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Holiday Safety Tips from DPS

The Department of Public Safety would like to wish students, staff and faculty a safe and happy holiday season. Please take a moment to review these safety tips and consider while preparing to enjoy your time away.

Holidays and breaks are good times for relaxation and fun. However, it’s important to take a few minutes to prepare before you leave campus.
As distractions and time away from home increase, all types of crime occur more frequently. When preparing for the holidays, consider the following tips from the Augsburg Department of Public Safety:

Before leaving for break:
* Lock the doors and windows to your residence hall, house, apartment or office and take all keys with you.
* Take valuable personal property home with you. If you leave anything of value in your home or office, secure it in a locked closet or cabinet.
* Prepare your vehicle for any road trips and check for any safety issues like fluid levels or tire pressure.
* If you’re leaving a car on campus find a well-lit spot where you can park it, remove all valuables, and lock the doors.
* Store your bike in a legal, secure location using a U-lock.
* Talk to your roommates about when everyone is leaving and returning.
* Unplug all appliances including computers.
* Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave.
* If you stay on campus, keep an eye out for any suspicious activities and contact DPS if you see anything that causes concern.

Shopping safety tips:
DPS advises that shoppers be aware of their surroundings, keep an eye on people around them and shop with others. Being alone in an isolated or unlit area with expensive items and cash is potentially not safe.
* Avoid carrying and displaying large amounts of cash.
* Lock valuables, electronics and newly purchased items in the trunk of your vehicle.
* Park vehicles in well-lit areas and walk with other pedestrians. Have your keys in hand before walking to your vehicle.
* Keep cell phones stored away until you’re in your car; using cell phones can be distracting and high-value smartphones are a target for thieves.
* Only carry as many bags and packages as you can safely. Don’t overwhelm yourself with heavy items. Ask for assistance from store employees if needed.
* Place “high-value” brand bags in plain bags if possible. Thieves may target people holding bags that they believe have expensive items inside.
* If you feel uncomfortable, or see suspicious activity, return to the store immediately. Make a report to employees or security staff.

Spring Parking Permit Sales

Spring parking permits will go on sale for all eligible groups beginning on December 2nd at 9:00 am.  Spring semester permits are only needed if you purchased a Fall permit or are new to Augsburg and want the ability to park in Augsburg owned lots.  If you purchased a “year” permit, you do not need to purchase a Spring semester permit to continue to park in Augsburg owned lots.  Please visit the ‘Parking Services’ website located on the Inside Augsburg page to purchase a permit, pricing information is below.

 

Student Resident: $195

Student Commuter: $179

AFA/Grad: $61

Adjunct Faculty or Part-Time Staff (below .5 FTE): $105

Full-Time Faculty/Staff: $252

Luther Underground*: $470

OGC Underground*: $505

*Underground spaces will be offered to Fall semester permit holders first, any spots that open up will be available for purchase; after the open spots are sold you may join a waitlist in case a space opens up.

Please email parking@augsburg.edu with any questions

2019 Annual Security Report Available

Augsburg University is committed to assisting all members of the Augsburg community in providing for their own safety and security.  The annual security and fire safety compliance document is available on the Department of Public Safety website at:

http://web.augsburg.edu/dps/ASR/ASR%202019.pdf

If you would like to receive the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop by the Department of Public Safety at 801 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (612) 330-1717.

The website and booklet contain information regarding campus security and personal safety topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, public safety law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus.  They also contain information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned and controlled by Augsburg University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

This information is required by law and is provided by the Augsburg University Department of Public Safety.

Timely Notice 8/21/2019: Robbery on Minneapolis Campus

TIMELY NOTICE BULLETIN

Robbery  

August 21, 2019

 

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of an incident that occurred on the Minneapolis campus. 

REPORTED OFFENSE:  Robbery

On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 4:40pm, a robbery was reported to the Department of Public Safety. A non-Augsburg community member reported they got into a black car (no plates) with five other males, one of whom the victim reports he knew, near a Riverside bus stop. The victim reported they drove to Augsburg’s Lot D, where the victim reported a knife being displayed. He said he was threatened and had his wallet and phone taken.    

 

STATUS:  This incident remains under investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Augsburg University  Department of Public Safety. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717. 

Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available at our website: publicsafety@augsburg.edu 

 

Scott Brownell

Director of Public Safety 

Augsburg University believes that physical descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual.  When physical descriptors are included in communication to the Augsburg community, it is done so because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of the incident.  Augsburg University uses perceived race and gender descriptors that are provided about a suspect only when additional characteristics (beyond clothing) are also available. Such descriptors are used in an attempt to provide the campus community with important information.  However, the University recognizes that race and gender are personal identity attributes that cannot always be accurately perceived by others, and that any reported information may not be accurate.

Timely Notice 1/13/2019: Aggravated Assault on Minneapolis Campus

TIMELY NOTICE BULLETIN

Aggravated Assault

1/13/19

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred on 21st Ave S near 6th St S on or near the Minneapolis Campus.

REPORTED OFFENSE:  Aggravated Assault

On 1/12/2019 at 11:29 p.m., Public Safety received a report from an individual that a firearm was discharged at them from a vehicle driving on 21st Ave S near 6th St S.  The victim, who is not a student and was not injured, stated they were walking near 6th St S on 21st Ave S when a white vehicle, possibly a Ford compact with tinted windows, was driving north on 21st Ave S when the victim heard 2 gunshots.  The victim stated the vehicle performed a U-turn on 21st Ave S and they heard more gunshots. No one was injured during the incident. Public Safety staff and Minneapolis Police responded to the report, immediately patrolling the area and identified a suspect vehicle, which Minneapolis Police investigated and cleared as not involved in the incident.  At this time, the Department of Public Safety and Minneapolis Police believe this to be a targeted attack and not a random incident.

STATUS:  The Department of Public Safety and Minneapolis Police are currently investigating this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

SAFETY TIPS:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • If you believe you are being followed or are in immediate danger, get to a public place and call Public Safety or 911
  • Call Public Safety for 24/7 escorts on campus, and escorts to approved off campus locations from dusk until dawn
  • Call Public Safety immediately if you see any suspicious behavior on campus

Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (x1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available on our website: www.augsburg.edu/dps and in the CampusShield safety app (available for free download on Google Play and iTunes app store).

Augsburg University believes that physical descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual.  When physical descriptors are included in communication to the Augsburg community, it is done so because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of the incident.  Augsburg University uses perceived race and gender descriptors that are provided about a suspect only when additional characteristics (beyond clothing) are also available. Such descriptors are used in an attempt to provide the campus community with important information.  However, the University recognizes that race and gender are personal identity attributes that cannot always be accurately perceived by others, and that any reported information may not be accurate.

 

Timely Notice 12/10/2018: Robbery on Minneapolis Campus

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred on 8th St S between 20th Ave S and 21st Ave S on the Minneapolis campus.

REPORTED OFFENSE:  Robbery

DPS received a report that at 2:35 pm today, Monday, 12/10/2018, a robbery occurred on 8th St S between 20th Ave S and 21st Ave S.  The victim was walking east on 8th St S from 20th Ave when two individuals got out of a silver minivan and tried taking the victim’s bag and backpack, knocking the victim to the ground.  When the victim refused to give the suspects their bag, the suspects kicked the victim two times. The suspects then took the victim’s bag and backpack and fled in the silver minivan.

SAFETY TIPS:

  • Keep your head up and always be aware of your surroundings
  • Do not walk with earbuds or headphones on so you can hear what is going on around you
  • Walk with a group, if possible
  • Call Public Safety immediately if you notice any suspicious behavior

 

STATUS:  This incident is under investigation by the Minneapolis Police (MPD) and Augsburg University Public Safety (DPS). Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (x1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available on our website: www.augsburg.edu/dps and in the CampusShield safety app (available for free download on Google Play and iTunes app store).

Augsburg University believes that physical descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual.  When physical descriptors are included in communication to the Augsburg community, it is done so because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of the incident.  Augsburg University uses perceived race and gender descriptors that are provided about a suspect only when additional characteristics (beyond clothing) are also available. Such descriptors are used in an attempt to provide the campus community with important information.  However, the University recognizes that race and gender are personal identity attributes that cannot always be accurately perceived by others, and that any reported information may not be accurate.

Timely Notice 10/8/18: Robbery on Minneapolis Campus

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred on 21st avenue between parking Lots A and D on the Minneapolis campus.

REPORTED OFFENSE:  Robbery

DPS received a report that around 7:45 pm on 10/08/2018, a robbery occurred on 21st Avenue South in between Lots A and D.  As the victim was walking to their vehicle, the victim reported that a group of six males passed them, one pushed the victim to the ground and took their phone. The victim did not see any weapon and did not report being threatened by a weapon. The group was seen running toward Murphy Square.

