UWPD Community Officer Tricia Meinholz

Each year, the Wisconsin Union has a number of their metal Union Chairs stolen. These chairs display a sunburst on the back of the chair and range in the following colors: yellow, blue, green, orange, red and white. The red and white chairs are available for purchase through the Wisconsin Union online here — blue chairs are given to Union donors.

union chairsThe UW-Madison Police Department has partnered with the Union in an effort to deter the theft of these chairs from the terraces, and is working on implementing new programs to cut down on the amount of chairs that are stolen every year (approx. 150 in 2012). An overnight security guard was added to the Terrace in 2013 to help reduce thefts, but chairs are still being stolen.  The cost to replace a Union chair is approximately $250.

We are asking our community members to be our extra eyes and ears on and around campus. If you see a Union chair that is green, orange, or yellow, contact the Wisconsin Union via email to report it to them. You can also contact the current Lower Campus Community Police Officer Tricia Meinholz via email to report the location of a Union chair. Anyone who supplies us with location information about a Union chair will remain anonymous.

The UW-Madison Police Department and the Wisconsin Unions thank you for your help!

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November 2013

Crime Communications: What is a Timely Warning?

By: UWPD Chief Susan Riseling and Dean of Students Lori Berquam

Since the beginning of the school year, you’ve no doubt noticed an increase in communications related to crime on and near-campus. This is all part of our wiscAlertcontinued effort to keep our campus community informed about recent incidents, and follow federal mandates dictated to universities nationwide, through the Clery Act. As we work to enhance outreach to our community, we thought we’d take moment to help you better understand the types of crime-related messages that we’re distributing, and what they mean to you.

WiscAlert: WiscAlerts are emergency notification messages sent to the entire university, for an imminent threat and ongoing emergency situation. Students, faculty, and staff will automatically receive these via email, but you MUST register in order to receive WiscAlert via text message to your phone. If you haven’t done so already, please sign-up for text alerts here.

Timely Warning: You’ll receive Timely Warnings via email – and the information provided is required by federal law. We try to provide as much information as possible about the incident and the suspect, without jeopardizing the police investigation or a victim’s privacy. In most cases, Timely Warnings are issued regarding cases that are being investigated by the UW-Madison Police Department – but sometimes they involve City of Madison cases, which have occurred on public property within the core of UW community.

Crime Alert: When a crime occurs that doesn’t meet the Timely Warning threshold, and there’s valuable information or an important safety message, the UW-Madison Police Department will issue a “Crime Alert.” These are not federally mandated – rather, these are simply alerts to keep our community informed about important safety information related to certain crimes that have occurred on or near our campus. Crime Alerts are distributed through Facebook and Twitter, and can also be viewed on UWPD’s website. At times, depending on the severity and circumstances of the crime, you may receive a Crime Alert via email as well.

UWPD Chief Susan Riseling joins Madison Police at a news conference on Oct. 24, announcing a major arrest in downtown robbery cases.

UWPD Chief Susan Riseling joins Madison Police at a news conference on Oct. 24, announcing a major arrest in downtown robbery cases.

We realize there have been a lot of crime-related messages sent lately, and we sympathize with some of the uneasy feelings that many of you have expressed. Please know that UWPD is working hard on these cases, and our continued strong partnership with Madison Police has already paid off. Last month, Madison Police made two significant arrests — men believed to be involved with many robberies and home invasions in downtown. UWPD detectives are working closely with MPD Detectives on this case.

While these arrests are significant, personal safety remains a serious issue. We encourage you to continue walking in groups at night, to be aware of your surroundings, and to refrain from using ear buds and displaying your phone at night. We also ask that you trust your instincts and report suspicious behavior immediately. For more important  information about safety and campus resources like SAFEwalk, click here.

We can’t do this alone – thank you for your continued support and partnership in keeping UW-Madison safe.

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Campus Safety: How Can You Stay Safe?

By: UWPD Officer Rick Spoentgen

UWRightNow_Police13_2425With the increase in downtown crime, the UW-Madison Police Department continues to urge the campus community to take their personal safety seriously.  If you haven’t followed any of the recent reports, the Cliff’s Notes version is this: the incidents are generally happening at night, involving people who are typically walking alone or sitting in their residences with lights on, windows open, and doors unlocked — and they’re being robbed of their small or portable electronics.  Typically a weapon is displayed.

Over the past several years, these spikes seem to happen either early in fall semester or later in spring semester. The UW-Madison Police Department and City of Madison Police Department are working hard to catch the individuals responsible, and a number of major arrests have already been made.

A downfall of living in a free society is that crime can always occur – no matter where you live in our country. The best advice I can give to you is to protect yourself, your friends, and your homes from victimization. Some simple practices can bring this to fruition. These include:

Don’t endlessly stare at your phone!

