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Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,
 
Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:
 
  • Most of you have probably seen information sent from Public Safety titled, “Timely Warning.” What exactly are these notifications, and how are they different from a Cougar Alert?
·        Timely Warning- Narrow focus on Clery crimes. Timely warnings are triggered by crimes that have already occurred but represent an ongoing threat. A Timely Warning is issued for any Clery crime committed in Clery geography that is reported to campus security authorities or a local law enforcement agency and is considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. Warnings are issued as soon as the pertinent information is available.
·        Cougar Alert- Wide focus on any significant emergency or dangerous situation (may include Clery crimes). An emergency notification is triggered by an event that is currently occurring on or imminently threatening the campus. Emergency notification procedures are initiated for any significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus.
 
  • Bicyclists and skateboarders, please take a moment to review the bicycle and skateboard laws. Public Safety Officers will be issuing citations to bicyclists and skateboarders violating the City of Charleston’s bicycle and skateboard regulations. This includes: riding on a sidewalk, traveling the wrong way down a one way street, disregarding traffic control devices, etc. As a reminder, bicyclists and skateboarders should ride with the flow of traffic, and follow all traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles. A copy of the Skateboard Ordinance and bicycle guidelines can be picked up at Public Safety Headquarters. If you would like additional information, feel free to contact me.
 
  • The College of Charleston has several resources for anonymous reporting of criminal activity, serious policy violations, and concerning behavior. You can report any non-emergency to Public Safety anonymously by calling the Crime Action Line (843) 953-4998 or by filling out a Silent Witness form on our website. If you are concerned about the well-being of a student, you may submit an anonymous FAST report through the Office of the Dean of Students.  FAST forms may be submitted by faculty, staff, and students.
 
  • 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
 
  • With the increased activity on campus, many of you may be on campus more frequently, or traveling to and from campus buildings later than usual. In your travels, please consider the following risk reduction strategies:
    • Avoid walking alone; it is best to walk in pairs or with a group.
    • Always be aware of your surroundings. Listening to music through headphones or looking down at a cell phone can impede your ability to be alert.
    • Walk on well-lit paths in heavily traveled routes. Using dark and isolated areas make you a more vulnerable target. Please take a moment to review our campus night map.
    • Use your resources! Public Safety provides safety escorts on campus 24/7. In addition, the Cougar Shuttle is available 7 days a week from 11pm-3am. 
  • Be social with us! If you have not already, please follow us on TwitterFacebook, 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:
Here are some tips to avoid pick-pocketing in the downtown area: Use a purse that is difficult to open. A purse with a zipper or snaps is best. If you are carrying a shoulder bag, place the strap(s) diagonally across your body, as opposed to carrying it on one shoulder. This keeps the purse in front of you, instead of at your side or behind you, which sometimes happens with purses with long straps. If you are carrying a hand bag, then make sure to hold it close to the front of your body, instead of holding it on your wrist or loosely in your hand.
 
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
 
Take care and be safe,
 
 
Robert S. Reese, M.S.M.
Chief of Police
Office of the President
College of Charleston
Campus Safety and Security Area
89 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29424
843-953-2468 (office)
843-953-2105 (fax)

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Spring Break. Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:
  • You may have noticed signs around campus highlighting Public Safety’s “See SomethingSay 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.
  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) has new materials to support our campus‘ 2018 campaign. The NSVRC provides information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence, works with the media to promote informed reporting, and leads the SAAM campaign in April to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. Teal is the official color of SAAM, and the teal ribbon is the symbol of sexual violence prevention. This year SAAM is celebrating its 17th anniversary with the theme “Embrace Your Voice” to inform individuals on how they can use their words to promote safety, respect, and equality to stop sexual violence.


  • 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 2018
 
Wednesday April 4th – Stern Center room 409 @ 10 am and 2 pm
Thursday April 5th – Stern Center room 409 @ 10 am and 2 pm
 

Crime Prevention Tip:

Use good judgment and maintain awareness of your surroundings when attending social events. If at any point, you or a friend feels disoriented or unusually intoxicated from what you have consumed, leave the bar or party immediately. Get medical help if necessary. Read the Good Samaritan/Medical Amnesty policy here.This policy grants conditional amnesty from any student conduct action to students needing help or requesting medical assistance on another student’s behalf for an alcohol or drug problem.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Take Care and Be Safe,


Robert S. Reese, M.S.M.

