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Violent Criminal Behavior

Reporting an Incident
• If on campus, contact University Police at 7-2141 (724-357-2141 from a non-university phone) or call 911 (9-911 from a university phone)
• If off campus, but in Indiana Borough, contact Indiana Borough Police at 724-349-2121 or call 911.
• If off campus and outside Indiana Borough, contact the State Police at 724-357-1960 or call 911.
• Northpointe and Punxsutawney regional campuses and the Monroeville Center: Call 911
• Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible: nature and location of the incident, description of persons and property involved, and whether any weapons were involved.

Crime in Progress
• Do not attempt to apprehend except for self-protection.
• Note the criminal’s description.
• Go to a safe location and call the police at 911.

Victim of a Robbery or Assault
• Cooperate to the fullest extent possible.
• Give the person exactly what is asked for.
• Do not negotiate over jewelry or money.
• Do not attempt to apprehend or fight back except for self-protection.
• Note the criminal’s description.
• As soon as possible go to a safe place and call the police at 911 immediately.

What to Do if Taken Hostage
• Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action. The initial few minutes are the most dangerous.

• Follow instructions, be alert, and stay alive.

• The captor is emotionally unbalanced. Don’t make mistakes which could be hazardous your well-being.

• Don’t speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary.

• Don’t talk down to the captor, who may be in an agitated state.

• Avoid appearing hostile; avoid arguments; expect the unexpected.

• Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times, but do not stare.

• Try to rest.

• Comply with instructions as best you can.

• Be observant. You may be released or have an opportunity to escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory.

• Be prepared to answer the police on the phone.

• Be patient; wait.

• Attempt to establish rapport with the captor.


  • University Police
  • University Towers
    850 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2141
  • Fax: 724-357-2104
  • Office Hours
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