  • PhoneThink about it: a person walking by themselves with ear-buds in, on an un-lit street, staring down into the glaring screen of a phone. To any would-be criminal, this screams, “I am oblivious to what is going on around me!” It also identifies you as a target, with the thief’s $500 pay-day in your hand.
  • Especially at night — if you need to text, do it, then put your phone in your purse or pocket. Pay attention to what is happening around you. If you can see people around you, you can prepare for whatever action they may take.

Don’t over-consume alcohol. Watch out for each other!

  • beerIt’s a fact – some students (both over and under 21) will drink this year. Whether you are one of those students or not, remember this: if you are drunk and alone, you are an easy target.
  • If you choose to consume alcohol, please do so responsibly — use good judgment and common sense. Remember, if you have been drinking and are in need of emergency assistance, CALL US! Neither the UWPD nor the university will punish you for under-age drinking if you’re under 21, intoxicated, and call for emergency assistance in an emergency situation.
  • Watch out for your friends! If they’ve had too much, cut them off and take them home. If they need medical assistance, call 911! Even though they may get in trouble (if under 21 and intoxicated), isn’t a citation better than dying from alcohol poisoning?

Travel in groups when walking at night!

  • The adage, “strength in numbers” generally rings true. People in groups are victimized far less often than those who walk alone.

Don’t let random people into your building!

  • Thieves rely on unsuspecting people to let them slide. Truth be told, this happens all too often – I’ve seen people hold doors for people they don’t know in most of the “secure buildings” on campus. Once inside the building, they can get almost anywhere and into any open residence hall room.

Pay attention to what’s going on around you!

  • If you see someone who doesn’t belong, call them out. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, either call a House fellow or UWPD. You’re the one who knows who belongs and who doesn’t. It’s up to YOU to say something!

Unfortunately, despite our best laid plans, it is possible that you may find yourself getting robbed, or find your property stolen. If this does happen to you, don’t resist. No matter how valuable a phone or laptop is, your life is more valuable. Even if you can’t stop a crime from happening, you can still be a good witness. There are preventative steps you can take to help us catch the thieves and get your property back, such as:

Know and secure your property!

  • I can only enter your property as stolen in the National Crime Database if you know the item’s serial number.
  • Send yourself an e-mail with the serial numbers of all of your property (computer, phone, iPod, bike, etc.) and save it in your e-mail account. That way it’s always accessible and unable to be lost.
  • lockedIf you’re going to leave something unattended, LOCK IT UP! Thieves are opportunistic (they hunt for easy targets). This generally translates into taking the unsecured property over that which is locked up. Locking up your property or closing your door when leaving can lead to your property being passed over by the would-be thief.

There’s an app for that!

  • One of the best ways to recover a lost or stolen phone is with a tracking app. Even if it’s not stolen, it can still be useful.
  • There are also apps for wiping your phone’s stored data. Your e-mail access and credit card numbers may be saved on your phone. Don’t let a thief steal that too!
  • Back-up your data! Either sign up for an online service or buy an external hard drive. Your computer can run a backup in the background during any normal lecture and save you from losing months-worth of work it is later stolen.

While all of these things may sound like common sense, you’d be surprised at how many people do all of the ones I said not to do, and forego all of those I recommend on a daily basis. While I and the rest of the UWPD are here to protect you and the rest of the campus community, we can’t be everywhere 24/7. The first, best defender of you and your property is YOU!

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Mopeds on Campus

By: UWPD Community Officer Kristin Radtke

We’re now a few months into the academic year, and what have we noticed?  Mopeds are back in action on campus – in fact, UW-Madison has one of the largest numbers of mopeds in the country.  With that, we’ve noticed some violations!

With more and more people getting around on mopeds, there are a few things you need to remember as you traverse through campus on your motorized two-wheels:

  • UW-Madison-Moped-ParkingYou are a motor vehicle — obey all traffic laws.
  • Only the moped operator is allowed on the moped – NO passengers are allowed.
  • Do not operate your moped on a sidewalk.  Walk your moped to the parking stall.
  • Purchase a moped parking permit and park only where designated.
  • Please always wear eyewear and a helmet.  Operating with your headlight on at all times is also recommended.

With winter coming (or already here, depending on who you ask!), PLEASE use good common sense with winter weather and operating your moped.  Experienced motorcycle operators don’t ride in winter months.  There are days when mopeds should also not be operated.

Most moped citations start at $186, and go up from there.  Obey the law while operating your moped to make campus safer for you, pedestrians, bikers, and vehicles while traversing on campus.  Be safe!

