Report thefts or problems immediately.
Salem: 503-370-6911
Portland: 503-621-2061

In Your Residence

  • Do not let strangers into the building, even if they say they are students.
  • If a stranger who looks "wrong" is in your residence, call Campus Safety. How to recognize "wrong":
    • The person is wandering around testing doors or windows.
    • The person abruptly stops or alters their direction of travel when they realize that you are watching them.
    • The person gives an excuse for their presence that doesn't make sense.
    • The person states that they are visiting a friend, but they don't know the friend's name or room number.
    • The person is waiting to be let in because they "lost their key," but they don't know the name of the building or what a Compass Card is.
    • You live in the building but you have never seen this individual before.
    • The person appears to be hiding from someone or something.
    • The person has a bundle of items and they tell you that they are moving in or out, but it is not the normal move in/out time of year.
    • The person picks up an item left by someone else.
    • The person is attempting to sell something, or solicit funds.
    • The person just doesn't appear to belong in the residence, but you can't define why you feel that way.
  • Never loan your keys or I.D. card to anyone. *
  • Lock your door while you are inside sleeping or when you leave the room.
  • Never prop open locked doors. *
  • Message boards or voice mail should not say when you will return.

* Violation of Willamette University's Standards of Conduct

When Walking

  • Do not walk alone at night. Safety escorts are available on campus and up to two blocks off campus during all hours of darkness.
  • Know where emergency telephones are along your route. Here's a map.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Walk briskly.
  • Have your key ready before getting to the door.
  • Visually check inside, around and under your car before getting in. Then lock all doors and roll up windows.

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Your Property

Theft is the most common crime on campus. Prevent theft by reducing or removing the opportunity.

  • Lock your door and windows whenever you leave, even if it's "just for a minute."
  • Never prop open locked doors. *
  • Do not leave backpacks, purses, laptops or briefcases unattended, even in cubbies or carrels provided by the University.
  • In offices, store purses or backpacks in a file cabinet or drawer and LOCK IT.
  • Record serial numbers and descriptions of your valuables.
  • Engrave personal property with your driver's license number. Engraving pens are available for use at the Campus Safety office.
  • If you must keep large sums of money, jewelry or other valuable items in your room, consider buying a small safe. During breaks and vacations, remove the items from your room.

* Violation of Willamette University's Standards of Conduct

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  • Use a U-shaped lock, not a cable lock.
  • Lock wheel and frame to the rack.
  • Immediately report suspicious persons around bike racks.
  • Register your bicycle with Campus Safety at no charge. If a suspicious person with a bicycle is stopped on campus, Campus Safety can quickly determine the owner of a registered bicycle: It is difficult to prove that an unregistered bicycle is stolen. If a stolen bicycle is subsequently recovered, it can be easily returned to the registered owner.
  • Bicycles may park only in designated bicycle racks. Bicycles locked to railings or parked in hallways are subject to removal.

[ Register Your Bicycle ]

Motor Vehicles

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • At night, park in well-lighted, high-traffic areas.
  • Never leave valuable items visible in your car.
  • If you have valuable audio equipment, consider installing an alarm system or removing the equipment.
  • Register mopeds and motorcycles with Campus Safety at no charge.
  • All other vehicles are required to display a parking permit year-round. Click here to go to parking permit information.

[ Register Your Motorcycle ]

Willamette University

Campus Safety

Salem Campus

University Services Building
Office Hours:
7:30 am–4 pm (M-F)
Officer available 24/7/365 at

Portland Campus

Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
Office Hours:
8 am–4 pm (M-F)
Officer available 24/7/365 at

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