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Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Afternoon 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. 
 
  • 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.
 
  • 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 )

TIMELY WARNING – On Campus Motor Vehicle Theft

TIMELY WARNING – On Campus 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://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a motor vehicle theft.

 

Incident:  On Campus Motor Vehicle Theft

Date:  10/01/2018

Time:  1720 -1800 Hours (5:20PM – 6:00PM)

Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department

                           Report # 18-14700

Location:  34 Saint Philip Street, Charleston, SC

Suspects’ status:  At-Large

 

Incident description: The victim reported that his 2016 Peace Sport Moped, black in color, had been stolen sometime between 1720 and 1800 hours on 10/01/2018, while it was parked on the sidewalk at 34 Saint Philip Street. At the time of the theft, the victim had the moped key in his possession.

Suspect Description:   Unknown

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 you 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:

City of Charleston Police Department
Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergency: 577-7434
Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)

College of Charleston Campus Police
Emergencies: 953-5611
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

Timely Warning – Off Campus Strong Arm Robbery

TIMELY WARNING – Off Campus Strong Arm Robbery

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://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a robbery.

 

Incident:  Off Campus Strong Arm Robbery

 

Date:  09/18/2018

 

Time:  1740 Hours (5:45PM)

 

Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department

 

Report # 18-14008

 

Location:  297 King Street, Charleston, SC

 

Suspects’ status:  At-Large

 

Incident description:  Suspects entered Aldo Clothing Store and stole purses and bags from the store. During the theft, one of the suspects struck the clerk in the face; and the suspects fled from the store on foot, running down Liberty Street towards St. Philip Street.

 

Suspect Description:   #1 – B/M, Slender build, red, white, blue blocked shirt, khaki shorts, white sneakers

 

#2 – B/M, Medium build, dark pants with white/red stripe on pant legs, dark shirt with white/red stripe on sleeve, white lettering down the back of shirt, white sneakers

 

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.

Use well-lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people. Avoid walking alone at night. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone. Use ATMs during the day. If you must use an ATM at night do not do so alone. Avoid ATMs that are not clearly visible from the street. Be aware of people loitering in areas around ATMs, vehicles, and residences.

 

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:

 

City of Charleston Police Department
Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergency: 577-7434
Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)

 

College of Charleston Campus Police
Emergencies: 953-5611
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

 

Timely Warning – Off Campus Burglary

TIMELY WARNING – Off Campus Burglary
 
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 websitehttp://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/.
 
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a burglary.
 
Incident:  Off-Campus Burglary
 
Date:  09/17/2018
 
Time:  1146 Hours (11:46AM)
 
Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department
 
                           Report # 1813921
 
Location:  14 Duncan Street, Charleston, SC
 
Suspects’ status:  At Large
 
Incident description:  The victims were out of town for the hurricane (09/12/2018 – 09/17/2018). Upon returning home, they found the door to their residence had been damaged and various electronic gaming devices had been stolen.
 
Suspect Description:   Unknown
 
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. 
 
Keep emergency numbers either programmed into your phone or readily accessible. Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are at home. Do not hold doors open or allow access to building for people you do not know. Report safety and security issues around your residence to the proper authority, to include: overgrown plants, damaged locks, burnt out lights, etc. Do not keep large amounts of cash in your residence. Ensure all doors and windows are locked when you leave. Do not place valuable items in places where they are seen from outside. Mark and photograph your valuable items to assist in recovery. Do not keep spare keys in obvious hiding places. If you return to your residence and you think is has been illegally entered, do not go in, immediately call Law Enforcement. 
 
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:
 
City of Charleston Police Department 
Emergencies: 911 

Non-Emergency: 577-7434 

Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)
 
College of Charleston Campus Police 
Emergencies: 953-5611
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
 
 

Timely Warning – Off Campus Aggravated Assault

TIMELY WARNING – Off-Campus Aggravated Assault
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 websitehttp://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/
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:  Off-Campus Aggravated Assault
 
Date:  08/05/2018
 
Time:  0218 Hours (2:18AM)
 
Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department
 
                           Report # 1811649
 
Location:  197 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
 
Suspects’ status:  At Large
 
Incident description:  The victim was located intoxicated and unconscious. Two suspects were involved, one of which had run up to the victim and sucker punched him in the head. Suspects fled the area on foot heading east on Calhoun Street. Possible suspects have been identified.
 
