Public Safety Notices 2014

Public Safety Notice: Off Campus Attempted Strong-Arm Robbery, 12/11/2014

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following alert:

Off Campus Attempted Strong-Arm Robbery

Thursday, December 11, 2014 at approximately 12:30 p.m.

SPD Case # 14-568013

Intersection of Euclid and Ackerman Ave

A student reported an unknown male attempted to rob her near the intersection of Euclid and Ackerman Ave. The student reports she was walking westbound on Euclid Ave. when she was approached by the suspect who was walking eastbound towards her. The victim had her cell phone in her right hand and the suspect tried to forcibly take her phone. A struggle ensued and the victim was able to maintain control of her phone. The suspect then pushed the victim into a snowbank and fled the scene on foot heading eastbound away from campus. The victim did not sustain any injuries and there was no threat of a weapon.

DPS asks your help in identifying the suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspect:

Male, approximately 5’ 11 tall, approximately 20 years of age, no facial hair wearing dark blue sweatpants, dark sneakers and a gray hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, no further description.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Google Map.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at (315) 443-2224.

If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.


For your safety, please remember:

  • Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking
    and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more
    information about these services.Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
  • Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.
  • Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!
  • Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you. If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
  • Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life. If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.
  • IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 315-443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police, dial 911. Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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

Public Safety Update, 12/10/2014

This past weekend, the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued a “Public Safety Notice” bulletin regarding a report of a physical harassment that occurred at the Newhouse complex on Friday, Dec. 5.

The victim of this incident was a SU alumna who traveled to Syracuse to meet a male individual for what appeared to be a job interview with a local law firm. The victim had previously been solicited by, and exchanged emails with this individual and the proposed job interview appeared to likely be legitimate.

Upon arriving at the agreed upon meeting location at the Newhouse complex, the victim got an uneasy feeling when she met the suspect and asked if they could conduct the interview in the hallway and not in a meeting room. Subsequent to that, the suspect punched her twice in the face causing her to fall and causing a laceration to her lip.

The victim fled to an area in Newhouse 1 and notified people who were in the building. The victim indicated the suspect fled in the opposite direction, exiting Newhouse II. At this time there remain no witnesses reporting seeing the perpetrator. DPS continues to actively investigate this incident in cooperation with the City of Syracuse Police Department, and will report any significant developments to the campus community.

In addition, we have received some additional reports of general, online mass “phishing” scam attempts that include unsolicited offers for job opportunities and job interviews. With this in mind, the Department of Public Safety, in partnership with the University’s Office of Career Services, asks that all members of the Syracuse University community please consider the following regarding job interview offers:

Be very suspicious of unsolicited offers for job interviews. Unsolicited contacts from persons who claim to have found your information on social media sites like LinkedIn should be carefully reviewed prior to offering any response. They are far more often “phishing scams” than actual job opportunities.

If you are attending or planning on attending an interview:

  • Research the interviewers to verify they are who they say they are. Anyone applying for a job should search the company’s website to see if the person who sent the email is listed as an employee. It is also suggested that the company’s human resources department or main office be called to verify the interview is in fact scheduled.
  • Find out where the interview is to be held. If it is on the premises of the organization, this is normal and an expected practice. If you are asked to meet somewhere else or at an off-site and/or odd location you should use caution and take steps to verify the interview is legitimate before meeting anyone.
  • Consider taking a friend along if the interview happens in a private setting.
  • Avoid having interviews in a private residence, a non-public space, or a remote location with someone you have never met before.
  • If the employer is providing transportation, be sure that your return travel (plane, etc.) is booked and paid for. In addition, do your research in advance to check that you’re going to a safe place with trustworthy people.
  • Use caution regarding nighttime interviews. If your job involves shift-work, you might be asked to attend an interview at night although this would be unusual. If you do have a nighttime interview, ensure it is in a public space or area. In addition, you should consider having a colleague or friend with you in this situation.
  • Finally, the University Office of Career Services is available should members of the campus community have questions or need assistance in determining if a job interview offer is legitimate.

