Bear Tips Program


About Bear Tips

Brown Computer and Information Services (CIS) has partnered with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to offer Bear Tips,  a new and innovative media project that seeks to engage the community in safety awareness through short, fun safety videos.  Each video module highlights a relevant safety message and resource that Public Safety would like to reinforce among community members.  With Bruno's help, students and staff are reminded to stop, think and bear in mind safe behaviors and safety resources that are readily available to them at Brown.

Bear Tips Coins are Great to Get and Good to Give!

In an effort to make the virtual Bear Tips learning experience applicable to everyday life here at Brown, we have created Bear Tips coins for distribution to incentivize the behaviors promoted in the video series.  Coins are also useful outreach incentives that members of DPS will distribute to students and staff.  There are a number of ways a student or staff member can earn Bear Tips Coins to include, but not limited to:

  • Attend a Public Safety sponsored event/program
  • Get a Safewalk across campus
  • Stop by a DPS resource table and connect with our staff
  • Register property with the Crime Prevention Unit, Operation ID Program
  • A Brown DPS Officer spots you making a ‘street smart’ choice (i.e. securing your bicycle with a U-shaped lock, paying attention to your surroundings, etc.)

What Can Bear Tips Coins Get Me?

Yes, Bear Tips Coins have cash value! There is certainly a benefit to accumulating Bear Tips Coins. A single Bear Tips Coin has a $1.00 value towards any general merchandise in the Brown Bookstore.

​So the more Bear Tips Coins you earn from Public Safety, the greater the discount off of some of the Bookstore's most popular items! 

Faculty, staff and students can attribute a $1 value per Bear Tip Coin and apply towards their dining purchase in the campus center Blue Room.




During the academic year Public Safety will offer various opportunities for you to cash in your Bear Tips Coins through giveaways to earn items such as gift certificates, dining bucks, and more! Follow Public Safety on Twitter and like them on Facebook to stay informed about how you can cash your coins in.  Brown Bookstore Bear Tips discounts may vary.

Bruno says: Having your phone out while walking at night can make you an easy target for theft.  Watch this video to learn more about walking safely.

More Bear Tips Videos

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The Brown Department of Public Safety Chief of Police, Colonel Mark Porter, and Brown's very own Bruno introduce the new Bear Tips Program.  — (0:28)
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Bruno says: Travel safely at night! Remember to get on the B.U.S. and ride the OnCall Shuttle. — (2:05)
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Bruno says: If you see something, say something! Keep yourself and your fellow Brown community members safe by reporting any suspicious activity to DPS. — (0:00)
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Bruno says: There's always safety in numbers and Safewalk is just a phone call away! — (2:01)
A Brown University Public Safety video highlighting important crime prevention tips for new students
Department of Public Safety's "Campus Safety 101" video, a crime prevention video every new student should see! — (11:36)