Avoid Crime

Programs and Services

We are committed to empowering community members by assisting them with the development of personal safety, home, and property security plans. A strong commitment to public safety through education is the driving force behind USFPD's Crime Prevention Unit.

Bicycle Theft Prevention 

  • The more expensive and attractive your bicycle is the more likely it is to be stolen. A mechanically sound, generic appearing bicycle is a less likely target.
  • Lock your bike! The best protection for your bike is to secure it properly with a hardened steel "U-shaped" lock. 
  • If your bike is missing call the USF Police immediately.

To assist in the recovery, you should record the serial number and keep it someplace safe. Engrave your driver's license number on your bicycle and register it with the USFPDPropertyRegistrationProgram. 

Bicycle and property registration

Protect your investment! If you become the victim of a bicycle theft, have the peace of mind in knowing that your bicycle has been registered with the USF Police Department. Help us, help you recover your lost or stolen property by registering it with the USFPDPropertyRegistrationProgram. This program documents your serial numbers and owner information for a simplified return of property. USFPD is partnering with ProTechDNA for this program. To register your bicycle or scooter, please bring it with you when you visit the USF Police Building on USF Genshaft Drive. You can also contact USFPD at 813-974-2628 to request an officer to come meet you on campus to complete the registration and apply the DNA sticker to the bike. Please email  USFPDcrimeprevention@usf.edu if you have any questions about this program. 

Bicycle Registration


Crime Alert Information

For up-to-date crime alerts, visit the Community Crime Alert page >

Tips (Crime Prevention, Reporting Crime, etc.)

Get invaluable info on how to keep you and your property safe at USF on our Tips page.

personal self-defense class

The USF Police Department offers a self-defense course for the USF Coummuinity (students, faculty, staff) which includes awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, then progress onto basic techniques of hands-on defensive training. Learn more about the self-defense programs here.

Crime Statistics

Crime statistics may be found in our Safety Guide (near the end of the guide).

St. Petersburg campus crime statistics can be obtained by contacting the USF St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-553-1140. Sarasota/Manatee campus crime statistics can be obtained by contacting New College of Florida Police Department at 941-359-4210 or www.ncf.edu/police.