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Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications
Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications
THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY, AND HOW OF CALLING THE POLICE
Warm weather tends to bring out some shenanigans. Please see the tips below. If you don't feel like reading the whole
excerpt, it can be summed up as follows: If you see something that seems suspicious or just doesn't feel right, call the
police; it can't hurt if you do, but can hurt if you don't... –Bloomsburg University Police Dept. 570-389-2211
WHO SHOULD CALL THE POLICE?
You as a patroller or watcher are the perfect person to call the police to report anything you find suspicious or believe to be a crime in progress. Don’t assume someone else is observing the same event or behavior and is calling the police.
WHY SHOULD YOU CALL THE POLICE?
You risk nothing if you call the police and you are wrong. Consider what you risk if you fail to call the police and you were right. We would rather have you call and it be nothing, than not call and it turns out to be something serious. Successful efforts to combat crime require the cooperative partnership between BUPD our students, faculty and staff that we serve. Our officers cannot be everywhere. For this reason, success against crime is dependent on our campus community cooperation and involvement. Many crimes might be deterred if more people were alert to suspicious activity and notified the police. This would create an area not tolerant of crime and suspicious behavior. The criminal or reprobate that may visit our campus looking to do harm, will realize that whenever they appear, so do the men or women in blue, and find another place to ply their trade.
WHEN YOU SHOULD CALL THE POLICE?
Whenever you observe suspicious events, persons, or vehicles, even though you may not be the only person observing them, call the police. Never think the next person will do what you should. The police would rather get numerous calls on the same event than none at all. Often people fail to call because they are not sure if what they see is suspicious. If you are in doubt, call the police immediately. Don’t wait to talk it over with friends or neighbors. Valuable police response time is lost this way. If something makes the hair on the back of your neck stand on end, gives you a strange feeling that you just can’t put your finger on, or just makes you nervous or apprehensive, call BUPD at 570-389-2211 and let us check it out. Don’t be concerned about bothering us because you won’t. Don’t dwell on feelings of possible embarrassment if your call should prove to be unfounded. Think instead of what could have happened had you not called. You, your friends, or neighbors might become the victims of a criminal if you don’t act.
WHAT IS SUSPICIOUS AT HOME OR ON CAMPUS?
• A stranger enters your neighbor’s house while your neighbor is away or someone is on your neighbor’s property with no apparent lawful purpose; anyone trying to open a neighbor’s door; a moving truck or van pulled up to a neighbor’s home while they are gone. Remember burglaries often occur at times when they should be most obvious – in broad daylight, in
full view of observers with no effort at subterfuge.
• Someone carrying property such as television sets, radios, stereos, etc., at an unusually late hour or in an unusual place, especially if it does not appear that the property is newly purchased.
• The sound of shattering glass could signal a possible burglary, vandalism or larceny in progress.
• Anyone peering into vehicles while walking down a street or someone removing tags, gasoline or parts from a car; someone attempting to enter a car using a coat hanger or other device. Never assume that it is the owner who has locked the keys in the car. Be suspicious of anyone tampering with the hood or trunk of a car.
• An improperly parked car or an abandoned vehicle, or someone leaving one car and driving away in another – these may be signs of a stolen vehicle.
• Anyone being forced into a vehicle could be the victim of a possible abduction.
• Persons loitering around schools, parks and isolated areas, or in the neighborhood. Loiterers could be possible sex offenders or burglars.
• Anyone on school, church, or cemetery property after dark and not taking part in an approved activity.
• Business transactions conducted from a vehicle and often involving juveniles, a steady flow of strangers to and from a particular house on a regular basis at unusual times or late hours. This could indicate drug sales or a fencing operation.
• Offers of goods or repair work at unusually low prices could indicate stolen property or some kind of fraud.
• All fights, screams and loud noises (such as explosions) should be reported as possible crimes or life-threatening events could be taking place.
• Door-to-door solicitors without properly issued licenses. They could be vending illegally or they could be casing houses in your neighborhood.
• A van full of people being dropped off at a corner in your community, who then fan out and go in different directions.
• A stranger approaches as you work in your yard and starts a seemingly innocuous conversation with you. This could be a distracter for their partner who is entering your home. (Common ruse used by transient groups)
HOW DO YOU CALL THE POLICE?
To report a fire or police emergency on campus call University Police at 570-389-2211 or 570-389-4168. Deaf and hearing impaired persons can reach University Police through a telephone device for the deaf (TDD) at 570-389-4172. To report a medical emergency dial 911.
WHAT INFORMATION THE POLICE NEED?
-Give the reason you are calling.
-Give your name, location and phone number.
-Give detailed suspect or vehicle description and last known location or direction of travel.
-Stay Calm. Remain on the phone to give any additional information.
By acting quickly and calmly, your request for police service could foil a crime, help identify suspects involved in other crimes or deter a criminal act by letting potential suspects know that you and your neighbors are alert to suspicious activity, suspicious vehicles and suspicious persons.