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Security Notifications and Timely Warnings

Timely Warning

April 28, 2014

On April 28, 2014, a female student reported that on Friday, April 25, 2014, she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at an on-campus residence hall. On April 28, student Sayre Thomas was arrested and charged with a felony count of sexual assault. A second victim has been identified; Thomas has been charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact in that instance. Thomas has been released on bond; he is not allowed on campus without Campus Safety escort. If you see him on campus without escort, contact Campus Safety at 389-6911 immediately. He is six feet tall, blond, and Caucasian. A photograph is attached.

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator provides support 24/7:

Office: (719) 227-8101
On-call advocate: (719) 602-0960
Email: Tara.Misra@coloradocollege.edu
Office location: 219 Worner Campus Center

Additional Safety Contacts:
Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments Emergency: 911
CSPD Non-Emergency: (719) 444-7000
Campus Safety Emergency: (719) 389-6911
Campus Safety Non-Emergency: (719) 389-6707

Sayre Thomas

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.


Security Notice

January 20, 2014

Dear Campus Community,

Campus Safety would like to welcome all new and returning students to campus and to wish everyone a safe school year. 

As you may know, Campus Safety expanded or created several programs last fall to help keep our campus safe, including providing a larger capacity vehicle for SafeRide on high-volume nights, adding a GPS app that allows shuttle users to track the shuttle location on their smartphones, installing card reader access to a number of buildings so students can gain access after hours without leaving the building open and unmonitored, and implementing the student-staffed Tiger Patrol program, which provides an additional security presence in the areas frequented by students near campus. This semester, we plan to continue building on those programs, as well as emphasizing three key risk-reduction activities that can help keep you safe:

 

  • Walk in groups of three or more or use SafeRide, the shuttle, or escorts during hours of darkness. Our goal is that no student walk alone after dark. Campus Safety will be adding a second SafeRide vehicle on busy nights and will continue to monitor and adapt the schedule so we can provide prompt, efficient service. 

 

  • Discourage people you don’t know from “piggybacking” into a residence hall or other building through a controlled access point by asking, “Can I help you?” Alert and observant students have helped deter a number of potential thefts or victimization of members of our CC community by notifying Campus Safety when they noticed something suspicious.

 

  • Lock your bicycle with a U-lock and sturdy cable or chain. The number of bikes with U-locks on campus increased from under 50 percent last fall to 70 percent over winter break. The more we do as a community to reduce the perception among thieves that CC is an easy target for bike theft, the safer our community will be.

 

Over the break, Campus Safety brought on Roy Garcia on as our associate director. Roy retired from the Illinois State Police before serving as director of Campus Security at Aurora University and then overseeing security for the City Colleges of Chicago. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him, along with a commitment to service and engaging the campus community. Roy will be overseeing Campus Safety operations and would like to take advantage of opportunities to work closely with students and student organizations on keeping our campus safe.

A safe and healthy CC community is everyone’s responsibility. The Department of Campus Safety works with the Wellness Resource Center to encourage all members of our community to be B.A.D.A.S.S. Active Bystanders. 

http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/sarp/programming/being-a-badass-active-bystander.dot


Timely Warning

Sexual Assault

December 14, 2013

Narrative:

A female reported being sexually assaulted by a male who grabbed her in the alley near the 100 block of Uintah at approximately 1:00 this morning.

The suspect is described as white male, 5’9 – 6’0, who was “slightly older than college age.” He had short dark hair, no facial hair, and was wearing blue jeans and a light colored shirt.

Risk Reduction Tips

  • Use the buddy system: Walk in pairs or groups.

  • Utilize SafeRide and the escort service.

  • Know the locations of emergency phones

  • Avoid isolated or dark areas. Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting, especially alleys and parks.

  • Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.

  • If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.

  • Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify Campus Safety or CSPD. Report suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities immediately.

CSPD & CSFD Emergency 911

CSPD Non-Emergency (719) 444-7000

Campus Safety Emergency (719) 389-6911

Campus Safety Non-Emergency (719) 389-6707

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.


ARRESTED :  

Based on information received in response to the surveillance images released in the Timely Warning, we were able to identify a suspect in the peeping Tom incidents.

