Crime Prevention Update June 30, 2016

By | June 30, 2016

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July. Safe travels to everyone planning a trip for the holiday weekend. Here are a few things to pass along from Public Safety:

  • The College of Charleston has several resources for the 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.
  • July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month in the United States, when more cars are stolen than any other month. Vehicle theft is a very expensive crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $4.1 billion. 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.
  • The Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and Student Government Association, is in the process of implementing the new bicycle parking system in the area of the Bell Building, McAlister Residence Hall, and Berry Residence Hall.  If you park your bicycle in this area, please familiarize yourself with these assignments. Please direct any questions to Craig Bennet with the Office of Sustainability at
  • National Campus Safety Awareness Month is in September. We have several events planned throughout the month. If your campus group or organization would like to team up with Public Safety on hosting a presentation or event, we would be more than happy to collaborate on this initiative. Please contact me at if you plan to participate.
  • Be social with us! If you have not already, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for departmental news, upcoming events, and other important information.  If you are having trouble accessing our pages, please make sure you are signed into your social media account.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Have a fire extinguisher available when grilling or using fireworks during your Fourth of July celebration. It is also suggested to have a bucket of water or a hose available if the fire spreads. When using fireworks make sure the area is free of bushes, dry grass, and holiday decorations to avoid fire.

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


Take Care and Be Safe,

PSO Madeline M. Sloan

Crime Prevention Specialist

Department of Public Safety

Office of the President

89 St. Philip Street

Charleston, SC 29424


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