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Crime Alert - Oct. 22, 2014

The Department of Public Safety has received several recent reports of items being stolen from vehicles.  The thefts have taken place from vehicles parked in the student housing parking along with the other Shawnee State University parking areas. These incidents have taken place at different times of the day and evening. In all of the instances, the items were inside an unsecured vehicle. 

The suspect is a white male wearing blue jeans or gray pants, a dark jacket/coat, dark shoes and dark ball hat.

In an effort to reduce these types of incidents please follow these crime prevention tips:

1) Do not leave valuables inside an unsecure vehicle.  Also, do not leave items in plain sight in a vehicle even if it is locked. Criminals look for easy targets; please avoid being an easy target.

2) When leaving for the weekend or for a semester break, do not load valuables in the vehicle days before leaving campus.   Secure valuables in the trunk, in the residence hall or at home.

3) Take advantage of the SSU Operation Identification program and borrow an engraver from the SSU Department of Public Safety to mark your valuables.

4) Take pictures of your valuables and any identifying feature of the valuable, such as a serial number.  Then e-mail yourself those pictures so that you have the pictures in separate locations in case your camera or phone gets stolen.

5) Be aware of your surroundings. Notify SSU Department of Public Safety at 351-3232 or 351-3243 if you see suspicious activity on campus.

 

Crime Alert - Jan. 23, 2014

The Department of Public Safety advises that a suspect arrested for entering a female student's campus apartment uninvited and for approaching female students and trying to kiss and touch them, was released on bond today at 4:45 p.m. while he awaits trial. The accused is a 67-year-old man of Middle Eastern descent and lives in the campus area. The Department of Public Safety advises all students to be aware of your surroundings, exercise safe practices and notify campus police at 351-3232 of any suspicious activity. 

In an effort to help make you safer please follow these basic street safety tips:

1) Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut.

2) If you notice that you are being followed call 911 immediately.

3) Know where you're going and the safest way to get there, particularly during hours of darkness. Walk in well-traveled, well lighted areas avoiding short cuts through public parks, construction sites, alleys and parking lots.

4) When going out, tell a roommate or friend where you're going and the approximate time you expect to return. Whenever possible, travel with a friend, or better still, with a group of friends.

5) Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings don't look down at the ground or your cell phone.

6) Keep purses and packages tucked securely between your arms and body. Don't overload yourself with packages and bags – it is distracting and it can make you look defenseless.

7) Carry a whistle or similar type of noise maker. In the event of an emergency, the sound may scare off a would be attacker.

8) If you are on campus and feel uncomfortable with your surroundings, or it is after hours and you would like an escort to your dorm or car, please call 3243 (non-emergency) or 3232 (emergency) if using a University phone. If using a cell phone or non-university phone call 351-3243 or 351-3232.

  

Crime Alert - Dec. 28, 2013

The Portsmouth Police Department received a complaint on December 28, 2013 of a white male in his 30's, with dark brown hair and a medium build, driving a white SUV (with an Ohio license tag) in the area of 3rd Street at Offnere Street, in which the male attempted to pull the female victim into his vehicle. This was reported to have occurred between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. The SUV had an Ohio license tag.

At present the Portsmouth Police are investigating this case and have a suspect. The suspect's name is being withheld at this time pending criminal charges. This incident, although not directed at S.S.U. students, shows the need of each of us to stay alert and tuned in to our surroundings.

In an effort to help make you safer please follow these basic street safety tips:

1) Be aware of your surroundings at all times and trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut.

2) If you notice that you are being followed call 911 immediately.

3) Know where you're going and the safest way to get there, particularly during hours of darkness. Walk in well-traveled, well lighted areas avoiding short cuts through public parks, construction sites, alleys and parking lots.

4) When going out, tell a roommate or friend where you're going and the approximate time you expect to return. Whenever possible, travel with a friend, or better still, with a group of friends.

5) Walk with confidence on the street and at a good, steady pace. Keep your head up and observe your surroundings don't look down at the ground or your cell phone.

6) Keep purses and packages tucked securely between your arms and body. Don't overload yourself with packages and bags – it is distracting and it can make you look defenseless.

7) Carry a whistle or similar type of noise maker. In the event of an emergency, the sound may scare off a would be attacker.

8) If you are on campus and feel uncomfortable with your surroundings, or it is after hours and you would like an escort to your dorm or car, please call 3243 (non-emergency) or 3232 (emergency) if using a University phone. If using a cell phone or non-university phone call 351-3243 or 351-3232.

 

 

 

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