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We are hopefully getting into the part of the academic year in which people start settling into a routine. You have figured out the latest possible time you can get up and still make it to class, and all territorial disputes with your roommates have been settled by a formal peace treaty and mutual non-aggression pacts. The Case Western Reserve University Police Department would like to take this time to promote two of our new programs for this academic year.

The first program is a change to a pre-existing service, the Safe Ride program. After we provided over 10,000 Safe Rides last year, the decision was made to upgrade the program by having three dedicated vans and drivers for this year, along with the introduction of the Ride Cell automated dispatch system. The service boundaries are the same as always, but you can now log on to to request a Safe Ride through the automated dispatch system.

The old 216-368-3000 number some of you remember still works, but it will now take you into the automated system unless you request to speak to a dispatcher. You can also get more information about the system at After going to the website, go to the Security tab for assistance.

The vans are now white instead of blue, but the service is otherwise the same. Safe Ride can be a great transportation option for moving around campus between 7:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Keep in mind that the vans are not ambulances; if you think you need medical assistance, please contact the main CWRU dispatch line at 216-368-3333.

We encourage all CWRU community members to give us a call at 216-368-3333 at any time, but if you would rather communicate with us by text, you can now do so by sending a text to #67283.

All text messages must begin with “CWRUtip[space].” This will put you in contact with our Dispatch Center. The ITS web address above also has more information on this service and how to use it.

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CWRU Police Blotter 8/27/12 to 9/03/12

8/29 – Bicycle thefts, Thwing Center and Wolstein Research Building

8/29 – Petty theft, football equipment, NRV Field

9/2 – Trespass and arrest, suspicious male on property found to have an outstanding arrest warrant with another police department

9/2 – Felony theft, wallet taken off bench, Morley Building

9/2 – Bicycle theft and arrest, suspect arrested while in the process of stealing a bike, NRV-3A

The CWRU Police Department reminds the campus community not to leave valuables unattended in public access areas. Please address any questions or concerns about items in the blotter to


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