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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 – Check/E-mail Scam Advisory

May 30th, 2014

May 23, 2014

 Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

In recent weeks several e-mail based check/money order scams have been brought to the attention of the University of Georgia Police Department.  Two victims known to the University of Georgia Police Department at this time have reported a total loss in excess of $6000.

In this type of scam, potential victims receive correspondence, typically by e-mail, which offers monetary compensation for very little work.  The victim then receives a check for a substantial amount more than the advertised pay, with instructions to deposit the check and then forward the difference to a third party in the form of a money order or pre-paid card.  The original check deposited into the victim’s account is then found to be fraudulent and the victim is out of the full amount.

Do not fall for this type of scam!  If an offer of payment seems too good to be true, it most likely is.  Never accept this type of payment from an unverified source or agree to such employment without knowing who you are communicating with.

Investigation into the cases reported to the University of Georgia Police Department has revealed that an individual associated with the address of 9663 Santa Monica Boulevard, Unit 613, Beverly Hills, California, 90210 is involved first hand with the receipt of money orders and other payments sent by numerous victims from these types of cases.  Law enforcement officials in Beverly Hills, California are familiar with these incidents and as well as this known individual’s involvement and indicate that victims from other colleges in the U.S. are known.  However, prosecutors in that jurisdiction will not make criminal cases due to the financial burden involved with the transportation of victims from various parts of the country to testify in the matter.

This information is being disseminated in hopes that potential victims will take notice of this type of scam as well as the specific address known in these cases.  Please do not correspond with anyone that contacts you with this type of offer.  If you know of anyone that may have been victimized in this manner or if you feel you may have been the victim of such a scam, please contact the University of Georgia Police Department 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.