By Nancy Benet
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
University of the Incarnate Word’s campus police issued a “Rave” alert Wednesday, Oct. 21, about a purse-snatching that took place in an off-campus parking lot on Monday, Oct. 19.
Police reported a suspect robbed a woman late that Monday afternoon in the university’s free lot at Broadway and Allensworth, spraying the woman with Mace before snatching her purse.
Although the lot is used by UIW community members, the police did not report whether the victim was affiliated with UIW nor give a description of the suspect. The Logos tried to get more information and left several questions at the department. But no one has responded.
In the electronic alert, the UIW community was advised to “use caution. Security increased.”
Based on the university’s annual Security and Fire Safety Report that must be posted to meet federal requirement, a robbery on campus or in an off-campus UIW property is rare.
In 2014, there were two reported burglaries in campus housing facilities.
The report also said 111 students were referred for disciplinary action for drug abuse, and liquor law violations — 59 of which were in campus student housing.
TIPS TO KEEP SAFE
University of the Incarnate Word Campus Police offer this advice to reduce one’s chances of being a crime victim:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Always walk in well-lit areas. Walk with a buddy if possible.
- Be familiar with the call boxes located around campus.
- Always lock your doors. Never keep cars or residence hall rooms unlocked.
- Park in well-lit areas.
- Do not lend your keys to anyone or allow anyone access to your rooms if you will not be present.
- Never leave valuables unattended (for example, purses, laptops, books, backpacks, etc.).
- Never give out personal information (for example, Social Security numbers, student ID numbers, etc.).
- Do not carry large sums of money.
- Listen to your instincts. If something looks suspicious, avoid contact if at all possible. If you suspect you are being followed, head into a campus building, towards a group of people, or a well-lit area.
- Keep emergency phone numbers readily accessible.
When a notable crime occurs and is reported, the police chief or some department representative will issue a warning to the UIW community through various media networks including the Rave Alert System, UIW email, postings throughout the campus, Mass Notification System and when necessary student media. the UIW newspaper and radio station. To subscribe to the Rave Alert System, look for the Rave Alert option on your Blackboard account.