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How can I lower my risk of sexual assault?

There are things you can do to reduce your chances of being sexually assaulted. Follow these tips from the National Crime Prevention Council.

·    Be aware of your surroundings — who’s out there and what’s going on.

·    Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.

·    Know your limits when it comes to using alcohol.

·    Be assertive — don’t let anyone violate your space.

·    Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, leave.

·    Don’t prop open self-locking doors.

·    Lock your door and your windows, even if you leave for just a few minutes.

·    Watch your keys. Don’t lend them. Don’t leave them. Don’t lose them. And don’t put your name and address on the key ring.

·    Watch out for unwanted visitors. Know who’s on the other side of the door before you open it.

·    Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours, and apartment laundry rooms.

·    Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Vary your route. Stay in well-traveled, well-lit areas.

·    Have your key ready to use before you reach the door — home, car, or work.

·    Park in well-lit areas and lock the car, even if you’ll only be gone a few minutes.

·    Drive on well-traveled streets, with doors and windows locked.

·    Never hitchhike or pick up a hitchhiker.

·    Keep your car in good shape with plenty of gas in the tank.

·    In case of car trouble, call for help on your cellular phone. If you don’t have a phone, put the hood up, lock the doors, and put a banner in the rear mirror that says, “Help. Call police.”

 

 

 

Information on House Bill 1284

The following message is mandated by Texas Law, House Bill1284.

 

House Bill 1284 was enacted by the Texas Legislature inresponse to numerous threats this past year that disrupted classes at several universities across the nation and prompted the evacuation of campus property,even though the reports turned out to be a hoax. 

 

This bill which went into effect on September 1, 2013 enhanced the penalties for section 42.06 of the Texas Penal Code dealing withFalse alarms or reports.  Section 42.06 of the Texas penal code reads as follows:

 

A person commits an offense if he knowingly initiates,communicates or circulates a report of a present, past or future bombing, fire,offense or other emergency that they know is false or baseless and that would ordinarily:

 

1.       Cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies;

2.      Place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or

3.      Prevent or interrupt the occupation of abuilding, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, oraircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance.

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency involvinga public or private institution of higher education or involving a public primary orsecondary school, public communications, public transportation, public water,gas, or power supply or other public service, in which event the offense is a state jail felony

 

An individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days and, in addition to confinement, may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

 

 

GaryHopper                                                                     Kristi R. Quiros

Chief of Police                                                                  Vice President and Dean of Student Life & Learning

                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

Gary Hopper

Chief of Police

Texas Lutheran University Police Department

Irene Garcia
Chief, University Police
Phone: x8189
TLU Police Department     
1000 W Court St
Phone: x8000
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