So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

So we are fast approaching the end of another academic year. A few more quizzes, a blur of special events and before you know it, commencement has come and gone and the campus will go into the semi-slumber of summer—until the next horde of incoming first year students arrives. Some of you will be leaving campus for good to pursue fame and glory, others will be returning in August to haul all your stuff back up to the top floor of the residence hall. Case Western Reserve University Police Department will keep the place from burning down while you are gone and we’ll leave the lights on for you. Hopefully you found a few of the tips in this column useful as you navigated the perils of life at CWRU through the year.

We don’t have any new tips to bring to the table this week, just a few old ones to reiterate. As finals and final grades roll in, talk to Counseling or someone you trust if you find the results too depressing, and try not to drink your way to the ER in celebration if the results are good. Remember that warm weather and rain can bring out bad guys as well as flowers—bike thieves, cell phone snatchers, laptop thieves and office creepers tend to be more active this time of year, so take the appropriate precautions—use Safe Ride, lock your bikes and report suspicious activity to 216-368-3333.

Also, remember to try to keep an eye out on your surroundings as you move about campus; in addition to an uptick in crime, spring is also the season of increased pedestrian, bicycle and construction activity. This will be the last On the Beat column of the year, so best wishes to the class of 2014 and let’s have great and safe summer.

On the Beat is a weekly safety column written by Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko & Officer Mark (The Crossing Guard) Chavis of CWRU PD. Send feedback to this or other columns at