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Augusta University Police want to help you stay safe

In order to better assist the community, the Augusta University Police Departments needs your help.  Please report all suspicious persons and suspicious activity immediately to the Augusta University Police Department at 706-721-2911.

Other things you can do to help:

Make the call.
  • Program the phone number of the Augusta University’s Police Department (706-721-2911) into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency on campus. If you see a crime in progress or even something suspicious, do not hesitate, make the call. If you see something, say something.
Protect your property.
  • Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended-even if it is just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you.
 Grab it. Close it. Lock it.
  • Parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves. Never leave valuables in your car in plain view. Take items like GPS devices, removable stereo faceplates, and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are up and the doors are locked. Apply a security device or set the alarm. Have a list of serial numbers for all electronic equipment.  This website allows you to store up to 100 personal items FREE.  This is a great tool in case something is stolen because it will have the stored information entered. (https://reportit.leadsonline.com)
 Protect your wheels.
  • If you ride a bike, Augusta University offers free registration (Make, Model, Serial Number, Value, Owners information, and Photo). Registering your bike helps improve the likelihood of recovery if stolen. Invest in a high-quality, hardened steel “U” lock. For optimum security, lock both the front and frame to the bike rack.
 Be careful on Social Media.  
  • The Augusta University Police Department has recently been called regarding the use of the Tinder app by students, which resulted in unwanted behavior.  Please be careful when using any social media app or dating app.  Do not give someone your address or agree to meet him or her for a first date at your apartment or his or her residence.  Meet them in a public setting and/or with friends in public.  Never invite them to your residence until you know them.  If you are meeting someone to buy something from them, insist on meeting them at the Augusta University Police Department.

Even if you are in a rush and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason.  “Con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.  Also be aware of people attempting to sneak in as you badge into a building or a secured area.

Thieves are opportunists– they look for valuables or unlocked vehicles to see what they can easily take.  Have a list of serial numbers for all electronic equipment.  If you hear a vehicle alarm going off, contact Augusta University Police Department at 706-721-2911–let us check it out.

Have a great holiday season—and GO JAGS!

These tips brought to you by the Augusta University Police Department.

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Emily Lacey

Emily Lacey is a writer in the Division of Communications & Marketing at Augusta University. Contact her to schedule an interview on this topic or with one of our experts at 706-721-6144 elacey@augusta.edu.