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Public Safety gears up for SpringFest weekend, boosts patrols, urges personal responsibility

April 17, 2012

NIU Police Sgt. Alan Smith

Northern Illinois University’s Department of Police and Public Safety announced it will have greater numbers of staffers working to increase patrols and provide safety services as part of its action plan in conjunction with this weekend’s SpringFest activities.

SpringFest is among the most exciting and enjoyable weekends of the year.

The Department of Police and Public Safety recommends that students, alumni and guests use good judgment and apply sound personal safety practices in an effort to help ensure a fun and safe weekend for all.

“This is one of the most fun times of the year. The weather is getting nicer, and students are out and being social,” says Sgt. Alan Smith. “We always preach personal responsibility and awareness of your environment. Have fun and be careful not to put yourself in a bad situation.”

Additionally, NIU Police has Late Night Ride vehicles in operation from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night.

The Late Night Ride Service provides free, door to door, no-questions-asked rides to NIU students, is wheelchair accessible and can seat up to seven passengers. Students are encouraged to use the service this weekend and can make arrangements by calling 815-753-2222.

A few safety tips:

  • Walk in well-lit areas with a group; use the buddy system.
  • Be aware of the surroundings; don’t become distracted while walking.
  • Watch drinks when attending social events.
  • Don’t drink and drive. Use the Late Night Ride Service.