The Sage Colleges is committed to the safest possible environment on campus. Toward that end, everyone has a responsibility to each other: to practice common sense crime prevention techniques at all times, and to notify Public Safety at 3177 immediately when you observe suspicious persons or activities.
If you are the victim of a crime, or observe criminal behavior, or discover the occurrence of a crime:
- Get to a safe place.
- Be observant.
- Do not panic.
- Call Public Safety at 3177. Tell them:
- Your name.
- Your location, including building, floor and room.
- Nature and severity of injuries.
- Date, time, and location the incident occurred.
- Description of the suspect, if known.
- Suspect descriptions are extremely important, particularly when a crime has just occurred and the suspect may still be in the area. Practice with your co-workers describing suspects. First note transient details that may be quickly changed, like clothing. Develop a system such as “top-down”, which describes hat shirt pants shoes, etc. Then note physical characteristics in a manner that eliminates the most suspects quickest, such as gender race height weight hair complexion, etc. Finally, note the direction of travel when the suspect leaves the area.
- Description of property involved, such as stolen property, vehicle, weapon, etc.
- Await the arrival of Public Safety and /or the police and assist them as they require.
- Remember that the location where a serious crime occurs may be considered a “crime scene”. It is the single most important source of evidence for the police, and once it has been contaminated, all of the valuable evidence – most of which is not apparent to you – is lost forever.
- Do not enter a crime scene.
- Prevent others from entering.
- Do not touch items there.
- Do not remove items.
- Do not leave anything there.