Community Outreach Promoting Safety C.O.P.S.

Community Outreach Promoting Safety (C.O.P.S.) is a multi-media community outreach system which uses educational PowerPoint slides designed to help the  UHCL community focus on personal safety issues.  Throughout the semester, the UHCL Police will broadcast slides on campus televisions and computers in an effort to reach as many members of the community as possible.  The slides are geared to engage the community to take part in their own safety by educating them about safety related subjects such as:

  • Staying Alert
  • Knowing Where to Find Additional Safety Information
  • How to minimize chances for victimization
  • Hot Button Safety Issues on Campus

ATM Safety

  When approaching the ATM...
  • Keep all windows closed and all doors locked at a drive-up ATM.
  • Keep the vehicle running and watch alls ides.
  • When approaching the ATM, be alert for suspicious persons.
  • Never approach an ATM if the lights at the site are not working.
  • If possible, take a companion along to the ATM, particularly after dark.
  What's the safest way to use the ATM?
  • If waiting in line to use the ATM, wait well behind the person(s) ahead of you, and do not approach the ATM until they complete their transaction.
  • Before you approach the ATM, have your card ready and know your code.
  • Memorize your PIN. Do not write your PIN on your ATM card or carry PIN in your wallet or purse.
  • When using the ATM, stand directly in front of the keyboard, blocking the view of others.
  • When your ATM transaction is completed, immediately take your property - card, receipt, money, etc., put them in your pocket, wallet or purse and leave immediately.
  • Never stand and count your money.
  What's the most dangerous time of day to use the ATM?
  • Robber will take other personal possessions.
  • Victim may be physically assaulted.
  • Robbery may lead to carjacking.
  • Most dangerous hours for ATM crime are from 7:00PM until midnight.
  What is Jugging?
  • Jugging is a new twist on committing theft.
  • Criminals often watch banks and ATM's for potential targets.
  • Juggers will follow a target after they have left the financial institution and wait for an opportunity to strike.

If you have ideas for slides, please feel free to share them with the UHCL Police Crime Prevention and Investigations Unit, Officer Martha Watts, at


  • Police Department

    Phone: 281-283-2222

    Bayou Building Level 1
    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours: