Update on a reported armed robbery on the Monroe Park Campus
10/12/2015 7:15 pm
Early this morning VCU Police issued a crime alert via mass e-mail regarding an armed robbery reported in the 900 block of West Grace Street. After an extensive investigation today by VCU Police, detectives have determined that a robbery did not occur.
VCU Police issued the crime alert, and suspect description, based on the information that was reported. The department issues crime alerts when a situation represents a significant risk and danger to VCU community members. The VCU Police Department regrets that the false report included a fabricated description of an armed black male.
The department’s investigation into the false report is ongoing at this time and appropriate actions will be taken. The purpose of this message is to advise VCU community members that a robbery did not occur early this morning in the 900 block of West Grace Street.
Notice of crime – Burglary On Campus MPC
10/11/2015 4:14 am
In compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1988 Virginia Commonwealth University is giving notice of Burglary.
Reported Offense: On October 11, 2015 at approximately 2:20 a.m., a burglary and attempted sexual assault took place in the 1300 block of Floyd Avenue. The Richmond Police Department is currently investigating the incident. Both Richmond and VCU Police are increasing patrols in the area.
Suspect: A white male approximately in his early 20’s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The suspect was last seen exiting out the rear door of the residence.
Brief description of how the crime took place: The residents advised that they returned to their home from being out for the night and found their front door unlocked. A separate roommate and other acquaintances had already come home and had been asleep in the living room. The sleeping roommate woke to the presence of the suspect in the living room with her clothing having been removed. She removed herself from the room and the roommates entered shortly after. The suspect was then seen by the roommates walking out the rear door of the residence.
It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community. Police have increased patrols in this area.
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 living in an urban environment. 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. 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 citizens of Richmond are asked to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police immediately.
Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department (24/7) at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, photos and videos directly to VCU Police. VCU Police detectives can be reached during business hours at (804) 828-6409.
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 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.