Fox 40 Whistle Alert Program:
An Effective Measure to Prevent Crime on Campus
An inexpensive and highly effective crime prevention measure that many colleges and universities have implemented is the Whistle Alert Program. This kind of program is very popular with students, as well as with faculty and staff, and provides a means for everyone on campus to take charge of their personal safety in a very practical way.
How the Program Works
Whistles are usually widely distributed during each orientation session, as well as on an as-needed basis during the year by Campus Security. Whistles are dispersed with instructions that they are to be carried at all times, commonly on a key chain (or backpack or jacket). If a person feels threatened or in danger, he or she should blow their whistle continuously until help arrives. Persons hearing the sound are to respond by blowing their whistles when near the scene to help attract others, or to scare away a possible perpetrator.
To make the program effective, the campus community at large must be aware of the program and how it works. This can be done fairly easily by distributing a one page flyer describing the program to college personnel and to the individuals and businesses in the area surrounding the college. There must also be sanctions if the whistles are blown as a joke or false alarm.
Most colleges find an effective deterrent is to impose a fine that ranges from $75 to $500 if a person is found to have sounded the whistle inappropriately.
Choosing a Whistle
A basic, high-quality whistle such as the Fox 40 Classic whistle should be used, and can be purchased at reasonable cost. Many whistles, even more expensive ones, have been known to malfunction under certain conditions, so it’s important to choose a pealess whistle that delivers a high-pitched, penetrating sound. Fox 40 produces many different top quality pealess whistles. With no moving parts, there is nothing to fail or maintain. You cannot over-blow a Fox 40 whistle. The harder you blow, the louder the sound!
Customize for Commitment
To insure program success, have your college logo imprinted on each whistle for a nominal charge. This transforms the whistle from a utilitarian item into a keepsake, thus encouraging more individuals to carry and take care of it. If you need additional whistles in a hurry, they can typically be sent by courier within a few days, depending on the quantity required.
Help to Get Started
Fox 40 International Inc. is pleased to share an excellent package on starting a Whistle Alert Program on your campus. The package includes a Campus Security Alert brochure which provides information on the effectiveness of this program, as well as procedures on how to establish and maintain an effective Whistle Alert Program. Fox 40 also provides sample brochures which can be used in developing your own program and publicizing it to the community.