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Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,

First and foremost, congratulations to all graduating seniors. We wish you the best of luck with your future endeavors. With commencement just two weeks away, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

  • For those who will be attending or participating in Spring Commencement, the Department of Public Safety would like to remind attendees of the following:
    • Event rate parking for the ceremony will be available at the College of Charleston’s St. Philip garage (located at 81 St. Philip St., next to the AT&T building), Wentworth Garage (located at 81 Wentworth Street, on the corner of St. Philip and Wentworth streets), and the George Parking Garage (located at 34 St. Philip Street between George and Liberty Streets; garage entrance is between CVS and Liberty Street Fresh Food Company). Please refer to the College of Charleston parking map for the exact locations of the parking listed above.
    • Handicap accessible parking is available in all of the garages listed above. A valid state-issued handicap-accessible placard is required to park in a handicap accessible space within these locations. A handicap drop-off/entrance is located on the eastern gate of the Cistern along St. Philip Street.
    • The College of Charleston observes a strict no-alcohol or other drugs policy prior to and during the commencement ceremonies. Ceremony participants, graduation candidates, and guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages or other drugs onto the premises or consuming alcoholic beverages during the ceremonies. Any person determined by College personnel to be impaired will be removed from the premises and prohibited from participating in the ceremony.
    • Public Safety Officers will be available to assist with directions and answer questions. More information regarding commencement is available here.

  • Please help us to help you avoid becoming a victim of crime over the Summer break.  If you have a bicycle parked on campus, please remove it no later than May 22, 2019. All bicycles remaining after this date are subject to being removed by Public Safety. No bicycles should be left on campus during the summer break unless you are taking summer classes or employed by the College of Charleston. Please note all bikes secured on campus must be registered. Bikes may be registered at Public Safety at any time, free of charge. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at (843)953-4980.

  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  This year the theme is stress so we are hoping to raise awareness of stress, how it can affect your mental health and wellbeing, what you can do to look after yourself or where to go if you do need extra support. You can also find information specific to college students and life on campus, including top freshman year issues, taking a leave of absence, and balancing work and school. You can also stop by CofC’s Counseling and Substance Abuse Services for additional resources and information.
  • 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:

Motor vehicle thefts are often crimes of opportunity. To reduce your risk of becoming a victim of motor vehicle theft, there are several habits you should practice: always lock your vehicle; never leave keys inside or around the vehicle; and, when possible, park in well-lit areas.

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,

 

Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

 

  • The safety and security of the campus 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

 

Crime Prevention Tip:

 

Use good judgement 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. The 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.

 

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,

As everyone continues to enjoy the spring semester, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

  • With the start of spring break today, 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.
  • 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)

Email: reeser@cofc.edu

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,

 

I hope everyone is having a happy and safe Spirit Week. 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: 

  • 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.
  • 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 )

Email: reeser@cofc.edu

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,

 

I hope everyone is having a happy and safe week.  Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

 

  • If you have not already done so, please review our Guide to Safer Living, which provides an excellent overview of safety and security at the College of Charleston. If you have any questions as you acquaint yourself to campus, please contact me at Public Safety or visit Public Safety’s webpage.
  • 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.

 

  • As part of the Community Orienting Policing Program, Public Safety will be hosting several town hall meetings for the campus community. This is a great opportunity to meet your Public Safety officers, ask questions, and share suggestions, comments, and concerns. As always, I encourage you to actively participate in safety and security around campus, so I anticipate a good turnout! All sessions will be held in Stern Center room 206. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Below are the dates and times for the town hall meetings:

    • 2/12/19 3pm Student session
    • 2/13/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 2/26/19 6pm Student session
    • 2/27/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 3/13/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 3/14/19 3pm Student session
    • 3/27/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 3/28/19 6pm Student session

 

 

  • 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

843-953-5609 (office )

843-953-2105 ( fax )

Email: reeser@cofc.edu

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,

Here are a few things to pass along from the Department:

  • The safety and security of the campus 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.

  • As a member of the College of Charleston community, it is important to familiarize yourself with local laws. The Charleston Police Department enforces several city ordinances on campus and in the surrounding areas.
    • The Bicycle Parking Ordinance aims to keep sidewalks clear and safe by prohibiting locking bicycles to light poles, parking meters, signs, etc. Check out this interactive map to see where you can safely and legally secure your bike. You may also secure your bicycle to any bike rack on campus. The Department of Public Safety recommends using a U-lock rather than a cable or chain lock.
    • The Skateboard Ordinance regulates the operation of skateboards and designates which streets you can and cannot skateboard on. You can view the restricted streets on this [../../Skateboard_Use_Map_121720121.pdf]skateboard use map. Whether you are on a bicycle or skateboard, remember to abide all traffic laws, use appropriate hand signals, and keep to the right side of the road.
    • The Noise Ordinance is in place to protect the quality of life of Charleston City’s residents and visitors. The ordinance prohibits “clamorous singing, yelling, shouting, whooping, bellowing, hollering, or other loud, obstreperous, wanton and unnecessary noises” in addition to operating a vehicle in a way that emits excessive noise. The ordinance also restricts playing loud music, specifically between the hours of 11:00pm and 7:00am.
    • As a reminder, College of Charleston Public Safety officers will continue to enforce bicycle and skateboard ordinances. More information on these ordinances can be found on our website.

  • 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.

