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Department of Public Safety to Conduct a Test of the Orange Alert Campus Crisis Alert Notification System on Wednesday, Sept. 21

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) will conduct a test of the Orange Alert Campus Crisis Alert Notification System on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 12:40 p.m. It will be a full test of the system which includes notifications sent via email, text message and voice call. The test will also include the Orange Alert outdoor siren system on the University’s North and South campuses. The sirens will be activated for two minutes at 12:40 p.m.

To learn more, visit news.syr.edu.

Message From DPS Chief Craig Stone: Weekend Safety Reminders

Dear Campus Community Members:

With another weekend upon us, I am writing today to share with you the actions we are taking to keep our campus community safe, as well as reminders of critically important steps you can take to protect yourself and your property and reduce your risk of being a target of criminal activity. 

We are expecting an active weekend, with many activities scheduled on campus, including the Syracuse Football game, which kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 17. Given the ongoing prevalence of burglaries the City of Syracuse is experiencing, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is taking the following actions to dissuade and deter criminal behavior:

  1. DPS has increased patrols of the University neighborhoods; the community can expect to see an influx of DPS officers in the area throughout the weekend.
  2. The Syracuse Police Department and New York State Police have launched a joint effort to deploy state troopers and additional SPD officers in University-adjacent neighborhoods.
  3. DPS continues to communicate regularly with our campus community about actions each of us can take to keep ourselves, our families, roommates, housemates and our residences safe.

As a reminder, it is critically important that our community reman vigilant and alert for suspicious activity, and report anything that seems out of the ordinary immediately. An arrest of two suspects in burglaries last weekend was aided by calls made by alert neighbors. Please review and continue to deploy these safety strategies:

  • Lock your doors and windows. The vast majority of recent burglaries are the result of criminals entering through open windows and unlocked doors. 
  • Always secure your belongings and residence before you leave and before you go to sleep at night.
  • Avoid leaving your keys out in the open.
  • Mark/engrave all items of value and keep a record of them, including serial numbers.
  • Don’t leave credit cards, blank checks or other valuables readily accessible; these can be taken and used by a thief before you know they are gone.
  • Make your house look occupied; buy a timer that automatically turns on interior and exterior lights at a predetermined time, or when there is motion.
  • Ensure your outdoor lighting is working and sufficiently bright, and trim shrubs and tree branches that obscure lighting around entrances. 
  • Lock sliding glass doors and place a wooden dowel or metal bar in the track of the door.
  • Do not leave any valuable items near residence windows or visible in your car. 
  • Take pictures of anything valuable, install tracking software, if possible, and document the serial numbers of all electronic devices.

If you observe anything suspicious on campus, please call DPS at 315.443.2224 or use the Orange Safe app. To report off-campus crime, call the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5111. In an emergency, dial 911.

We want everyone to have a safe, restful and enjoyable weekend. Please continue to use caution and remain aware of your surroundings. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact DPS. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all members of our community.

Sincerely, 

Craig A. Stone
Associate Vice President and Chief
Department of Public Safety

Message from DPS Chief Craig Stone: Burglaries in University Neighborhoods

Dear Campus Community Members:

I am writing this afternoon to address the recent burglaries that have occurred in adjacent neighborhoods in recent weeks, and to provide an update on our efforts to prevent these crimes. 

This past weekend, the Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a burglary in the 800 block of Ostrom Avenue. A resident observed individuals peering into the window of a nearby house and quickly alerted law enforcement. Moments later, SPD and DPS officers responded to the scene. The suspects took off on foot. After a quick chase, the suspects were arrested. During the chase, two handguns were recovered. 

These arrests were made possible thanks to the quick thinking and vigilance of a member of our community. I cannot stress enough the importance of being aware of our surroundings and alerting law enforcement to suspicious activity. This kind of action can directly lead to the prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals. 

