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, or if a series of crimes occurs on campus or in the immediate vicinity of the college where a notification to the college community is thought to be prudent, a Campus Crime Alert will be initiated by the Chief or Deputy Chief of Police. This crime alert will be distributed to the community as a whole or to a specific area of the college determined to be at risk. The alert will detail the nature of the crime, identify subjects if available and provide guidance as to safety precautions that should be considered. The Crime Alert will be distributed as soon as possible after the event and shall be distributed as follows:
- Campus-wide e-mail to students, faculty and staff
- The campus website (with Police/Safety link)
- The student newspaper, the Catalyst
- Postings at main entrance doors to academic and residence hall buildings
- Emergency Televideo System
The University Police Department maintains a daily log of crimes and incidents that occur on campus that is available to the public at the University Police Department Headquarters, located in the rear parking lot of the Student Union Building, and can be viewed by appointment. This information is recorded by date, time, general location and disposition of the complaint. Please note that entries or updates are generally made on the day in question and within two business days after the event occurs. Some restrictions may be made to the release of this information in accordance with the protections
afforded student information via the Buckley Amendment of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). 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.
The University Police Department also maintains an electronic crime log of all crimes reported to the Department which identifies by crime classification, case number, date, time, general location and disposition if available. This electronic crime log is also available to the public and can be viewed by appointment and requests for such access may be made during business hours Monday thru Friday. Access to the electronic crime log may be restricted as noted above.
SUNY 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 also 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, ten 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 between 8:00 pm and 2:00 am 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 academic buildings, in addition to pathways and parking lots. 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.
Lieutenant Dee Criscuolo supervises the Safety Aides and holds responsibility for all aspects of the program including training, scheduling and manpower assignments. Lieutenant Criscuolo can be reached at 516-876-3333 or via campus e-mail at criscuolod [at] 0ldWestbury.edu. Safety Aides are expected to work approximately 12 hours per week during the semester, and in return receive a free room in the residence halls. Students serving in this position are expected to exercise the highest standard of moral and ethical conduct in the performance of their duties.
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 is 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 expense.
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
* Car radios/ CD Players
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 of valuable 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 criminal 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.