Clery Crime Alerts

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Columbia University is required to alert the campus community to certain crimes that pose a continuing danger to the campus community in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

Robbery

On Friday, September 28th, 2018, at approximately 6:40pm, the unidentified person shown below did display a knife and remove property from Morton Williams supermarket located at 2941 Broadway. The individual was recorded on CCTV entering Columbia University from Lerner Gate (West 115st and Broadway) and exiting on West 116st and Amsterdam Ave. before fleeing inside Morningside Park. If you have any information about this crime, or can identity this person, contact the NYPD 26 Pct. Detective Squad at 212 927-678-1351 or Public Safety Operations at 212-854-5555.

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Grand Larceny

On September 20, 2018 at approximately 3:27am, an affiliate’s Motorcycle was stolen in front of 235 West 169th. St, by an unknown person. This person was seen pushing the Motorcycle southbound on Fort Washington Avenue towards 165th. Street. If any information about this larceny known, please call Public Safety at 212-305-7979 or 911.

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Robbery

On September 15, 2018, the Columbia University Department of Public Safety was notified that a Non-Affiliate was a victim of a Robbery at the rear of the Manhattanville Forum Building on W. 129th street at approximately 4:00 pm. The unknown individual in the photos below did approach the victim and did proceed to assault the victim by hitting the victim with an unidentified object. The individual then proceeded to remove the victim’s personal items from his pockets. The individual fled eastbound on 129th street past Broadway. If you have any information about this crime, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Burglary

On Monday, August 27, 2018 at 11:54pm, the unknown person in the left and center photos below did enter the lobby of 411 W 115th street and removed several packages without permission or authorization to do so. The person in the right photo acted in concert while remaining in a vehicle outside. The vehicle is last seen driving north on Morningside Drive. If the identities of these persons are known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Update: Suspects apprehended 9/5/2018

Fondling

On July 28, 2018 at approximately 02:33pm, an affiliate reported that she was fondled while walking eastbound on West 168th street between Fort Washington Avenue and Broadway in front of 651 W. 168th street. The unknown individual in the photos below did approach the victim and did grab the victim. The individual fled east bound on 168th street towards Broadway. If you have any information about this crime, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-305-7979.

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Grand Larceny Auto

On July 20, 2018, an affiliate had her 2017 Audi A4 stolen out of the SIPA Garage on W. 118 Street. CCTV shows the individual in the photos below enter the vehicle then exit the Garage at 10:41 A.M. The vehicle is last seen heading north on Morningside Drive. Anyone with any additional information should contact the 26 Precinct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351 or the undersigned. If the individual is seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Attempted Robbery

On July 3, 2018 at approximately 11:50 PM inside of 500 West 122nd Street, the unknown individual in the photos below did forcibly try to remove property from an affiliate. The unknown individual did fail in their attempt and did flee Northbound on Amsterdam Avenue. If the identity of the individual is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Robbery

On June 25, 2018, the New York City Police Department notified Columbia University Public Safety that at about 9:21 PM on June 23, 2018 an affiliate was the victim of a Robbery on the center mall of Broadway and West 116th Street. The unknown individual in the photos below did approach the victim and did ask to use his cell phone. When the victim asked for the phone back, the individual did display a large piece of glass and threaten to stab the victim. The individual fled north bound on Broadway. If you have any information about this crime, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Fondling

An affiliate reported that at approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 1, 2018, they were fondled while standing near an elevator on the 3rd floor   stacks area of Butler Library.The affiliate reports the following description: Male/ late 20’s/ heavy build/ white T-shirt/ black pants/curly hair /5’8”-5’10” height.No further detailed information has been provided. If you have any information about this incident call Public Safety at (212) 854-5555.

