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Campus safety reminder in light of recent robberies on or near campus

Oct 27, 2014

A robbery near campus on Sunday serves as a reminder to the community about the steps each of us should take to be safe.

At about 10 p.m., two students were robbed of a laptop, cellphone and cash at an off-campus apartment at the corner of Dave Brubeck and Kensington ways after they opened their apartment door to two unknown suspects. No one was injured. Public Safety officers are investigating the crime.  

Public Safety Director Mike Belcher reminds the Pacific community to take these safety precautions:

  • Don't open your door to strangers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk in groups, especially after dark.
  • Refrain from texting, talking, or otherwise using a cell phone while walking or riding.
  • Keep valuables hidden when possible.
  • Keep the Public Safety emergency and business lines handy:  209.946.3911 or 209.946.2537.
  • Report suspicious behavior - if you see something, say something.  More information about our "See Something, Say Something" program is available here
  • Know where the blue light phones are on campus.  

The campus blue-light phone network ensures an emergency phone is within view at virtually any location on campus. A blue light phone call led to an arrest last week in the Oct. 10 robbery and assault of a student. That robbery, the only one on campus this year, was interrupted when the student ran to a blue light phone and activated it. The suspect fled, dropping his backpack. The contents of the backpack, together with footage from campus security videos, enabled Public Safety officers to make the quick arrest.  

Pacific's police department has 10 full-time patrol officers, five part-time officers and five supervising officers and maintains a two-minute response time. New security cameras were recently added to the levee area, and the department continues to look for additional ways to improve campus safety.  

If anyone has information about Sunday's robbery, please call Public Safety at 209.946.2537.  

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