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Welcoming Our New Threat Intervention Services Director

By: UWPD Lt. Mark Silbernagel

Chris Cole photoThe UW-Madison Police Department is pleased to announce that Christopher Cole has been hired as the new Director of Threat Intervention Services. The position is brand new to the UW-Madison campus – UWPD along with other UW campus leaders recognized the need to have a dedicated full-time position to focus on and achieve a cohesive threat assessment and response process to incidents. Cole will help guide and lead a pre-existing group of dedicated professionals from many different divisions and departments on campus – all who play critical roles in assessing and responding to situations where a student, faculty, staff, or visitor poses a threat to other individuals.

Cole rose to the top of a very competitive selection process. He possesses a very impressive background in comprehensive threat analysis and assessment capabilities. Cole comes to UW-Madison after more than 30 years with the FBI and United States Marine Corps. He looks forward to refining and increasing the communication, continuity, and cohesiveness of the threat intervention process and team.

Cole is married and has four children – all who have gone through college. As a father, he understands and is sensitive to the unique needs and concerns of students, parents, and campus community stake-holders.  He looks forward to being proactive in providing a safe environment for all people of the University of Wisconsin.

Cole started his position as Director of Threat Intervention Services on November 4.

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Winter is Coming: Are You Ready?

By: UWPD Emergency Services Coordinator David Kromm

Winter weather will soon be upon us – bringing with it the snow, ice, and bitter cold temperatures that come with the territory here in Wisconsin.  With a little bit of planning and a few preparations on your part, the winter elements are absolutely manageable and survivable.  If you ignore those preparations or venture out without them, the results could be disastrous.

Snow-covered bicycles in the Tripp-Adams Lakeshore Residence Hall quad during winter. © UW-Madison News & Public Affairs  |  Photo by: Jeff Miller

Snow-covered bicycles in the Tripp-Adams Lakeshore Residence Hall quad during winter.
© UW-Madison News & Public Affairs
Photo by: Jeff Miller

Winter storms can be just as dangerous as summer tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.  They can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days.  One major concern is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power, and communications services to our homes and offices – sometimes for days or even weeks at a time.  Heavy snowfalls and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region, hindering rescue and recovery efforts.  Large snowfalls, freezing rain, sleet, and ice can make driving extremely treacherous during the winter months.  Sadly, many winter deaths result from traffic crashes on poor road conditions.

So what can you do to be ready?  Winterize yourself, your home or apartment, and your car.  If you absolutely must be out in cold, winter weather, dress for success:

  • Wear layers of warm, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Cover exposed skin to prevent frostbite.
  • Wear proper footwear – good boots or overshoes, not your tennis shoes.
  • When walking or driving, use the “buddy system” and let a friend or relative know where you’re going, when you’re leaving, and your route of travel.

At home, winterize your residence:

  • Have the heating system checked and tuned.
  • Have some ice melt, sand, and a shovel or two ready to go.
  • Know how to turn off water valves in case pipes do freeze.
  • Keep some dry wood on hand if you have a fireplace or wood burning stove as backup sources of heat.
  • If you have pets or animals, look out for them and their shelters too.
  • Maintain an emergency kit with the basics you’d need to survive a long power outage and a loss of heat to your house/apartment.

Finally, winterize your vehicle:

  • Winterize-Car-VehicleHave the battery and coolant system checked.
  • Ensure the tires are designed and ready for winter driving.
  • Maintain an emergency kit in the car, including extra blankets, a sleeping bag, warm clothes, flashlight and extra batteries, snack food and water, and a first aid kit, among the basics.
  • Pay attention to media sources for winter weather updates.  Today’s forecasts have become pretty accurate, and watches and warnings come with plenty of advance notice.
  • When officials are advising people to stay off the roads, there is a valid reason for that – please heed the warning and don’t drive.

You can’t stop winter from coming, but you can be ready for it.  Stay warm, be prepared, make good decisions, and stay safe!

Additional information on winter weather hazards and protective measures can be found online at the National Weather Service’s website, and on FEMA’s website.

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Free Smoke Alarms Available

By: UWPD Public Information Officer Marc Lovicott

smoke alarmDid you know 65% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms, or in a home with alarms that don’t work?  Smoke and fire can spread fast – functioning smoke alarms give you time to escape.  It’s why the City of Madison Fire Department is proud to offer Madison residents FREE smoke alarms for their home.  The Department received a federal grant, allowing them to provide 1,000 smoke alarms to Madison residents, at no cost.

To qualify for the free smoke alarms, you must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be age 65 or older
  • Have children in your home age five or younger
  • Someone in your home has a disability

For more information on receiving your free smoke alarm, call (608) 266-4709 or click here.

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October 2013

Campus Safety: What You Need to Know

By: Marc Lovicott, UWPD Public Information Officer

UWRightNow_Police13_2425Since the start of the fall semester, campus safety has been on the minds of UW-Madison students, staff, and faculty.  Recent off-campus crimes have gotten lots of attention, and more people are talking about personal safety and what they can do to protect themselves.

