Notice of Crime – Burglary– Off Campus MPC
2/24/2017 11:03 pm
Reported Offense: On Feb. 24, 2017, two burglaries were reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred in the 700 and 800 blocks of Catherine Street.
Brief description of how the crime took place: The suspect(s) entered the residences through open windows.
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. Report suspicious people and activity immediately.
VCU students, staff, faculty, and citizens of Richmond are encouraged to report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to the VCU Police immediately at 804-828-1234. Any helpful information in this case can be reported to the VCU Detectives at 804-828-6409.
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.
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.