Also, over the weekend, SPD and DPS responded to a series of non-forced entry burglary and attempted burglary calls, including on Comstock Avenue, Lambreth Lane, Lancaster Avenue and Madison Street. In two of these incidents, several items were taken, including car keys, which resulted in two vehicles being stolen. 

To deter this kind of criminal behavior, DPS and SPD are taking a number of actions. These include adding patrols and working to be as visible as possible in these areas. At the same time, we ask that you remain vigilant and alert for suspicious activity. 

I want to remind you of important actions you can take to protect yourself and your property:

  • Lock your doors and windows. The vast majority of these crimes are the result of criminals entering through open windows and unlocked doors. Always secure your belongings and residence before you leave and before you go to sleep at night.
  • Avoid leaving your keys out in the open.
  • Mark/engrave all items of value and keep a record of them, including serial numbers.
  • Not to leave credit cards, blank checks, or other valuables readily accessible; these can be taken and used by a thief before you know they are gone.
  • Make your house look occupied; buy a timer that automatically turns on interior and exterior lights at a predetermined time, or when there is motion.
  • Ensure your outdoor lighting is working and sufficiently bright.
  • Lock sliding glass doors and place a wooden dowel or metal bar in the track of the door.
  • Do not leave any valuable items near windows. 
  • Take pictures of anything valuable, install tracking software, if possible, and document the serial numbers of all electronic devices.

If you observe anything suspicious, for on-campus, please call DPS at 315.443.2224 or use the Orange Safe app, or for off-campus, call the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5111.

Please take a moment to review the aforementioned guidance, and please program the phone numbers I’ve provided into your phone. Finally, as always, if you see something suspicious, please let us know. 

Our community’s safety is our main focus. We will continue to take action to ensure our community members are and feel safe when in our campus community.

Sincerely,
DPS Chief Craig Stone

21 – Public Safety Update

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, at approximately 3:40 a.m., a non-affiliate contacted contacted the Onondaga County Emergency 911 Center regarding an incident that occurred inside Thornden Park. The scene has been cleared, no Syracuse University affiliates were involved, and there is no active threat to the community.

If you or someone you know has been affected by an incident on or near campus, please know that there are resources available to you. In addition, for your safety, please review these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Public Safety Update

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, at approximately 3:40 a.m., a non-affiliate contacted contacted the Onondaga County Emergency 911 Center regarding an incident that occurred inside Thornden Park. The scene has been cleared, no Syracuse University affiliates were involved, and there is no active threat to the community.

If you or someone you know has been affected by an incident on or near campus, please know that there are resources available to you. In addition, for your safety, please review these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Public Safety Notice – Incident

On Saturday, September 10, 2022 at approximately 3:40 a.m., the Onondaga County Emergency 911 Center received a report of an incident that occurred inside the area of Thornden Park. The Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are on the scene and investigating this incident. We ask that you stay away from the area, at this time and that you call SPD at 315.442.5111, should you have information regarding this incident. More information to follow.

August 2022 Updates From the Department of Public Safety

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

On behalf of the team in the Department of Public Safety (DPS), we hope everyone is having a good first week of classes. It has been so nice to meet folks on campus, and I am excited for my first fall semester at Syracuse University.

If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to review the email that was sent earlier this week focusing on important safety resources and services from our department. There was a great deal of important information included. In addition to that email, I have several updates to provide today, including the following:

  • Orange Safe App Now Available for Download
  • Lock Doors and Windows
  • Peace Officer Academy Update
  • Community Police Academy
  • Monthly Bias Update

Orange Safe App Now Available for Download

We have officially launched the new Orange Safe app! This mobile safety app will replace Rave Guardian, which will officially be decommissioned on Friday, Sept. 23. Orange Safe is a free app that provides several tools designed to keep you safe. Users can stay connected and receive important campus notifications, communicate with campus safety, and gain access to resources needed most. To learn more and download today, visit our website at dps.syr.edu.

