Final stretch

Spring break has passed, and everyone has returned from Acapulco, Akron or points in between for the last six weeks of school. The coldest February in Cleveland since Ulysses S. Grant was president has passed. After the past winter, we are now all officially entitled to an Arctic survival merit badge. As warmer weather returns and we head into the home stretch, here are some safety tips from the Case Western Reserve University Police Department.

As the birds return in spring, so do bad guys; especially bike thieves. Get a U-lock and use it. Don’t leave valuables or backpacks containing valuables unattended, especially in heavy traffic or open access areas, like lobbies and lounges. Don’t leave wallets or other items courtside or trackside while you are running or hooping it up.

Continue to use transport services like Safe Ride and shuttle buses, and walk with friends when moving around the area at night. Call 216-368-3333 to report suspicious activity and download the CWRU Shield app if you have an Android or iPhone.

When walking be a responsible pedestrian and pay attention to your surroundings and traffic patterns, even if you chose to walk with earphones or other devices. This can help you avoid becoming a robbery victim or being flattened by a car because you crossed against the signal.

Alcohol transports tend to spike in spring, as people can go outside again and the end of the academic year is in sight. It is actually possible to have a good time and also stop short of have having your stomach pumped. Use some moderation, but don’t hesitate to get help if you see someone who may be in need of assistance due to intoxication.

Issues of mental health and stress tend to rise, as people realize that finals are no longer distant but are now coming up soon. If you or someone you care about is struggling with these issues, take advantage of the resources available at University Counseling Services. They are here for you.

So let’s enjoy the return of spring, buckle down for the home stretch of the academic year and be safe. Let’s look out for each other.

On the Beat is a weekly safety column written by Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko and Officer Mark (The Crossing Guard) Chavis of CWRU PD. We welcome questions, suggestions and gripes/groans/moans/complaints about campus life at