CSPD Officer Newton conducted a follow-up investigation and was able to confirm the suspect as 24-year-old Andrew James Browning.

Browning has been arrested and charged with 11 offenses, including:

Three counts of second-degree burglary

Three counts of first-degree criminal trespass

Three counts of second-degree criminal trespass

Two counts of invasion of privacy

UPDATE : Timely Warning – Peeping Tom (residence hall shower area)

Subsequent to the Timely Warning being issued, several students notified Campus Safety that they thought they had seen an individual matching the description in the Timely Warning, helping us narrow the time frames and locations that the suspect entered or exited the facilities.

Based on the surveillance video, the subject loitered briefly in the lobby area, pretending to be using his cell phone, until someone exited the elevator on the first floor, allowing him to enter the elevator without using an access card.

On another occasion, he entered the lobby directly behind two students so it appeared that he was part of their group when they entered the elevator.

In both cases it appeared the subject may have changed clothes, removing an outer garment or changing shirts, while inside the building to help avoid detection.

The suspect  shown in the picture (below left) entered the elevator about 15 minutes before the Sunday afternoon incident and exited a few minutes afterward. The same suspect, in different clothing, entered the elevator about 20 minutes before the Saturday night incident.

                                                

 

             

If you see the suspect shown above, contact CSPD or Campus Safety immediately

CSPD Emergency 911

Campus Safety 719-389-6707

 

Description(s): One suspect is responsible for both incidents, though descriptions varied slightly:

One witness described the subject as a 6-foot-tall male in his mid-20s, possibly Latino, with short, dark hair described as a buzz cut, wearing a white shirt with blue horizontal stripes. He appeared to be unshaven.

Another witness described the subject as a white or Hispanic male who was in his late 20s/early 30s and 6 feet tall or taller with a large build but not overweight. He had short brown hair in a buzz cut and had facial stubble.

 

Risk Reduction Tips:

•             Avoid letting persons you do not know piggyback into a residence hall or other building. Be especially attentive to persons loitering near card reader access points and elevators.

•             Don’t prop doors open, let strangers in, or weaken other security measures.

•             Close and lock your door when you will be away from your room and at night.

•             Report broken locks, doors, windows, and lights so they can be repaired.

•             Report anyone who is acting suspiciously to Campus Safety or the Colorado Springs Police Department.

 

CSPD Emergency 911

Campus Safety 719-389-6707

If you have information relating to this or a similar incident, please contact Campus Safety at (719) 389-6707 or Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at (719) 634-7867 or submit the information online at http://www.crimestop.net/online_tips.htm.

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.


Timely Warning – Peeping Tom (residence hall shower area)

9/29/2013 

A female student reported that she was taking a shower in a Loomis Hall women’s bathroom at about 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. When she turned to face the stall door, she noticed that someone was looking in through the crack at her. When the subject realized that he had been seen, he turned and left the bathroom.

Officers searched the area but did not locate anyone matching the description.

A similar incident was reported at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept.  29. A female student reported that she walked into a women’s bathroom in Loomis and observed a male standing outside holding an iPhone at the top of a shower stall, possibly taking a picture of a female in the shower. The male quickly left the area when observed.

Description(s): The subject in the first incident was described as a 6-foot-tall male in his mid-20s, possibly Latino, with short, dark hair described as a buzz cut, wearing a white shirt with blue horizontal stripes. He appeared to be unshaven.

The subject in the second incident was described as a white or Hispanic male who was in his late 20s/early 30s and 6 feet tall or taller with a large build but not overweight. He had short brown hair in a buzz cut and had facial stubble.

Risk Reduction Tips:

•             Avoid letting persons you do not know piggyback into a residence hall or other building.

•             Don’t prop doors open, let strangers in, or weaken other security measures.

•             Close and lock your door when you will be away from your room and at night.

•             Report broken locks, doors, windows, and lights so they can be repaired.

•             Report anyone who is acting suspiciously to Campus Safety or the Colorado Springs Police Department.

