Reporting Suspicious Activity
What is Suspicious Behavior?
Campus Police receive numerous complaints about suspicious activity on our campuses. Sometimes, callers are unable to identify what is suspicious about a person, and often the person about whom a concern is filed is perhaps walking late at night alone on campus, and is here for legitimate purposes like visiting a friend or attending an event.
However, there are specific actions someone might be making that could be an indicator that the person needs assistance, they are about to commit a crime, or they are harassing students. If you see something suspicious, please call Campus Police right away. Actions to watch out for include:
- Strangers entering your neighbor's room when it is unoccupied
- Anyone randomly trying doors to see if they are locked
- Individual entering or leaving an academic office area after hours
- Audible screams, anywhere and anytime
- The sound of breaking glass or other loud, explosive noises; an accident, burglary, or vandalism may have occurred.
- Persons around bicycle racks carrying a bolt cutter, pipes, or other tools
- A person running, especially one carrying something of value leaving the scene of a crime
While most of the situations described above could have innocent explanations, your campus police department would rather investigate these situations sooner rather than be called when it is too late.