Category: Info

AlertSU messages published for general informational purposes.

Suspicious Person, 1/30/17

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, at approximately 8:58 pm, Stanford DPS was notified of an individual behaving suspiciously, possibly using binoculars to look into a student residence on Santa Teresa Street. The officers located the individual in the Searsville parking lot on campus a short time later. The individual gave the deputies permission to search his vehicle, a white Mercedes Sprinter van with the words "Furniture – Build Repair Refinish Redesign Reface Recane" printed on the driver’s side and rear vehicle doors. Deputies found replica guns, stun guns, knives, ammunition, metal knuckles, handcuffs, and binoculars in the vehicle. The individual, a 56 year old male, was arrested for possession of weapons on campus and for peeping by instrumentality (binoculars). He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

This incident exemplifies the importance of immediately reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement by dialing 9-1-1.

Stanford police are investigating whether there is a connection between this incident and the report of a man with a possible gun sitting in a van in the Maples parking lot on January 20, 2017.

Hate Crime Vandalisms on Campus

Since 12/30/16, 17 incidents of vandalism of a similar nature have been committed at various locations on the Stanford campus. Symbols resembling swastikas, only with the arms inverted, have been drawn using a black substance, possibly a grease pencil on university property. The most recent incident occurred between January 20-22, 2017 in the Escondido Village housing area. Although the symbols were drawn facing the opposite direction from the Nazi swastika, it is believed the drawings are intended to connote anti-Semitism. The symbols appear similar to those that were discovered at various locations throughout Palo Alto earlier this month. The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) is investigating the matter. No suspects have been identified.

SUDPS has also received reports of an offensive flyer that has been received in several office printers around campus. The flyers, which contain inflammatory hate speech and images of swastikas, appear to point to an overseas hacker who has taken advantage of a vulnerability in networked printers around the United States to send out these documents to multiple universities around the country. The FBI and Stanford University IT have been notified of the flyers and measures are being implemented to secure the network and prevent these flyers from being printed on campus. At this time, the flyers do not appear to be related to the swastika graffiti discovered on campus, but part of a broader effort impacting multiple universities.

Anyone who may have information about either the swastika graffiti or the flyers is urged to contact SUDPS at (650) 329-2413 (24/7).

Individuals may also report acts of intolerance to the university through the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Additional information about reporting options and support resources can be found at: https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/policies/acts-intolerance-protocol

The university’s Information Security Office (ISO) is proactively auditing university printers and will notify departments if vulnerable printers are identified. Additionally, ISO can assist with ensuring university devices are protected from unauthorized internet access. For more information, visit https://uit.stanford.edu/organization/iso

DPS RSS Test

The Stanford campus is open and operational. There is no emergency at this time.

Gas Leak

12/15, There is a gas line leak at 1035 Campus Dr. Evacuation in processĀ and road closure on Campus Dr. East between Mayfield and Gerona Rd. Avoid area. Updates when available at https://police.stanford.edu

SIREN MALFUNCTION UPDATE

Stanford DPS has been working with the vendors to identify the cause of Tuesday morning?s unintentional activation of the university?s outdoor warning system. Although not the conclusive cause of the activation, it appears there was a system malfunction after a software update that took place at 3am, which resulted in a system reboot. DPS is working with the vendor to ensure the situation will not repeat before we reactivate the siren system. Moving forward, we intend to set controls so that software updates will take place during typical waking hours. Additionally, the vendor will be examining the tower located on Stanford Ave to determine if there is anything about this specific tower that caused it to continue to activate even after the alarms had been cleared in the system.

Numerous persons have inquired about the delay in notifying the community about the nature of the alert. Because we were so focused on silencing the sirens and identifying the reason for the unintentional activation, we failed to notify the community about the non-emergency in a timely manner. Had there been an actual emergency, a text and email would have been sent concurrent with the activation of the siren. We immediately updated our protocols to minimize the chances of this type of delay occurring in the future.

Another observation provided by the community was that the verbal message was unintelligible in some areas. We were aware of this deficiency as a result of the annual test performed the previous week and are taking steps to address it.

After the annual system test, DPS received feedback that some people were unable to hear the siren from inside buildings. The system is designed to be an outdoor warning system and is not intended to be the sole means of notifying people of an emergency. A serious emergency that warrants the intentional activation of the outdoor warning system would most likely be accompanied by a text, email and possibly even a phone call. In the future, the university will also be able to utilize VOIP phones to send emergency messages.

