November 20, 2012
Dear KU Campus Community,
Recent incidents on campus and in the borough of Kutztown are strong reminders of the importance of our personal safety and security. We all must keep in mind that crime can happen anytime, anywhere, and we must continue to be proactive in taking preventative measures.
The false report of a robbery on Sunday night in Dixon Hall was handled promptly by Kutztown University Police and the Dean of Students Office. Our police continue to investigate Thursday night's incident at Golden Bear Village South, and hope to have a resolution soon.
Some of you may ask why we activate our alert system (KU Alerts) before an investigation has concluded. Our primary focus is to ensure the campus community is aware of a situation that may affect your personal safety and, if warranted, take necessary precautions. Providing updates and resolutions to campus regarding these situations is not always possible due to the sensitive nature of police investigations. (Register for text message and e-mail crime and weather alerts here: http://www.kutztown.edu/kualert)
With this as a background, we have several measures in place to provide safety and security for our campus. Kutztown University is very fortunate to have a dedicated and professional police force to provide our campus with continuous protection. Our police remain vigilant regarding suspicious activity and persons, maintaining a heavy patrol presence throughout the campus around the clock. We also follow careful safety procedures in our residence halls.
As a reminder, crime prevention programs for students, faculty and staff are ongoing and have always been a part of our safety efforts and outreach to the community. Our on-campus safety escort service is available 24 hours a day, and the university has a contracted shuttle service which runs off campus Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 3:30 a.m. On those same nights, we cooperate with KUBoK, which provides neighborhood watch through volunteers in the borough.
Finally, we understand that personal safety is a partnership between our police and the people they serve, and we welcome comments and suggestions to improve such services at any time. With the end of the semester quickly approaching, we hope you will keep safety and security at the forefront of your activities. This link http://www2.kutztown.edu/PublicSafety to our Department of Public Safety and Police Services website offers some excellent tips. Please take a few minutes to review the site and implement some of the practices suggested. The tips provided could make a difference in your protection whether on-campus, in town, at home, or for any destination you have in mind.
As always, please report any suspicious persons or activity to University Police. Call for an on-campus walking escort when you are without one by dialing 34002 from any on campus phone, or 610-683-4002 from your cell phone.
Thank you for your cooperation and best wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
F. Javier Cevallos