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City of Oshkosh investigations near Oshkosh campus

On May 5, 2024, at approximately 1:00 AM, a female reported to the City of Oshkosh Police Department that she had arrived at her residence (located in the 800 Block of John Street) and located a male standing in her bedroom- at the edge of her unoccupied bed. She advised that she screamed and left the residence and when she returned awhile later, the male was no longer there. She described the male as being approximately 6’2” wearing skinny jeans, a black shirt, and a ski mask. This incident is adjacent to the UW Oshkosh campus and we are working with the City of Oshkosh Police Department to investigate these incidents. The City of Oshkosh media release can be read here.
Oshkosh Police Department is asking residents in this area to review video surveillance cameras to see if the suspect was recorded. If you do have information, please contact the Oshkosh Police Department at 920-236-5700.
The UW Oshkosh Police Department offers a Home Security Survey that can be used to help residents reduce risk and increase the safety of their homes. Residents can greatly increase their safety by ensuring that they routinely lock all windows and doors.
People are encouraged to immediately call the police to report suspicious situations on or near the UW Oshkosh campus. This will allow law enforcement personnel the ability to respond quickly and gather information to assist during the investigation.
The following resources can also be used to report information:
Report information anonymously on the UWO Police Department website by visiting the following link:
Download and use the UWO Mobile App. You can report information anonymously, chat in real-time with a UWO Police Department dispatcher and find resources to help you connect with other resources on campus and in the area.
If you have information about these crime or you would like to remain anonymous, please contact Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at (920) 231-8477 and/or submit a P3 Tip online at
Survivors of crimes are never responsible for their victimization. It is the perpetrators of crimes who affect the safety of our community members. Knowing this, there is much we can share to empower members of the campus community to remain safe, to encourage responsibility and accountability in others, to let perpetrators know we look out for one another and report crimes and to help end bystander behavior.
  • Download and use UWO Mobile – it’s packed with safety resources that can be used on and off campus. One great feature is the Mobile Blue Light to connect your location instantly with the UWO Police Department.
  • Take advantage of the free UWO Go program when moving about late at night by requesting a ride via UWO Mobile. The new program that replaces Saferides runs daily beginning at 4pm.
  • Plan ahead so that when you walk you are visible to other people. Choose an open, well-lit and well-traveled area.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make eye contact with passersby and glance occasionally behind you.
  • If you sense that you are being followed, change directions or cross the street. If the person or vehicle persists, run to the nearest place where you will find other people and call for help.
  • Make the UW Oshkosh Police Department phone number (920-424-1212) your first speed dial choice.
If you have questions about your personal safety or what you can do to help encourage campus safety, please contact the UWO Police Department at (920) 424-1212.