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Notice of Crime – Burglary – On Campus MPC

11/30/2016 3:26 pm

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 a burglary.  

Reported Offense:  On Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:55 a.m., a burglary was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred at a private residence in the 900 block of West Franklin Street. Richmond Police are investigating this incident.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The suspect entered the residence through an unlocked door taking the victim’s wallet and its contents. The suspect left the residence heading west on West Franklin Street.

Suspect: Older white male carrying a backpack.

No additional suspect description available.

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. 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 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. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.

 

Notice of Crime – Armed Robbery – Off campus MPC

11/29/2016 9:33 pm

Reported Offense:  On Nov. 29, 2016, at 8:30 P.M., an armed robbery was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred in the 1000 block of N. Lombardy St. Richmond Police are leading this investigation.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The three victims were walking north on Lombardy St. when they were approached by three suspects who displayed silver handguns, taking their personal belongings. The suspects fled south on Lombardy St.

Suspects:

Suspect 1-Black male, 5’11”, dark complexion, dreadlocks, heavy set, wearing a black hoodie and tan pants.

Suspect 2-Black male, 6’1”, light complexion, medium build, wearing a gray VCU hoodie.

Suspect 3-Black male, 6’, medium complexion, slim build, wearing an orange windbreaker jacket and jeans.

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. 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 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:

•    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 his or her 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.
•    Never try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Call the police immediately.
•    When out walking, trust your instincts about a person or situation and choose safety over courtesy.
•    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. 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.
•    Avoid isolated areas and walking alone at night. Consider using the RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
•    For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see: https://police.vcu.edu/safety/index.html and follow the department on Facebook and Twitter.
•    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?”

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. For emergencies call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips call (804) 828-1196. You can also download the LiveSafe mobile safety application for free on a smart phone and submit tips, screen shots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7.

 

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.