Thefts of Property 1/15/2014
The Department of Public Safety would like to remind everyone about their responsibilities to safeguard personal and university property to help prevent becoming a victim of a crime. The campus and surrounding community has experienced recent thefts of property that have been left unattended and unsecured. It only takes a moment for someone to take these valuables, which most often has been found to be laptop computers, cell phones, wallets, purses and books. Fraudulent activity will often occur after a theft of a wallet or purse containing items of identity. Secure your valuables and do not leave them unattended for any reason. If you need to leave items in your vehicle, secure them in the trunk, so they are not visible to anyone walking by. This includes computers, books and purses that are often sought out by opportunists. Put vehicle GPS devices and mounting brackets away and out of view. We have learned of recent thefts from vehicles just off campus today, but we have had similar occurrences on campus in the past.
Remember that safety and security is the responsibility of everyone on campus. Don't become victims of crime; be aware of your surroundings. Everyone is encouraged to put the phone number for Public Safety in their cell phone. Please report any suspicious activity or crime on campus immediately to the Department of Public Safety at 313-593-5333, or by using any of the emergency phones located throughout campus.
Lt. Kenneth Paris
Interim Chief of Police/Director
UM-D Department of Public Safety
Sexual Assault Reported 8/5/2013:
On August 5, 2013, the University of Michigan-Dearborn was notified that a female student reported she was sexually assaulted in the Engineering Lab Building (ELB) between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on a Wednesday in June 2013. The incident is currently under investigation by the Dearborn Police Department and University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Public Safety.
The suspect is described as a White Male, 25-40 years, 5'11" to 6'3", Stocky Build, Short Brown Hair, Unknown facial hair, Wearing dark clothing, possibly sweat or athletic pants.
Further information will be shared with the campus as the investigation develops. Anyone with information about this assault or any other crime is asked to immediately contact UM-D Department of Public Safety at (313) 593-5333; the information will also be shared with Dearborn Police investigators.
- Sexual Assault is any sexual activity that occurs in the absence of consent.
- Most perpetrators assault someone they know. Sexual assault occurs in all communities and people of all genders can be survivors.
- Responsibility lies with the perpetrator, not the survivor as no one deserves, asks for, or provokes sexual assault.
- Sexual assault can include sexual activity with someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol and drugs, whether ingested voluntarily of unknowingly. Alcohol often is used by perpetrators to facilitate sexual assaults.
- The University of Michigan-Dearborn Sexual Assault Policy and Michigan law prohibit sexual assault. If you would like further information/resources regarding sexual assault, visit the UM SAPAC website.
- Although the survivor is never at fault, prioritizing one's personal safety is a good idea. Risk of attack by a stranger may be reduced by:
- Being aware of your surroundings and looking assertive
- Walking with friends, co-workers and others in well-lit areas
- Trust your intuition. If a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative course of action and contact UM-Dearborn Public Safety for help.
- If you feel threatened on campus, look for an emergency phone to contact Public Safety, or call UM-Dearborn Public Safety directly at (313) 593-5333.
- Always have the phone number to Public Safety programmed on your cell phone.
Updates about this and other crime alerts may be found at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Public Safety website at: http://umdearborn.edu/police
Public safety has received three reports of bicycle theft during the past two days. In each case the bike was locked and the cable was cut. Two of the thefts occurred at the IAVS and the third at the MESL. In all three instances the bikes were left unattended during the overnight hours. Please avoid this practice as it is an obvious invitation to the motivated thief. Also, invest in a high quality locking device.
I have attached a link to bicycle locks (click here) for your convenience.