Chief of Police

Office of the President

College of Charleston

Campus Safety and Security Area

89 St. Philip Street

Charleston, SC 29424

843-953-2468 (office)

843-953-2105 (fax)

Email: reeser@cofc.edu

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,
The spring 2018 semester is off to a strong start. As everyone continues to settle in, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:
  • With spring break quickly approaching, please take proper precautions to keep you and your valuables safe. When leaving your residence for spring break, make sure all doors and windows are secure. Consider taking items of value with you or secure them in a safe location. If you live off campus in the downtown area, you may contact the Charleston Police Department ((843) 577-7434) and request checks of your residence while you are out of town. 
  • As the weather is warming up, most of us will be spending more time outdoors and staying out later. Please take a moment to review the Campus Night Map. This map features the recommended route for night travel based on adequate lighting and access to emergency call boxes. In addition to this resource, safety escorts for campus travel are available to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors 24/7.  
  • The Department of Public Safety’s webpage is an excellent source for crime prevention information and other safety materials. Visit our webpage to access the 360 Stay Safe at College videos, or check out our Guide to Safer Living. You can also find information on surviving an active shooter incident and how to handle a bomb threat.  
  • The Department of Public Safety will continue to offer training on how to respond if you are encountered with an active shooter. The dates of training are listed below. We look forward to seeing you on one of the dates listed below.
 
 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 2018
 
Wednesday March 14th – Stern Center room 201 @ 10 am and 2:30 pm 
Thursday March 15th – Stern Center room 205 @ 2 pm 

Wednesday April 4th – Stern Center room 409 @ 10 am and 2 pm

Thursday April 5th – Stern Center room 409 @ 10 am and 2 pm
 
 
  • Maintaining a safe and secure campus is a community effort. Do your part by reporting suspicious activity to Public Safety. Describe specifically what you observed, including: who or what you saw; when you saw it; where it occurred; and why it is suspicious. You can learn more about reporting suspicious activity through the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.
 
  • As the weather gets warmer, now is a good time to review the City of Charleston’s bicycle and skateboard regulations. Public Safety Officers are issuing citations to bicyclists and skateboarders violating these ordinances. This includes: riding on a sidewalk, traveling the wrong way down a one way street, disregarding traffic control devices, etc. As a reminder, bicyclists and skateboarders should ride with the flow of traffic, and obey all traffic signs and signals. Please review the ordinances relating to bicycles and skateboards here. 


Crime Prevention Tip:
 
Upon returning from vacation, BEFORE you go in the house, do a quick walk-around and make sure you don’t see any windows or doors broken or anything else wrong. If you do see where someone may have entered your home, DO NOT GO IN! Back away and call 911. Wait for police to arrive and clear the interior for your safety.
 
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the Department of Public Safety with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Take Care and Be Safe,  
 
Robert S. Reese, M.S.M.
Chief of Police
Office of the President
College of Charleston
Campus Safety and Security Area
89 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29424
843-953-2468 (office)
843-953-2105 (fax)

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,
It is hard to believe how quickly the spring semester is passing by. With March right around the corner, 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. 
  • With spring break quickly approaching, please take proper precautions to keep you and your valuables safe. When leaving your residence for spring break, make sure all doors and windows are secure. Consider taking items of value with you or secure them in a safe location. If you live off campus in the downtown area, you may contact the Charleston Police Department ((843) 577-7434) and request checks of your residence while you are out of town. 
  • As the weather is warming up, most of us will be spending more time outdoors and staying out later. Please take a moment to review the Campus Night Map. This map features the recommended route for night travel based on adequate lighting and access to emergency call boxes. In addition to this resource, safety escorts for campus travel are available to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors 24/7.  
  • The Department of Public Safety’s webpage is an excellent source for crime prevention information and other safety materials. Visit our webpage to access the 360 Stay Safe at College videos, or check out our Guide to Safer Living. You can also find information on surviving an active shooter incident and how to handle a bomb threat.  
  • The Department of Public Safety will continue to offer training on how to respond if you are encountered with an active shooter. The dates of training are listed below. I will update you all soon on times and location. We look forward to seeing you on one of the dates listed below.
 
