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 Pittsburgh East 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 to 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.