Suspect Description:   Suspect #1: W/M, 24 years of age, black hair brown eyes, 5’07”, 150lbs; Suspect #2: W/M, 24 years of age, black hair, brown eyes 5’04”, 150lbs.
 
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. 
Avoid confrontation with individuals you encounter. Avoid becoming involved in incidents you observe. Use well-lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people. Avoid walking alone at night. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone.
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:
 
City of Charleston Police Department 
Emergencies: 911 

Non-Emergency: 577-7434 

Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)
 
College of Charleston Campus Police 
Emergencies: 953-5611
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

Timely Warning – Off Campus Burglary

TIMELY WARNING – Off-Campus Burglary
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 websitehttp://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/.
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a burglary.
Incident:  Off-Campus Burglary
Date:  05/01/2018
Time:  0440 Hours (4:40AM)
Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department
                           Report # 18-06273
Location:  Jack’s Café 41 George Street, Charleston, SC 29401                          
Suspects’ status:  At-Large
Incident description:  Two male suspects forced open the rear door of Jack’s Café and stole a small safe. Suspects fled scene on foot south on Liberty Street Alley towards Liberty Street.
Suspect Description:   Two male suspects (one possibly white), one was thin built and the second was of a heavier built, both were wearing dark clothing and hoodies, no further description available.
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. 
Keep emergency numbers either programmed into your phone or readily accessible. Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even when you are at home. Do not hold doors open or allow access to building for people you do not know. Report safety and security issues around your residence to the proper authority, to include: overgrown plants, damaged locks, burnt out lights, etc. Do not keep large amounts of cash in your residence. Ensure all doors and windows are locked when you leave. Do not place valuable items in places where they are seen from outside. Mark and photograph your valuable items to assist in recovery. Do not keep spare keys in obvious hiding places. If you return to your residence and you think is has been illegally entered, do not go in, immediately call Law Enforcement. 
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:
City of Charleston Police Department 
Emergencies: 911 

Non-Emergency: 577-7434 

Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)
College of Charleston Campus Police 
Emergencies: 953-5611
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
 

Timely Warning – Off Campus Sex Offense

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 a variety of means, including emails, text messages, flyers, and website announcements posted on the Campus Safety website http://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/
 
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a sex offense.
 
Incident:  Sex Offense – Fondling
 
Date:  01/23/2018
 
Time:  9:05PM – 9:10PM
 
Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department and College Of Charleston Department of Public Safety
 
                           Report # 18-01108
 
Location:  Calhoun Street/Pitt Street, Charleston, SC
 
Suspects’ status:  At-Large
 
Incident description: Female victim was walking west on Calhoun Street near Pitt Street and was approached by a male suspect. The male suspect grabbed the victim’s breast and then ran to a dark gray or black pickup truck which was parked on Pitt Street just south of Calhoun Street. The suspect fled the area southbound on Pitt Street towards Bull Street.
 
This suspect may have been involved in a simple assault of a female victim in the area of Pitt Street and VanDerHorst Street at approximately 8:50PM.   
 
Suspect Description: White Male; Early to Mid 20s; 5’06”- 5’08”; Heavy Set; Dark Curly Hair; Mustache/Beard; Long Sleeve Brown Flannel Shirt; and Dark Color Pants.   
 
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. 
 
Acquaintances, friends, or current/former romantic partners may assume that since they have had prior intimate encounters, they do not require consent for future sexual acts. Each sexual act requires verbal consent. Tactics used by a respondent known to the complainant may include intruding into the complainant’s personal space physically, though seemingly accidental touches or casual hugs or touches. The respondent may play on the complainant’s emotional vulnerability or empathy by “sharing” personal information or stories so that he/she lowers their defenses. The complainant may feel uneasy and uncomfortable, but the respondent assures them that nothing is wrong and continues their assault, ignoring requests to stop.
 
