Campus Watch Armed Intruder Tips

574-LPMD Anonymous Crime Tip Line

How to Help Prevent a Campus Armed Intruder

  • Install lighting at the front and back as well as near any side doors of your campus. Try to eliminate as many shadows as possible.
  • Schedule multiple employees during all campus hours and near entrances.
  • Arrange merchandise in campus bookstores so that a passerby can see into the store. Keep your expensive merchandise away from the windows, toward the center of the store.
  • Keep front windows free from posters, etc., which can prevent an armed intruder that may be inside from being seen by a passerby.
  • Greet every visitor with eye contact as they enter the building.
  • Have a written diagram of the campus, buildings, entrances and exits. Supply this diagram to the local LMPD division and the 574-LMPD Campus Watch team in the event of a campus emergency.
  • It is suggested videos cameras be installed to monitor campus activity. These will serve as a deterrent to crime as well as to increase the feeling of visitor security.

Armed Intruder Tips - During the Incident

  • Try to stay calm. Don't make any sudden movements to upset the robber.
  • Do exactly as you are told. DO NOT RESIST!
  • Activate your alarm ONLY if you can do so secretly.
  • Tell the intruder about anything that might surprise him/her, such as someone is expected to arrive soon.
  • If you have to move or reach, tell the intruder what you are going to do and why.
  • Try to get a good look at the intruder so you can describe him/her later.
  • Don't be a hero. It's better to lose your money than your life.
  • Give the intruder time to leave.
  • Note his/her direction of travel when he/she leaves.
  • Try to get a description of his/her vehicle ONLY if you can do so without exposing yourself to harm.

Armed Intruder Tips - After the Incident

  • Lock down the campus if you have a key.
  • Call the police immediately, even if you have already activated the alarm.
  • Do not discuss the details of the incident with witnesses or fellow employees.
  • Ask any witnesses to stay until the police arrive. If they can't, get their names, phone numbers and addresses.
  • Do not touch anything that the intruder may have touched. Block off areas where the intruder was, if necessary.
  • Try to recall as much as you can about the intruder's appearance, speech and mannerisms. Make notes.
  • Step outside the building when the police arrive so that they will know the intruder is gone and you are safe.
  • In the event of a robbery, do not discuss the amount of money taken with anyone other than the police.