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.
The Ohio State University Police Division has identified a crime trend in a residence hall defined as burglary by Clery Act guidelines. OSUPD is actively investigating multiple thefts of computers, electronic gaming systems, televisions and other valuables from unlocked, unattended rooms in the Morrill Tower residence hall.
As many as six reported thefts are believed to be related. They all occurred in Morrill Tower between Monday, February 26, and Wednesday, March 7. Times vary but most commonly these incidents took place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Suspect information is limited.
OSUPD continues to investigate and anyone with information related to these crimes is encouraged to call University Police at 614-292-2121.
Please do not leave valuables unattended and remember to lock your doors and windows. Do not let unknown persons into residence halls and report suspicious behavior or missing property to police (safety tips). If your property is stolen, it is important to promptly report it to OSUPD. Every crime report helps police identify patterns, investigate while evidence is still available and adjust patrol schedules accordingly.
Victims are never at fault when crimes occur. 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. 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
- Student Safety Service http://dps.osu.edu/student-safety-service
- 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 http://columbuspolice.org. 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)