Security Notifications and Timely Warnings
June 8, 2016
On Sunday, June 5, around 11:30 p.m., a male broke into a home near Colorado College. He was involved in an altercation with the occupant in the home and both were injured. They were both transported to the hospital and the suspect was arrested. No Colorado College students or staff were identified by CSPD as being involved in the incident, however it was near homes occupied by students. If you witnessed or were involved in the incident, please contact Campus Safety and the information will be shared with CSPD.
Colorado College Campus Safety is available 24/7 to students and staff by calling (719) 389-6707 or (719) 389-6911.
Neighborhood Safety Tips
- Lock your doors and windows when you are not home.
- Lock your doors and windows at night.
- Lock the gate to your backyard; don’t give burglars access.
- Have curtains or blinds in your windows and close them at night.
- Lock your car and don’t leave anything valuable in it (or at least not visible).
- Do not leave valuables in plain view, either outside or inside your home.
- Make sure the porch lights and other outdoor lights are functioning. Motion-sensor lights are good investments.
- If you have a panic alarm in your car, keep your car keys by your bed. If someone enters your home, you can sound the alarm from bed.
- House numbers should be in a well-lit area and easily visible to neighbors and emergency responders.
- Exterior doors should have a solid core. Hinges should be on the inside.
- Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and other entrances into the house from the garage or basement.
- Inserting a fitted piece of wood or metal into the sliding glass doors’ lower track improves security.
- Have adequate insurance coverage on your home and its contents.
- Trim trees and shrubs that could easily hide intruders.
- Don’t leave notes on your door.
- Don’t leave spare keys hidden outside. They can be found.
- Don’t use a nameplate outside of your house with your full name.
- Leave doors and windows locked whenever possible.
- Keep credit cards, identification, and other valuables in a safe place, and keep seldom-used valuables in a safety deposit box or a safe.
- Do not leave purses, valuables, or keys in view of persons at your door.
- Shred paperwork with personal information before disposing of it.
- Download the Rave Guardian personal safety app, free for iPhone and Android, http://www.raveguardian.com/
- If there is someone outside who makes you feel uncomfortable, call Campus Safety or CSPD.
- Campus Safety officers will provide free home safety assessments and/or smoke detectors for students living off campus.
February 1, 2016
This weekend, CSPD arrested a man on indecent exposure charges in the Shook’s Run park area. Several runners had reported that the man was driving a black Ford Mustang. He’s a male in his mid- twenties and was seen wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt. If you notice this individual engaged in any suspicious behavior, please contact the Colorado Springs Police.
We wanted to take this opportunity to provide runners some general safety tips:
- Don’t wear headphones while running. Doing so is a distraction that can prevent your senses from identifying potential trouble.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to what is happening around you and adjust your route accordingly.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel that running through a particular area “just doesn’t feel right”, don’t run there.
- Let someone know where you are running and when you plan to be back. Doing so allows your friends to check in on you. Download and utilize the Rave Guardian app for these purposes.
- Stick to well-lit, marked trails.
Stay mindful of yourself and your surroundings, and make your runs that much more enjoyable.
May 5, 2015
This morning, Campus Safety received a report that a student was running through Boddington Park near Wood Avenue and Jefferson Street north of campus around 7:45 a.m., when a man ran up from behind her, grabbed her, and tried to pull her down. The student was able to get away and ran back to campus.
The man is described as a male in his late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5’11,” with a thin build, short brown hair, reading glasses, and a pointy nose, wearing all black.
If you have any information about this suspect or someone fitting this description suspect, call 911. If you think you see this suspect, be sure to get a good description of the person, your location, and the suspect’s direction of travel. Contact Campus Safety if you have questions: x6707.
This information is being released in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Timely warnings are issued to provide information about a potentially dangerous situation at or near Colorado College and to provide our students and employees with the information necessary to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety.
Check Fraud Warning
February 9, 2015
Colorado College Campus Safety has received two reports of a check-cashing scam targeting CC students. In both incidents, the suspect approached students in the Worner Center, telling them that he had his credit cards and wallet stolen and is in a tight spot and stranded in Colorado Springs. The individual then asked the students if he could write them a check for $200.00 in return for $200.00 cash to help him out. The checks initially cleared, but were later sent back for insufficient funds. The suspect in both of these cases was described as an Asian male 5'10" in his mid to late 20's, with a wooden cross hanging from his neck.
There has also been one report of an attempted check-cashing scam via the internet. In this instance, students are contacted about jobs as nannies. The student is then sent a check in advance for more than the agreed amount and asked to make contact with a third party to purchase a high-value item such as a wheel chair or other medical equipment.
Colorado College Campus Safety and the Colorado Springs Police Department would like to remind the campus community to be cautious about offering assistance in situations like the one described above. If an unknown person approaches you and asks you to cash a check and then give that person all, or the majority of, the cash, there is a very high likelihood the check is either fraudulent or stolen. These suspects are usually very persistent and will tell you a sad story about how they are down on their luck and really need your help.
If you have any information about these cases, please contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000. If you have been a victim of this type of scam, please log onto the Colorado Springs Police Website http://www.springsgov.com/police and click on the Bad Check Instructions tab on the homepage.