Lock Doors and Windows

As shared in the public safety informational notice earlier this week, off-campus neighborhoods continue to experience burglaries. To date, there have been no reported incidents where forced entry occurred; the alleged burglars have entered properties through unlocked windows and doors. Officers in DPS and with the Syracuse Police Department went door to door this week to share safety-related information to our off-campus students.

Peace Officer Academy Update

Our eight campus peace officer academy recruits are nearing the end of their instruction. Since our last update in June, much of their instruction has focused on combined classroom and hands-on learning and included the following topics:

  • emergency vehicle operation,
  • traffic enforcement,
  • person in crisis,
  • New York State use of force,
  • emergency medical preparedness,
  • firearms, and
  • field sobriety testing.

They still have five weeks of instruction left. Follow along on the DPS Instagram account: @SyracuseDPS.

Community Police Academy

It is not too late to submit your applications for our very first Community Police Academy. This is a free four-week program designed to give eligible students, faculty and staff an idea of what it’s like to protect and serve our campus community. For the Fall 2022 semester, the classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall, Room 020, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26

To learn more and apply, visit our website at dps.syr.edu.

Monthly Bias Update

There are no new updates to share. As a reminder, if we do have additional updates, we will update the chart on our website and share any developments in this monthly email.

It is also never too late to come forward with information. You can call DPS at 315.443.2224 or submit information anonymously via the Silent Witness tool. In addition, to report a bias incident or to receive support, visit the STOP Bias website.

Have a great holiday weekend.

Go Orange!

Chief Craig Stone
Department of Public Safety

Public Safety Information Notice: Burglaries in Off-Campus Neighborhood

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) are investigating reports of burglaries off-campus in the neighborhood east of campus.

As part of our work to prevent burglaries and to identify those responsible for past burglaries, DPS and SPD are going door to door distributing door hangers with safety related information. We ask our community members, particularly those living in adjacent off-campus neighborhoods, to remain alert for suspicious activity. Burglars are looking for unlocked windows and doors as a mean to enter properties to steal items. So please, always secure your belongings and residence before you leave or before you go to sleep at night.

In addition to locking your doors and windows, we encourage you to:

• Avoid leaving your keys out in the open.
• Mark/engrave all items of value and keep a record of them, including serial numbers.
• Not to leave credit cards, blank checks, or other valuables readily accessible; these can be taken and used by a thief before you know they are gone.
• Make your house look occupied; buy a timer that automatically turns on interior and exterior lights at a predetermined time, or when there is motion.
• Ensure your outdoor lighting is working and sufficiently bright.
• Lock sliding glass doors and place a wooden dowel or metal bar in the track of the door.
• Not to leave any valuable items near windows. Take pictures of anything valuable and ensure that you have installed tracking software and documented the serial numbers of all electronic devices.

If you observe anything suspicious, for on-campus, please call DPS at 315.443.2224 or use the Orange Safe app or for off-campus, call the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5111.

Important Campus Safety Resources and Services

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we begin a new academic year, I am writing to provide an overview of resources and services that are available to you. I also want to outline the processes and protocols that guide how the Department of Public Safety (DPS) communicates about safety matters.

Safety Strategies

All members of our community play a role in keeping our campus safe. Please review these safety strategies, which I encourage you to adopt while at Syracuse University.

  • Download the new safety app from DPS, Orange Safe. With this app, users can stay connected and receive important campus notifications, communicate with campus safety, and gain access to resources.
  • Always lock your windows and doors, even if you’re only going to be away from your room for a short period of time or while you’re sleeping at night, if possible. Criminals look for opportunities like an open window or unlocked door.
  • Never leave cell phones, laptops, wallets, car keys or other valuables out of your sight—it only takes a few seconds for someone to walk away with them.
  • Use a U-bolt locking device for your bicycle and register your bike with DPS.
  • Avoid walking alone after dark. Utilize the safety escorts shuttles provided by Parking and Transportation Services.
  • Run. Hide. Fight.: In the event of an active shooter situation, it’s important to be prepared. We created a videofor you to understand the importance of these three words: Run. Hide. Fight.
  • Use simple steps to ensure rideshare safety. Remember SAMI: Stop, Ask, Match, Inform.

