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Current advisory

VCU is monitoring weather conditions

1/26/2015

With a winter weather advisory in effect for much of Central Virginia from Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. until Jan. 27 at noon, VCU continues to monitor weather conditions and will communicate any potential changes to the operating schedule via alert.vcu.edu, text, social media and local media. Individuals should use their best judgment in making safe travel decisions

Crime Alert – Core Campus: Monroe Park and MCV Campuses

1/24/2015

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 motor vehicle thefts. 

Reported Offense: On Jan. 24, 2015, at approximately 5 p.m., VCU Police were notified about two motorized scooter thefts. The VCU Police Department is investigating both incidents. 

Suspects: No suspect descriptions at this time. 

Brief description of how the crime took place: The first reported incident occurred between Jan. 23, 2015, at approximately 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2015, on the Monroe Park Campus.  The victim reported that he parked a motor scooter on the east side of Gladding Residence Center, 711 W. Main St., but did not secure the scooter.  When the victim returned he was unable to locate the scooter.  The victim contacted VCU Police to report the scooter missing at approximately 4 p.m. on Jan. 24.     

The second reported incident occurred between approximately Jan. 19, 2015, and Jan. 23, 2015, on the MCV Campus.  The victim reported that they locked a motor scooter to the bike rack on the Clay Street side of the Ambulatory Care Center, 417 N. 11th St.  The victim noticed the scooter missing on Jan. 23, and contacted VCU Police on Jan. 24, at approximately 5 p.m. 

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community. VCU Police will conduct extra patrols of areas where scooters are parked. Students, faculty, staff and guests should report any suspicious activity witnessed in areas where scooters are parked. 

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 your vehicle.

·        Consider an antitheft device.

·        Park in well-lighted, busy areas.

·        Never leave your vehicle unattended and running.

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.

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 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.