They’re everywhere, on the streets, in the parking lots, and around campus. They sport red polo shirts and patrol all day and night. They are Campus Safety officers, the student workers and staff devoted to the safety of APU.
The Office of Campus Safety offers a variety of services and information to help students, faculty, and staff.
Personal safety is one of the main priorities of Campus Safety, and they offer information to keep students aware of possible dangers and good practices for preventing harm or theft.
Campus Safety’s motto is “if you see something, say something,” and relies in part on student tips to maintain security on campus.
“If we don’t get calls, we don’t know what is happening,” Meyer said.
Meyers said last year one student called in about suspicious people in University Village, which later lead to an arrest for burglary.
Free services include an after hours shuttle service that runs from 10:45 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, 24/7 safety escorts either on foot or by vehicle, and a whistle program that grants whistles to whoever desires them.
Campus Safety also hosts the Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) program that teaches women self-defense techniques to protect themselves from sexual assault.
The office also issues timely warnings in accordance with The Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and
Campus Crime Statistics Act (1990).
According to the Cleary Center for Security on Campus the act “requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses” and is enforced by the U.S Department of Education.
The timely warnings inform students about ongoing safety concerns on and around campus according to Meyers.
Meyers stressed that one of the current safety concerns on campus is theft, particularly theft due to unlocked bicycles. He says some students use cable locks which are easily disabled and that some students do not lock their bikes at all.
“Be responsible adults and lock your bikes up,” Meyers said.
According to Meyers the office confiscates unlocked bikes, 63 bikes have been confiscated in the last two months alone , according to Meyers.
He recommends U-Locks and says that locking up all valuables and not leaving possessions prevents “crimes of opportunity.”
.Campus Safety also works alongside the Azusa Police Department (APD) to address crime in and around APU.
Meyer says he meets with Police Chief Samuel Gonzalez once or twice a month to address safety concerns and that for the first time an Azusa police officer was assigned APU for a beat this year.
Officer Mike Bires now patrols campus four times a week as a part of what Meyer said is a positive working relationship with the APD.
Students are encouraged to call Campus Safety about any concerns. The office can be reached 24 hours a day at (626) 815-3898.