Current University Status
Crime Alert - UPDATE

A CRIME ALERT has been UPDATED on the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety's website http://bit.ly/gpUqGQ

Type of Alert:
Assisting Other Agency (Columbia Police Department) - Attempted Kidnapping

Date Posted:
September 24, 2013 at 1:30pm

Incident:
University and City of Columbia police have searched the area. The suspect has not been located at this time, nor has he been seen on campus. Members of the Carolina Community are encouraged to immediately report suspicious persons or any related crime tips to local law enforcement, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC. To send anonymous tips via text or online, go to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com


Safety Tips:
- Travel on major sidewalks along major streets and avoid shortcuts. Well lit and well-traveled routes are best.

- The University has and encourages the use of several available shuttle services for transportation to and around campus such as the Evening Shuttle, Late Night Shuttle, APO, and others. Please go to http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html for more information.

- Have a plan before going out. Make sure your friends know not to leave you alone or let you leave anywhere with someone other than the friends you came with. Stay in a group as much as possible.

- The best mode of travel is by vehicle but if you do choose to walk, travel in large groups and never alone. The larger the group of people you are with, the better (four or more is best).

- Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If a place or situation doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Leave.

- If you feel unsafe or see suspicious activity or persons, seek safety in a well-populated area or building and call the police immediately by dialing 911.