Any questions about job opportunities for current student and alumni can be addressed to the Syracuse University Office of Career Services at 315.443.3616 or careers@syr.edu

Public Safety Notice: On Campus Physical Harassment, 12/5/2014

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following alert:

On-Campus Physical Harassment

Friday, December 5, 2014 at approximately 6:10 pm

Case # 14-560533

On Friday, December 5, 2014 at approximately 6:10 PM the victim, who is an alumna of SU, stated that she traveled to Syracuse to meet a male for a job interview with a local law firm and that the male arranged to meet her in the passageway between Newhouse 1 and 2. She stated that after arriving she saw the suspect at the end of the passageway and that he motioned for her to come to him, and he told her to go into a room for the interview.

She stated that when she met the suspect she got an uneasy feeling and asked if they could conduct the interview in the hallway. She stated that subsequent to that the suspect punched her twice in the face causing her to fall and causing a laceration to her lip.

The victim fled to an area in Newhouse 1 and notified people who were in the building. The victim indicated the suspect fled in the opposite direction, out of Newhouse II. At this time there are no witnesses reporting seeing the perpetrator.

DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspect:

Male, in his forties, wearing blue jeans, white button down shirt, black puffy coat, and dark glasses.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Google Map.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at (315) 443-2224.

If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.


For your safety, please remember:

  • Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking
    and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more
    information about these services.Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
  • Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.
  • Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!
  • Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you. If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
  • Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life. If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.
  • IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 315-443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police, dial 911. Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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

Public Safety Notice: Off Campus Attempted Robbery, 11/16/2014

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following alert:

Off Campus Attempted Robbery

Sunday, November 16, 2014 at approximately 1:00 am

Case # 14-536174

Intersection of Marshall Street and Ostrom Avenue

A non-SU affiliate reported an attempted robbery by an unknown male at the corner of Marshall Street and Ostrom Ave. The victim reports he was alone walking on to his porch and the suspect asked him to come to the corner. When the victim approached the suspect, the suspect stated he had a knife but did not display a weapon, and demanded the victim’s wallet. The suspect then punched the victim in the face. After being punched back by the victim, the suspect fled on foot in an easterly direction, away from campus into Thornden Park without taking any property.

DPS asks for your help in identifying the suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspect:

Male, approximately 5’8” tall, 25-30 yrs. old, stocky build, wearing a Maroon hooded sweatshirt with grey sweatpants.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Google Map.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at (315) 443-2224.

If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.


For your safety, please remember:

  • Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking
    and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more
    information about these services.Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
  • Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.
  • Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!
  • Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you. If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
  • Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life. If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.
  • IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 315-443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police, dial 911. Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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

Public Safety Notice: Phone Call Request Scam, Larceny, 11/12/2014

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following information:

Phone Call Request Scam – LARCENY

November 12, 2014

DPS Case # 14-530592

700 block of East Raynor Avenue

The Department of Public Safety is presently investigating a larceny of a cell phone that occurred on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at approximately 7:00 pm, in the 700 block of East Raynor Avenue. Three young male suspects approached the victim asked the victim if they could use a cell phone to call their mother. Victim dialed the phone number and gave the cell phone to one of the suspects and another suspect stated “RUN”.

All three suspects ran west on Raynor towards Route 81 overpass. All three males were wearing zipped hooded sweatshirts unknown color and one male had on khaki pants unknown color, no other information on descriptions.

ESF Police reported a similar incident occurred, during the same time frame, on the ESF campus. For information on the ESF incident refer to the ESF Police website at HTTP://www.esf.edu/univpolice/. DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Google Map.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at (315) 442-5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at (315) 443-2224.

If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.


For your safety, please remember:

  • Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking
    and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more
    information about these services.Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
  • Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.
  • Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!
  • Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you. If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
  • Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life. If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.
  • IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 315-443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police, dial 911. Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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