DPS News

Public Safety Information Notice: Burglaries on South Campus and Off-Campus Neighborhood

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) continue to investigate multiple burglaries in off-campus neighborhoods and on South Campus. Five incidents have occurred in the following areas:

• 800 block of Ackerman Avenue
• 700 block of Livingston Avenue
• 700 block of Lancaster Avenue
• 800 block of Clarendon Street
• 1200 block of Madison Street

The following incidents were reported to have occurred between the hours of 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. The suspects are described as two males, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, and dressed in dark clothing.

To deter this, DPS and SPD are adding even more patrols in the affected areas through the end of the semester. We ask our community to remain vigilant and be alert for suspicious activity. Always secure your belongings and residence before you leave or before you go to sleep at night. We have not seen any incidents where forced entry occurred; the alleged burglars have entered properties through unlocked windows and doors.

Again, we encourage you to take the following steps:

• Lock all doors and windows.
• Do not leave your car keys out in the open.
• Mark/engrave all items of value and keep a record including serial numbers.
• Do not 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.
• Be sure your outdoor lighting is working and sufficient.
• 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 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 Rave Guardian app or for off-campus, call the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5111.

Mountain Goat Run May 1 to Lead to Road Closures On and Around Campus

The 44th annual Mountain Goat Run will take place Sunday, May 1. More than 2,500 runners are expected to take part in the race, which will affect traffic and roads in the city throughout the day. The 10-mile course traverses a large section of the City of Syracuse, including roads on campus and around the University area.

To learn more, visit news.syr.edu.

Public Safety Informational Notice: Sexual Assault in Thornden Park

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at approximately 3 a.m., the Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report of a sexual assault. The student reported that the assault occurred near the Thornden Park amphitheater on Monday, April 25 around 8:30 p.m. According to the student, the suspect, an unknown male, approached and grabbed the student, then told the student not to scream because he had a weapon. The suspect then proceeded to forcibly touch the student before fleeing the scene.

The suspect is described as a male, approximately 40 years old, wearing a black sweatshirt and black ski mask.

DPS has turned over the investigation to the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) and both agencies will be working collaboratively on this case. If you were in the vicinity at the time and witnessed the incident, please contact SPD at 315.442.5222 or DPS at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

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. There are also dedicated resources, services and supports for survivors of sexual and relationship violence. In addition, for your safety, please review these suggested safety strategies, as well as guidance and intervention strategies on how to be a prosocial bystander.

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

Public Safety Information Notice: Burglaries Continue

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) continue to investigate multiple burglaries in off-campus neighborhoods. Since our update on Saturday, four more incidents have occurred in the following areas:

  • 1300 block of East Adams Street
  • 1200 block of Harrison Street
  • 700 block of Ostrom Avenue
  • 200 block of Comstock Avenue

It is critical to secure your belongings and residence before you leave. DPS has not seen any incidents where forced entry occurred; the alleged burglars have entered properties through unlocked windows and doors.

Again, we encourage you to take the following steps.

  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Do not leave your car keys out in the open.
  • Mark/engrave all items of value and keep a record including serial numbers.
  • Do not 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.
  • Be sure your outdoor lighting is working and sufficient.
  • 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 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 Rave Guardian app or for off-campus, call the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5111.

Public Safety Update: Suspect Taken into Custody

On Sunday, April 17, 2022, at approximately 8:44 p.m., the Onondaga County Emergency 911 Center received a report of an active incident occurring off campus in the 500 block of Westcott Street. The Syracuse Police Department (SPD) responded to the scene. After a brief standoff, SPD took a suspect into custody. There continues to be police activity in the area.

We ask our community to remain away from the area until the scene has been cleared by the Syracuse Police Department.