TEMPE, AZ — It's that time of year. As students begin moving into dorm rooms and back to Tempe for the start of the school year at Arizona State University, police have some safety tips and reminders for students.
Detective Greg Bacon says knowing the location of the police station, substations, and fire stations are among some of the crucial resources both new and returning students should know.
"Know your stations. It never hurts for students to educate themselves on their local laws, law enforcement stations, and resources available on and off-campus," Detective Bacon said.
Police say it's important for people to walk in groups whenever possible, especially at night. If you do find yourself walking alone, stay in a well-lit area, and make sure somebody knows where you are or where you're going.
These safety reminders come days after two groping incidents were reported near ASU parking structures. Police are looking for a man who allegedly reached under the waist of female students and touched them inappropriately.
The two incidents happened between 10:10 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. near parking structure four off of Rural Road and parking structure two off of McAllister Avenue.
Welcome back Sun Devils! As we begin a series of safety reminders, @TempePolice and @ASUPolice reminds you, while walking at night, be sure to walk in well-lit areas or walk with a friend. Stay hydrated and have a great school year! pic.twitter.com/WqaFLDktZ4— Tempe Police (@TempePolice) August 19, 2019
"It's important students remember to not only look out for themselves but for each other," Detective Bacon said. "Lock your doors, protect yourself, your possessions. If you see something, say something."
Detective Bacon said urges anyone who feels like they are in immediate danger to call 911.
"ASU has a very dynamic student population. We want them to have fun, but we want them to be safe," said Detective Bacon. "It's okay if you don't know something. Ask for help, that's what we're all here for."
If you would like to submit a tip or report something suspicious, you can contact Tempe police at 480-350-8311 or by calling Silent Witness at 480-948-6377.
You can also contact the ASU Police Department by dialing 911 or by calling their non-emergency number at 480-965-3456.
Arizona State University also has a list of personal safety suggestions and resources online. To learn more about the safety services offered by the university, click here.