First off, some stats: Madison Police tell us from May 1 to September 23, they’ve been involved with 34 robberies  — the same time frame last year saw 26 robberies.  Madison Police say the up-tick is due to a national trend, called “Apple Picking” —  where perpetrators were grabbing phones out of victims’ hands, sometimes knocking them down.

In addition to the “Apple Picking” type crimes, there have also been two armed home invasions in a residential area south of campus — which Madison Police say is very concerning.  In both of those cases, one or two armed men entered a home, and at gunpoint, ordered the occupants to turn over their valuables.  In both cases, the victims were not injured.

UWPD participates in a Town Hall on 9/29/13, with Dean of Students office, Madison Police, ASM, and Trans. Services.

UWPD participates in a Town Hall on 9/29/13, with Dean of Students office, Madison Police, ASM, and Trans. Services.

UWPD and the City of Madison Police Department have always had a strong working relationship with each other — but we’ve recently strengthened that partnership and worked to provide extra patrols — in cars, on foot, and on bikes — in and around the campus area.  UWPD and other campus safety partners have also joined forces, and taken part in three public outreach efforts — online in person — to take questions from students and parents, and offer safety tips.  They include:

  • Never walk, jog, or bike alone — especially at night.  Use SAFEwalk, a taxi, or public transportation when you can’t find someone to go with you.  If you must walk alone or in a small group, use well-lit, well-known areas.
  • Use common sense and don’t display phones or electronics.
  • Don’t wear headphones, especially at night.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings, and don’t look at your phone while walking.
  • If you’re ever confronted by an individual with a dangerous weapon, give up your property and never resist.
  • Report suspicious behavior or criminal activity to police IMMEDIATELY by calling 911.
  • Be wary of people who don’t appear to belong in the area. If you doubt that they belong in the area, ask them questions. If their answers are vague or suspicious, call the police.

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What is COOP?

By: David LaWall, UWPD Emergency Management

fireImagine you are returning to your apartment after a long day — you’re looking forward to catching up with your friends on Facebook and enjoying the latest YouTube videos.   Your iPhone has a low battery, but you have a charger in your apartment and your laptop is on the kitchen table.  As you arrive home, your apartment complex is surrounded by fire trucks and emergency vehicles — your apartment building is on fire!  No one seems to know what happened or how long this will take.

What do you do?

This is an example of the type of situation where Continuity of Operations Planning (known as COOP) would come in handy.  For many people on campus, COOP is looked at as a required additional duty that really only pertains to a few large organizations — and that couldn’t be further from the truth.  There are more than 100 departments, divisions, colleges, and organizations within the UW System that are required to write, review, train and exercise COOP plans — but the basic purpose and  procedures of business continuity are also useful for any size organization and for personal daily preparation.

Continuity planning is simply the practice of ensuring the execution of essential functions through all circumstances.  The key is to be prepared and ready.  It’s always easier to respond to an unexpected event if you have thought about it previously.  In the example above, the loss of a phone, texting ability, and Internet access (even for a short amount of time) would at least make you feel vulnerable and uncomfortable.  You don’t need a written COOP plan to continue to function, but you’ll use some of the basic COOP processes to recover.

In most cases, you’d probably find a friend or location (emergency contacts and alternate location) in order to contact your family, monitor news and information sources to find what the current situation is (alternate communications), and determine what things you need right away — like a place to stay, prescription medicines, food, and additional clothing.  If you take a few moments NOW to determine who, when and how to get assistance in a situation where you lose access to your normal resources, it will make things easier when a real event happens.

checklistThe other key to continuity is the realization that these events can occur at ANY time.  There are events that provide some lead time for changing your daily routine, such as a winter storm being forecast or planned renovations to a building which may require you to live or work in a temporary facility — but you won’t always have that luxury to plan your actions.  Events such as the fire at MSC, or a gas leak at a campus residence hall, provide little or no warning at all.  Wouldn’t it be helpful if you knew what to do right away, rather than trying to remember what things you need most on the fly?

COOP planning is everyone’s responsibility — whether it is for an organization or for personal well-being.  The larger the organization, the more complex the continuity process becomes — however, the three main things needed to continue operations are people, facilities, and communications.  These three items are also the backbone of personal COOP planning.  Taking a few minutes to write down the specific people, resources, and communications you need to continue your daily life whether its going to school or the office will allow you to be better prepared when unexpected emergencies occur.

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Lit Up: “Be Bright” on the Road

By: Officer Kristin Radtke, UWPD Community Officer

Did you know when it’s dark, you are required by state law to have appropriate lighting for your bike.  The law states there needs to be a white front light visible at least 500 feet away, and a red rear reflector visible to others between 50 and 500 feet.  These lights are REQUIRED if you ride on a street, path, or sidewalk.

