On the Beat

The Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Police Department would like to say welcome back to all our returning students and a special welcome to the incoming horde of first-year students. Welcome to CWRU, and welcome to Cleveland!

September is a busy month for everyone, especially the CWRU Police Department. The first six weeks of college are often termed the “Red Zone,” as college students are most likely to become victims of crime during this time. So here are some tips to avoid becoming a statistic.

Bicycle theft is a problem at this time of year. If you have a bike, lock it up. First-year students can get a free U-lock at CWRU Police Department Headquarters on Juniper Road, next to the Alumni Center or at the Wade and Fribley area offices. You can also register your bike at the department or offices. Experience has shown us that U-locks are far more effective then cable locks, so we encourage students to take advantage of this offer for a free one.

When moving around campus late at night, use the shuttle buses, the Safe Ride transport van service, or walk with friends. Beginning this year, you can also use the automated Safe Ride dispatch system by logging on to saferide.case.edu between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., or by calling 216-368-3000. The Safe Ride service boundary covers most of the University Circle area.

Wherever you are from originally, you are now in a busy urban area with heavy vehicle traffic in some places. As a pedestrian, you should pay attention to your surroundings and follow traffic signals and signs. Do not do the “Case shuffle” with electronics in ears, eyes fixed firmly on toes, oblivious to anything short of an explosion. You must be aware of your surroundings.

If you need help, call the CWRU Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 216-368-3333. In addition, feel free to ask questions or directions from CWRU Police Department officers. We are generally well fed, do not bite, and not looking to arrest you unless you are standing on the hood of the President’s car. Look out for one another and let’s have a safe year.

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