Crime Prevention Programs

The college offers crime prevention programs for students during new-student orientation and through residence hall programming and campus publications, such as the annual Student Handbook and the Safety and Security Brochure. Based on need, Campus Security can arrange for specific crime prevention classes tailored to a group’s needs.

Wartburg College has a campus wide mass communications system (Connect ED) that warns students, faculty, and staff of emergency conditions by cell and land-line phones, text-messaging, and e-mail. Everyone is entered into the system with communication avenues known by the college. Students, faculty, and staff may add phone numbers or opt out of the system. Campus Security also issues written security and crime alerts for crimes that can place the campus community at risk during both short- and long-term time periods. These alerts are posted on major bulletin boards in classroom buildings, the Saemann Student Center and in all residence halls. Additionally, alerts are posted on the Security section of the Wartburg Web site. Crime alerts are notices regarding specific crimes occurring on campus. Security alerts are notices reminding the campus community of crime conducive trends, not necessarily in response to a specific crime.

If circumstances warrant, special alerts may be published in the Trumpet, and/or announced over Wartburg TV and KWAR-FM.


  • Never walk alone at night. Use sidewalks.
  • Walk in well-lit areas.
  • Walk close to the curb, away from bushes and alleys.
  • If you must walk alone, inform someone at your destination know when to expect you so he or she is waiting.
  • Request a Campus Security on campus escort during hours of darkness if you are alone.
  • If you are attacked, SCREAM!!! Bite, kick, and stomp the attacker’s foot with your heel. Do anything to bring public attention to your situation.
  • Keep items of value out of sight.
  • Safeguard any documents that include personal information that others could use to commit identity theft.
  • Lock doors when your room is unoccupied.
  • Promptly report suspicious behavior.


  • Lock your room door – even if you are only going to the rest room or into the room next door. Most crimes that occur on a residential campus are crimes of opportunity and happen when a door is left open or unlocked.
  • Lock your door before you go to sleep.
  • Do not prop open residence hall exterior doors.
  • Do not lend your room key to another person.
  • Do not share your hall combination number with other people.
  • Inform your roommate or friends where you are if you plan to remain away from your room overnight.
  • Mark articles of value with an identifying number/mark Photograph valuable property and keep a record of this information. Do not use your social security number or any other number that could have value to others.
  • Notify Campus Security by calling extension 9999 if you need a ride in the evening to or from a parking lot, classroom building or residence.