Public Safety Notices 2015

Public Safety Notice: Attempted Strong Arm Robbery, 12/18/2015

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

Attempted Strong Arm Robbery

Case # 15-588572

Friday, December 18, 2015

East Raynor Avenue and Fineview Place

A student was approached at the top of the stairs near the intersection of East Raynor Avenue and Fineview Place by an unknown male who asked to use her cell phone. The student refused and the male then grabbed the student’s backpack, which caused her to fall to the ground. The male looked through the backpack and threw it down without taking anything. The male then fled down the stairs to Renwick Avenue headed in a southwesterly direction away from campus. 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 30 years of age, 6’ tall, medium build, black puffy coat, black half ski mask with gray chevron pattern around the nose/mouth area, left eye was bloodshot and swollen.

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 12/16/2015

Update Regarding Report of a Robbery

SPD DR # 15-582870

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued a “Public Safety Notice” bulletin regarding a robbery occurring at the Park Point Apartments, 417 Comstock Ave. The Department of Public Safety and the Syracuse Police Department worked together on this investigation and the Syracuse Police Department arrested the suspect today.

Public Safety Notice, Robbery 12/14/2015

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

Robbery

Case # 15-582870

Monday, December 14, 2015 at approximately 6:12 a.m.

417 Comstock Ave

A student reported a robbery that occurred at Park Point apartments. The student reports an unknown male suspect entered the apartment through an unlocked window. When the student confronted the suspect, the suspect assaulted the student with a knife. The student sustained a non-life threatening injury. The unknown male suspect was wearing red hooded sweatshirt and white sneakers, no further description, and last seen running East on East Adams Street towards Thornden Park.

DPS asks your help in identifying the suspects if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Syracuse Police Department is investigating this case, assisted by the Department of Public Safety.

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 11/11/2015

Yik Yak Threat Incident and Arrest

On 28 October 2015, DPS received a report regarding a post on the Yik Yak app. There have been reports by media and law enforcement that individuals sometimes use Yik Yak to post threats, public alarm posts, or annoying posts because the sender believes they are anonymous.

The app shows posts made within a 10-mile radius of the sender, and the post is available for a limited amount of time before being taken down. The student who reported this incident was very alarmed by a post on Yik Yak and notified DPS. DPS detectives were able to collaborate with Yik Yak, other law enforcement entities, and SU’s ITS team to identify the individual, a former student who resides in the City of Syracuse.

The individual was arrested and charged. DPS takes any and all threats against the University community very seriously and was able to end this incident with a safe and positive outcome. Our hope is that individuals who believe they can remain anonymous while posting comments on public websites for unlawful purposes will end this practice with the knowledge that they are not able to remain anonymous.

To report threatening content on anonymous platforms like Yik Yak, call the Department of Public Safety at 315-443- 2224, or text or email the DPS at 711@syr.edu.

Public Safety Notice: Off Campus Strong Arm Robbery, 10/29/2015

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

Off Campus Strong-Arm Robbery

SPD Case # 15-522656

Thursday, October 29, 2015 at approximately 8:30 a.m.

1000 block Comstock Ave

A student reported a strong arm robbery that occurred off campus. A student reports that at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015 she was walking alone northbound in the 1000 block of Comstock Ave. when she was approached from behind by an unknown male. The suspect forcibly grabbed the student’s backpack from her shoulder and fled the scene on foot heading south on Comstock Ave, then west on E. Colvin Street away from campus. No injuries reported. There was no threat of a weapon. The student reported the incident at about 8:00 PM same date.

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

Male, 30 years of age, wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, 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