I hope everyone is enjoying their spring break. As we await the return of our students, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:
- There has been an increase of bicycle thefts on campus. Many of the bicycles targeted were secured using a cable lock, or not locked at all. Invest in a sturdy u-lock, and ensure that you are locking up your bicycle properly. The safest place to lock up your bicycle is a designated bicycle rack. A map of all campus bike racks can be found here. For more information on the proper way to lock your bicycle, ask one of your Public Safety Officers, or watch this video.
- Keeping the campus safe is a community effort. Please continue to stay observant and report any suspicious activity you may see to Public Safety. Remember, you can report any non-emergency anonymously by calling the Crime Action Line (843)953-4998 or by filling out a Silent Witness form on our website.
- Moped thefts, motor vehicle thefts, and thefts from motor vehicles are still on the rise 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.
- A vital component of emergency preparedness is educating the campus community on the best practices of response in active shooter scenarios. There are still several opportunities to attend the Department of Public Safety’s Active Shooter Training this semester. 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. I am also available to present this training to a class, staff meeting, or other campus events.
Monday March 13, 2017 at 3 pm Stern 201
Thursday April 6, 2017at 11 am 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:
Daylight Savings Time will begin this weekend. Setting the clock forward means it’s time for a seasonal safety check: replace batteries in smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors; check your outdoor lighting and replace light bulbs; and replenish your first aid kit.
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