CSPD Emergency 911

Campus Safety 719-389-6707

If you have information relating to this or a similar incident, please contact Campus Safety at (719) 389-6707 or Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at (719) 634-7867 or submit the information online at http://www.crimestop.net/online_tips.htm.

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.


 

Timely Warning  - Burglary (off campus)

Sept 16, 2013

Narrative:

A student residing in an off-campus residence in the 300 block of Cache La Poudre was awakened by a noise in his home shortly before 5 a.m., Monday, September 16. He walked upstairs and observed a male he did not know standing in the foyer. The subject first told the resident that his roommate had said he could stay at the house; however, the roommate also said he did not know the subject. The subject then said he had been at a nearby party the night before and that neighbors had told him he could stay there so he would not have to drive after drinking. The resident told the subject to leave and he complied. The residents later discovered that a laptop computer was missing and additional property had been removed and placed in a bag outside their back door.

It appeared that the subject had been at the party the night before but had not been invited, was not known to the residents, and may have been looking for an opportunity to gain access to commit thefts.

Suspect Description:

The suspect was described as a white male, 6' 2", mid 20's to mid 30's, athletic build. He was wearing a baggie white hoodie, spoke with a very deep voice and possibly referred to himself as "Luke.”

Although this is the first incident of this type reported to Campus Safety this fall, there were a series of thefts at off-campus residences in April involving suspects not affiliated with CC who used parties to gain access into residences to commit the thefts.

Risk Reduction Tips:

When hosting a party take steps to help ensure the safety of guests and their property:

• Have a guest list; control the size and who comes into your party

• Have sober hosts to monitor access and the event

• Check IDs

• Consider hiring private security to staff the entrance

• Encourage guests not to leave their property unattended and unsecured

• Register the party with Campus Safety

Monitor, monitor, monitor! The best way to make sure things stay under control is to stay sober, and monitor your party. The more people you have who are sober and checking on guests, the better your chances of having a safe party.

-Lock exterior doors and windows

-Don’t prop doors open, let strangers in, or weaken other security measures

-Use an exterior light equipped with motion detectors

-Activate alarm system, if available, when away and at night

-If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.

-Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify Campus Safety or CSPD.

 

CSPD & CSFD Emergency 911

CSPD Non-Emergency (719) 444-7000

Campus Safety Emergency (719) 389-6911

Campus Safety Non-Emergency (719) 389-6707

 

If you have information relating to this or a similar incident, please call, please contact Campus Safety at (719) 389-6707 or Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at (719) 634-7867 or submit the information online at http://www.crimestop.net/online_tips.htm.


Security Update

Bike Thefts on Campus

August 27, 2013

Dear Campus Community,

Campus Safety would like to welcome all the new and returning students to campus and to wish everyone a safe and secure school year.

Campus Safety has been working on a number of initiatives over the summer which will help keep our campus safe. These initiatives include:

Saferide / Shuttle – We will be partnering with RIDE Systems in Block 1 to pilot real-time GPS tracking and a smart phone app that allows students to see where the shuttle is and how soon it will be at a designated stop to help plan their travel needs. The shuttle route has been revamped to provide expedited service and additional stops along the Tejon corridor and we will continue the pilot program of using a larger SafeRide vehicle to better accommodate the volume of requests.

Tiger Patrol – This is a new program being operated through Campus Safety that will use student staff to conduct walking patrol in the adjacent neighborhoods. The program does not involve enforcement, but focuses on engaging students on a peer-to-peer basis to help build stronger relationships with the community regarding noise, conduct, and alcohol issues in the surrounding neighborhoods. Students who may be interested in working with Tiger Patrol are encouraged to apply at the work study job fair.

Electronic Access Control has been added to a number of academic buildings to provide convenient card access for members of the CC community after hours and on weekends, while reducing both casual access by unauthorized persons and the potential for crimes of opportunity by those who are unaffiliated with the college.  Buildings that previously may have been left open until 10 or 11 p.m. to allow students access, will switch to card-reader access on evenings and weekends if there are no public events planned for the facility.

CCTV – We have been working to expand and enhance our CCTV security camera coverage of sensitive areas.  Additional cameras and higher resolution cameras allow us to monitor key locations from our dispatch center, which we anticipate will aid both in deterring and solving incidents. Examples of the improved images are provided in the set of photos from recent bicycle thefts below. Your assistance is requested in continuing to be observant for suspicious activity and in identifying the suspects below.


