Public Safety Notices 2021

Public Safety Informational Notice: Securing Your Residence

As you finish up the semester and prepare to return home for break, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) wants to remind you to secure your belongings and residence before you leave. We have seen a number of burglaries this semester where the alleged burglars have entered properties through suspected unlocked windows and doors; we have not seen any incidents where forced entry has occurred.

To enhance your safety and protect your personal space and belongings, we recommend taking the following steps.


-Secure doors and windows.
-Close all curtains/blinds.
-Make sure to lock your room door, if you have a roommate, make sure they are locking the room as well.
-Do not give your keys out.
-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.

In addition to what is listed above, for off-campus:

-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.
-Take anything valuable home with you, i.e. laptop computer, video game counsel.
-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.
-Unplug all electrical items, except your refrigerator and timers.
-If you have a security alarm, make sure you turn it on when leaving.

If you see 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: Scene Clear Near 415 Small Road

The scene is now clear near 415 Small Road. No injuries have been reported at this time. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) will continue to investigate this incident. We will provide an additional update as information becomes available.

If you have any information related to this event, please contact DPS at 315.443.2224 or SPD at 315.442.5222.

Public Safety Update

The Syracuse Police Department (SPD) and Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) are both still on scene in the area of 415 Small Road regarding the shots report that occurred around 8:54 p.m. tonight, December 1, 2021.

We ask that everyone continue to stay clear of this area for the time being and that if anyone has information or witnessed this incident, please call DPS at (315) 443-2224 or SPD at (315) 442-5111. Thank you again for your cooperation. More information to follow.

Public Safety Notice Gunshots

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 8:54 p.m., the Onondaga County Emergency 911 Center received a report of gunshots near the area of 415 Small Rd. The Department of Public Safety and the Syracuse Police Department are investigating. Stay away from the area until further notice. If you have any information related to this event contact DPS at 315.443.2224. More information to follow.

Public Safety Update: Assault on Non-Affiliate Reported Near Ostrom and Euclid Avenues

On Sunday, Oct. 31, at approximately 2:52 a.m., an individual, with no affiliation to the University, was reportedly assaulted by a group of young teenagers, also not affiliated with the University. The incident occurred in the area of Ostrom and Euclid Avenues. The victim reported that, during the assault, one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a small black handgun. The suspects fled the area on foot and were last seen heading eastbound on Euclid Avenue. No injuries were reported.

Other than the suspects being described as young male teenagers, there is no further identifiable information at this time.

The Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are actively reviewing security camera footage. The investigation is active and ongoing.

If you were in the vicinity at the time and witnessed the incident, 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 for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool or via the Rave Guardian app.

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.