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Ride-Share Safety Tips
As students return to campus, please be reminded of some important ride-share tips to keep you safe and always call USCPD if you see something suspicious.
Trust your instincts. If you are in a situation that feels unsafe:
- Call 911 immediately
If using a rideshare vehicle, be sure to:
- If safe, request your ride inside and wait inside until the app shows that your driver has arrived;
- Confirm that the vehicle and license plate is the right one;
- Ask the driver, “WHAT’S MY NAME?” and “Who are you here to pick up?”;
- Ride in the backseat with your seatbelt on; and
- Use the safety timer on your Rave Guardian app.
Be aware of the Stand-Up Carolina principles:
- Be active bystanders;
- Look out for one another; and
- Travel in groups.
If you see something say something.
Call USCPD at 803.777.4215 or use your Rave Guardian App to call / text USCPD
What is RAVE?
A mobile app that turns any cell phone into a personalized protection network. It
connects you directly with USCPD during an emergency and provides important information instantly.
Create a Detailed Caller Profile
Students, faculty and staff can set up complete profiles in RAVE Guardian. By providing
information about any medical conditions, your course schedule, addresses, campus
ID photo and other critical data, it's easier for USCPD to find and help you in case of an emergency. Make sure you use your sc.edu email
address when registering.
Make Fast-Response Panic Calls
These instantly connect with USCPD or with local 911. If the call is placed to USCPD, Rave Guardian automatically delivers your complete caller profile to our telecommunications personnel. The app also sends GPS coordinates pinpointing where the call was made. Help will be sent depending on the nature and location of the call; it could be USCPD or local police, fire or emergency medical assistance.
If we can’t reach you after the call comes in, we’ll use the GPS coordinates the app sends us and your profile picture to locate you.
For calls originating off campus, we’ll notify the appropriate local jurisdiction if we need help searching for you.
When you are not near campus and use the 911 Emergency option, the full details of
your profile and your GPS information may not be available, but the app can still
connect you with the nearest 911 dispatch center.
Set Safety Networks & Timers
The app lets you set safety timers notifying people you trust (“guardians”) of your
whereabouts. Simply set the timer before you leave, inputting information about your
destination and/or route and the approximate amount of time you think it will take
you to get there. When you arrive, deactivate the timer. If you don’t deactivate it
in time, the app will prompt to do so. If it is not deactivated, your “guardian” will
be notified. If you’ve selected USCPD as your guardian, our dispatchers will attempt
to locate you. If they cannot, an officer will be dispatched to check on you.
Make Anonymous Crime Tips
You can send crime tips and pictures using the app. Dispatchers will assess the information. If help is needed immediately, an officer will be sent. Less urgent matters will be forwarded to investigators. Issues that aren’t police matters — street light outages or water line breaks — will be forwarded to the right agency. Tips also will be forwarded to outside police agencies if appropriate.