Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

Husky Safe at BU


Safety Alert: Dec. 4, 2016

Update: 9:26 p.m. — Regarding the armed robbery incident at 242 Penn Street: Suspects are two males, the first male was 6' tall wearing black clothing and a zip up hoodie, the second male was described as 5' 6" wearing blue jeans and a dark shirt. Bloomsburg Town Police are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information should contact Town Police at 570-784-4155, with information.

An armed robbery occurred at 242 Penn St. Two male suspects with guns fled in an unknown direction of travel. Bloomsburg Town Police are currently investigating. Anyone with information should contact Town Police, 570-784-4155, with information.

Always be vigilant of your surroundings and do not walk alone. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police. The university recommends students walk in groups and keep a cell phone readily accessible.

Holiday Safety Tips

Lock Your Cars When Shopping. Be Aware of Your Surroundings. Keep your credit cards and money in your pocket. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. If you can, avoid debit cards. Do not walk with cash in your hands at any time.

  • When shopping, lock your vehicle, set the alarm and park as close to the store as possible. And park in an area where there is plenty of light.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Criminals come in all ages, from 10 to 80 years old.
  • Don’t have a conversation with strangers in the parking lot, the may be setting you up to commit a crime against you.
  • Shop light: keep credit cards and money in your pocket. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. If you can, avoid debit cards.
  • Please do not walk with cash in your hands at any time.
  • Don’t shop in one store, place everything in your car and then continue shopping. Criminals sit in the parking lot and watch for people who practice this. They will walk around the parking lot looking for vehicles with bags inside of them and, yes, they can open your trunk in seconds. If you have a lot of bags, drop them off at your house and return to the stores.
  • There has been an increase in phone and tablet theft across the country. As you use them, thieves can run by and snatch them. Be aware of your surroundings when you are on your phone or iPad.
  • Also, people will knock on doors asking for donations, some of these people are just trying to get into your home. Please remind everyone in your house not to open the door for anyone.
  • No matter how joyous this time of year is, there are criminals who will try to damper that joy by stealing whatever they can.

Please be safe this Holiday Season and remember, if you see something say something, call 911. Do not assume that someone else has already called.

University Police

BU's Police Department employs commissioned police officers enforcing Pennsylvania Crime and Vehicle Codes and University Policies. Security officers monitor parking. Police officers are trained in first aid procedures and CPR, including one specifically as a first responder. Contained within the department is a sexual assault specialist. University and Pennsylvania regulations pertaining to alcohol, drugs and fire safety are strictly enforced by officers.

Workplace Safety

BU's Office of Workplace Safety has university-wide responsibility for developing and maintaining health and safety programs, providing an environment that protects and promotes the health and safety of all students, employees and visitors, ensures compliance will all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. The department also provides training, consultation services and other various health and safety services.