The Whistle Alert program is an inexpensive and highly effective crime prevention measure that many colleges and universities have implemented. This program is one of the most popular crime prevention programs at colleges and universities where it is employed because it keeps people aware of the responsibility to protect themselves. The Whistle Alert program is designed to help everyone on campus at taking an active and safe role in reducing campus crime. Also, by having the whistle as a constant reminder, participants gain confidence that they have the means to deal with security situations that may arise.
About the Whistle Alert Program
Whistles are widely distributed during each orientation session, and on an as-needed basis throughout the year by Campus Security. Whistles are dispersed with instructions, stating that the whistles 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 accomplished 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 falsely.
Choosing a Whistle
A basic, high-quality whistle such as the Fox 40 Classic whistle should be used. Many whistles 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 top quality pealess whistles. The pealess design, with no moving parts, makes Fox 40 whistles resistant to freezing, jamming or deteriorating. These whistles cannot be overblown. The harder you blow, the louder the sound!
Customize for Commitment
To insure program success, colleges and universities can imprint their logo 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 additional whistles are required, 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 a 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.
For more information on the Whistle Alert Program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.