Campus Crime Alert
The University Police Department, in conjunction with the surrounding municipal
police departments and the Nassau County Police Department, maintains a constant
line of communication in which information relative to all aspects of security
is transferred from department to department. In the course of such communication
of information, if a determination is made that there exists a threat to our
community a Campus Crime Alert will be initiated and sent to community members
through the campus e-mail service and hard copy postings will be made throughout
The University Police Department maintains a daily log of crimes and incidents
that occur on campus that is available to the public. This information
is recorded by date, time, general location and disposition of the complaint.
This daily log is available at the University Police Department, Room D-100,
Academic Village, and can be viewed by appointment. Some restrictions may
be placed concerning individual student information in accordance with
Buckley Amendment of 1974/Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Please
note that entries or updates to the log are generally made within two business
days after the event occurs. Incidents or situations deemed to pose a threat
to the campus community are logged as soon as possible. While most events
are logged, the Chief of University Police may determine that an incident
should be classified as "confidential" to avoid jeopardizing
a criminal investigation or the identity of certain victims.
SUNY College at Old Westbury has emergency telephones placed at strategic locations
on campus that have immediate contact with the University Police Department.
These phones are located in the front of each Academic Village Residence
Hall, within the central area of Academic Village, and in the front and rear
of each new residence hall. Emergency phones are located in the Campus Center
parking lot and east overpass to the building, in the parking at the Academic
Village near the handicapped parking , and at locations on the Ring Roadway
circling the campus.
Safety Aides/Escort Service
Each year, 10 senior students in good academic and disciplinary standing are
chosen to be University Police Department Safety Aides. In that capacity,
they provide numerous security services that enhance the safety of our community
during the evening hours, including escort services during evening hour classes
and patrols of the perimeters of the residence halls and Student Union building.
Safety Aides are identifiable by black and silver trimmed jackets and in
most cases are equipped with a radio with which they can communicate directly
with the Command Desk at University Police headquarters.
Investigator Tom Weiner supervises the Safety Aides and holds responsibility
for all aspects of the program including training, scheduling and manpower
assignments. Investigator Weiner can be reached at 516-876-3339 or via campus
e-mail at weinert@0ldWestbury.edu. Safety Aides are expected to work approximately
12 hours a week during the semester and in return receive a free room in the
If you would like to apply for a position as a Safety Aide you can obtain
an application at University Police headquarters.
Operation ID Program
What is the Operation I.D. Program?
The Operation I.D. Program has proven to be very successful on our campus and
on other campuses throughout New York State. It is a program that marks valuable
and vulnerable items so that they can be identified as belonging to a specific
student. The idea is based on the fact that marked valuables are very hard
for the burglar to dispose of, and they can be traced back to the student owner.
In addition, if the burglar is caught with them in his possession, the marked
valuables constitute evidence of possession of stolen goods. The marking you
will use will consist of a unique agency identifier, plus a unique personal
identifier that will be identified by only you and the University Police Department.
Law enforcement agencies can use this information when investigating and prosecuting
crimes of theft.
Why should I have my valuables marked?
No one id immune to theft. However, participation in the Operation I.D. Program
reduces the chance of theft because stolen items are much more difficult
to dispose of if they have been marked. Burglars know this and are hesitant
to enter residences that participle in an Identification Program. If marked
items are stolen and recovered, it is very easy to identify the rightful
owners and return the property to them. Participation in the program will
take only 30 minutes of your time and can save you much time, trouble and
How do I participate in the program?
Commuter students may bring property and mark it at University Police Headquarters,
or they may borrow the engraver and mark the items at home. Commuter students
will have to show and leave their college ID as a deposit. When each student
completes marking their items, a Personal Property Record card is established
by the UPD identifying the individual's markings.
Resident students may mark their property at University Police Headquarters
or borrow the engraver and mark your items at their leisure. Again, students
must leave their college ID card as a deposit. When each student completes
marking their items, a Personal Property Record card is established by the
UPD identifying the individual's markings.
What should I have marked?
* Television sets
* Stereo or radio equipment
* Sporting Goods
* Electronic Equipment
* Cell Phones
* Valuable Books
* Car radios/ CD Players
* Palm Pilots
What else can I do?
As stated previously, no one is immune from theft, and the responsibility
to protect your belonging lies with the owner. By participating in the Identification
Program and being cautious about the exposure of your belongings you will lessen
the possibility of becoming a burglary victim. Consider the following:
- Document the serial numbers of all electronic appliances and take pictures
jewelry that you may have on campus.
- Report any loss, theft, or damage of
your property to the University Police department promptly and be able
to provide identifying data as to the stolen
or damaged items.
- Report any unusual activity, suspicious persons or vehicles,
and cr9iminal activity to the University Police Department.
- Keep you resident
hall room or lockers secured at all times and do not allow access to you
living space to others.
- Keep valuables stored as securely as possible and
do not reveal your method of securing the items to anyone. Articles left
in open view
or left in unattended
vehicles invite thieves and vandals. Lock your vehicles and secure
items in the trunk when the vehicle in unattended.