Bulldog Mobile helps safeguard campus community

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Bulldog Mobile app

While crime on the Yale campus is lower than it has been at any point over the past 20 years, the University is continually looking for ways to safeguard its community.

Toward that end, this year Yale has launched a new service called Bulldog Mobile (BDM) and revamped its Public Safety website.

Bulldog Mobile

BDM uses your cell phone to directly connect you to the Yale Police Department (YPD) with crucial information instantly during emergency situations. There are three aspects to BDM:

  • Instant information. You provide information to the YPD when you sign up for the service, and the YPD dispatcher can instantly call up your profile when needed.
  • GPS location. The YPD can pinpoint your exact location using your phone’s GPS system.
  • The security timer (i.e., “virtual escort”). When traveling across campus, you can call a number and indicate how long you expect your journey to take. If the service is not deactivated before the time expires, the YDP will call you.

BDM went live at the end of August, and the YPD began introducing it to incoming students at the Public Safety Orientations. 

“Recently we did some benchmarking of other university police departments to understand what services they were providing to their campus communities. Of particular interest was our ability to leverage existing cellular networks with our goal of keeping the Yale campus safe,” says Yale police chief Ronnell Higgins. “Generation Next is looking for high-tech solutions to everyday issues and BMD is just that. Students reacted enthusiastically during safety orientations, and we have had almost 1,000 people register for this service in a matter of days. ”

Higgins urges Yale students, staff and faculty members to register for this free service at www.yale.edu/bdm.  Also on this website is a 3-minute video featuring Higgins talking about BDM.

Higgins also stresses that this new service is in addition to, but does not replace, other public safety options such as: 

  • Security Escort, a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week walking escort program (203-432-9255 or 2-WALK);
  • Security Safe Rides, nighttime door-to-door ride to locales on campus (203-432-6330); and
  • Blue Phones, over 500 of which are located throughout campus, identifiable by their blue lights. These are equipped with red emergency buttons that connect the caller directly to the YPD.

The best way to stay safe, says Higgins, is “to use common sense and be aware of the security services available to everyone here at Yale.” 

Chief Ronnell Higgins talks about its key features of Bulldog Mobile which include instant information, GPS locator, and escort timer.
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Public Safety website

You can find information about other Yale security services on the new Public Safety website at publicsafety.yale.edu/.

This new comprehensive site brings together the information formerly found on four different sites: Police, Security, Security Awareness and Public Safety.

The new Public Safety site features information about the many services provided by or endorsed by YPD and Yale Security Units - including Blue Phone locations, the Security Safe Rides and Escort programs, and the Lock Out Service. The site also includes the video “You, Your Safety and You!” The 8-minute video takes a light-hearted, yet informative, look at how to protect yourself and your possessions.

Safety Tips

  • Do not walk alone at night. Walk with a friend and use lighted pathways.
  • Use common sense. Don’t appear distracted by wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone.
  • Use the campus transportation services and security escorts.
  • Trust your instincts: If you see something suspicious, say something. Call 911 or locate campus blue phone and push the red button to contact the Yale Police Department.
  • Do not carry or display large amounts of money or jewelry.
  • Remember: No lock works unless you lock it.
  • Don’t leave items within view in your car.
  • Never leave a public door propped open.
  • Obey the law: Avoid illegal drugs and alcohol.
  • Avoid leaving valuables in common rooms or coat rooms.
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