 

Suspect #1

 

Arrived at CC on bike on August 8, 2013, at 8:48 p.m., and walked into the bike corral.

 

Suspect hung out for a few minutes and then took his bike and locked it up on the rack.

 

Suspect then cut the cable lock for the Diamondback mountain bike and rode off on it.

 

Suspect changed shirts and walked back into the bike corral on August 24, 2013, at 4:37 a.m., and cut another cable lock for a multi-colored mountain bike and rode off on that bike. 

 

Suspect #2 - Suspect Identified and Arrested

 

Suspect arrived at CC on foot on August 24, 2013, at 2:49 a.m., and walked into the bike corral.

 

He then walked over to the black and red Specialized bike, cut the cable lock, and rode off on the bike.

 

At 3:13 a.m., the suspect returned to campus, this time on a dark-colored bike. He then parked the bike in the rack and walked over to the other bikes.

 

He then cut the cable lock for a maroon/silver Gary Fisher and rode off on it.

 

At 5:04 a.m., the suspect changed shirts and walked back into the bike corral and retrieved the bike he had left there.

 

Suspect #3

At 1:38 p.m. Saturday, the subject above walked into the bike corral and retrieved the bike that another suspect had left the previous evening.

 

Video clips showing the thefts will be also be posted under the Surveillance Video from Reported Incidents tab of the Campus Safety website at

http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/campussafety/security-notifications-timely-warnings/surveillance-video-from-reported-incidents.dot

 

Bicycle theft remains the most commonly reported offense on campus. Registering your bicycle, using the bicycle storage sheds, having a high-quality U-lock bike lock, and reporting suspicious activity remain the most effective defense against bike theft.

Information on TigerWatch, the campus neighborhood-watch program, is available on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiger-Watch/248772765252070, can be obtained through our campus resource officer Jason Newton by e-mailing him at cspdofficer@coloradocollege.edu, or by calling Campus Safety at 389-6707.

I’d also like to remind students who live off campus that the Crime Prevention Unit of the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) offers free home security inspections upon request and can be requested through Campus Safety or emailing Jason at the address above. Additional information on the home security inspections, as well as a number of other safety tips, can be found on our website at http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/campussafety/safety-programs-and-services/off-campus-safety-tips.dot

There are a number of resources available for obtaining information on incidents that occur off campus, such as http://myneighborhoodupdate.net

Both the SafeRide and shuttle service will be operational starting Sunday September 1st and I would encourage students to take advantage of both. Finally, I’d like to encourage everyone to call Campus Safety when they have security-related questions, concerns, or issues; we are a resource that is available 24/7 and officers want to assist and be of service to the community.

You can reach Campus Safety at (719) 389-6911 (emergency) or (719) 389-6707 (non-emergency).

For other safety tips visit Tiger Watch and the Campus Safety website at http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/campussafety/

 

Personal Safety Tips

  • Decrease your chances of assault by walking with someone else.
  • Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting, especially alleys and parks.
  • If you think you are being followed, walk toward areas that are most likely to be populated and call CSPD immediately.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Stay alert and keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Act confident and walk with a purpose. Make eye contact.
  • Carry your whistle.

Security Update

Summer Safety Tips

July 11, 2013

 

The increase in temperatures can be accompanied by an increase in criminal activity as well.

Our neighbors in the Old North End Neighborhood (ONEN) issued a security alert because of recent thefts and burglaries, some of which occurred in close proximity to our campus, and notified Campus Safety so we could alert our campus community to take precautions.

Details of the incidents, as well as tips for residents who will be away from home, are provided in the alert which is copied below. The tips and suggestions are applicable to residents everywhere. Campus Safety encourages you to take steps to minimize the potential for being the victim of theft or other crime:

  • Close and lock your door when you will be away from your room and at night when sleeping.
  • Close and lock your windows when you will be away. Do not remove screens that serve as a barrier to help deter crimes of opportunity.
  • Avoid letting persons you do not know piggyback into a residence hall or have access to your residence when you are having a party.
  • Report suspicious persons and activity immediately.