Lastly, many asked what they should do in the event of an emergency in response to the activation of the siren system. Each situation will dictate what actions to take to best protect yourself and others. Absent further instructions or additional information, sheltering in place would be the recommended course of action. Additional information about how to react to an emergency notification as well as what steps to take in different types of situations can be found in the Annual Safety and Security report available on the police website at https://police.stanford.edu and in the Emergency Response Guide available on the EH&S website at http://web.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/general/erprep/

Members of the Palo Alto, Menlo Park and surrounding communities have inquired about how they would receive information in the event there were an emergency at Stanford. Stanford posts information about emergencies on its publicly viewable websites including emergency.stanford.edu and police.stanford.edu. Additionally, the dispatch centers serving these cities and jurisdictions routinely communicate with one another and share information. In an actual emergency, these jurisdictions would communicate with one another and their respective communities. There is a certain level of uncertainty associated with emergencies. Information changes, sometimes quickly, so it will take some time to coordinate responses. Incidents like last night?s malfunction provide opportunities for emergency response personnel to address these types of issues and seek ways to improve existing protocols.

Stanford DPS wants to apologize yet again for the disruption. We appreciate the feedback provided by members of the Stanford and surrounding communities as well as the general graciousness of the community in response to the malfunction. We are taking steps to improve our response so that we can better serve the community.

Community Alert – Siren Activation

Dear Stanford Community Member,

This morning, Stanford’s outdoor emergency warning system malfunctioned, resulting in an activation of the entire siren system around 3:10am. We were able to deactivate the system; however, the tower on Stanford Ave continued to malfunction. We immediately began working with technicians to remedy the problem. Unfortunately, it has taken several hours to diagnose and resolve the malfunction.

I want to extend my sincere apologies for the inconvenience. We are investigating what caused the malfunction and will take steps to avoid future disruptions.

Updates will be posted on this website when available.

If you have questions, you may contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety at publicsafety@lists.stanford.edu or 650-723-9633.


Respectfully,


Laura Wilson
Chief of Police, Stanford

Annual AlertSU test on October 13 at noon

Dear Stanford Faculty & Staff,

On Thursday, October 13, between noon-12:30 pm, Stanford University will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community.

Also being tested is a new enhancement to the AlertSU system via Cisco VoIP speaker phones. VoIP speaker phones are found in many of the academic and office buildings throughout campus. If you have a Cisco phone in your area, the AlertSU message will broadcast from the speaker phone and a banner message will appear in the display.

The test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system, which will sound an audible tone for approximately 60 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos.

There will be a link to a short survey as part of the test email message. Please take a few moments to complete the survey as your feedback will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the AlertSU system.

Prior to the test, it is important you verify that your contact information is correct. Students can update their contact information in Axess, and staff & faculty can update their information in StanfordYou. Make sure that there is an entry in the mobile phone field as this is the most rapid and direct way of communicating with you during an emergency.

If this were a real emergency, you would be asked to follow the specific instructions in the alert message. Other avenues, which might be used to inform the community about critical incidents, include:

  • Stanford’s emergency website: http://emergency.stanford.edu
  • Department of Public Safety website: https://police.stanford.edu
  • KZSU 90.1 FM
  • University emergency information hotlines: 650-725-5555 and 844-253-7878 (844-AlertSU)

    Upon receipt of an AlertSU message, notify others in your immediate vicinity to ensure they are also aware of the situation and the recommended safety precautions.

    In order to know when you are receiving an official call or text from the AlertSU system, program the following numbers into your mobile phone.
  • Phone: 650-725-5555
  • SMS/Text messages: 226787 or 67283

    For more information about the AlertSU system, please visit the AlertSU FAQ page at: https://police.stanford.edu/alertsu-faq.html.

    Evacuation procedures and how to respond to other emergencies have been included at the end of this announcement. They can also be found in the Safety, Security, and Fire Report 2016, https://police.stanford.edu/security-report.html and the Stanford University Emergency Response Guidelines: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/general/erprep/EmerGuide/EmerGuide_Oct_2011.html


    Thank you for your cooperation.

    Stanford Department of Public Safety

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    General Evacuation Procedures
    Upon activation of the fire alarm system or upon receiving an AlertSU emergency notification, all persons shall immediately evacuate the building and meet at the predetermined Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) unless directed to another location or unless it is apparent that the EAP is not a safe place to gather. At large outdoor venues, such as Frost Amphitheater and Stanford Stadium, proceed toward the nearest exit and follow any directions provided by safety personnel or event management staff. While evacuating, remain vigilant for dangerous or criminal activity, and report such observations to the police as soon as possible. Familiarize yourself with the evacuation procedures for any building; also locate the nearest exit and fire extinguishers.

