NIU’s Department of Police and Public Safety is encouraging students to enjoy NIU’s Homecoming weekend in a responsible manner.
“Homecoming is an exciting time, but students, alumni and guests on campus should use good judgment and apply sound personal safety practices in an effort to help ensure a fun and safe weekend for all,” says Sgt. Alan Smith of the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety.
Smith says NIU Police—along with other law enforcement agencies—will have an increased presence in and around campus and the community this weekend in order to best provide a safe and secure environment for Homecoming activities. Still, the increased presence is no substitute for personal awareness and responsibility.
“We always preach personal responsibility and awareness of your environment,” continues Sgt. Smith. “Have fun and be careful not to put yourself in a bad situation.”
He also noted the importance of carrying proper identification, including a driver’s license and NIU OneCard if a student or employee. Whether on campus or off campus, community members should take basic precautions to avoid problems, including the following 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.
In addition to utilizing the Late Night Ride Service, which provides free rides to the university community in a designated service area, Smith also reminds the university community that the student-run Huskie Patrol will provide an expanded weekend “walk safe” service between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. over Homecoming weekend in addition to its usual weeknight service during those same hours. Call 753-9658 to arrange for a “walk safe” escort.