Theft is the most common crime on campus, with bicycle theft and the theft of items left unsecure and unattended being the most frequently reported. Registering your bicycle, having a high-quality bike lock, and reporting suspicious activity  are the most effective defense against bike theft.

 

Personal Safety Tips

  • Stay alert and keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Trust your instincts – if you feel unsafe in a situation, get to a safe location; walk confidently and with purpose away from the risk and use your cell phone to call Campus Safety or CSPD.
  • Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting, especially alleys and parks.
  • Use the buddy system. Walk in pairs or groups.
  • Utilize the escort service.

           

You can reach Campus Safety at (719) 389-6911 (emergency) or (719) 389-6707 (non emergency). 

For other safety tips visit Tiger Watch and the Campus Safety website at http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/campussafety/


Timely Warning

Sexual Assault

May 2, 2013

 

Narrative:

A student reported being sexually assaulted near the bridge at Cache La Poudre Street and Mesa Avenue about 4:20 this morning as she was walking along the greenway. A male asked her for a light. He then pulled a knife and assaulted her. She was able to fight him off and call Campus Safety. CSPD was notified and responded as well.

 

Suspect Description:

The suspect was described as a white male, 5'6-5'7, early 30s, medium build. He had a lip piercing and was wearing a black beanie cap and black gloves. He was armed with a knife.

 

 Risk Reduction Tips

  • Use the buddy system: Walk in pairs or groups.
  • Utilize SafeRide and the escort service.
  • Know the locations of emergency phones
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas. Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting, especially alleys and parks.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.
  • Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify Campus Safety or CSPD. Report suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities immediately.

 

CSPD & CSFD Emergency 911

CSPD Non-Emergency (719) 444-7000

Campus Safety Emergency (719) 389-6911

Campus Safety Non-Emergency (719) 389-6707

 

 

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.

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Security Update: Off-Campus Thefts

April 30, 2013

 Four students have reported thefts that occurred last weekend, all at off-campus parties. One involved the theft of a laptop. One involved the theft of a cell phone. One involved the theft of a jacket and cell phone. One involved the theft of a purse and a cell phone.


Although these thefts occurred at three different locations, the common denominator appears to be that the thefts occurred when property of value was left unattended and unsecure at a party where numerous people were coming and going, including some who may not have been CC students.

We encourage anyone who is considering hosting a party to take steps to help ensure the safety of guests and their property:

·         Have a guest list; control the size and who comes into your party
·         Have sober hosts to monitor access and the event
·         Check IDs
·         Consider hiring private security to staff the entrance
·         Encourage guests not to leave their property unattended and unsecured
·         Register the party with Campus Safety

Monitor, monitor, monitor! The best way to make sure things stay under control is to stay sober, and monitor your party. The more people you have who are sober and checking on guests, the better your chances of having a safe party.

Also keep in mind that fire danger is currently rated as “high,” so fires of any sort create a potentially significant hazard.

Additional Personal Safety Tips
·         Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
·         Trust your instincts: If you feel unsafe in a situation, get to a safe location; walk confidently and with purpose away from the risk and use your cell phone to call Safety or CSPD.
·         Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting, especially alleys and parks.
·         Use the buddy system; walk in pairs or groups.
·         Utilize SafeRide and the escort service.

The best way to keep the CC campus safe is to stay alert, keep your mind on your surroundings, and report suspicious activity immediately.

In addition to the previous reports we’ve referenced, on the morning of April 30 two students called to report someone trying to steal a bike. Their alert observations and timely notification enabled officers to respond and identify the suspects, and resulted in CSPD citing the suspects for the offenses.

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Security Updates                                                                                          

April 29th, 2013

The return of warmer temperatures will be accompanied by an increase in outdoor activities and also the potential for criminals to attempt victimize members of our community. Our neighbors in the Old North End Neighborhood (ONEN) recently reported an increase in residential burglaries in the Patty Jewett neighborhood northeast of campus and just last night a student reported that when he returned to his room at the CC Inn after being out for the evening, he found that someone had apparently entered his room through an open window and stolen his laptop computer.

