Crime prevention means being aware of your environment and remaining alert to situations that could make you vulnerable to crime. We cannot list specific measures that will protect you from every threatening situation, which may arise.
Instead, we hope to teach you how to think "Crime Prevention" in day-to-day living. The suggestions presented should not be thought of as a list of crime prevention measures, but as examples of common sense behavior that will help you to make life safer and more secure.
PROTECTING YOUR PROPERTY
PREVENTING THEFTS FROM VEHICLES:
- Install a vehicle alarm or mechanical lock for the steering wheel or ignition.
- Always lock the doors and leave the windows rolled up.
- Always activate any auto alarms or anti-theft devices.
- Keep books, tape players, and other valuables out of sight. Expensive items in full view invite theft even if the vehicle is locked. Don't advertise the types of equipment you have in your vehicle.
- Place valuable items in your trunk not the front or back seats.
- Know the license number, year, make and model of your vehicle.
- Do not leave money, checkbooks, or credit cards in the vehicle at any time.
PREVENTING BICYCLE THEFT
- Keep bicycles locked any time they are unattended with a good "U" type lock. Second choice would be a good casehardened padlock and cable. Be sure the "U" lock or cable goes through the front wheel, rear wheel and the frame, and secure it to a fixed object.
- Check the lock by pulling on it to make sure it is secure.
- Use an engraver to place an identifying mark on unpainted major bicycle components.
- Be sure to retain all evidence of purchase, including the serial number.
- Be able to identify the bicycle.. not only by its color, but also by its features.
- Have one or more close up color photographs of the bicycle on hand.
- Register the bicycle in the Department of Public Safety/County Police registration program.
- Never loan your bicycle or other property to strangers.
- Try to avoid parking a bicycle in a deserted or poorly lit area.
PREVENTING THEFTS FROM OFFICES
- Don't become complacent. Be aware! Be attentive.
- Don't showcase your office.
- Close and lock your office when it is not occupied. It only takes seconds for a thief to notice an unoccupied office, walk in and put something in a book bag.
- Lock your desk, file cabinet, locker, etc.
- Don't leave your purse in that last or bottom drawer of your desk (thieves know it's there).
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REPORTING A CRIME OR EMERGENCY
An important responsibility of a victim or witness of a crime or other emergency is timely reporting to appropriate authorities. The Department of Public Safety has well trained Campus Public Safety Officers on duty 24 hours a day who an are prepared to deal with incidents on campus. You can report an incident by calling DPS at ext.1818 from a campus phone or 410-777-1818. When doing so, attempt to provide as much detail as possible about the situation, including at least the following:
- Your name;
- Your location and telephone number where you can be reached;
- The nature of the problem you are reporting;
- Additional information as requested by the communications officer.
IF YOU WITNESS A CRIME
If you see or suspect a crime is being committed on campus, pay particular attention to the features of the offender(s) and any vehicles involved. Try to be prepared to provide at least the following about the offenders:
When reporting a crime by telephone, remain on the phone until the communications officer is fully briefed with all the information necessary to dispatch the appropriate response personnel to the scene.
- Age, race, height, and weight;
- Hair color and style, beard and mustache;
- Notable characteristics (acne, scars, glasses mental state, etc.)
- Clothing description;
- Location where last seen;
- Last known direction of travel;
- Vehicle description and distinctive markings.
Witnesses who wish to remain anonymous may do so. It is more important that a response be dispatched as quickly as possible.
IF YOU ARE VICTIMIZED
If you or your department/division become the victim of a crime on campus,report the offense immediately. Timely reporting of a crime improves the possibility of suspect apprehension and recovery of stolen property. Officers of the Department of Public Safety investigate each reported crime to the best of their ability. If you are victimized, it is very important that you provide the investigating officer with as much information about the incident as possible. After the incident report is taken, provided with an incident report number.
The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the security and safety needs of Anne Arundel Community College. We cannot do this job alone. As a member of the College Community, you can help by calling us when you have a security-related problem or if you witness an incident occurring on campus. Get to know us better and help form that teamwork that will help make Anne Arundel Community College a more secure and safe environment.
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