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Notice of Crime: Commercial Burglary, Core Campus MPC

11/9/2019 4:09 am

Reported offense: On Nov. 9, 2019, at 1:57 a.m., Richmond Police received a report of a burglary to a private business in the 900 block of West Broad Street.

Brief description of how the crime took place: On Nov. 9, at approximately 1:52 a.m., an unknown person(s) broke into a business through the front window and removed several items.

Suspect/s: A black male, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants.

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 ensure all doors and windows are locked.
  • Do not hide keys on the exterior of your residence or share access codes to keyless entry doors. Burglars know where to look and people share information.
  • At houses, install good lighting to light the pathways (front and rear) of the home. Utilize inexpensive timers to operate the lights, giving the appearance of undeterminable entry and exit times. The use of motion lighting will deter loitering and the “lay in wait.”
  • Refrain from posting your whereabouts on social media. People following you on those sites may take advantage of your absence.
  • Install exterior motion lighting to deter trespassing and draw attention to movement on the property.
  • Going away for a while? Ask a trusted person to collect your mail or suspend mail service delivery to your residence. The pile up of mail lets criminals know you are not there.
  • 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 activity to police.

If you live off campus in the City of Richmond and you’re going out of town, ask to be placed on the vacation watch list at:

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 Before 5 p.m. utilize the VCU Parking and Transportation shuttle or the GRTC Pulse if in service. Students and staff ride free on GRTC. 

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious activity, 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:

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


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 and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Get Adobe Reader [View Image]
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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