 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 2018
Wednesday March 14th – Location TBD 
Thursday March 15th – Location TBD 

Wednesday April 4th – Location TBD

Thursday April 5th – Location TBD
  • Be social with us! If you have not already, please follow us on TwitterFacebook, 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:
 
Simply locking your door can greatly reduce your risk of being a victim of theft. If you leave your room or office, even if it is just for a moment, be sure to secure the door behind you.
 
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the Department of Public Safety with any questions, comments, or concerns.
Take Care and Be Safe,  
 
Robert S. Reese, M.S.M.
Chief of Police
Office of the President
College of Charleston
Campus Safety and Security Area
89 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29424
843-953-2468 (office)
843-953-2105 (fax)

 

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

I hope everyone is having 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:
  • If you plan to host a special event off-campus in the downtown area, please be sure to contact the City of Charleston’s Recreation Department for a permit. For more information on the application and approval process, please visit the Recreation Department’s website. You can also access the City of Charleston’s Special Events Ordinance here. 
  • Keeping the campus safe is a community effort. Please remain observant and report any suspicious activity you may see to Public Safety. Remember, you can anonymously report any non-emergency 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 
  • Do you have concerns about a student’s possible substance abuse, mental health, or worrisome/disruptive behavior?  FAST is an online reporting tool available to facilitate reporting concerns about students so that specialized College staff may better provide help to students who are having academic, financial, or personal problems that will keep them from succeeding at the College.  To make a referral using the FAST reporting system, please click here. Please be aware that the FAST system is not an emergency hotline. For an on-campus emergency, please call Public Safety. 
  • Be social with us! If you have not already, please follow us on TwitterFacebook, 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:
As a rule of thumb, if you ever receive an email message or phone call from any organization asking you to provide them with personal information, such as your social security number, password, account numbers, etc., you should view any such contact as a potential fraud attempt – do not respond. For more information on how to protect yourself from phishing, visit the IT website
 
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the Department of Public Safety with any questions, comments, or concerns.
 
Take Care and Be Safe,  
 
Robert S. Reese, M.S.M.
Chief of Police
Office of the President
College of Charleston
Campus Safety and Security Area
89 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29424
843-953-2468 (office)
843-953-2105 (fax)

Timely Warning – Off Campus Sex Offense – Fondling

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 avariety of means, including emails, text messages, flyers, and website announcements posted on the Campus Safety website http://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/

Crime Prevention Update January 29, 2018

Good Morning Campus Community,
The spring 2018 semester is off to a strong start. As everyone continues to settle in, 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.

 

 

  • For those who use mail services on campus, please familiarize yourself with what items can and cannot be sent through the mail. For safety reasons, there are certain items that may not be shipped through the mail. To find out more information on shipping restrictions, please visit the US Postal Service’s website.

 

 

  • With the recent assaults near campus, now is an excellent time to review some vital safety information for those commuting on or near the College of Charleston campus. The College of Charleston has several resources to help students, faculty, and staff travel safely around campus. As a reminder, the Department of Public Safety is available 24/7 to provide safety escorts to all students, faculty, and staff. The Cougar Shuttle 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 more resources and safety tips, please click here.

 

  
 Crime Prevention Tip:
 
Simply locking your door can greatly reduce your risk of being a victim of theft. If you leave your room or office, even if it is just for a moment, be sure to secure the door behind you.
  
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
 
Take Care and Be Safe,
Robert S. Reese, M.S.M.
Chief of Police
Office of the President
College of Charleston
Campus Safety and Security Area
89 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29424
843-953-2468 (office)
843-953-2105 (fax)
Email: reeser@cofc.edu