Student Communications: 2/8/12

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From: Margaret Klawunn, Russell Carey, and Mark Porter
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Dear Brown Students,

We are writing to provide an update on campus safety and reminders of important safety tips. As you are likely aware, there have been two robbery incidents near the College Hill campus since the beginning of the semester. Although neither of these incidents involved students, the Department of Public Safety issued crime alerts in both cases to make the community aware of the circumstances and location and to raise awareness regarding safety on and near the campus. In response to these incidents, the Department has added Brown Campus Police Officers patrols on College Hill and the Jewelry District. The Department is coordinating closely with the Providence Police Department on the investigation of the incidents as well as patrols and deterrence.

Overall, the level of crime on and around the campus has decreased significantly over the past several years. The University has increased police officer staffing in the Department of Public Safety in order to have more officers on patrol, and investments and improvements have been made in safeRIDE transportationblue light emergency phones, security cameras, and lighting throughout the campus. Brown is, however, an urban campus and we are not immune from criminal activity in the city. We do not want students to be overly alarmed or concerned, but we do wish to remind all students that there are steps you can take to decrease the chances of being the victim of a crime. These include:

  • Trust your instincts. Be alert to your surroundings and other people. Talking on your phone or listening to music with headphones will make you less aware of your surroundings. If you hear the same footsteps behind you, don't be afraid to take a quick glance over your shoulder, and change your direction of travel. If possible, walk into a nearby business or building that is occupied by many people to divert a possible criminal. If at all possible, avoid putting yourself in isolated areas.

  • If at all possible, do not walk alone at night. If you must walk alone, advise a friend of your estimated time of arrival and use the Brown Rave Guardian service on your cell phone (registration is free to all students). Familiarize yourself with the locations of the safeRIDE shuttle stops. If you are out after safeRIDE service ends, call Public Safety for a ride.

  • Program the Emergency Number for Public Safety – (401) 863-4111 – into your phone. Do not hesitate to call if you are concerned for your safety or observe suspicious behavior.

  • When on campus, familiarize yourself with the locations of our blue light Emergency phones. These phones are located on most University buildings, walkways, and all residence halls, and provide a direct connection to the Public Safety Communications Center.

  • Do Not Resist a subject that uses or threatens to use force or a weapon when attempting to rob you of your property. Comply, give up the belongings demanded, go to a safe space at once, and call DPS at (401) 863-4111 immediately.

More safety tips and information can be found on the Department of Public Safety website. Students with questions, concerns, or suggestions should feel free to contact anyone of us at anytime.


Margaret Klawunn
Vice President, Campus Life and Student Services

Russell C. Carey
Senior Vice President, Corporation Affairs & Governance

Mark Porter
Chief of Police

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