The Office of Campus Security includes a staff of 27 people who address the patrolling, communications, crime prevention, traffic/parking, and investigations related to the safety and security needs of the Belmont community.
The staff is comprised of qualified personnel - many who have college degrees, prior police experience, and/or military backgrounds - who use their skills and talents to enhance their performance as employees of the Office of Campus Security.
There are 26 uniformed officers who attend in-service training, as well as regular recertification training in CPR and First Aid. All of the patrol officers have successfully completed testing for state certification as security officers. There are also two on-site Security Systems Technicians employed with the OCS.
Text Alert System
Sign up to receive Belmont Alerts in the event of an on-campus emergency or unscheduled university closing due to, for instance, severe weather. Registration is quick and easy.
There are two ways to sign up:
- Text Messaging - Text the word Belmont (not case-sensitive) to the number 27538. In reply, you will receive a welcome message which indicates a successful sign-up. Note: If you do not receive the confirmation welcome message check with your service provider to make sure you have not blocked these types of text messages on your cell phone account.
- Online (Students Only) - Visit my.belmont.edu and sign in to your account. You will find the Instant Alert link under the "My Campus and Academic Department Messages" subheading. Click on the link provided, and you will be directed to the instant alert web site. After submitting your information, you will receive a text message which indicates a successful sign-up.
Important Information to Know
As your student joins the Belmont community there are three important pieces of information for you and them to know:
- The Office of Campus Security is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays and weekends.
- The crime rate at Belmont is low. However, crime does occur. The most common type of crime is petty theft-theft of property left unattended. The best way to protect against theft is to do simple things every day such as students locking their residence hall door at all times, whether they are home, leaving, or gone for only a few minutes. It takes less time to commit a theft from a residence than it does to go to the restroom. Other things students can do to keep their property safe is to:
- Not leave property unattended – do not lay book bags, laptops, etc. down in the library, bookstore, cafeteria, etc.
- Keep their property with them at all times.
- Do not leave valuables inside vehicles, including things such as GPS systems, ipads, iphones, gym bags, or loose change.
- Keep doors to vehicles locked, windows rolled up, and park in designated parking areas on-campus.
- Know who to call in an emergency situation. It is common, especially for freshmen, to call someone they know and trust when the need help. However, this wastes valuable time, especially in an emergency. First, when on-campus, call Campus Security for help. Campus Security will be able to respond within minutes or less and will be able to get the appropriate emergency response team on the scene as soon as possible. Once Security is called, then they can call a family member or friend. Campus Security’s number is 615-460-6617 and emergency number is 615-460-6911.
Next Steps to Take
- Program Campus Security’s emergency and non-emergency numbers into the student’s cell phone.
- Make a log of all valuables the student will be bringing with them such as bicycle, laptop, other computer equipment, musical equipment, etc. Write down the description, cost, and serial number of each item. Leave a copy of this information with the parents for easy access in case of theft. DO NOT bring valuable items that are not needed such as family heirlooms and other valuable items not needed during the course of the school year.
- Discuss with the student basic crime prevention. Personal safety is what we do every day to keep ourselves safe. They are adults now living away from home. Taking simple precautions such as locking their residence door all the time, locking their vehicle, not leave valuables unattended, being alert when walking, and using the buddy system when walking, especially at night. Also, the Office of Campus Security offers a security escort. We all need do our part to keep our campus safe. Crime prevention is a shared responsibility.