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Burglary

Based on an investigation by the New York City Police Department, this incident originally classified as a Larceny has been upgraded to a Burglary. On April 6, 2018, at approximately 03:45am, the person in the photo below was observed on CCTV removing property from 521 w. 111th street and 530 w. 112th street. The unknown person is last seen entering the Subway Station entrance on the North East corner of 110th street and Broadway at approximately 04:40am. If the person is seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Update: Suspect apprehended 4/20/2018

Burglary

Based on an Investigation by the New York City Police Department, this incident, initially classified as a Larceny has been upgraded to a Burglary. On April 5, 2018 at approximately 4:00 AM the unknown person in the photo below did remove a bicycle from inside the basement of 546 West 114th Street. The unknown person was last seen walking southbound on Amsterdam Avenue with the bicycle. If the identity of the person is known or if he is seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Update: Suspect apprehended 4/10/2018

Missing Student

On the evening of March 22, 2018 Columbia University Public Safety was notified that SEAS student John Paul Mester, had gone missing. John is a male white, 23 years of age. At this time, his last known whereabouts was Schapiro Hall, 605 W 115 St. on March 19, 2018 at 11:24 a.m. John is about 5’ 8“ in height and weighs approximately 150 lbs. The photo below shows the most recent clothing that John was wearing on the morning of March 19th.

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Update: Student Found 3/26/2018

Assault

On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, The New York City Police Department notified the Columbia University Department of Public Safety of an assault that occurred on March 20, 2018, at approximately 10:40 P.M. A non-affiliate was assaulted on the northeast corner of Broadway and W. 103rd Street. The persons involved were described as four juveniles wearing dark clothing. They fled east on W. 103rd Street towards Amsterdam Ave. If you have any information about this crime, please contact the NYPD 24th Precinct Detective Squad at (212) 678-1866.

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Robbery

On Wednesday March 7, 2018, the New York City Police Department notified Columbia University Public Safety that at about 12:15 A.M. on Monday March 5, 2018 a non-affiliate was the victim of a robbery in front of 362 Riverside Drive (Carlton Hall). The persons involved were described as two unknown individuals wearing dark clothing who fled north and then east on 109th Street. If you have any information about this crime, please contact the NYPD 24th Pct. Detective Squad at 212 678-1866.

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Sexual Assault

The Department of Public Safety was notified by Barnard Public Safety of an alleged sexual assault that occurred sometime over the weekend (February 2nd – 4th). This incident allegedly occurred in a brownstone on 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue. The subject of this alert is an unidentified male. No further detailed information has been provided. If you have any information about this incident call Public Safety at (212) 854-5555.

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Robbery

On Tuesday January 16th, 2018, the New York City Police Department notified CU Public Safety that at approximately 4:50 pm a cab driver was robbed at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The persons involved in the robbery fled south on Amsterdam and West on 112th Street. The unidentified persons are shown below. If you have any information about this crime, or can identity any of these persons, contact the NYPD 26th Pct. Detective Squad at 212 678-1352.

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Update: Suspect apprehended

Burglary

On January 3, 2018 between the hours of 1:29am to 2:05am, the person shown below was recorded on CCTV entering various offices within the William Black Building, 650 West 168th St. This person has been identified by the New York City Police Department as Daniel Spinelli. Anyone with information concerning this crime should contact the NYPD by dialing 911 or Public Safety at (212) 305-7979. Please remember to secure your property and office doors when you are not present.

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Motor Vehicle Theft

On Wednesday December 20, 2017 at 4:30pm, the unknown person in the photo below stole an affiliate’s vehicle from the southeast corner of 118th street and Morningside Drive. This person is observed on CCTV entering the vehicle and last seen driving north on Riverside Drive and 122nd street. If the identity of the person is known or if seen please call Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or 911.

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Burglary

On December 01, 2017 between 12:07pm and 12:19pm. CCTV shows the person in the photo below enter Schermerhorn Building located at 1190 Amsterdam Ave. and while inside the building the below person did remove a backpack from the 6th floor.  The person in the photo was last observed walking northbound on Amsterdam Ave. towards West 121st.  If the identity of the person pictured below is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Robbery

On November 18, 2017 at approximately 12:11 AM, a Non - Affiliate was the victim of a Robbery in front 2700 Broadway (West 103rd St) CCTV shows the 2 unknown males pictured below strike the victim about the body and take his property. The 2 unknown males ran eastbound on 103rd street from Broadway. If the identities of the persons pictured below are known , or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Robbery