  • As part of the Community Orienting Policing Program, Public Safety will be hosting several town hall meetings for the campus community. This is a great opportunity to meet your Public Safety officers, ask questions, and share suggestions, comments, and concerns. As always, I encourage you to actively participate in safety and security around campus, so I anticipate a good turnout! All sessions will be held in Stern Center room 206. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Below are the dates and times for the town hall meetings:

    • 2/12/19 3pm Student session
    • 2/13/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 2/26/19 6pm Student session
    • 2/27/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 3/13/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 3/14/19 3pm Student session
    • 3/27/19 12 noon Faculty/Staff session
    • 3/28/19 6pm Student session

  • 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:

Use good judgment and maintain awareness of your surroundings when attending social events. If at any point, you or a friend feel 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 regarding 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,

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday.  As we kick off the spring semester 2019, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

  • A warm welcome to all new students, faculty, and staff who are joining us for the Spring 2018 semester. If you have not already done so, please review our Guide to Safer Living, which provides an excellent overview of safety and security at the College of Charleston. If you have any questions as you acquaint yourself to campus, please contact me at Public Safety or visit Public Safety’s webpage.
  • 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 we enter a new semester, 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.
  • Since the season of gift giving has just come to a close, now is an opportune time to remind everyone of Public Safety’s Operation ID and Computer registration program. For those of you returning to campus with computers, cell phones, and other electronics, please stop by Public Safety to register your items. We will keep serial numbers and other important information about your valuables on file. Having this information will assist with the recovery and return process in the event your item is lost or stolen. This service is available 24/7, so stop by anytime.
  • 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.
  • 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:

Familiarize yourself with the locations of the emergency call boxes around campus. A map of the emergency call boxes can be found here.

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,

 

Congratulations to all on another successful semester. On behalf of the Department of Public Safety, I hope you and your family have a happy and safe holiday season. As we prepare for winter break, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

 

  • Holiday breaks are a vulnerable time for the campus. Thieves take advantage of the decline in foot traffic and overall activity. Please do your part in helping Public Safety protect your personal property over the holiday breaks. If you plan on leaving your bike on campus, it is recommended that you secure it in a highly visible, well-lit area. If you live in a residence hall that has interior bicycle racks (McAlister, Kelly House), it is recommended that you relocate your bike to that location. Students are highly encouraged to take valuables home with them during the winter break. For faculty and staff who utilize offices, please make sure you are securing your office door. If you have valuables, such as phones, laptops, tablets, etc., please consider locking them in a desk drawer or other secure location.
  • If you plan to host a special event off-campus in the downtown area in 2019, 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.
  • As winter break is approaching, now is the time to prepare your residence if you are planning on going out of town for the holiday. For those of you residing in the downtown area, particularly students living in off-campus housing, you can contact the Charleston Police Department ((843) 720-2426) if you would like an officer to keep an eye on your residence while you are away. Any faculty, staff, or students living outside the immediate area are encouraged to call their local police department, as most law enforcement agencies offer this service.
  • Recently, there have been several thefts in the area immediately adjacent to the campus. Whether you live on or off campus, please make sure that you are locking all doors. Do not leave valuables in plain sight. Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious, notify Public Safety or local law enforcement immediately.
  • 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:

 

Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home. This may entice a passerby. Keep these items out of view and store them in a secure location within your home.

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

Take Care and Be Safe,

Chief

 

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,
 
Here are a few things to pass along from the Department:
 
  •  
  • The safety and security of the campus 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.
 
  • 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.
 
  • 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.
 
  • 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.
 
  • Upcoming Classes/Events
    • R.A.D. Rape Aggression Defense
      • Free Self-Defense Class
      • November 12-15, 6p-9p
      • ECDC, 91 Wentworth Street
      • Register: RAD@cofc.edu
    • Campus Safety Walk
      • November 7, 5p
      • Stern Center Lobby
      • It’s your campus! We want your input. 
 
Crime Prevention Tip:
 
Use good judgement 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.The 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.
 
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 Afternoon Campus Community,
 
With the campus quieting down, here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:
 
  • Last week, the Department of Public Safety released a Timely Warning in reference to a motor vehicle theft that occurred on campus. Although there is no way to eliminate crime, there are several risk reduction strategies you may choose to adopt.  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 were left unlocked at the time of theft. 
  • The Department of Public Safety offers an on-campus safety escort system that is available 24 hours days, seven days a week for your safety. To utilize this service, please contact the Public Safety Dispatch at (843) 953-5609 and request an officer to escort you to your destination. Note: This service is primarily intended for on-campus travel.  Safety escorts can only be guaranteed for on-campus requests.  Off-campus requests will be done at the discretion of the shift supervisor. However, if you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, please call us. 
  • We have received a few inquiries regarding the presence of animals on campus. Please refer to the College’s Service Assistance and Animal Policy for more information, or contact the Office of Disability Services. 
  • According to the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, South Carolina is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation to be impacted by hurricanes and tropical storms.  As we are in the midst of hurricane season, please be sure to stay educated on proper hurricane preparedness.  You can pick up a copy of the Charleston County Hurricane Preparedness Guide at Public Safety headquarters or visit the South Carolina Emergency Management Divisionwebsite. Anyone with questions, please contact Randy Beaver, Director of Environmental Health and 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:
 
Avoid storing spare house keys in your vehicle. If your car is left unlocked or broken into, the suspect will then have access to your home. Documents such as vehicle insurance and registration contain your address, thus leading the suspect to your living quarters. Leaving a house key in the vehicle could prompt a secondary crime.
 
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.
 
Take Care and Be Safe,
Chief
 
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 )