So, what is the UW-Madison Police Department doing to help get this message across to those on campus?

bike lightJust as we did last year, UWPD has partnered with Safe Communities to obtain a grant from the Dane County Bike Association — we received that grant again this year, and we’re using those funds to purchase 80 bike light combination sets (front and rear) to give out to the campus community.

Late last month, UWPD hit the streets for our “Be Bright” bike light initiative.  During the event, officers stopped bikers for not having appropriate lights on their bike. While the violator was educated by a UWPD officer, a volunteer installed lights on the bike.  Another initiative is scheduled later this month.

If you choose to bike in Madison and on campus, please have appropriate bike lights, stop at stop signs and red lights, yield to pedestrians, and wear a bike helmet.  You’ll find more rules and safety tips in the article below.

Stay safe out there!

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Bicyclists: Know the Rules of the Road

By: Officer Tricia Meinholz, UWPD Community Officer

As the 2013-14 school starts up, we’re seeing an increase in bicycle related traffic violations and crashes. Some of these crashes involve bicyclists colliding with other bicyclists, motor vehicles, and/or pedestrians.

Every day, we take complaints about bicyclists not stopping at stop signs or red lights, not yielding to pedestrians, and riding their bicycles on the sidewalks around campus. As a bicyclist you are required by Wisconsin state law to follow the same rules of the road as a motor vehicle. Some of those laws include:

bike share road– All operators of bicycles are required to follow the laws regarding traffic control signals (including stop signs).

– When a bicyclist is allowed to ride on sidewalks (due to no bicycle lane present), they must yield to pedestrians and give audible warning of their passing.

– Be sure to operate your bicycle in the appropriate direction when in a bike lane, and obey one-way signs.

If you receive a citation for failing to follow the Wisconsin bicycle laws, you can face fines ranging from $150.00 to $180.00.

Library Mall located between N. Park Street and N. Lake Street is a major thoroughfare for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and we’ve seen an increase in crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists. The UW-Madison Police Department community officers will be conducting bicycle education and enforcement at various intersections and sidewalks around campus throughout the months of September, October, and November. If you have any areas of concern, please contact your community officer with that information so education and enforcement can be done in the area.

univ ave bikePlease remember these four important safety tips:

  • Act like a vehicle — obey all traffic control signals, including stop signs/lights.
  • Protect your bicycle — be sure to register your bike, park appropriately, and lock your bike with a U-lock when unattended.
  • Use safety and protective equipment — ALWAYS use a helmet and lights.
  • Have fun, but be safe!

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UWPD’s New Computer Forensics Lab

By: Det. Doug Scheller, UWPD

The ball got rolling in 1994 — at that time, when a new kind of case came to light, the UW-Madison Police Department started what would eventually become the Digital Forensics Division.  The case involved a student who was attempting to “hack” into computer servers on the East Coast — searching for vital and sensitive information. The beginning of this new technology era was both an unknown but thrilling path — before 1994, the agency had never taken on a cyber-type cases.

UWPD’s Detective Bureau was tasked with handling this case, and assigned a young detective, Doug Scheller, to the job. Detective Scheller went on to solve this case — it was the beginning of “the future” for UWPD.  In just four years, the agency moved to develop a more stable computer forensics unit.

Det. Doug Scheller and Officer Andy Neilson go over evidence in UWPD's new Digital Forensics Lab.

Det. Doug Scheller and Officer Andy Nielsen review evidence in UWPD’s new Digital Forensics Lab.

Detective Scheller solely ran the Digital Forensics Division unit until 2011  — that’s when expanding the unit was discussed, after the significant increase in cases involving computer forensics.  By that time, the massive invasion of smartphone technology and increased cyber-crime was at its peak — it prompted the department to promote police officer Marshall Ogren to the position of Digital Forensics Detective.  Det. Ogren successfully completed the Madison College Digital Forensics Program in late 2012.

In April of 2013, the UW-Madison Police Department officially opened the newly remodeled doors to its Digital Forensics Lab. This new space boasts one centralized location for both detectives along with workspace for collaborating with other local agencies.  The new lab has many ideal pieces of technology, all focusing on investigating and solving digital and cyber-related crimes.

Both detectives continue to train rigorously in the new and ever-changing world of technology.

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FREE Gun Locks Available

BY: Marc Lovicott, UWPD Public Information Officer

gun lockThanks to our strong partnership with Safe Communities, the UW-Madison Police Department is once again offering FREE gun locks to the general public.  The cable gun locks were funded through a grant from the Charles E. Kubly Foundation.

To receive a free gun lock, you can stop by UWPD anytime — day or night (1429 Monroe Street, right across from Camp Randall Stadium).  As part of the grant, you will only be asked to provide your age, sex, and race — and you’ll receive the complimentary lock.  The questions are for statistical use only, and are optional — you can choose not to answer.

