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As the Campus Security Coordinator I would want to inform the students of how to avoid being put in a hazardous situation without scaring them into unwillingness to walk across Campus. My first suggestion for the Public Service Announcement would be that any and all students should not travel alone when walking across Campus, walking to their vehicles, or moving about on Campus in any way at night.
This being said, you will notice that I never specified that females should not do this and that I said traveling alone is suggested against. The reason for this is very specific for multiple reasons. First and foremost the assignment does not specify that male or female are being sexually assaulted. You might be laughing at this that a male would feel threatened or actually be able to be sexually assaulted, but it does happen. The next reason I stated this the way I did is a gender complex issue.
If females are not traveling alone, they should be in groups of females together, or with males they know and they know they can trust 100%. In regards to males traveling together with other students, this works several ways. First, like I stated a male can be sexually assaulted, but my other reasoning which would not be explained to anyone except you reading this assignment, is that if several males are traveling together, they will be watching each others activities, they will be seen together if they are around people and more than likely someone will recognize one person out of two or three males if something does happen.
Another proactive measure would be to recommend for any and all students to have car keys in hand while they are walking to either their dorm or to their vehicle or any other part of the college Campus. This is to ensure that they are ready to go through whatever door they are going to quickly, it shows that they are alert and ready, it also makes noise so if they are one of the people sexually assaulting people on Campus it will alert someone to their presence (this part wouldn't be explained, of course), and last but not least car keys can be used as a last resort weapon if someone attacks them. I deliver pizzas for a living, and I walk across College Campuses all the time. All of these things are things I do on a daily basis to keep myself from being robbed or injured. I also train any and all new delivery drivers, especially women about these techniques to prevent harm to themselves.
There are of course other areas to consider when to comes to safety of college students on a College Campus. It can be recommended that any student desiring an escort to call Campus Security and this would utilize Campus resources in a proactive way to ensure safe passage for the students to and from their dorms. Keeping eye contact with a would-be assailant would be another recommended tactic to suggest to the students in the Public Service Announcement. This is recommended by Police Statistics as a crime deterrent. The reason for this is that if the criminal knows that he or she is being watched, and they are aware that you are aware of them that this lessens the chances of the crime actually taking place by 50%. That's a large percentage to knock the crime potential down to me.
I could literally write a 50 page assignment on this subject through having been put into or getting myself out of potentially hazardous situations as a pizza delivery driver. I will spare myself the cramps from typing so much and from boring you. A quick suggestion would to always carry a flashlight as a light source, and as a potential weapon if the need arises. Being aware of your surroundings and "taking mental possession" of wherever you are is a great idea. Taking mental possession is where you make yourself aware of every single person in the area you will be traveling in, noting any and all potential hazard areas IE : Dark or shaded areas, dead-end corners, or areas of seclusion, where no one can see you or hear you scream. Looking in your vehicle to make sure no one is in the vehicle before you enter it, and even looking in the reflection of the glass to see if someone is sneaking up on you is a great idea, the last part has saved me many times while delivering pizzas.
These are all areas that I train my fellow drivers when I take on a new employee to train as a pizza delivery driver. All of what I have said are ways to keep yourself from being a "helpless victim" and being a proactively secure individual. The rising crime trend data can be used to add to this announcement by selecting statistics that show or demonstrate all of the above ideas and show how they have prevented crimes from happening. In my own personal safety this type of thinking helped me in avoiding being robbed because I saw the potential robbery before it happened. The two individuals I noticed fit the exact description of the two teens who had robbed another pizza delivery driver at gun point only three weeks prior to an incident I avoided 9 years ago. I haven't ever had that problem again, because I know what to look for proactively. I am also a Security Officer at my other job and I use these techniques to see things before they happen.
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Date of Incident : Each incident is a separate incident, but tie them together through multiple incidents, use a notebook, only for this exact reason, no other notes of any kind, lends to credibility.
Time of Incident : When suspicious activity was first noticed, that specific date. As well, how long the incident took place, example he called and was on the phone for a half hour, ten minutes of it asking rates, then turned to nasty, abusive, sexual questions after the ten minutes and you hung up at that time
Description of Incident : Example, suspicious activity, harassing phone calls, use as many details as possible.
Description of Person : Example, black or white, tall or short (try to get an exact height), wearing a baseball cap or not, hair color, type of voice (rough, soft, squeaky)
Description of Vehicle : What color, make, tag number, if it has a dented fender or bumper missing, anything that contains descriptive elements which will assist Law Enforcement in identifying the vehicle.
Originally posted by space cadet
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
We do not have caller ID, it is a switchboard and the only numbers it ID's are room numbers. We do have security cameras and doors, you must have a room key to get in the back or side doors, and the lobby doors as well after 11. But the lobby doors can also be opened by me or whoever else might be working. There is one weak spot in the camera system, an area which should be monitored but it not, but the guy was caught on camera already, the pictures were not that clear though due to his distance from them. He obviously either doesn't know they are there or doesn't care. I think he doesn't care. Mainly because you can clearly see the damn things!
While I was off of couple of days he was getting bold and calling in the daytime, this time a police report was made, the lady who had answered the phone just happened to do so while an officer was standing at the front desk (we had an incident, a guy died in the hallway of a heart attack apparently), she told the caller that the police were here and handed the officer the phone, the guy hung up, anyway the report was filled out and she told the officer about all the other calls and us seeing him outside. My manager has told us now to call and report it each time he calls too. So far he hasn't called me tonight, but he did call my relief help last night.