Campus Safety and Crime Prevention
Campus Safety starts with you.
Butler University is located in the heart of
the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood on the north side of
Indianapolis. Crime can occur anywhere and the following safety and
crime prevention tips can prevent you from becoming a victim.
The Butler University Dawg Watch program is a community
based crime prevention program. It is designed for faculty, staff
and students of Butler University along with Butler-Tarkington
Neighborhood Association (BTNA) community members. This
program is an adaptation of the successful community block watch
programs used all across the country. This community block watch
program has been structured to accommodate our urban University
The Dawg Watch program will be organized by the Butler
University Police Department and consist of campus and community
volunteers (WatchDawgs). The WatchDawgs as a group will meet
monthly to train and discuss matters related to crime
The Butler University WatchDawgs have two major goals.
- The first is to prevent criminal activity or to reduce its
- The second goal is to increase the protection for the
individual members, their colleagues and property in our
These goals can be reached through education. This education
will take place through monthly meetings, guest speakers and
special training seminars.
- To provide a forum for the exchange and coordination of ideas,
concepts, and strategies to prevent and reduce crime on campus and
- To educate the campus and the surrounding community in matters
relating to crime prevention.
- To encourage extensive student and community involvement in the
reduction of crime and the opportunity for crimes to be
- To share information with everybody on campus and in the
community all matters relating to the continued development of a
comprehensive plan for crime prevention.
- To facilitate the education of all members of Butler University
and the surrounding community in matters which increase personal
and community safety.
- To encourage better communication between BUPD and the campus
community along with the BTNA in order to work towards better crime
The role of a WatchDawg
As a Butler WatchDawg you will be a vital link between the
University, community and BUPD. Many people complain among
themselves about criminal activity but few ever do anything about
it. By being a member of the Butler WatchDawgs program you will not
be one of those people. With your commitment to the program you
will now be someone who does something about it. Your role is as an
extra set of eyes for the police department. As a WatchDawg you
will report all suspicious and potentially criminal activity. You
will become an informed citizen with all the tools to properly
report criminal activity. As a WatchDawg you are NOT to attempt to
apprehend or engage a suspicious subject. You are to report the
observed activity to BUPD in the manner that you will have been
trained to do.
The first step in becoming a Butler WatchDawg is training. In
this training you will learn the theories of crime prevention. You
will learn how to best protect yourself and you will learn how to
properly assess the physical risk in your work and living area. You
will have the thought process of criminals explained to you and you
will be given strategies to assist you in protecting yourself on
campus and in your daily life.
Your responsibility will be to take this knowledge back to your
office, residence hall, home, family and friends. You will be asked
to practice these strategies make them a part of your daily routine
and pass them on to others. These practices and techniques are
designed to reduce your chance of criminal victimization.
Another responsibility that you will have is to report
suspicious persons and activities to the police. You as a WatchDawg
will assist the police in working to prevent crime, establish
patters and identify suspects. You will receive training on how to
properly report criminal or suspicious activity to the police. This
is a key role in keeping our community safe.
Our community should not have to be victimized by criminals.
You, the Butler WatchDawgs, have the opportunity to make a positive
contribution to our community. Through your active involvement in
this program, each and every one of you help make our community not
only a safer place but a better place. Together, we will make a
If you have any questions, please contact Sgt.