For more information, call us at 608-264-COPS.


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September 2013

Badger Football Gameday: Know Before You Go!

By: Matt VandenLangenberg, UWPD Intern

Motion WEveryone in Madison knows what September brings (besides the start of the fall semester, of course) – Badger Football! UW-Madison Police works hard to make every game day safe and fun for all UW-Madison students, staff, and visitors. UWPD Lt. Jason Whitney leads game day security, and lets us know what to expect on game day.

What’s Not Allowed Inside Camp Randall Stadium?


What About Alcohol?

Over consumption of alcohol is a large contributing factor to many issues on Badger Football game days. Last year, 161 UW-Madison students were transported to a detox facility, with a number of those happening on game day. A night at the Tellurian Detox Center costs $514.00 – and it’s not covered by most insurance companies. UWPD reminds those consuming alcohol to do so safely, responsibly, and lawfully. Here is a crash course in a few of the laws dealing with alcohol consumption:

Underage Consumption/Possession: It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume/possess any alcoholic beverage. WI Statute 125.07(4)(b)

  • 1st offense: $263.50
  • 2nd offense (within 1 year): $389.50

Procuring Alcohol: It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to buy or attempt to buy any alcoholic beverage. WI Statute 125.07(4)(a)

  • 1st offense: $452.50
  • 2nd offense (within 1 year): $515.50

Possession of False Identification: Possession of false identification or identification which falsely represents the bearer to be of legal drinking age is illegal. Use of the ID is also illegal and mere possession is a violation. WI Statute 125.085(3)(b)

  • Fine: $515.50

Camp Randall 2011Student Section Seating

“The main issue in the student section at Camp Randall Stadium is people not sitting in their correct seat, which leads to overcrowding,” UWPD Lt. Whitney said. “CSC Event Staff and UW Police are always present in the student section to usher people to their correct seat. You must sit in the seat that is on your ticket. If you move sections, you’ll be ejected and will have a much bigger problem on your hands when you need to meet with the Dean of Students.”

Construction at Camp Randall

The greatest change for visitors is that gates 3, 4, and 5 on the north end of the stadium will look different. These gates will be fully operational, but visitors will no longer have access to gate 4. Any ticket holders who previously entered through gate 4 may choose to enter through nearby gates 3 or 6.  Gate 5 is for students only.  Your best bet is to refer to the gate printed on your ticket, and enter there.

UW-Madison Police works closely with UW Athletics when it comes to coordinating security and safety at Camp Randall Stadium – with your help, we know we’ll have another safe, successful season.

Be sure to follow UWPD on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute game day announcements.

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Don’t Let Your Bike Go For a Ride (Without You!)

By: UWPD Community Officer Erik Pearce

Bicycle thefts are on the rise, but it’s not a problem new to Madison or the UW-Madison Campus. Here on campus, about 40 bikes have been stolen so far this year – that number is expected to rise considerably as the fall semester is underway. In addition, the Madison Police Department has dealt with more than 180 bicycles thefts downtown in 2013.

bike-theft-415-300x228Bicycles are stolen for of a number of reasons – for starters, they are desirable and portable, which is why they are targeted by thieves. Most everyone wants or has a bicycle, which makes selling the stolen bikes easier. They can be easily transported out of state, making identification of stolen bikes more difficult.

One of the ways you can prevent your bike being stolen is to make your bike undesirable. I’ve always told incoming freshmen to bring a cheap bike and an expensive lock. Having a cheap bike won’t guarantee it will never be stolen – but it decreases desirability, and lessens the impact to your wallet if it is ever stolen.

Another way to prevent theft is to “target harden.” This is a fancy police term for making your bike more difficult to steal. One good target hardening tactic is not leaving your bike anywhere it can easily be stolen (a bike rack, garage, etc.). If possible, keep your bike inside your apartment or house.

Illustration on how to property lock bikeThe most important method of target hardening involves properly locking your bicycle. Proper locking involves securing your bicycle frame to a solid fixed object (not a tree, wooden fence, or another bicycle). Next is the lock itself — please  DO NOT use cheap cable locks. These can be defeated rather easily, and don’t deter the thieves. Use a solid “U style” lock, like the ones made popular by the Kryptonite brand. If you wish to supplement this with a chain or cable lock, use that to secure the front and/or rear tire to the fixed object. I can’t begin to tell you how many times our officers have observed a front tire solidly secured to a bike rack…without the bicycle.

Another way to make it make it more difficult for people to get away with stealing your bike is to register it. Bicycle registration is required in Madison by local ordinance. It also helps to deter theft and makes it easier to identify stolen bicycles by utilizing the bike’s serial number. If your bike ever gets stolen, the serial number will be on file. Registration costs $10 for four years, and you can even do it online.  More information can be found here.