On college campuses, alcohol plays a large role in sexual assault. An attacker, often someone the person knows, may encourage or force a complainant to drink alcohol and become intoxicated or may take advantage of a complainant’s intoxication to forcibly assault him/her without consent. Respondents will seek out venues where intoxicated potential victims are likely to be, such as parties and bars. Some will put drugs, such as GHB, Ketamine, or Rohypnol, into a person’s drink to incapacitate them. GHB, also known as Liquid Ecstasy, relaxes a person’s inhibitions, causing drowsiness, and may result in a loss of consciousness. Ketamine, also known as Special K, makes a person feel as if they are separated from their body and detached from reality. Rohypnol, or Roofies, causes a person to become drowsy, dizzy, and lack motor control and coordination. Respondents may also use pressure to try drugs as part of a social event before luring them away from the group.
 
Approximately 66% of sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances. To reduce the risk of similar crimes from happening, we recommend that everyone familiarize themselves with what constitutes sexual assault and, as a community, be vigilant in stopping it. For example:
  • Always seek consent. Stop your sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest or if they say “no”. Engaging in any type of sexual activity without the explicit consent of your partner is sexual assault. If either party is under the influence of alcohol, consent cannot be given.
  • The absence of a “no” is not a “yes.”
  • Avoid engaging in, supporting, or encouraging sexual harassment.
  • Do NOT use threats or coercion to engage in sexual activity.
  • Call for help if you witness a violent crime.
  • Do not take advantage of someone who is passed out, incoherent or otherwise incapacitated.
 
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:
 
City of Charleston Police Department 
Emergencies: 911 

Non-Emergency: 577-7434 

Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)
 

College of Charleston Campus Police 
Emergencies: 953-5611
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

Timely Warning – Motor Vehicle Theft

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 websitehttp://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a motor vehicle theft.
Incident:  Motor Vehicle Theft
Date:  12/08/2017
Time:  2:30AM – 2:35AM
Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department
                           Report # 17-21081
Location:  Across from Jimmy Johns located at 51 George Street, Charleston, SC
Suspects’ status:  At – Large
Incident description:  The victim parked his vehicle, running/keys in ignition, on George Street directly across from Jimmy Johns. The victim went inside of Jimmy Johns for approximately 5-10 minutes and upon returning outside, discovered his vehicle was missing.
Suspect Description:   Unknown description.
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 you 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:
City of Charleston Police Department
Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergency: 577-7434
Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)
College of Charleston Campus Police 
Emergencies: 953-5611
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
 
 
 

Timely Warning – Motor Vehicle Theft

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://blogs.cofc.edu/publicsafety/category/community-notification/
 
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety is informing the College of Charleston campus community of a motor vehicle theft.
 
Incident:  Motor Vehicle Theft
 
Date:  12/01/2017
 
Time:  6:00PM – 8:00PM
 
Reported to:    Charleston City Police Department
 
                           Report # 17-20710
 
Location:  Memminger School Parking Lot – 107 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC
 
Suspects’ status:  At Large
 
Incident description:  Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim’s 2011, Gold in color, Toyota Rav 4 from the parking lot adjacent to McConnell Residence Hall. The keys to the vehicle were located inside of the vehicle at the time of the theft.
 
Suspect Description:   Unknown
 
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 you 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:
 
City of Charleston Police Department
Emergencies: 911
Non-Emergency: 577-7434
Crime Stoppers: (Anonymous Reporting 554-1111)
 
College of Charleston Campus Police 
Emergencies: 953-5611
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
 
 
 

Public Safety Crime Prevention Update

Good Morning Campus Community,
 
As everyone returns to their daily routines around campus. 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. 
  • 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. 
  • With the recent assaults and break-ins 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.
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 )