TIMELY WARNING – Motor Vehicle Theft
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f), the College of Charleston issues timely notices to notify the campus community of Clery Act crimes or other serious incidents that the College determines represent a serious and ongoing threat to the campus. The College may distribute timely notices using a variety of means, including emails, text messages, flyers, and website announcements posted on the Campus Safety website http://publicsafety.cofc.edu/contact-us/silent-witness/index.php .
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of an off-campus assault.
Incident: Motor Vehicle Theft
Time: 2252 hours (10:52 pm)
Reported to: College Of Charleston Department of Public Safety
Report # 2016-C-0318
Location: 81B St. Philip St. Charleston, SC (PG Garage)
Suspect’s status: At large
Incident description: The victim stated he parked his grey in color 2003 Infiniti G35 Coupe at 81B St. Philip Street Charleston, SC 29424 (PG Garage) on May 4, 2016 at approximately 2100 hours (9:00 pm). He recalled parking the vehicle on the second floor by the northeast stairwell. When the victim returned on May 5, 2016 at approximately 0200 hours (2:00 am), the vehicle was no longer there. The victim was not sure if the doors to the vehicle were locked and stated that there was a possibility a spare key could have been inside the vehicle.
Suspect Description: White male, between the age of 18-25 years old, thin build with sandy color hair, wearing tan khaki pants, black polo shirt, and blue sneakers with black shoe laces.
Important Message: It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense. The College does not tolerate this behavior.
Report suspicious activity to Law Enforcement immediately and provide as much descriptive information as is possible. Keep emergency numbers either programmed into your phone or readily accessible. Keep doors locked and windows shut. Never leave your keys in the vehicle while it is unattended. Park your vehicle in well -lit and highly visible areas. Be aware if someone in another vehicle bumps you from behind. If you feel you were bumped intentionally, lock your vehicle and contact Law Enforcement immediately. Keep a record of descriptive information about your vehicle: Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), License Plate number, make, model, color, and unique characteristics.
If you observe unusual activity, try to remember details as best you can. For example, what a person was wearing or any other identifiers like scars, tattoos or shoes. Please always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night, and notify Law Enforcement immediately if you observe potentially dangerous situations or individuals.
Public Safety is available to provide escorts on-campus and the Cougar Shuttle (888.960.2227) is available for off-campus transportation on the downtown peninsula seven nights a week from 11:00 P.M. – 3:00 A.M., during the fall and spring semesters. For addition safety tips, visit http://publicsafety.cofc.edu/staying-safe/index.php.
Get Involved and Make a Difference: The College encourages the prompt reporting of all crimes, On-campus contact Public Safety (843.953.5611), and off-campus (911).
Oftentimes, students are present when a crime is about to happen and bystander intervention is one method students may use to help prevent a crime from happening. Learn how to develop this skill and safely intervene. Contact the Office of Victim Services at 843.953.2273.
Victim Assistance: Enrolled College of Charleston students who become victims of serious crime are encouraged to get victim assistance by contacting the Office of Victim Services (843.953.2273). Comprehensive services, including assistance with missed classes/academic disruption, are available regardless of the incident location, or if the student elected to file an official report, or not.
If you have any information regarding the crime indicated above, please contact:
College of Charleston Campus Police
Non-Emergency: 953-5609 (Administrative Line)
Crime Action Line: (Anonymous Reporting) 953-4998
Silent Witness: http://publicsafety.cofc.edu/contact-us/silent-witness/index.php
City of Charleston Police Department
Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)