The UW-Madison Police Department takes this problem very seriously. We  have a nationally recognized Bait Bike program, which has captured between 50 and bait bike sticker60 bike thieves since its inception five years ago. We place these bikes around campus with hidden GPS trackers on them – if they’re stolen, we’re able to track the thieves in real time and then catch them red-handed. More information about our Bait Bike program and where to obtain your very own “Bait Bike” sticker to place on your bike can be found here.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Officer Erik Pearce at empearce@wisc.edu.

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Sensitive Crimes on Campus: Sexual Assaults

By: UWPD Detective Carol Ann Kashishian

Welcome to UW-Madison Campus!!! My name is Carol Ann Kashishian and I am the Sensitive Crimes Detective for the UW-Madison Campus. These next few years will truly be some of the best you will experience. We at the UW-Madison Police Department are here to help. However, we need YOUR help in being an involved member in this campus community.

By now most of you have watched the video, “Tonight.” This is an excellent video that touches on sexual assault awareness, stalking and dating violence. None of these crimes are acceptable. If you have not viewed the video I highly encourage you to do so — click here for details on how to do so.  In the video, you’ll find multiple resources available to you, including UW-Madison Police Department.

I want to expand on the why, where, when, what and how of reporting a sexual assault to law enforcement:

WHY report to Law Enforcement? First and foremost, we want to make sure you are safe. We can be an excellent resource in developing a safety plan, preserving evidence in the event you want to pursue charges, and assisting you with locating additional resources in the campus community.

WHERE: Law Enforcement will come to you, where you feel the most comfortable talking – a residence hall, a local Hospital, the Dean of Students Office, the Police Department, a friend’s house, etc. Again, we will come to you, wherever you feel safe.

WHEN should you call law enforcement? Ideally we would like you to call immediately, for the preservation of safety and evidence. Understandably, many victims are scared and do not report right away – that’s okay, and we can still help you.

Several students have expressed concern about calling law enforcement after being a victim of a sexual assault because they are afraid they will be issued an underage drinking ticket. Please know it’s not an acceptable practice of UW-Madison Police to issue an underage drinking ticket to victims of a sexual assault crime; we are here to help you get through this difficult time.

WHAT happens next, after you report the crime? Our top priority is your safety. Once we know you’re safe, an officer will take an initial report. If you feel comfortable, we will transport you to Meriter Hospital to see a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE Nurse). You are welcome to bring a friend with you. A detective will be called to assist with the investigation and evidence will be collected. Keep in mind, it’s up to you if you want to proceed with the case – you are in control of your case.

HOW do I get through this? Please know you are not alone! In addition to the officers and case detective investigating your case, the Dane County Rape Crisis Center also has advocates that will assist with the police reporting, medical, and legal proceedings. There is also counseling available at University Health Services and the Dean of Students office. If you decide to proceed with a criminal case, a victim/witness advocate from the District Attorney’s Office will be assigned to assist you with any legal questions and guidance.

Additional Safety Tips:

  • Don’t walk alone – a great resource is SAFEwalk (608-262-5000).
  • Be aware of your surroundings and location.
  • If you see something suspicious, DON’T WAIT – call 911.

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September Preparedness Month: This September, Be the Hero

By: UWPD Officer Stewart Ballweg

How prepared are you for disasters and emergencies? September is National Preparedness Month – it’s a great time to prepare yourself, your family and your friends for emergencies and disasters. Be a hero to your loved ones — get ready now to protect them later.National_Preparedness_Month_2013_Facebook

Police, fire and rescue personnel might not always be able to reach you in an emergency or disaster. The most important step is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care. This September, please prepare and plan in the event you may have to go for two to three days without electricity, water, access to the supermarket or other necessary local services. Just follow these three steps:

  • Sign up for WiscAlerts through MyUW. Click here to sign up.
  • Build a kit: Keep enough supplies-water, non-perishable foods, first aid, prescriptions, flashlights, and battery powered radio on hand with extra batteries.
  • Be aware of your buildings Emergency Evacuation routes to include your buildings Occupant Emergency Plans.

UW-Madison Police, along with the UW Safety Department, will be conducting fire alarm drills throughout campus in September. Make sure you look over your building/resident hall facilities’ fire evacuation plans so you’re prepared.

cprIn support of National Preparedness Month, UWPD is sponsoring three separate classes on CPR/AED training. These classes will be September 11th, 18th and 25th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., and are free to all UW students, faculty and staff. The first hour of each training day will consist of active shooter and personal preparedness training, with CPR and AED training after. Pizza and soda will be provided. Sign up through the Office of Human Resources and Development by clicking here.

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Pedestrian Safety: Can You Get Cited for Jay-Walking in Madison?