While we can never completely eliminate the potential for criminal activity. Campus Safety encourages each of you to take steps to minimize the potential for being the victim of theft or other crime –

  • Close and lock your door when you will be away from your room and at night.
  • Close and lock your windows when you will be away. Do not remove screens that serve as a barrier to help deter crimes of opportunity.
  • Avoid letting persons you do not know piggyback into a residence hall or have access to your residence when you are having a party. There have been at least two incidents this year in which missing items were reported after a party and the suspects are believed to have been persons who showed up at the party uninvited and were not CC students or associates.
  • Report suspicious persons and activity immediately.

In just this past year, quick notification by members of the campus community helped in the apprehension of one burglary suspect and the identification of another, identified several would-be bicycle theft suspects – two of whom were arrested  by CSPD and another which resulted in the recovery of the bicycle – and resulted in several situations in which officers were able to identify suspicious individuals, escort them from campus, and issue Criminal Trespass Warnings that they would be subject to arrest and prosecution if they returned to campus.

While the number of reported bicycle thefts have been low so far this year, bike theft remains the most commonly reported offense on campus and typically increases with nicer weather. Registering your bicycle, using the bicycle storage shed, having a high-quality bike lock, and reporting suspicious activity remain the most effective defense against bike theft.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Stay alert and keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Trust your instincts – if you feel unsafe in a situation, get to a safe location; walk confidently and with purpose away from the risk and use your cell phone to call Safety or CSPD.
  • Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting, especially alleys and parks.
  • Use the buddy System - Walk in pairs or groups.
  • Utilize SafeRide and the escort service.

For other safety tips visit Tiger Watch and the Campus Safety web site at http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/campussafety/

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Timely Warning: Threats Made Against Students

February 28, 2013

CCCS # 13-0102

On February 26, 2013, Nathan Plowman made threats against current students. As a result of these threats, Nathan has been barred from campus. 

Nathan is known to drive a black Ford Explorer with Colorado license plates 372VGI.

 

If you see Nathan or his vehicle on campus, call 911

If you have safety-related questions, contact Campus Safety at x6707.

Counseling services are available to all concerned students through the Counseling Center at x6093.

Please review the Colorado College Emergency Procedures Quick Reference Guide

For more information, visit the Emergency Preparedness website.

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.


Timely Security Notice

Assault with a Firearm

Oct 31, 2012

 

A student reported that shortly before midnight he was walking with friends from Mathias toward Tutt Library when one of the members of the group yelled something derogatory at a group of males standing on the other side of the lawn. One of the males walked across the lawn and confronted the students who had yelled. After words were exchanged, the student says the male pulled a handgun from his back waistband, “cocked it”,  and struck the student in the face with it. The two then exchanged additional words until another student pulled the student away and they walked over to Worner. The students thought the gun may have been fake, but were not sure whether or not it was an actual firearm.

 

Suspect Description: The subject was described as a black male with a light complexion who had a partial beard and moustache. He was described as being “younger than 20”, about 5’9” tall and average weight. He was wearing dark colored clothes.

 

  

If you have information relating to this or a similar incident, please contact Campus Safety at (719) 389-6707 or Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at (719) 634-7867 or submit the information online at http://www.crimestop.net/online_tips.htm.

 

Risk Reduction Tips

- Report suspicious or threatening persons immediately

- If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.

- Don’t prop doors open, let strangers in, or weaken other security measures

- Don’t allow others to “piggyback” in behind you through card reader access doors.

- Lock your room when you will be away

- Avoid isolated or dark areas

- Know the locations of emergency phones

- If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.

- Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify Campus Safety or CSPD.

 

REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS, VEHICLES, OR ACTIVITIES IMMEDIATELY!

 

Campus Safety Emergency (719) 389-6911

Campus Safety Non-Emergency (719) 389-6707
CSPD and CSFD Emergency 911

CSPD Non-Emergency (719) 444-7000

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.

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Timely Warning Update

Residential Burglary

October 16, 2012

ARREST - Timely Security Notice Burglary Suspect

 

Based on students in several different situations quickly identifying behavior they observed as suspicious, obtaining detailed descriptions, and immediately notifying Campus Safety, the suspect in the recent burglaries was identified and has been taken into custody.

