Campus Alert - Wednesday, Nov. 9
This incident was reported to Bloomsburg University Police Department on Wednesday, Nov. 9. At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, a female student was the victim of a purse snatching on the foot bridge across Lightstreet Road, commonly referred to as the “cat walk.” The student was returning to her off-campus residence after leaving work at Kehr Union.
A lone white male ran past the victim, grabbed her purse and fled in the direction of Honeysuckle Apartments. The male subject, who was wearing a red hoodie, is described as being approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 20 years old. The victim was not injured during the accident.
The university recommends that students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible. Purses should be kept to the front, rather than the side, of the body. Also, consider carrying a whistle. While there are limitations to the effectiveness of a whistle against all threats, it could work well in a difficult situation as students would first blow into the whistle to attract help and then use a cell phone to call for help.
In case of an emergency, students should call (570) 389-4168. For student safety, there are emergency call boxes available throughout campus. If students are in town and need help, they should call 911.
This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.