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Notice of Crime – Burglary – Off Campus MPC

7/20/2018 12:32 pm

Reported offense: On July 20, 2018, at 9:49 a.m., Richmond Police and VCU Police received a report of a burglary that occurred in the 1000 block of Park Avenue.

Brief description of how the crime took place: Between 8:15 p.m. on July 19 and 9:15 a.m. on July 20, 2018, an unknown person(s) entered the residence through a door to the fire escape. The residents were not home at the time of incident.

Suspect/s: No suspect description is available at this time.

Investigating agency: The Richmond Police Department is 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/.

Notice of Crime – Armed Robbery – Off Campus MPC

7/18/2018 1:31 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 Armed Robbery 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 July 18, 2018 at 12:11am Richmond Police and VCU Police responded to the South alley of the 1000 block of W. Grace Street for a report of an armed robbery.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The victim reported that the suspect approached him in the alley and displayed a silver handgun and demanded personal property. The victim gave the suspect property and the suspect fled on foot west away from campus.

The victim was not injured or hurt during the encounter.

Suspect/s: The suspect is described as a black male, 20 years of age, 5’8, 170, wearing a red jacket, long dark pants, a dark colored ball cap, and no visible facial hair.

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:

Robbery:

  • If you find yourself in a similar situation do not resist. Cooperate.
  • In the event of an incident such as this, the information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s). Focus on their physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight, and last known direction of travel.
  • Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves.
  • If the suspect claims to have a weapon, never try to force the bluff.
  • When out walking, trust your instincts about a person or situation and always choose safety over courtesy.
  • Never try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Call the police immediately.
  • If you need help, look for an Emergency Reporting Telephone. You automatically will be connected to the VCU Police Department.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, day and night. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when crossing the street or in another situation that calls for your full attention.
  • Be very cautious if someone tries to stop or distract you; a suspect may ask, “Do you have a cigarette?” or “Can I use your phone?”
  • 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 safety tips from the VCU Police, visit: https://police.vcu.edu/safety/index.html

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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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.

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.

Current status

VCU and the VCU Medical Center are operating on a regular academic and work schedule.

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On-campus emergency

(804) 828-1234

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Off-campus emergency

911

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