If you or someone you know has been affected by an incident on or near the Syracuse University campus, please know there are many services and resources available to you as a member of the Syracuse University community.

Communications Processes

The summary below explains how and why DPS uses emergency notification and public safety messages. This includes how, when and via what channels we issue safety communications to our campus community.

DPS Issues Broad Communications Across the Campus Community:

  • When there is an active or imminent threat of physical danger to the campus community.
  • When there is an active crime scene on or immediately adjacent to the campus and we need community members to avoid the area.
  • When a perpetrator is at large on or immediately adjacent to the campus and we need the community’s help locating the individual.

Broad Communications Will Not Be Issued:

  • When initial investigation into an incident indicates there is no continuing threat.
  • When another law enforcement agency has jurisdiction or is the lead investigator on an active case, and we have been directed not to issue a notice. That agency may communicate to the broader public and direct us to inform our community.
  • When communicating broadly will impede or jeopardize an active investigation. Please note: although it is our intention to communicate in a timely manner, we will always prioritize maintaining the integrity of an investigation, especially when we are following active leads.

Reporting a Crime or Bias Incident

Anyone with information warranting an Orange Alert or a public safety message is encouraged to report the incident to DPS by immediately calling 315.443.2224; toll-free 855.443.2224; 711 from a campus landline; or via the Orange Safe app. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool. To report a bias incident or to receive support, visit the STOP Bias website.

Bias Incidents

In 2020, we introduced a Bias Incident Reports webpage where we aggregate bias-related incidents. This page is updated and accessible to students, faculty, staff, parents and other community members. Bias-related incidents are posted to this page within 48 hours, unless posting will impede or jeopardize an active investigation. This protocol has been developed in partnership with the Syracuse Police Department, New York State Police, the FBI and district attorney’s office and is aligned with best practices of peer universities.

Public Safety Messages (Timely Warnings)

Public safety messages are distributed via email and posted on the DPS website and on DPS social media accounts. There are three types of messages:

  1. Public Safety Notice designates a timely warning related to an ongoing concern for violence.
  2. Public Safety Information designates a warning related to an ongoing property crime problem or about general safety-related information.
  3. Public Safety Update provides information regarding a threat that has passed or an update to a previously issued Public Safety Notice.

Public safety messages include information about the incident that triggered the warning in order to promote safety and enable members of the campus community to protect themselves from similar incidents. They are intended to inform the community of suspects at large or an ongoing threat to campus community members and to seek the community’s help in identifying suspects and gathering pertinent details. Follow-up information will be disseminated when appropriate and all alerts are posted online.

Emergency Notification and Response (Orange Alert)

The Orange Alert system is designed to provide rapid notification and instructions to Syracuse University students, faculty and staff, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry students in the event of a verified crisis where there exists an immediate threat of serious physical harm. All DPS officers have the authority to activate the Orange Alert system if necessary.

Orange Alert utilizes email, text messaging, social media networks and cell/landline phone calls to send a brief notice about the incident and instructions about what actions to take. Additionally, sirens located on the Kenneth A. Shaw Quadrangle, Whitman School of Management building, the Falk College complex and South Campus housing will sound in the event of an Orange Alert. After an Orange Alert message is broadcast, more detailed follow-up information will be provided through various means, including but not limited to the University’s website, University social media resources, email, phone, and campus radio and television resources.

Sign Up in MySlice

To receive the aforementioned communications, all students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to log in to MySlice to ensure their contact information for Orange Alert is up to date.

My colleagues and I are always available to discuss our processes, protocols and how we collaborate with local, state and federal law enforcement to keep our campus community safe. Finally, remember that the Department of Public Safety is here for you 24/7 by calling 315.443.2224 or by connecting on the Orange Safe app.

Wishing you a productive semester!

Sincerely,

Craig A. Stone
Associate Vice President and Chief
Department of Public Safety