Public Safety Notice - Columbus
Dear Ohio State Community Member:
You are receiving this notice because a crime has occurred that is considered to be of a concern and/or a continuing threat to the campus community.
The purpose of this message is to heighten your safety awareness by providing community members with information necessary to take appropriate precautions, enable you to take actions to help increase your safety, and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes.
This notice does not mean there has been an increase in crime or that any specific crime pattern exists.
On 03/05/18, between 2 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., two incidents occurred at the Buckeye Village Family Housing Apartments located on Ohio State’s campus near Fred Taylor Drive. Police believe both incidents are related. The following information was reported to police.
At approximately 2 a.m., an unknown person tried to enter an apartment through the bedroom window while the occupants were in the living room. The suspect did not gain entry.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., an unknown male entered a second Buckeye Village apartment through an unlocked first floor window. Once inside, he went to the second floor where he encountered a non-affiliate female and her child. The female reports the suspect threatened her with a sharp object and touched her inappropriately. He then threatened physical harm to both individuals before fleeing the residence in an unknown direction. No injuries have been reported.
Suspect details are limited as he was wearing a mask at the time of the incident. OSU Police is actively investigating and the community should report any known details by calling 614-292-2121. The Department of Public Safety will have increased patrols in the area.
As a reminder, sexual assault is any sexual activity that occurs in the absence of consent and can include sexual activity with someone who is impaired by alcohol/drugs, whether ingested voluntarily or unknowingly. Responsibility lies with the perpetrator, not the survivor. No one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual assault. Most perpetrators assault someone they know. Sexual assault occurs in all communities and people of all genders can be survivors. Additional resources are available at: http://advocacy.osu.edu/sexual-violence/.
Crimes are never the fault of the victim. We remind you to increase your overall safety by being cautious and looking out for one another; being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive; walking with a trusted friend or co-worker, when possible; if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative. Lock your doors and windows. As a reminder, Ohio State’s Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services offers free window and door alarms and light timers: https://offcampus.osu.edu/
Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program: https://dps.osu.edu/safe-ride
Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact either the University Police, 614-292-2121 or Columbus Police, 614-645-4545. You may also report information anonymously to the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS or the University Crime Stoppers Tips line at 614-247-TIPS.
For information about safety on Ohio State's campus visit the following links:
- The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety http://dps.osu.edu
- Lyft Ride Smart at Ohio State https://ttm.osu.edu/ride-smart
- Safety Tips http://dps.osu.edu/safety-tips
- Police Division Daily Crime Log http://dps.osu.edu/daily-crime-log
- Public Safety Notices http://dps.osu.edu/psn
For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at https://www.columbus.gov/police. Helpful links are listed as: Crime Information, Crime Prevention, Offense Reports, and Media Releases.
This Public Safety Notice is issued in compliance with the "Timely Warning" provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. 34 CFR 668.46(e)