Bringing awareness to ULPD safety tips for students Thursday, Oct 21 2021 

By Catherine Brown–

After a break-in and sexual assault of a female student at The Retreat was reported on October 11, students have been worried of the consequences to their personal safety around campus.

To ease these concerns, please keep in mind the following tips for staying safe on and around U of L campuses.

Never travel alone when in an unfamiliar area or late at night.

When traveling late at night, you should be aware of your surroundings at all times. This is hard to do when walking alone. As such, consider bringing a travel companion with you — a friend, a classmate, a roommate, sibling, etc.

When you travel with others, you double the opportunity to spot any oddities in your area. Both you and your companion can be on the lookout for any weird noises, sights, or suspicious happenings. Please stay off of your phone.

If both of you are traveling to different places, you might want to walk together until one person gets to their destination. Once you know that they’re inside a building or around people that either of you trust, then you can leave. 

And be sure that you communicate with the other person at all times. Text or call the other person to let them know when you arrive. 

If you travel late at night, be sure to stay in well-lit areas. Belknap Campus has a walking trail called the “L Trail.” The L Trail is a long sidewalk path accompanied by streetlights to provide safer, well-lit travel between the SAC, the Quad, Ville Grill, and a few residence halls.

Keep doors and windows closed and locked at all times.

After the incident at The Retreat, U of L administration along with ULPD sent out reminders for students to keep all doors and windows locked when not in use. Before leaving for class, ensure that your doors and windows are closed and locked properly. When you go to bed, do the same thing. 

By keeping your doors and windows locked, you can protect yourself against potential break-ins.

Always have a police number on hand. 

Ensure that you know the numbers of any safety department on and around campus. U of L Chief of Police Gary Lewis that if you “see something, say something.” He urges anyone to use the campus police dispatch number (502) 852-6111 or 911.

If you have to call the dispatch for any reason, provide the dispatcher with your location and state of emergency. Give any details that you can about the emergency or about any possible perpetrators of a crime (if applicable). 

If traveling at night without a companion, call the university escort service to be taken to your destination. The service is free and easy to use. Call the Cardinal Cruiser escort service at 852-6111 to request an escort to anywhere within 4 blocks from Belknap Campus or to parking lots around the Health Sciences Center Campus.

You can also download the RAVE Guardian app to easily reach emergency services, report a tip on a crime, or make friends/emergency services aware of your ETA.

The university provides a variety of resources for students and faculty to be safe while on campus. You have a right to feel safe in public and especially at U of L. Don’t hesitate to utilize any resources necessary.

Graphic by Eli Hughes//The Louisville Cardinal

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ULPD reports armed robbery at The Retreat also involved a sexual assault Wednesday, Oct 13 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

University of Louisville Police Department announced on Oct. 12 that the armed robbery committed at The Retreat on Oct. 11 also involved a sexual assault. The crime is believed to be connected with at least two other incidents.

“Today, the University of Louisville Police Department (ULPD) and Louisville Metro Police Sexual Crime Division determined that each agency is investigating incidents involving a sexual predator who is considered armed and dangerous,” the email from U of L said.

“The first of two off-campus incidents was reported in late July to LMPD. UofL investigated an incident in August 2021 near University Pointe matching the description of the crimes.”

There is still no description of the suspect at this time on account of him wearing a mask when the crimes were committed.

ULPD has stationed more officers around campus during the evening and early morning in response to the Oct. 11 incident. They continue to encourage anyone with information to call (502) 852-6111.

The email ended with safety reminders from ULPD:

— Lock all doors and windows

— Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings

— Walk with confidence and purpose

— Use well-lit public walkways

— Walk with a friend.

— Avoid texting or displaying a smartphone while traveling

— Use the Cardinal Cruiser escort service by calling (502) 852-6111

— Download the free RAVE safety app for your iPhone or Android phone.

File Graphic//The Louisville Cardinal

 

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Brief: student injured at Retreat armed robbery Monday, Oct 11 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

A U of L student was injured during a robbery at The Retreat apartment complex near campus around 5:15 a.m. on Oct. 11. A RAVE alert regarding the incident was sent out at 5:53 a.m.

The University of Louisville Police Department reports that officers responded to the report and the suspect fled the scene. The victim was a U of L student who was injured and had property stolen during the incident.

ULPD Chief of Police Gary Lewis did not give any further information when asked about the nature of the victim’s injuries or the weapon involved in the attack.

There is no physical description of the suspect at this time, but Lewis says that they are working with the victim to get more information. ULPD is encouraging anyone with information pertaining to this incident to call (502) 852-6111.

“We are reminding students faculty and staff not to provide access into facilities for non-affiliated persons by ‘propping’ or holding doors open,” Lewis said.

Students are also reminded to follow these safety tips provided by ULPD:

-Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
-Walk with confidence and purpose.
-Use well-lit public walkways.
-Walk with a friend.
-Avoid texting or displaying a smartphone while traveling.
-Use the Cardinal Cruiser escort service by calling (502) 852-6111 -Download the free RAVE safety app for your iPhone or Android phone.

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U of L’s affiliated campus housing has seen higher crime rate in recent months Friday, Jan 29 2021 

By Eli Hughes–

The University of Louisville Police Department has reported higher rates of crime over the past year than usual. These increases in crime seem to be especially affecting the campus-affiliated apartment buildings: The Province, The Retreat, The Nine and The Clubhouse.

“Efforts are underway to increase police officer presence with the primary goal of reducing potential crime,” ULPD Chief Gary Lewis said. “There have been a number of successful apprehensions of suspects following these incidents based upon the due diligence of marked patrol cruisers and plain clothes detectives.”

From Oct. 2020 to Dec. 2020 there were a total of 60 crimes reported at these four properties combined. The building with the most reported crimes was The Clubhouse with 20 reported incidents over the course of the four months. The Retreat had the least reported incidents, with seven crimes reported over the three months.

The three most common incidents reported were theft, criminal mischief and domestic violence. Theft accounts for 16 of these reports, not including two incidents of burglary, four of robbery and one motor vehicle theft. Criminal mischief accounts for ten incidents and domestic violence accounts for nine.

All four of the affiliated properties were contacted for comment, but The Retreat, The Clubhouse and The Nine have not reached out as of the publishing of this article.

“We do not have any information other than what has been provided by the police,” Heather Hadden, general manager of The Province said.

The most recent incident at these properties was a robbery that occurred in the parking lot of The Province on Jan. 19. No Rave alert was sent out at the time but students received an email later that day informing them that a non-affiliates phone was stolen and she was assaulted with pepper spray before she was able to drive away and flag down a ULPD officer.

Lewis says he is not sure what the increase in crime can be attributed to, but he also says he is interested in evaluating the crime data from 2020 in order to find out and decide how to best address the problem.

In the meantime, Lewis had advice for students trying to stay safe on campus.

“We continue to remind students, faculty and staff not to engage in dialogue or conversation with unknown parties, especially during late-night hours, while also keeping all windows and doors locked,” Lewis said.

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