Crime Prevention Unit
Crime Prevention Mission
Our mission at the Belmont University’s Office of Campus Security's Crime Prevention Unit is to improve the quality of life on our campus by maintaining a high level of visibility, preventing crime and enforcing campus rules and regulations. The Crime Prevention Unit has the primary responsibility for developing and maintaining programs designed to reduce crime through the education and heightened awareness of our students, faculty, and staff.
The Office of Campus Security works to develop and promote positive community relations and interaction through proactive security techniques.
Crime Prevention Programs offered at Belmont University:
Responding to Campus Violence
This program will teach students the basics of crime prevention (such as the importance of using locks on lockers and bikes, locking doors to residence areas, keeping valuables out of plain site, and not leaving valuables unattended) and takes critical thinking one step further. Even though students at Belmont University are more likely to experience a tornado than an active shooter on campus, taking the time to critically think about what to do should this unlikely event ever happen reduces the chance of panic and increases the chance of survival.
Why Gender Matters
Intended to open the doors of communication between college men and women, this event will explore why men and women drink and the effects of alcohol on social behavior.
Perp Walk is a walking tour of campus. A plain clothes officer marks one member of the group to be the "victim." The officer may pose as a panhandler, thief, or robber. The student reacts naturally to the situation. After the "suspect" leaves the scene, the group discusses what the "victim" did right, what the "victim" should do, and how to properly describe the "suspect" when calling campus security or their local police department. No weapons are used in these mock scenarios. The participants are briefed on what to do and their options before each walk.
He Jitsu (men only)
Issues of rape and sexual assault are often addressed from the female point of view. This event teaches men about their legal rights and responsibilities, proper "date" behavior, and how to deal with sexual assault when he is the victim.
R.A.D. Systems (Rape Aggression Defense) for Women
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Our courses are taught by nationally certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide each student with a workbook/reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth, and is the key to our free lifetime return and practice policy for R.A.D. graduates.