Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Crime Prevention

Lycoming College's crime prevention goal is to eliminate or minimize criminal opportunities whenever possible. In order to accomplish this, all students and employees must take responsibility for preventing crimes in their community. The Department of Public Safety offers the following programs and serves to assist everyone in becoming more responsible for crime prevention.

Escort Service

From dusk to dawn, the Department of Public Safety will provide walking escorts from and to any on campus location to members of the campus community.

Operation Identification

Engravers and tamper resistant stickers are available for placing identification numbers on any valuables brought to campus (stereo, computer, bicycle).

Park Smart

Several times during the year, surveys of vehicles are conducted in an attempt to identify those with valuables displayed that may be attractive to a thief. The owner of the vehicle is notified of its condition.

Emergency Telephone

Emergency Telephone

Emergency Telephones

Blue light emergency telephones are located in several parking lots (Fourth St., Skeath Lot, North Lot, Basin St., The Commons, Ross St., and Packer St.) as well as elevators. Telephones located outside residence halls are also equipped with an emergency button.

Enhance Telephone System

All calls received by Public Safety from emergency telephones or campus extensions are immediately identified by their extension number.

RAD — Rape Aggression Defense Systems

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program. Our courses are taught by certified RAD instructors and provide you with a workbook/ reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. The RAD System of Physical Defense is currently being taught at many colleges and universities. The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology. The RAD system is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self defense/martial arts tactics. Our system of realistic defense will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance.


Lycoming College RAD Class

We operate on the premise that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim (supported by research). We educate women about "The Flight or Fight Syndrome," while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. We provide effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

At Lycoming College RAD is offered as a credit course toward Wellness.

Crime Prevention Tips

  • Lock your doors and windows in your room, even if you are "only gone for a couple of minutes."
  • Operation Identification - The Public Safety Department will engrave your driver's license number or social security number on any valuables brought to campus. Students are urged to keep a record of all model and serial numbers of valuable equipment (stereo, computer, camera, bicycle).
  • Walk with a friend. There is safety in numbers.
  • Call Security for an escort. You can use the Emergency blue light phones to call for an escort.
  • Report suspicious persons and behaviors. Be prepared to describe the person when you call security.
  • Don't let strangers follow you into the building, even if they "look like they belong there."
  • Report all crimes. You may not be the only victim.
  • Always lock your car. Do not leave money or other valuables in plain view.
  • If you have a harassing phone call, hang up. If these calls persist or you have been threatened, call security immediately. Keep a log of these calls by the date and time, description of voice, on or off campus call, etc. Security can trace these calls.
  • Do not loan out your calling card or TAC number to anyone.

Timely Topics

We focus crime prevention topics at the time of year when problems can most likely occur. Each crime prevention topic may be the focus of printed materials, notices in publications and crime prevention seminars for a period of two weeks.