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OCTOBER 2021
Public Safety Welcomes Students for 2021-22 Academic Year

Our team supported the safe arrival of 1,500 first-year undergraduate students on campus, helping them move into their rooms and directing traffic on College Walk.

Security Awareness Days Help Over 200 Community Members Keep Their Property Safe

Public Safety hosted Security Awareness Day at each campus, providing free bike tune-ups, electronic tattoos, knowledge about crime prevention tools, discounted bike locks, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Public Safety and NYPD representatives on personal safety. The “Community Shred Fest and Electronics Destruction” was a special feature at CUIMC, allowing participants to destroy or recycle any unwanted personal documents and old computers – a great tool against ID theft.

Didn’t get a chance to register your bike or electronics? You can set up an appointment by sending an e-mail to: 
ps-crimeprevention@columbia.edu 

Read Important Safety Information and Resources Available to Keep You Safe on Campus

One of Columbia’s greatest strengths is its location in New York City, which affords us the opportunity to learn from and engage with the City’s vibrant neighborhoods, institutions, and communities. And yet, we must be mindful of the increase in crime throughout New York City’s neighborhoods. We encourage you to move about with increased awareness and use these University resources.

Team Kudos
Public Safety Team’s Close Attention and Quick Actions Prevent a Possible Larceny

The great teamwork by Public Safety in Manhattanville prevented a possible larceny after being notified that a male was attempting to remove the front tire from a secured bike on W129th Street.
Public Safety Team Safely Evacuates Residents Following Manhole Fire

The response by Public Safety to a manhole fire on W. 115th St. in the middle of the night on August 16 epitomized the department’s motto of Pride, Professionalism, and Service. The sergeant and officers went above and beyond during a stressful and potentially dangerous situation, showing initiative and selflessness while leading a successful response without incident or injury.
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Register Your Electronics with the NYPD/Operation ID Program for Free!

Public Safety's Operation ID program offers free electronic 'tattooing' services for laptops, cellphones, and other electronics. This anti-theft measure is effective and free for University employees and departments.

Enhance Your Personal Safety with Situational Awareness Training 

In one hour, you will learn critical life skills on how to be aware of where you are and what is happening around you, as well as how to be alert to potential threats to your health and safety and how to be more cognizant of emergency exits and other paths to safety. RSVP is required.
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Crime Prevention Information and Tips

Maximize Your Safety When Using Rideshare Services like Uber and Lyft
Now that most Americans know about Uber or Lyft, millions of people count on a safe and convenient ride with just a few taps on the phone. But stories like the one about the South Carolina college student who was killed after getting into a car she mistook for an Uber raise questions about what riders can do to maximize their safety.

Navigate New York City’s Public Transit System Using the Transit App
The Transit APP is user-friendly, perfect for our new students and for any New Yorker, and available for IOS and Android devices. The app helps you navigate the city’s public transit system with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders.

Say No to Cable Locks -- Protect Your E-Scooter

Cable locks can easily be cut. Use a good U-lock to secure your e-scooter. Public Safety offers discounted U-Locks -- check them out! You can also email ps-crimeprevention@columbia.edu for more information and to purchase.

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Current Crime Information and Trends from the N.Y.P.D.
Every N.Y.P.D precinct has a Twitter feed containing important information. You can access this information for the various Columbia areas as follows: The N.Y.P.D. also maintains current crime data on its website. The data is updated weekly and is presented for all the 77 precincts in New York City. All of these resources can be accessed here.
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