CRASE Training

As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what individuals can do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Avoid | Deny | Defend™ has been developed as an easy-to-remember method for individuals to follow -  as we’ve seen that hiding and hoping isn’t a very effective strategy. Texas A&M University-Texarkana Police Department teaches these classes throughout the year or upon request. No fee is assessed to the attendees and all students/staff, and faculty are encouraged to bring friends and family members to the training provided.

What You Do Matters. Be Prepared


AVOID starts with your state of mind

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Have an exit plan.
  • Move away from the source of the threat as quickly as possible.
  • The more distance and barriers between you and the threat, the better.

DENY when getting away is difficult or maybe impossible

  • Keep distance between you and the source.
  • Create barriers to prevent or slow down a threat from getting to you.
  • Turn the lights off.
  • Remain out of sight and quiet by hiding behind large objects and silencing your phone.

DEFEND because you have the right to protect yourself​

  • If you cannot Avoid or Deny be prepared to defend yourself. 
  • Be aggressive and committed to your actions.   
  • Do not fight fairly. 


Contact the University Police Department

University Police Department
Hours of Operation | 24 Hours/7 Days a Week
Central Plant
Phone: (903) 334-6611 or Blue Boy Emergency Phone