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Notice of Crime: Robbery, Core Campus MPC

3/28/2020 2:21 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 [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 March 28, 2020 at 1:04 a.m., two victims reported being robbed in the 200 block of N. Laurel Street. 

Brief description of how the crime took place: The victims stated they were walking south in the 200 block of N. Laurel St., at the alley, when the suspects approached them from behind. The suspects grabbed the victim and said, "give me your money." The suspect took cash, credit cards and a cellphone from the victims. 

Suspect/s: Suspect 1: Black male with a dark complexion, 18 to 20 years old, 5’10 to 5’11 tall, and skinny, wearing a grey and blue hoodie sweatshirt. Suspect 2: Black male with a dark complexion, 6’ to 6’2” tall, curly bushy hair, wearing grey hoodie sweatshirt. The suspects were last seen going east on W. Grace Street. 

Investigating agency: Richmond Police are leading the investigation. Police have increased patrols in the 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 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.
  • Be the best witness possible. The information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s). Focus on their physical characteristics, clothing description, height, weight, hairstyle and the last direction they were headed.
  • Do not make sudden and unexpected moves.
  • If the suspect claims to have a weapon, never try to force the bluff.
  • Trust your instincts about a person or situation. Always choose safety over courtesy.
  • Never try to apprehend the criminal yourself.
  • Find a safe location and call the police immediately.
  • Look for and use an Emergency Reporting Telephone. A VCU Police dispatcher will directly answer the call. They are located on the exterior of VCU buildings and at each parking deck and lot. (Note: Phones may be yellow or blue in some locations.)
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Do not let cell phone conversations, earbuds, music or texting keep you from paying attention while traveling the area.
  • Avoid secluded areas such as alleyways and dimly lit streets.
  • Walk around large crowds instead of through them.
  • 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?”
  • If you can do so, safely and discreetly use the LiveSafe app to snap a picture and send it to the VCU Police Department.

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. Before 5 p.m. utilize the VCU Parking and Transportation shuttle or the GRTC Pulse if in service. Students and staff ride free on GRTC. 

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious activity, 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: Electric Bike Theft, Core Campus MCV

3/28/2020 2:17 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 [Electric Bike Theft] 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 March 27, 2020, at 6:50 p.m., the victim reported to VCU Police their electric bicycle was stolen from George Ben Johnston Auditorium at 301 North 12th Street.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The victim stated that an unknown person removed their bike from a secure location. They last saw the electric bicycle at 9:30 a.m. on March 27, 2020, and noticed the electric bicycle missing at 6:45 p.m. today. The Pedego Electric Bicycle is white, with two white baskets on the front, one black basket on the rear, and a cellphone holder on the side. 

Investigating agency: VCU 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:

Bicycle Theft:

  • Use high-quality locks
  • Use your locks to keep your wheels from being stolen
  • Consider an antitheft device.
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas.
  • Make your bike unique
  • Never leave your bike unsecured
  • Record your bike’s serial number and place it in a safe place

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. Before 5 p.m. utilize the VCU Parking and Transportation shuttle or the GRTC Pulse if in service. Students and staff ride free on GRTC. 

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious activity, 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/.

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.