I hope everyone had a happy and safe Homecoming. We enjoyed seeing students, faculty, and staff at the various events throughout the week. Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:
- You may have noticed signs around campus highlighting Public Safety’s “See Something, Say Something” initiative. This is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the importance of reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement. We all play a role in keeping the campus safe. For more information on identifying and reporting suspicious activity, please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website.
- Recently, there has been an increase in motor vehicle thefts and thefts from motor vehicles in the Charleston area. Please take necessary precautions to protect your personal property. Never leave the vehicle running while unattended. Be sure to park in well-lit areas and avoid leaving valuable property inside your vehicle. Most importantly, always lock your vehicle. Trends in auto thefts indicate that over half of vehicles stolen are left unlocked at the time of theft. More information can be found here.
- Public Safety will be hosting several town hall meetings for the campus community during the spring semester. This is a great opportunity to meet your Public Safety officers, ask questions, and share suggestions, comments, and concerns. Campus community members are always encouraged to actively participate in safety and security around campus. This semester, we will be offering three sessions:
Town Hall Spring 2017
Wednesday February 22nd @ 11am (students)
Thursday February 23rd @ 10am (faculty/staff)
Tuesday February 28th @ 2:30pm (students)
- The Department of Public Safety will be offering training on how to respond if you are encountered with an active shooter. This 45 minute presentation will cover: the definition of an active shooter; statistical realities behind active shooter incidents; how to identify concerning or suspicious behavior; reporting methods; main options for civilian self-defense; and what to do when law enforcement arrives on scene. This training is open to all students, faculty, and staff.
Active Shooter Spring 2017
Wednesday February 8th @ 10am Stern 409
Monday March 13th @ 3pm Stern 201
Thursday April 6th @ 11am Stern 201
- Be social with us! If you have not already, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for departmental news, upcoming events, and other important information. If you are having trouble accessing our pages, please make sure you are signed into your social media account.
Crime Prevention Tip:
According to state law, vehicles are only required to yield to pedestrians when they are inside the crosswalk. When attempting to cross the street on foot, stay within the parameters of the crosswalk, only cross when the hand signals indicaste to do so, and always look both ways for oncoming traffic.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Take Care and Be Safe,
PSO Madeline M. Sloan
Crime Prevention Specialist
Department of Public Safety
Office of the President
89 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29424