Thursday, February 12, 2009

Read the Safety Alerts!

The image you see above is a Safety Alert - issued by Public Safety when a crime happens on campus. They're posted on all the dorms and buildings on campus so that students will see and read them. Normally, they are very brightly colored - neon blue, yellow, pink, the particular safety alert above, when posted on campus, is actually blue, but Public Safety could not release the blue form to me (they only had one copy, so the officer just copied this one on white paper for me.) I could've stolen one from the library or U-Hall doors, but that would have been, yep, a crime.
The Safety Alerts are part of Public Safety’s “Protection, Prevention, Education” model to make students aware of crimes on campus. The crime reports list the what, where, and when of a crime (i.e. assault, robbery,) and give information on who to contact if you have any information about the crime – either the Chicago Police Department at 311 or the DePaul Public Safety office at 773-325-7777.

The crime on this report was a hate crime that took place in the 2100 block of N. Kenmore at 4:00 A.M. on February 3, 2009. The alert was posted on Feb. 6.
A man was attacked by three “unknown individuals,” and during the attack, the men made comments about the victim’s sexual orientation – making it a hate crime.

The three-day delay in between the incident and the report concerns me. I think it shows us that we need to instantly report something when crimes happen to us or someone we know, so that other students or DePaul community members are not harmed. So, like the Chicago Transit Authority’s slogan, “if you see something, say something.” It’ll keep us all safe.

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