On November 5, 2017 at approximately 11:10 P.M., a Non-Affiliate was the victim of a Robbery in front of 507 West 113th Street. The victim and witness were approached by the person in the photos below, (known to the department from past incidents) who did demand money and did simulate that he had a weapon. All three walked to the Chase Bank at West 113th Street and Broadway where the victim withdrew $20 from the ATM and gave it to the individual. The individual was last seen walking southbound on Broadway from West 113th Street. If the person is seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Burglary

On October 28, 2017 between 12:15 P.M. and 12:30 P.M. CCTV shows the person in the photos below enter Pupin Hall located at 538 W. 120 St. and while inside the building entering several offices and remove property. The person in the photos is last observed walking north on Amsterdam Avenue toward W. 121 St. Anyone with any additional information should contact Detective Signoretti at the 26 Precinct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351 or the undersigned. If the person is seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Robbery

Today, October 20, 2017, the New York City Police Department notified Columbia University Department of Public Safety of a Robbery that occurred in front of 150 Claremont Avenue at 4:50 pm. This robbery was the result of a dispute among non-affiliates and a firearm was displayed. The person/ vehicle fled northbound on Claremont in a Silver Audi and the NYPD is looking to locate that Silver Audi license plate # HMP-3243.
Anyone with information concerning this crime is urged to contact the NYPD by dialing 911 or Public Safety at (212) 854–5555.

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Burglary

On October 7, 2017 at approximately 9:30 AM, an affiliate had his laptop stolen out of his office inside of B230 (410 West 118th St). CCTV shows the unknown person in the photos below entering the affiliate’s office area. Upon the return of the affiliate, he discovered his laptop missing. The unknown male was last seen on CCTV entering SIPA (420 W/118th St). If the identity of the person is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Attempted Robbery

On September 19, 2017, the New York City Police Department notified Columbia University Department of Public Safety of an Attempted Robbery that occurred on September 17, 2017, at approximately 9:20 PM.The incident occurred at the corner of West 125th Street and St. Clare’s Place. Approximately 5 -7 unknown persons attempted to remove, through the use of physical force, a non-affiliate’s cell phone. The persons ran southbound on Riverside Drive from St. Clare’s Place. Anyone with information concerning this crime is urged to contact the NYPD by dialing 911 or Public Safety at (212) 854–5555.

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Burglary

On August 14th, 2017, between 6 PM and 6:30 PM, CCTV shows the person in the photos below entered the Faculty House located at 400 W. 117 St. and Business Law located at 1125 Amsterdam Avenue and while inside these buildings removed property. The person in the photos is last observed walking south on Amsterdam Avenue at W. 114 St. Anyone with any information should contact the 26 Precinct Detective Squad or the undersigned. If the person is seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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Robbery

On August 10th, 2017, the New York City Police Department notified CU Public Safety that on Wednesday August 9th 2017, at about 12:52 am, on the northwest corner of St. Nicholas Ave and W 166 St, the sidewalk along Mitchel Square Park, the unidentified persons shown below forcibly robbed a non-affiliate of his bicycle. If you have any information about this crime, or can identity any of these persons, contact the NYPD 33 Pct. Detective Squad at 212 927-3780.

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Attempted Burglary

On August 7th, 2017, at about 10:50 P.M. CCTV shows the person in photos below attempting to gain access to the courtyard of 549 Riverside Drive by removing the protective fencing on the service gate. The person is last seen riding a blue and white bike north bound on 12th Avenue. If the person is seen please call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555. Anyone with any information regarding he person in the photos should contact Detective Fernandez at the 26 Precinct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351 or the undersigned.

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Motor Vehicle Theft

On Friday June 2nd, 2017, at 6:36am an affiliate’s vehicle was stolen in front of 1161 Amsterdam Ave – Casa Italiana by the unknown person in the photo below. This person is seen on CCTV entering the vehicle and last seen driving north on Amsterdam Ave towards 120th street. If the identity of the person is known or if seen please call Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or 911.