Department of Public Safety did foot and vehicle patrols, and checked nearby buildings; Minneapolis police arrived on campus.

SAFETY TIPS:

  • Keep your head up and always be aware of your surroundings
  • Do not sit or walk with your phone/laptop out
  • Do not walk with earbuds or headphones on so you can hear what is going on around you
  • Call Public Safety immediately if you notice any suspicious behavior

STATUS:  This incident is currently under investigation by the Minneapolis police (MPD) and the Augsburg Department of Public Safety. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (x1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available on our website: www.augsburg.edu/dps and in the CampusShield safety app (available for free download on Google Play and iTunes app store).

Augsburg University believes that physical descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual.  When physical descriptors are included in communication to the Augsburg community, it is done so because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of the incident.  Augsburg University uses perceived race and gender descriptors that are provided about a suspect only when additional characteristics (beyond clothing) are also available. Such descriptors are used in an attempt to provide the campus community with important information.  However, the University recognizes that race and gender are personal identity attributes that cannot always be accurately perceived by others, and that any reported information may not be accurate.

Timely Notice Bulletin: Robbery, Feb. 23, 2018

TIMELY NOTICE BULLETIN
Feb. 23, 2018

In compliance with the Timely Notice provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred outside of the Lindell Library on the Minneapolis Campus.

REPORTED OFFENSE:  Robbery
On Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at 2:10 p.m., a robbery occurred behind Lindell Library. A staff member was approached from behind and had what appeared to be a gray-colored handgun pointed at them. The suspect took the victim’s bags and asked if they had any money. When told no, the suspect ran northbound on 21st Avenue South toward Riverside Avenue.

SUSPECT (as described by victim):
Black male, 5’8″, thin build, late teens/early 20s, wearing black or navy jacket with hood, sagging blue jeans with white boxers visible

STATUS:  This incident remains under investigation by the Minneapolis Police Department and the Augsburg University Department of Public Safety. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

January 23: Classes start at 9:40 a.m.; put safety first when traveling to/from campus

Early morning classes today, Tuesday, January 23, are canceled due to snow and travel conditions. The regular class schedule will resume at 9:40 a.m.

Although classes are resuming this morning, driving conditions in the Twin Cities remain challenging. Augsburg encourages students, faculty and staff to put their safety first when determining whether they will be able to travel to and from campus.

Faculty are asked to to be flexible with students who may not feel safe driving in these conditions. Students are encouraged to contact faculty members directly if special accommodations are needed. Individual faculty may make alternative arrangements for canceled classes. Students are encouraged to consult the course Moodle site for additional information.

Employees should coordinate schedules and work arrangements with their supervisors this morning to support operations as needed while ensuring safety and flexibility.

For information on specific campus facilities and services, see Campus Facilities and Services Weather Updates.

Timely Notice – Robbery on Campus

TIMELY NOTICE BULLETIN
Robbery
January 21, 2018

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred outside of Anderson Residence Hall on the Minneapolis Campus.

REPORTED OFFENSE: Resident student was standing near Anderson Hall entrance looking at phone. Resident was approached by two suspects who were asking for the time. After approaching and repeating the question, first suspect displayed a black semi-automatic pistol which was kept in his waistband. Suspect demanded wallet, shoulder bag and cell phone. Resident was told to remove the SIM card from the phone. Suspect reportedly disabled the GPS setting. Both suspects fled westbound toward 20th Avenue South. Additional witness reported a black Honda or Accura accelerating at a high rate of speed on 20th Avenue toward Riverside.

SUSPECTS: Descriptions as reported by victim:
Suspect #1 (displayed weapon): Somali male late teens-early 20’s, thin, 130 lbs, 5-10 to 6-0, waist high black jacket with maroon hoodie underneath, appeared to be short black hair underneath hood, no facial hair
Suspect #2: Somali male late teens-early 20’s, thin, 6-0 to 6-2, gray hooded sweat shirt and khaki pants

STATUS: This incident remains under investigation by the Augsburg College Department of Public Safety and the Minneapolis Police Department. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact DPS at 612-330-1717.

Augsburg College DPS works diligently to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for our students, staff, faculty and visitors. We ask your assistance in working toward that goal. Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available at our website: publicsafety@augsburg.edu

Scott Brownell
Director of Public Safety