Vacation Watch, Duck Rides, bike safety and more.
Vacation Watch, Duck Rides, bike safety and more.
Quick Quack
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
With spring break approaching, the UO wants to emphasize the importance of staying safe. Refresh yourself on some of the university’s top safety services before leaving for vacation or strolling campus at night.
  • If you live near campus and are leaving for spring break, register your residence with the UO Police Department's free Vacation Watch program. Officers will check your vacant residence as often as possible for any criminal activity.
  • The UO Police Department offers general crime prevention tips on their website.
  • Check out the UOPD's campus crime information to keep tabs on what's happening in the UO community. The crime log is updated daily.
  • Contact the UOPD for more information through their non-emergency line: 541-346-2919.
View the virtual Safety at Night map for the best-lit routes on campus. 
  • Be alert when walking at night and try to stay in the listed well-lit areas.
  • Flag potential concerns or issues on the map by dropping pins in problem areas.
  • The map shows approximately 60 emergency phones located all over campus. They provide an immediate connection to the UOPD dispatch center, staffed 24 hours a day.
If you don't feel safe walking alone, here are some services you can contact for safer transportation:
  • Duck Rides is a student-led organization dedicated to providing free and accessible transportation to all UO community members seven days a week, 6:00 p.m.–midnight. 
  • The UO Police Department provides safety escorts from any campus location to any other campus location, 24 hours per day. Call 541-346-2919 to request an escort. 
The UO Bike Program offers helpful resources for bikers including bike routes and safety tips. Here's a few measures you should take now:
  • Wear a helmet and use bike lights to stay safe and seen.
  • All bikes must be equipped with lighting equipment during dark hours and in limited-visibility conditions under state law.
  • Required lighting includes a white front light with a minimum visibility of 500 feet and a red rear light or reflector with a minimum visibility of 600 feet.
Bike theft is the number one crime on campus, according to the UO Police Department. Here are some steps you can take to lower your risk:
  • Lock up your bike in high traffic or highly visible areas. 
  • Use a U-lock around both your bike’s back wheel and its center post for the most protection.
  • Rent a bike cage or locker space on campus.
  • Register your bike for free through Project 529. Law enforcement can help return your bike if it is stolen, even if it’s recovered in another city or state. 
Oregon Duck mascot
The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Subscribe to our email list.