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Burglary

On Saturday, February 4th, 2017, between 1:00 p.m. and 1:45p.m. an unidentified person entered Fayerweather Hall and removed computer equipment. If you have any information about this crime or the person responsible, please call the 26 Pct. Detective Squad at 212-678-1351 or the Columbia University Investigations Unit at the numbers provided below.
When entering campus buildings during off hours, please be aware of anyone attempting to follow you in, after you have swiped your CUID for access. If you believe someone has entered without authorization, call Public Safety immediately at 212-854-5555.

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Fondling

Teachers College Public Safety has reported that an affiliate was the victim of fondling on January 27th, 2017 at about 4:25 p.m., as she was walking her dog on Morningside Drive near W. 116 st. The victim was approached by two males, one of whom fondled her. The males then ran into Morningside Park at W. 118 St. If you have any information about this crime contact the undersigned or Teachers College Public Safety at 212-678-3333.

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Burglary

On January 26th, 2017, at about 11:00 p.m. a laptop computer was stolen from a cubicle on the sixth floor of Uris Hall. A review of CCTV shows Robinson Santos, previously arrested on campus for burglary, shown in the photos below, was observed entering the building at 10:52 p.m. removing property from a locker and leaving at 11:05 p.m. If observed contact NYPD immediately.

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Robbery

On December 29, 2016 at approximately 1:05 AM an affiliate was the victim of a Robbery that took place on West 113th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. The victim was approached from behind by the two unknown persons in the photo below who forcibly removed her property. Both individuals fled south bound on Amsterdam Avenue from West 113 Street. If the identity of the individuals is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Fondling

The Department of Public Safety was notified of a Fondling incident that occurred on September 10, 2016, at approximately 2:00 P.M. The person in the photo below grabbed the buttocks of another person inside of 2897 Broadway (Nussbaum & Wu - Bakery & café), Columbia University owned property. If the person is seen, or his identity known, please call Public Safety at (212) 854-5555.

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Fondling

On August 13, 2016 at approximately 11:01 PM inside of a building on West 112 Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave a Non-Affiliate was forcible touched by the unknown person in the photos below. The victim was followed into her building and was groped by the person. The unknown person then fled out of the building and ran toward Amsterdam Ave. The person wanted in this case is also wanted in connection with an Attempted Larceny/Purse Snatch that occurred on August 10, 2016 at West 121st Street and Broadway. If the identity of the person is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555. 

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Burglary 

On July 24, 2016 at 4:09am the unidentified individual pictured below is observed on CCTV entering the lobby of 421 W 118th street by using a device to bypass the lock. Once inside, the individual removed a bicycle belonging to an affiliate. If you have any information about this incident or know the identity of this individual please contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or the Police at 911.

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Suspect was apprehended July 27, 2016.


Burglary 

On April 28, 2016 at 5:30am the unknown individual pictured below was observed removing unattended packages from the lobby of 195 Claremont Ave. The subject is also seen on CCTV entering and exiting different buildings in the area prior to this incident. If you have any information about this incident or know the identity of this individual please contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or the Police at 911. 

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Suspect was apprehended May 5, 2016.


Burglary 

On April 20, 2016 at approximately 4:25pm an affiliate had a laptop and cellphone removed from an office inside of Kraft Center at 606 W 116th street by an unidentified person. If you have any information about the incident please contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555 or the 26th Precinct Detective Squad at 212-678-1351. 

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Fondling

On April 20th, 2016, NYPD informed Columbia University Department of Public Safety that on Thursday, April 14th 2016, at about 8:04 pm, the unidentified suspect shown below was aggressively panhandling and then fondled a female victim as she walked by on the sidewalk in front of the P&S Building (630 W 168 St). If the identity of this individual is known or if seen, contact Public Safety Operations at 212-305-7979.

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Fondling

On April 20th, 2016, NYPD informed Columbia University Department of Public Safety that on Thursday, April 14th 2016, at about 8:04 pm, the unidentified suspect shown below was aggressively panhandling and then fondled a female victim as she walked by on the sidewalk in front of the P&S Building (630 W 168 St). If the identity of this individual is known or if seen, contact Public Safety Operations at 212-305-7979.