 

Shortly before 9:00 pm Monday night, October 15th the suspect in recent burglaries was back in Slocum Hall knocking on doors. The suspect had changed clothes once again but alert students recognized him as the individual in the Timely Warning photos and notified Campus Safety. Responding Safety officers were able to locate, identify, and interview the suspect, but he fled the area before CSPD was able to arrive to take him into custody.

 

Based on the information obtained during the interview, Campus Resource Officer Jason Newton was able to obtain warrants for the suspect.

 

CSPD was able to locate the suspect at his residence about 4:50 this morning and took him into custody on the four felony warrants we’d obtained. CSPD has also obtained search warrants and the investigation is continuing.

 

The subject has been identified as  Todd Hanson of Colorado Springs.

 

For more information on how to identify and reports suspicious activity, as well as safety and security tips, email  Tigerwatch at Tigerwatch.coloradocollege.edu

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Timely Warning

Residential Burglary

October 15, 2012

Campus Safety has received several reports from community members who believe they may have observed the subject from the picture in the October 10th Timely Warning, including two reports from residence halls today :

 

A Loomis resident reported that at approximately 3:50 p.m. someone knocked on her door but did not answer when she responded to the knock. When she opened the door and looked in the hallway, she observed a subject she did not know standing there. The subject said “oh, sorry” and then walked down the hall and knocked on another door. That individual was described as a white male, in his 20’s, wearing a black shirt, black shorts, black tennis shoes with red shoestrings, and carrying a large backpack. The subject was not wearing a hat and his hair was described as a “buzz-cut” or “stubble”. Residence Life Staff and campus safety officers checked both the interior and exterior of the building but were unable to locate the subject.

 

Two students reported that at approximately 5:45 p.m. they observed a subject matching the description from the Timely Warning exiting the Slocum lobby. They advise that when they looked at the subject, he appeared concerned and quickly walked away east-bound across Nevada Avenue. The individual was described as a white male, in his 20’s, wearing a white t-shirt, black shorts, black tennis shoes with red shoestrings, and carrying a large backpack. He was wearing a red baseball cap. Residence Life Staff checked the interior of the facility and officers responded to search the area but were unable to locate the subject. A review of the video cameras indicated the subject (below) entered Slocum about 5:40 pm and left a few minutes later.

 

Based on the information provided, it appears the same subject was involved in both incidents but changed his shirt and put on a baseball cap between incidents. He does not use a card to gain entry but follows in behind others who swipe in. He also appears to cover his face or duck his head when approaching camera locations.

 

Students are encouraged to continue to be observant for report suspicious behavior, to avoid letting others “piggyback” in behind them, and to keep the rooms locked when away.

 

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Timely Security Notice

Residential Burglary

Oct 10, 2012

 

There have been three thefts / burglaries in Slocum in the past month, including two reported yesterday.  A backpack, a laptop, and a jewelry box were all stolen from unlocked Slocum rooms during daytime hours.  We are investigating using information from student interviews and the cameras in Slocum and are working closely with Res Life staff. 

 

  • 9/ 11 - theft of a backpack from a  room between noon and 1:15 pm.
  • 10/9 – theft of a laptop from a room between 12:30 and 2:40 pm.
  • 10/9 – theft of a jewelry box from a room between 8 am and 2 pm.

 

Possible suspect description:

Although no specific suspect has been identified, the officer reviewing the video surveillance did observe a male who was similar in description to a person reported as being suspicious on 9/21. In the 9/21 incident (photo below) Campus Safety received a report of a suspicious white male, average height, average weight, early-mid 20’s, white shirt with blue writing, tan/green shorts, black shoes, who was walking around in Slocum. When confronted by students he left quickly. The individual has not been identified and has not been charged with any crimes

 

 

 

 

On October 9, a male who was similar in description entered Slocum at 1:07 p.m. and left at 1:22 p.m.. He did not use a swipe card to access the building, but rather followed students in. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark shirt, a dark ballcap, and dark tennis shoes with red trim.

