Notice of Crime – Shots Fired – Core campus MPC
11/19/2017 1:43 am
Notice of Crime – Shots Fired – Core campus MPC
Reported offense: On November 19, 2017, at 12:24 a.m., Richmond Police and VCU Police received reports of shots fired in the 900 block of West Clay Street.
Brief description of how the crime took place: Citizens in the area reported hearing gun shots. Officers immediately responded and circulated the area. There were no injuries reported to the police and all parties involved are believed to have left the area. VCU Police and Richmond Police are increasing patrols in the area.
Suspect/s: No suspect
Investigating agency: VCU Police is leading the investigation.
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:
• Immediately report suspicious people and activity to police.
• Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. 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 use of RamSafe during the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.
• In the event of an incident, 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.
• When walking, carry a loud whistle or high-decibel personal alarm. Use them to attract attention or summon help if you feel you are in danger. Carry the whistle or alarm in your hand so you can use it immediately
• If followed or threatened by someone who is walking, use your whistle or personal alarm or scream loudly, cross the street and run in the opposite direction.
• Avoid physical confrontation, if possible, by walking away.
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.
Why am I receiving this email? Virginia Commonwealth University is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting. This notification is part of our efforts to prevent and solve crimes. To report a crime in progress or an emergency on campus, call (804) 828-1234. For off campus emergencies, dial 911. VCU’s annual safety report is available at: go.vcu.edu/asr. Maps of the core campus and VCU Police jurisdiction for each campus are available for review. View the Monroe Park Campus at: https://police.vcu.edu/media/police/assets/documents/jurisdiction/MonroeParkMap.pdf and the MCV campus at: https://police.vcu.edu/media/police/assets/documents/jurisdiction/MCVCampusMap.pdf.
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.