We are dedicated to the Augusta University community through engagement, education, and collaboration. Our overall goal is to strengthen relationships, improve the quality of life and awareness for our community members, and engage community partners throughout the Augusta University community. Our Community Services Division works alongside Patrol Operations in the unified endeavor of upholding our mission of providing a safe environment and a strong community partnership.
We coordinate and develop programs for community engagement and crime prevention. In addition to the Augusta University Police Department community programs listed below, we are available to attend your community events to provide education and to partner with you and your organization.
Our social media accounts are a way for members of our community to stay connected to us! Periodically, important safety tips, such as, pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as railroad crossing safety, are sent out via social media, email, and the Jag Safe app.
1. Make the call. Program our number, Augusta University’s Police Department 706-721-2911, into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency on campus. If you see a crime in progress or even something suspicious, don’t hesitate, make the call.
2. Empower yourself. Enroll in a self-defense course. We offer a sexual assault defense program R.A.D., sign up and empower yourself. The course are designed to give you the tools that may help save your life.
3. Don’t walk alone. Take advantage of our safety escort services or walk with friends or classmates. Don' forget to download Rave Guardian and use the safety timer feature!
4. Protect your property. Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended-even if it’s just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you.
5. Report solicitors. Magazine subscriptions, donation requests, spa packages and “earn money now” schemes are some of the common methods criminals use to take your money. Avoid solicitors’ scams by politely saying no and immediately notifying us at 706-721-2911. Never provide a solicitor with your personal information.
6. On the bus. Stay awake and keep your personal belongings close to you. Sit near the door or the driver. If someone is harassing you, don’t hesitate; ask the driver to let you off at a populated bus stop or a well-lit area. For information on our shuttle routs and the Passigo app, visit https://www.augusta.edu/parking/shuttles.
7. Grab it. Close it. Lock it. College and university parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves. Never leave valuables in your car or items in plain view. Take items like GPS devices, removable stereo face-plates, and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are up and the doors are locked. Apply a security device or set the alarm.
8. Keep personal information private. Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in your wallet or purse. Don’t give personal information to solicitors.
9. Keep your dorm locked. Even if you’re going next door to a friend’s room, always grab your keys and lock the door. A propped open door is a perfect target for would-be thieves and allows them quick and easy access to your belongings. If your room has additional doors and windows, always be sure they are closed and locked as well.
10. Protect your wheels. Keep a record of your bikes make, model and serial number. Invest in a high-quality, hardened steel “U” lock. For optimum security, lock both the front and frame to the bike rack. Taking these tips to heart will go a long way toward providing for a safe semester for our students.