Robbery Prevention

Making the USC Community Robbery Free

Did You Know?

  • Many of the robberies are of individual victims and are committed by one or more male robbers.
  • Most robberies take place on the way to and from the campus, your car, your apartment, and especially shopping centers.
  • The use of a cellular phone or headsets, whether driving or walking, is a distraction which can increase your likelihood of being robbed.
  • Robbery is a crime of violence that threatens the safety and quality of life of a community.
  • Robbery is a crime of opportunity that can be reduced through awareness and prevention.
  • Robbers are serial criminals and will continue to prey on victims until arrested. One of the most important robbery reduction strategies is to arrest the criminal.
  • Failure to report a robbery, and not prosecuting the criminal if you are a victim, not providing information to police about robbers ensures continued victimization.
Help Us Eliminate the Opportunity of Robberies
Use the Services Provided for You at USC
  • Use the USC Tram Service or
  • Campus Cruiser escort service. At UPC call (213) 740-4911, at HSC call (323) 442-2100.
  • Yellow Cab service is available to students for as low as $5.00 for most USC community locations. Call (800) USC-TAXI
  • Program the above numbers into your cell phone.
Walk Alertly and Confidently
  • Try not to walk alone. It’s a lot safer if you walk with others..
  • Be alert, walk with your head up and do not let your mind wander. Frequently scan your surroundings, that includes behind you.
  • When walking at night, consider a taxi cab even for short trips.
  • Trust your instincts, avoid uncomfortable situations. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Be observant for groups of males/females driving or just hanging around.
  • Do not take shortcuts through unlit, sparsely traveled paths such as trails, or alleys.
  • If you see something, say something. Any suspicious persons or activities should be reported to DPS or LAPD immediately.
While at Home
  • Avoid standing alone outside your residence after dark.
  • Avoid leaving your residence door unsecured.
  • If you are suspicious of someone loitering outside your campus residence, call DPS at (213) 740-4321.
Be Smart About Cash
  • Carry only the amount of cash that you expect to use. When possible, use ATM or debit cards rather than cash.
  • Avoid outdoor ATM’s, particularly at night and those in secluded areas inside.
  • Be alert at banks or check cashing businesses. Carrying cash marks you as a target.
  • Avoid showing your wallet. Keep needed cash, ID, and credit cards in an accessible pocket.
  • Do not wear expensive or expensive looking jewelry and carry as little cash as possible. Leave valuable items at home if not needed.
What To Do During a Robbery
  • Remain calm. DO NOT resist. Try not to be a hero. Take no action that would jeopardize your safety.
  • Follow the robber’s directions, but do not volunteer more than asked for.
  • If you have to move or reach, tell the robber what you are going to do and why. Assure the robber that you will cooperate.
  • Make mental notes of: the robber’s race, age, height, sex, clothing, complexion, hair, eye color, etc.
  • Anything unusual about the robber such as scars or tattoos.
  • The number of accomplices and how they left the scene, direction of travel, type and color of vehicle. Get the license number if you can safely do so.
  • Any conversations the suspects may have with one another.
  • What the suspect’s weapon looked like so you can describe it later.
  • Also, try to remember what the suspect touches so that fingerprints may be lifted.
After the Robbery
  • Go to a safe location close to the robbery scene and call DPS at (213) 740-4321, or 9-1-1, immediately.
  • When possible, ask all witnesses to remain until the officers arrive. If a witness must leave, obtain his/her name, address, and telephone number.
  • Witnesses should write or remember their account of the suspects and their actions. Do not discuss the robbery or compare notes about the robber’s appearance with anyone.
  • Protect the crime scene. Try not to touch anything.