 

If you have information relating to this or a similar incident, please contact Campus Safety at (719) 389-6707 or Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at (719) 634-7867 or submit the information online at http://www.crimestop.net/online_tips.htm.

 

Risk Reduction Tips

-Don’t prop doors open, let strangers in, or weaken other security measures

- Don’t allow others to “piggyback” in behind you through card reader access doors.

- Lock your room when you will be away

-Avoid isolated or dark areas

-Know the locations of emergency phones

-If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.

-Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify Campus Safety or CSPD.

 

REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS, VEHICLES, OR ACTIVITIES IMMEDIATELY!

 

Campus Safety Emergency (719) 389-6911

Campus Safety Non-Emergency (719) 389-6707
CSPD and CSFD Emergency 911

CSPD Non-Emergency (719) 444-7000

In compliance with the U.S. Department of Higher Education and the Jeanne Clery Act, security notices are issued to provide timely warning information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.

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Security Notification

September 7, 2012

Dear Campus Community,

Campus Safety would like to welcome all the new and returning students to campus and to wish everyone a safe and secure school year. Like other small liberal arts colleges, Colorado College has historically been less susceptible to many of the violent crimes more prevalent in our principal cities and at larger campuses.  However, neither Colorado College nor any other institution of higher education is a sanctuary from the ills of society.

Bicycle theft remains the most commonly reported offense on campus. Registering your bicycle, using the bicycle storage sheds, having a high-quality bike lock, and reporting suspicious activity remain the most effective defense against bike theft. Information on TigerWatch, the campus neighborhood-watch program, can be obtained through our campus resource officer Jason Newton by e-mailing him at cspdofficer@coloradocollege.edu or by calling Campus Safety at 389-6707.

Theft and burglary remain the most common crimes reported in locations near campus. Burglaries were reported at 722 and 724 N. Nevada on August 5. There are a number of resources available for obtaining information on incidents that occur off campus, such as http://myneighborhoodupdate.net

I’d also like to remind students who live off campus that the Crime Prevention Unit of the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) offers free home security inspections upon request and can be requested through Campus Safety or emailing Jason at the address above. Additional information on the home security inspections, as well as a number of other safety tips, can be found on our website at http://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/campussafety/safety-programs-and-services/off-campus-safety-tips.dot

Both the SafeRide and shuttle service are operational and I would encourage students to take advantage of both.  Finally, I’d like to encourage everyone to call Campus Safety when they have security-related questions, concerns, or issues; we are a resource that is available 24/7 and officers want to assist and be of service to the community.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Decrease your chances of assault by walking with someone else.
  • Avoid walking in areas with limited lighting, especially alleys and parks.
  • If you think you are being followed, walk toward areas that are most likely to be populated and call CSPD immediately.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Stay alert and keep your mind on your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Act confident and walk with a purpose. Make eye contact.
  • Carry your whistle.
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Timely Warning

Residential Burglary   

   

August 21, 2012

CCCS # 12-00227

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A resident of the 1200 block of Wood Avenue reported a burglary that occurred between 11:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20 and 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21. Entry was gained through an exterior door that had been closed but not locked. The residents were apparently asleep in another part of the residence when the burglary occurred. Two computers were taken. No suspects were seen.

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If you have information relating to this or a similar incident, please call, please contact Campus Safety at (719) 389-6707 or Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000.   

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact CrimeStoppers at (719) 634-7867 or submit the information online at http://www.crimestop.net/online_tips.htm.

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Risk Reduction Tips

-Lock exterior doors and windows

-Don’t prop doors open, let strangers in, or weaken other security measures

-Use an exterior light equipped with motion detectors

-Activate alarm system, if available, when away and at night

-Avoid isolated or dark areas

-Know the locations of emergency phones

-If strangers approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.

-Stay alert and TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS. If you feel uneasy, leave. Go to a safe location and notify Campus Safety or CSPD.

 

REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS, VEHICLES, OR ACTIVITIES IMMEDIATELY! 

Campus Safety Emergency (719) 389-6911 

Campus Safety Non-Emergency (719) 389-6707
CSPD & CSFD Emergency  911    

CSPD Non-Emergency (719) 444-7000