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Notice of Crime – Suspicious Situation – Off Campus MPC

9/21/2018 6:07 pm

In compliance with the “Timely Warning” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, Virginia Commonwealth University is providing notice of a recently reported suspicious situation that may pose a serious or continuing threat to campus safety.

Reported offense: On September 21, 2018, between 2 A.M. and 4 A.M. a resident in the 1400 block of Grove Ave. reported a suspicious situation. Richmond police are investigating.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The resident reports that a dark figure, who they assumed was their roommate, turned on their bedroom light. The resident later determined it was not their roommate. A window to the residence was later found open. 

Suspect/s: Dark figure, no other descriptors are available.

Investigating agency: Richmond Police are leading the investigation.

The VCU Police would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of when living in an urban environment.  Crimes may occur in our community, and the best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. A few key reminders:

  • Always lock all windows and doors even when home.
  • Never hide a key to your home outside. Burglars often know all the hiding places.
  • Good lighting is a deterrent to crime and allows residents to see the pathway from their vehicle to their home. All entry doors should be equipped with lighting.
  • Motion lighting is a good option in areas that may be intrusive to neighbors.
  • If you are going out of town, make arrangements to have mail picked up daily or have the post office suspend mail deliveries.
  • Reflective house or street numbers clearly visible on your home can save valuable time and assist first responders locate your home.
  • When going out of town, and if you live in the City of Richmond off campus, notify the city to be placed on the vacation watch list at: http://www.richmondgov.com/police/vacationwatch.aspx
  • Keep shades or curtains drawn after dark.
  • "Case" your residence the way an intruder would and look for ways to enter your residence.
  • Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors.
  • Trim trees and shrubs near windows and doors so intruders can't hide in the shadows.
  • Look out for your neighbors; immediately report suspicious people and activity to police.

VCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling (804) 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police.

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any crime, can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies, call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips, call (804) 828-1196. Off-campus emergencies in the City of Richmond can be reported by calling, or texting, 911. (Call if you can, text if you can’t.) For more information on this service in Richmond and surrounding communities, visit: http://www.richmondgov.com/EmergencyCommunications/TextTo911.aspx.

Students, faculty, staff and Richmond residents can download the free LiveSafe mobile safety app on a smartphone to submit tips, screenshots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7. Tips can also be submitted to Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or on the P3 Tips mobile app; for more information, visit http://www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com/.

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Notice of Crime – Sexual Assault – Off Campus MPC

9/21/2018 3:50 am

In compliance with the “Timely Warning” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, Virginia Commonwealth University is providing notice of a recently reported Sexual Assault that may pose a serious or continuing threat to campus safety. This notice is intended to aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to enable members of the university community to protect themselves.

 

Reported offense: On September 21, 2018 at 2:22am, Richmond Police and VCU Police responded to a private residence located in the 1100 block of Floyd Ave for a report of sexual assault. Richmond Police will be leading the investigation.

 

Brief description of how the crime took place: The survivor reported that at approximately 2:20am they awoke to being fondled by an unknown male who entered the apartment through an unlocked door. The survivor pushed the male away who fled from the residence in an unknown direction. 

 

 

Suspect/s: The suspect is a white male, 5’6 to 5’10 in height, and was wearing a brown baseball hat.

 

Investigating agency: Richmond Police are leading the investigation.

 

The VCU Police would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of when living in an urban environment.  Crimes may occur in our community, and the best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. A few key reminders:

 

Sexual Battery / Groping:

 

It is important to remember that sexual battery is never the survivor's fault.

 

Engaging in any type of sexual activity without voluntary, informed and active consent is sexual assault. Always seek verbal, sober, clear consent. Immediately stop sexual advances if the other person indicates no interest or if they say "no." Consent to one sexual act does not imply consent to another. The absence of a “no” does not mean “yes.”

 

Sexual assault is non-consensual activity, ranging from unwanted touching to forced intercourse, which can include sexual contact with someone who is impaired by alcohol, drugs, or any other intoxicant that impairs the person’s judgment. Be on the lookout for suspicious people who may attempt to isolate someone who is intoxicated or has been drinking.

 

If you witness a situation that appears unsafe or makes you uncomfortable, intervene if it's safe to do so or go to a safe area and call for help. Bystander intervention is a known tool to help to prevent campus sexual assault. Safety apps, such as LiveSafe, can help you notify others of your location. Use “Emergency Options” in the LiveSafe app if you feel unsafe, isolated or need assistance from VCU Police immediately.

 

The following are some general tips to consider when thinking about your personal safety in any situation:

 

  • Develop a safety plan with friends. Help each other to stay safer by sticking together and making sure someone does not become isolated.
  • Call police immediately.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Earbuds, headphones and electronic devices may be distracting.
  • Consider yelling for help and drawing attention to the situation.
  • Be cautious if someone tries to stop or distract you; a suspect may ask, “Do you have a cigarette?” or “Can I use your phone?”
  • When out walking, trust your instincts about a person or situation and always choose safety over courtesy.
  • Pepper spray, a loud whistle or high-decibel personal alarm could serve as a deterrent.
  • Use the LiveSafe app and send a photo of the suspect, if you can do so safely.
  • Use the nearest Emergency Reporting Telephone.You will automatically be connected to VCU Police.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. use the RamSafe transportation service to avoid traveling alone. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
  • Familiarize yourself with RAMSWay paths: https://police.vcu.edu/stay-safe/ramsway/Travelers will more than likely encounter a VCU Police officer and/or and Emergency Reporting Telephone along the way.These paths have security cameras, lighting and safety signage.

 

For additional support and resources:

 

Det. Morgan Abbate, VCU Police Victim-Witness Specialist, (804) 828-0406

E-mail: mlabbate@vcu.edu  

 

VCU University Counseling Services:  (804) 828-6200 (Monroe Park Campus) or (804) 828-3964 (MCV Campus). To speak with a counselor after hours, call VCU Police at (804) 828-1234 and ask to be connected to an on-call counselor. Services are confidential. Web: https://counseling.vcu.edu/. Email MyOptions@vcu.edu to connect with a confidential advocate in Counseling Services.

 

 

 

VCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling (804) 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.

 

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police.

 

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any crime, can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies, call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips, call (804) 828-1196. Off-campus emergencies in the City of Richmond can be reported by calling, or texting, 911. (Call if you can, text if you can’t.) For more information on this service in Richmond and surrounding communities, visit: http://www.richmondgov.com/EmergencyCommunications/TextTo911.aspx.

 

Students, faculty, staff and Richmond residents can download the free LiveSafe mobile safety app on a smartphone to submit tips, screenshots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7. Tips can also be submitted to Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or on the P3 Tips mobile app; for more information, visit http://www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com/.

Preparedness

It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.

The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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and to share this information with other members of the community.

VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.

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