April 2013 Crime Alert Memo

Date: April 3, 2013

To: Grand Valley State University Pew Campus Departments

From: Pew Campus Security, Investigating Officer, Dan Bohle

Subject: Public Patrons on Pew Campus

Date: April 1, 2013

With nearing of the Spring/Summer semesters and the nicer weather, brings an increase in foot traffic of public patrons on the Pew Campus. The warmer weather tends to bring an increase in vehicle break-ins and panhandling incidents. Here are a few tips that will hopefully reduce the likelihood that you become a victim.

Protecting the belongings in your vehicle:

  • Always double check your vehicle to make sure it is locked.
  • Place valuable items and electronic cords out of view. Suggested locations are in the glove box or trunk.
  • Hot or not put up your convertible tops and windows. These down allows for easy access to your vehicle as well as your valuable parking pass.
  • Park in a well lit area.

Panhandling Do’s and Do not’s:

  • Always say “NO” and keep walking, this is the best approach.
  • Always call Pew Campus Security to report the incident; the individual may already have been involved in past incidents.
  • Do not give the person money or food. The more people you give to the more they continue to come on campus.
  • If you want to give money or food, please donate to an area shelter.

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