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Forcible Touching

On Friday April 1, 2016 Public Safety was notified of a forcible touching incident that occurred inside of a Columbia owned property located on 119th street between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive. The victim states that she hired a massage therapist, pictured below, from an online company. During the course of that massage the subject did touch her inappropriately.

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Attempted Robbery

On March 25, 2016 at approximately 4:35 PM an affiliate was the victim of an Attempted Robbery that took place at the corner of West 116 Street and Broadway. The victim states she was approached by the unknown individual in the photos below and that the male did attempt to grab her cell phone out of her hand while she was talking on the phone, striking her in the face. The individual then walked off southbound on Broadway toward West 115 Street. If the identity of the individual is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Sexual Assault

On Monday March 21, 2016 a Columbia student reported that she was sexually assaulted by the male shown in the photo below. On the morning of March 18, 2016, the subject accompanied a group of students from the 1020 Bar, located on W. 110 St. to their building, spoke with the students for a short time in a common area and then followed the student to her room. The subject had previously been designated persona non grata on Columbia University property.

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Robbery

On January 31, 2016 at approximately 7:10 PM an affiliate was the victim of a knife point robbery that occurred in the southbound bus stop at West 120 Street and Amsterdam Ave. The victim was approached by the unknown individual shown in the below photos. The individual did display a knife and demanded money from the victim which the affiliate handed over. The unknown individual then fled on foot north on Amsterdam Ave toward West 121 Street. If the identity of the individual is known or if seen, please call 911 and Public Safety at 212 854-5555.

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Robbery

On January 19, 2016 at approximately 7:04 PM a student was the victim of a Robbery that occurred on Claremont Ave between West 121 Street and West 120 Street. The victim was approached by two unknown individuals shown in the photos below, one of the individuals stated he had a gun and demanded money which the student handed over. The two unknown individuals fled northbound on Broadway from West 120 Street. If the identity of the two individuals is known or if seen, please keep them under observation and call 911 and Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

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What Is a Timely Warning?

Timely Warnings, also called "Crime Alerts," are provided to enhance the safety of the community by giving students, faculty and staff notification of crimes that occur on or nearby campus property, and are considered by the Department of Public Safety to present a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. These Crime Alerts are issued in compliance with federal law, specifically the Clery Act, for selected crimes in selected locations. They do not present, nor are they intended to present, a complete picture of crime on campus.

Timely Warning Policy

The Columbia University Department of Public Safety is responsible for preparing and issuing a Crime Alert whenever a crime that is reported to them represents a continuing threat to students and employees. Information for alerts may also come from information supplied to Public Safety by the NYPD.

Crime Alerts can also seek information from community members that may lead to the arrest and conviction of an offender and usually contain crime prevention tips and safety information. Pictures of suspects, rather than verbal descriptions are included in crime alerts whenever available.

When enough details about the incident are known, Public Safety will prepare and distribute an alert to the entire community, via the mass notification e-mail system. Alerts may also be posted on campus bulletin boards and in Columbia owned buildings throughout the community.

Timely Warning Procedure

The Columbia University Department of Public Safety will prepare a Crime Alert whenever a report is received of a crime against a person or property that represents a continuing threat to students, faculty and staff. Notices may be issued for such crimes that occur on campus property, non-campus property, or on public property immediately adjacent to or accessible from campus. Crime Alerts provide details of the crime, a description of the suspect if known, or a picture instead, if one is available, information on whom to contact about the investigation, and often, crime prevention tips.

Information included in Crime Alerts:

  1. A succinct statement of the incident.
  2. Possible connection to previous incidents, if applicable.
  3. Photo of the suspect, if available.
  4. Physical description of the suspect, if no photo is available.
  5. Date the bulletin was released.
  6. Other relevant and important information about the crime(s).
  7. Information on Crime Prevention, personal safety or other community safety resources.

Crime Alerts may be updated if new or more accurate information becomes available during the course of the investigation.

Crime Alerts are distributed by mass e-mail notifications sent to all columbia.edu e-mail addresses. These e-mails are approved by the Vice President of Public Safety or his designee and are distributed by the Department of Public Safety.