With the approach of the winter closure and holiday travel, it is important to keep in mind that there are some people who may be looking to take advantage of others during this busy time of year. The Department of Public Safety would like to make campus residents aware of recent crimes as well as provide some safety and security tips.
On October 10, an AlertSU message was sent regarding an indecent exposure in an elevator in the Quillen Highrise. On the morning of November 14, another incident of indecent exposure was reported to have occurred in the same location. Due to the lack of any additional information, a connection between the incidents has not yet been established.
The Department of Public Safety is also investigating two recent burglaries that occurred over the Thanksgiving week at undergraduate residences on the 600 Block of Lomita Drive. The victims returned to their rooms to discover watches and other property had been removed. The suspect gained access to the rooms by forcibly removing screens on unsecured windows. There have also been vehicle burglaries in parking lots and garages around campus, primarily at the Palm Oval, Visitor Center parking lot, and around the museums. The suspect(s) gained entry by smashing vehicle windows.
Anyone with information on any of these crimes is encouraged to contact the Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413 (24/7). Anyone witnessing a crime or suspicious activity is encouraged to report to police immediately by dialing 9-1-1 or activating one of the blue 911 emergency towers located throughout campus.
While no one other than those involved in committing a crime is ultimately responsible, we can all take steps to increase our personal safety and security. If you plan to be away and you receive home deliveries, be sure to hold all your mail and subscriptions, or ask a neighbor to collect them for you. Lock all your doors and windows, whether you are home or away, even if you're just stepping out for a short while. When parking, don't leave valuables in your vehicle. Most importantly, if you see something, say something. If you observe any suspicious activity or behavior, such as an individual loitering, peering into windows, or trying door handles, immediately dial 9-1-1 (or 9-9-1-1 from a campus phone).