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.

Public Safety Notice For: 
Campus Area
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Alert Code: 
The following crime occurred in the campus area

On 9/13/18, at approximately 6:20 p.m., a female Ohio State student was walking on campus on W. 12th Ave. when an unknown male pulled up in a vehicle and motioned that he needed assistance. When the student approached the vehicle, the suspect threatened harm unless she handed over her money. The student complied and he left eastbound on 12th Avenue toward N. High Street and the off-campus area. No weapons were shown and no injuries were reported.

The vehicle is described as a small, light-silver Ford SUV. Suspect details are limited.

The Ohio State University Police Division is actively investigating and anyone with information is encouraged to OSUPD at 614-292-2121.

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:

Please utilize transportation services, when possible, and take advantage of our additional safety resources, such as the Student Safety Service Safe Ride program:

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:

For information about crime off campus, review the Columbus Police website at 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)