University of California, San Diego
November 6, 2006
ALL STUDENTS AT UCSD SUBJECT: Campus Security and Crime Prevention
The arrival of a new academic year and the upcoming holiday season makes this time of year very exciting and busy for most of us. Unfortunately, it also presents thieves and other criminals with many opportunities while we are distracted. For this reason, the UCSD Police Department encourages you to be aware of your surroundings and pay special attention to the security of your on-campus residence, labs and other workspace. Lock the doors to your residence hall or apartment (front and bedroom doors). Do not leave your property unattended in public areas (libraries, dining facilities, etc.) even if you are only leaving for a short time. When bringing your bike on campus, use an adequate bike lock (U locks are recommended) to secure your bike to the designated bike racks. Remember, if you are walking on campus after dark, consider calling 534-WALK (9255) for a CSO escort. If you witness suspicious activity (behavior that seems out of the ordinary, or people who do not belong in or around your on-campus living space), report it immediately. Remember, if you think something is suspicious, it probably is. Recently, some thefts and other crimes have occurred on our campus that could have resulted in the criminals being apprehended had the activity been immediately reported to the police. So please, if you see a possible crime in progress, or any other suspicious activity, call 9-1-1 from a campus phone or 534-HELP (4357) from a cellular phone as soon as it is safe to do so. Try to mentally record or jot down as much information as you can to provide the police dispatcher, including a specific location of the crime, detailed description of the suspect, and direction of travel if the suspected criminal is fleeing the scene. Remember, the UCSD Police Department fully investigates each reported incident, and only makes an arrest when it can definitively tie an individual to a crime. It is better for the entire campus community to be safe rather than sorry.
If you would like more information about campus safety, please call the UCSD Police Department Crime Prevention Office at (858) 534-3644. The UCSD Police Department thanks you for your help in preventing criminal activity by reporting it immediately. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Orville King
Chief of Police