Crime Awareness and Prevention

Campus security improvements made at ODU:

Crime Prevention and Security Awareness Programs

Rape Aggression Defense – The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on self-defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program. Courses are taught by certified RAD instructors, and participants are provided with a workbook/reference manual.

Adopt-A-Cop – This program allows officers to interact with campus residence hall directors, graduate assistants, resident assistants and residents to address specific problems or concerns that may arise.

Patrol Aide Program – Patrol Aides are trained part-time student employees, who offer information to campus community members and visitors; they are equipped with security radios to report suspicious activity to the police dispatcher. Patrol Aides are trained to observe and report suspicious activity, but never become directly involved in any incident. They also provide walking Escort Service. Patrol Aides wear reflective vests and have photo ID.

Bicycle Registration – Required by Norfolk City Code, this service is provided free of charge and is available 24 hours a day.

Registering your bicycle increases the chances of your bicycle being returned if it is stolen and subsequently recovered.

Security Surveys – Community Policing Officers conduct a thorough security inspection of residential and/or commercial properties. The purpose of the survey is to determine existing design, electronic and environmental weaknesses and to recommend such devices, procedures and/or methods of application that will reduce or eliminate exposure to criminal opportunity.

Operation ID – This free program consists of engraving identifying markings, such as initials or a combination of numbers and/or letters, on valuable items (laptop computers, bicycles, etc.) to help deter theft and to identify stolen items that are recovered.

The university has installed and maintains exterior lighting around our buildings, as well as sidewalk and roadway lighting, to keep the campus well lighted. Shrubbery maintenance is conducted with both security and appearance in mind.