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 value!  There is certainly a benefit to accumulating Bear Tips Coins.  In fact, the Brown University Bookstore is on board with offering the following select safety products for free with 15 Bear Tips Coins (promotion ends 6/30/17):

1. LoJack Tracking Software for Laptops from Absolute Software, 1 Year Subscription card. Value $29.99

Locate your device (laptops, phones, and tablets) using GPS, Wi-Fi or IP geolocation giving you the tools to see the last location in the event that it goes missing.  (Compatible with PC, Mac or Android.)

2.  Laptop Security Cable with Lock - Protect your valuable laptop from theft. Value $30.00. (Brand may vary.) 

Easy to use:  Simply attach the cable and locking device to the built-in security slot found on most portable computers, and secure it to an immovable object. No screws, brackets or messy adhesives.  Steel alloy with round key lock

3.  50% off a Kryptonite Evolution Bicycle Lock



Cash in Your Coins at the Brown Bookstore & Technology Center

Have a few Bear Tip Coins and don't know what to do with them?  The Brown Bookstore Technology Center will allow you to cash in Bear Tip Coins towards the purchase of one of four safety products: 1) Laptop Security Cable & Lock 2) Kryptonite Evolution Bicycle Lock and 3) Computrace LoJack for Laptop Software 4) Brown University Flash Drive.  Bring in your coins and the Bookstore will attribute a $2.00 value to each coin and apply as a discount towards one of these products! Offer is available to students, staff and faculty.

***The Brown Bookstore has generously offered to attribute a $1.oo value to each coin towards a general bookstore purchase for a limited time offer!

Dining Services is on board with promoting Bear Tips!

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

Free Personal Safety Alarms for Staff/Faculty (Limited time offer thru December 31, 2016)

Brown University staff and faculty normally pay a small fee of $5.oo for a personal safety alarm.  Alarms can be purchased at the Brown Cashier's Office, located in 2nd floor of the Brown Office Building.  Receipts can be taken to any Public Safety location to redeem the alarm.

Staff/Faculty members with two (2) Bear Tips Coins in their possession may now cash them in for a free personal safety alarm at any DPS location:

-DPS Headquarters, 75 Charlesfield Street (Front lobby)
-DPS Crime Prevention Office, 310 Thayer Street (Call 3-1438 to schedule pick-up)


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.

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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)