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Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of the University of Georgia Police Department or his designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through a campus wide e-mail to all faculty, staff and students, as well as through local media outlets.

Anyone with information about an emergency situation or other situation warranting a timely warning should contact the University of Georgia Police Department immediately at 706-542-2200.

Timely Warning – Theft Advisory Update 02/18/14

February 19th, 2014

University of Georgia Police Department

 Timely Warning

 February 18, 2014

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

 Theft Advisory Update

Since the beginning of the calendar year the University of Georgia Police Department has received 40 reports of theft and/or burglary on campus.  Fourteen of these thefts were from motor vehicles, 17 were from rooms or offices and 9 were in public areas.  These numbers represent an approximately 52% increase compared to the same time period for the previous year.

Of these thefts:

  • 11 of the 14 thefts from vehicles involved the theft of valuables left in plain view;
  • 5 of the 14 thefts from vehicles were confirmed to be from unsecured vehicles;
  • 15 of 17 thefts from offices/rooms involved unsecured and unattended items;
  • All 9 thefts from public areas involved items left unattended.

These thefts are preventable!

If you leave your laptop or phone plugged in to charge in a common area unattended, there is a good chance your items will get stolen.  If you leave your purse next to your desk in an unsecured and unattended office, it is likely that someone will take advantage of the opportunity and take your property.  If you leave your laptop and/or other valuables in your book bag in plain view within your vehicle, the chances of someone pulling on your door handle to find an unsecured vehicle or entering your vehicle by breaking your window are considerably high. 

University of Georgia Police Department officers make considerable efforts to assist in making the campus as safe as possible, but to be truly successful requires a partnership with everyone who visits, works or attends classes on our campus.  Just by taking a few simple steps, such as locking doors and storing items out of sight, many thefts of the types mentioned above can easily be prevented.  Safety and security does present a degree of inconvenience, but taking the time to keep your property safe is well worth the effort.

We continue to encourage everyone to contact the University of Georgia Police Department immediately at 911 or 706-542-2200 if you become aware of suspicious individuals or circumstances on campus.  Please do not wait until later to give us a call.

Timely Warning – Theft Advisory 02/04/14

February 19th, 2014

University of Georgia Police Department

 Timely Warning

February 4, 2014

 Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

 Theft Advisory

The University of Georgia Police Department seeks the community’s assistance in locating a person of interest – a white male who is going from building to building on campus posting yellow fliers on bulletin boards.  If you see a person fitting this description, please contact UGA Police immediately at 911 or 706-542-2200.

 

Over the course of the last several weeks, the University of Georgia Police Department has received a number of reports from individuals who have had personal items stolen from both buildings and vehicles on campus.  The overwhelming majority of these thefts have occurred when items of value have been left unattended in plain view in vehicles, unsecured and open offices and in public areas.  The best way to prevent your personal items from being stolen is to make sure you never leave them unattended or in unsecured or public areas or offices.  Employees should always take steps to secure purses, bags and other personal items in their offices.  If you must leave your office unattended, always make sure it is locked and items such as purses and electronics are stored out of view if at all possible.  Book bags and backpacks, which are commonly used to transport expensive text books, laptop computers and other items of value, should never be left where they can be seen in vehicles.  If you must leave items of value in vehicles, locking them in an area that is out of view like the trunk or glove box is highly recommended.

 

Everyone is also encouraged to be observant of their surroundings, to include taking notice of individuals who may not normally be in certain areas.  On many occasions in the past, and on several occasions after recent thefts have been reported, responding officers have learned that people in the area of the theft observed individuals that they felt were out of place or acting suspiciously and did not call to report their observations to law enforcement immediately.  It is extremely important to report such circumstances immediately so law enforcement can take steps to locate and identify individuals who are in the area when thefts occur.  It is also very important to understand that the individuals who commit these types of thefts are not always individuals with no affiliation with the institution who would not normally have a reason to be on or around campus.  Investigation into past thefts has shown that many thefts occur based heavily on the opportunity presented to an individual who is in a place where he or she has a legitimate reason to be.  If you observe individuals or become aware of circumstances that you find suspicious, call the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200 or 911 immediately.  We greatly appreciate everyone’s assistance in helping make our campus a safe environment.

 

Theft Advisory Update

 We would like to thank everyone who called in response to the theft advisory that was sent out earlier this date.  University of Georgia Police officers were able to locate and identify the person of interest described there and determine that there was no indication that he was involved in any criminal activity.  This was made possible largely due to the multiple calls received from members of the University community who provided information about what they had observed in a very timely manner.  We would like to encourage everyone to continue to be diligent in their efforts to safeguard their items of value and to be observant of their surroundings.  Again, please call the University of Georgia Police Department at 706-542-2200 or 911 immediately if you observe suspicious individuals or circumstances on campus.