March 16, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

School break safety tips ◊

MANHATTAN, KAN. – The Lawrence Police Department and the Riley County Police Department continue to work together to make our communities safer, but we need your help.

 

As Spring break approaches, we want to remind students that areas of high densities of student housing are often targeted by criminals during breaks in the academic calendar because a majority of residents are out of town.

 

We also want to remind students that both agencies continue to jointly investigate cases involving the Kansas College Rapist ( http://kansascollegerapist.com/ ). With the exception of the very first incident, each coincided with a break from classes at the University of Kansas or Kansas State University.

 

We encourage all residents to be vigilant in their efforts to exercise personal safety and report any suspicious activity during the upcoming Spring break. For those who do not travel during Spring break, it is important to pay extra attention to activities surrounding your home.

 

Our departments offer the tips below to assist students in combatting crimes of all types. As always, to report crimes in progress, call 911 immediately. For non-emergent reports call (785) 537-2112 in Manhattan and (785) 832-7509 in Lawrence. You may also contact CrimeStoppers by calling (785) 539-7777 in Manhattan and (785) 843-TIPS in Lawrence. We are still actively investigating the Kansas College Rapist cases and will continue to follow up on any tips we receive. We encourage anyone with information to contact law enforcement.   

 

RESIDENTIAL SAFETY

 

  • o Keep doors and windows closed and locked.
  • o Install good quality locks on doors and windows. Deadbolt door locks are always best. Sliding glass patio doors are frequent points of entry for burglars. They should always be reinforced by wedging a stick or pole firmly in the lower track behind the door.
  • o Unplug your automatic overhead garage door opener when leaving for an extended period of time.
  • o Install peepholes in doors.
  • o Keep shrubbery trimmed so doors and windows are not obscured.
  • o Ask reliable neighbors to watch your residence when you are away. Keep newspapers, handbills, and mail picked-up while you are gone.
  • o Keep valuables well hidden especially checkbooks and extra checks. Record and safely store serial numbers from valuable items, such as electronics and firearms.
  • o Keep premises well lit at night.
  • o Never let strangers into your home, not even to use the phone.
  • o Never give information indicating when you will or will not be at home to those you don't know or through social media.
  • o Never let strangers know if you live alone.
  • o If you are gone overnight, use automatic timers on interior lights to give the appearance that the residence is occupied.

PERSONAL SAFETY

  • o Be aware of your surroundings.
  • o Never open door to strangers; require ID of service or repair people.
  • o Plan several escape routes from your home.
  • o Park in well-lit areas.
  • o If you come home and something looks wrong or different - do not enter, go to a safe place and call police.  
  • o Keep money in a pocket instead of a purse or wallet.
  • o Portray a confident and self-reliant person, walk like you have a mission.
  • o Do not walk or jog alone at night.
  • o If someone makes you feel uncomfortable or the situation just does not seem right, trust your instincts and leave.
  • o Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
  • o If you are attacked or robbed, or you witness violence, be a good witness and contact the police immediately.
  • o Immediately report anyone seen watching people or acting suspicious.