By: UWPD Community Officer Kristin Radtke

crosswalkYes, you can get cited for jay-walking in Madison!

Pedestrian safety is something we all need to consider when traveling through campus, no matter if we are a pedestrian, bicyclist, moped operator, or vehicle operator. Since the new academic year is here, we’d like to give pedestrians and drivers some tips on traveling through campus. First and foremost, PAY ATTENTION. Also, be sure to obey traffic rules, be aware of dangers, and make eye contact with drivers so you know they see you.

Drivers must:

  • Yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway.
  • Yield to pedestrians who have started crossing at an intersection or crosswalk on a “walk” signal or a green light, if there is no walk signal.
  • Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the road/highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic lights or control signals.
  • Not overtake and/or pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or bicyclist to cross the roadway safely.

Pedestrians must:

  • feet-walkingYield to drivers when crossing a road where there is no intersection or crosswalk, or where the pedestrian does not have a green or “walk” signal and where vehicles have a green signal.
  • Not suddenly move into the path of a closely approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield for a pedestrian.
  • Walk on and along the left side of a highway when not walking on a sidewalk. Note: This law does not apply to bicycles. Bicycles operate under the same laws as other legal vehicles on the road and should always stay on the right side of the road.

If you’re walking about on campus:

  • Pay attention
  • Don’t “drink and walk”
  • Be extra careful at dusk and night time

Be careful of construction areas — read posted signs and obey them. Campus has designated walkways when there is construction in the area. If you’re using a cell phone, texting, or listening to music as you walk, please know that this affects your awareness and ability to hear motor vehicles. Pay attention!

WisDOTInformation for this article was taken from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website — please use this website as a resource. Thanks to Charles Strawser (UW Ped/Bike Coordinator) and Larry Corsi (WI Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Programs Coordinator) for assisting with this article. If you want further details on pedestrian laws in Wisconsin, click here.

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Keeping Campus Safe – Join UWPD First Responders

By: Matt VandenLangenberg, UWPD Intern

FirstRespondersArtRecently I learned about an opportunity that students won’t want to miss this fall! UWPD First Responders is a student run Emergency Medical Service that provides quality emergency medical care to the campus area. Bill Curtis, who supervises the UWPD First Responders, gave some insight into this incredible volunteer opportunity for current UW-Madison students who have their EMT-Basic license.

“One of the primary duties of the UWPD First Responders is to work closely with UW-Madison Police officers and the City of Madison Fire-Rescue when responding to emergency calls on Friday and Saturday nights,” Curtis said.

UWPD First Responders are specially trained in assessing individuals for medical emergencies – they also provide basic first aid, CPR, splinting, bleeding/wound care, spinal immobilization, and advanced airway management.

IMG_0031The UWPD First Responders group also staffs every UW Badger home football game – providing first aid basic medical care to everyone that comes through the Police Center. The group also works at high impact Recreational Sports games and other special events on campus.

“This is a great volunteer opportunity,” Curtis said. “It’s a resume builder, develops your leadership abilities, and group members can hone-in on their medical care skills with monthly training.”

If you are interested in joining the UWPD First Responders, visit the website  for further information on how to apply, and click here to ‘like’ us on Facebook!

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Car Seat Safety

By: UWPD Community Officer Mike Eckhart

4.0.1Did you know that three out of every four child safety seats are not installed correctly? Do you know the difference between LATCH, a 5-point harness, and a versa-tether? If not – we do! Officer Kristin Radtke and I both have attended the Car Seat Technician course put on by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). UWPD Officers regularly assist our community with installing car seats – we’ve done it hundreds of times. We make sure that you have the correct car seat for your child’s age, height, and weight and that it is installed correctly in your vehicle. We are certified to assist with infant only rear facing seats, convertible seats, front facing only seats, high back booster seats and backless booster seats.

Child Safety Seat Facts:

  • Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants, and by 54% for toddlers’ ages one- to four-years-old.
  • Of children ages eight and under who have died in motor vehicle crashes in 2011, 29% were unrestrained.
  • Traffic crashes are the #2 cause of death for children under the age of four, and the #1 cause of death between four- and 18-years-old.
  • Seat belts saved an estimated 69,000 lives from 2006 to 2010, so it is important for you to wear one as well.
  • Children are far more likely to wear their seat belt if adults they drive with are also wearing their seat belts. So use a seat belt on every trip, no matter how short. This sets a good example.

Car Seat Event

IMG_0317UWPD will be hosting a FREE car seat inspection event with Madison Area Safe Kids in the Eagle Heights Community Center parking lot on Tuesday, September 10th from 4pm-7pm. You can bring a new seat to be installed or have a car seat you are currently using inspected to make sure everything is installed correctly. Please email me at mteckhardt@wisc.edu or call at (608) 219-4698 to set up an appointment.

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