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

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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 or call at (608) 219-4698 to set up an appointment.

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