    Fire Evacuation Procedures
  • Report a fire or smoke, even if the fire has been extinguished.
  • Use fire alarm pull stations (horn will sound and strobe will flash) AND
  • Call 9-1-1on a cell phone, or 9-9-1-1from a university phone.

    Evacuate
  • Leave the building as soon as you hear the sound of an alarm in a campus building or receive evacuation instructions via the AlertSU system (drills are not an exception).
  • Choose a safe exit
  • Before opening a door, check the door for warmth with the back of your hand:
    -If warm, leave the door closed, stuff towels or clothes in the cracks, and open a window.
    -If not warm, open the door slowly (CAUTION: the doorknob may be hot) and be prepared to close it quickly, if necessary.
  • Close doors as you leave to confine a fire.
  • If you see or smell smoke in a hall or stairway, use another exit.
  • Never use elevators; always use the stairs.
  • Help others evacuate.
  • Knock on doors and check bathrooms as you leave.
  • Offer assistance to individuals with physical disabilities.

    Report to the Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) for your building.Stanford EAP’s are denoted by a symbol of a blue triangle enclosed in a white circle. Every building on campus has at least one assigned EAP.

    Upon arrival, check in with your resident advisor (for student housing), building manager or response team leader. Also report any missing individuals. Faculty are responsible for accounting for individuals attending their classes.

    A map of all campus EAP’s can be found on the Environmental Health & Safety Emergency Preparedness Website: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/general/erprep/eap/

    Be alert of suspicious persons or activity. Immediately report any vandalism or tampering with an alarm.

    If it is not safe to evacuate
  • Close the door to the corridor and seal up cracks with wet towels.
  • Go to the window and open it a few inches.
  • Hang out a bed sheet or other large item to signal for help.
  • For more information about fire safety and evacuation procedures, visit Environmental Health and Safety’s Emergency Preparedness Website: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/EHS/prod/general/erprep/index.html

    Emergency Evacuation Procedures

    Reacting to an Active Threat (such as an Active Shooter)
    If escape is not an option:
  • Lock and barricade doors.
  • Seek cover (with others, if possible) by placing as much material as possible between you and the threat.
  • Turn off lights (to make the area appear unoccupied).
  • Close blinds and/or block windows.
  • Silence cell phones (turn off vibration as well) but do not turn them completely off.
  • Keep other occupants calm, quiet and out of sight.
  • As soon as it is safe to do so, notify law enforcement by calling 9-1-1 or 9-9-1-1 from a campus phone.
  • Do not approach emergency responders; let them come to you. Raise both your hands over your head. Otherwise, emergency responders may not be able to distinguish between victims and the person posing the threat.
  • Remain concealed until the threat has passed or you have been advised by law enforcement that you can exit.
  • Do not sound the fire alarms unless there is a fire.
  • Evacuation during an active threat event could place people in harm’s way.
  • Fight back as a last resort. Attack aggressively and in coordination with others, if possible. Throw objects or improvise other weapons (fire extinguisher, office equipment, etc.).

Community Alert – Sexual Assault / Rape

Community Alert – Sexual Assault/Rape
A female reported to a Campus Security Authority that she was raped in the early morning hours of September 30, 2016 by a male whom she did not know. The incident occurred in a student residence on the east side of campus. There is no information about the suspect or specific details about the incident available.

Updates, when available, will be posted on the Stanford University Department of Public Safety website (police.stanford.edu).

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subjected to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act.


CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES
Stanford Confidential Support Team
https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now/sexual-assault
650-726-6933 or 650-725-9955 (after hours)

YWCA Stanford Rape Crisis Hotline
650-493-7273

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
650-723-3785
https://vaden.stanford.edu/caps-and-wellness/counseling-and-psychological-services-caps

Faculty Staff Help Center
650-723-4577
https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center

NON-CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES
Title IX Office
https://titleix.stanford.edu
650-497-4955

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office
https://sara.stanford.edu


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
https://notalone.stanford.edu
https://stanford.app.box.com/sexual-assault-resources
https://www.police.stanford.edu/security-report.html

Community Alert-Burglary 09/13/2016

There have been 4 burglaries reported to Stanford Public Safety between September 8th and September 12th. The property taken has included laptops and other electronic devices. Three of the four burglaries occurred in non-residential buildings (academic or institutional) and one occurred in a student residence. The method of entries were through unlocked doors/windows as well as forced entry (door pry & broken window).

The Stanford police encourage individuals who observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles, or wandering in an office area without legitimate business, to call 9-1-1 immediately.

As a reminder, the University has established a requirement to verifiably encrypt all windows and Mac computers, as well as Apple and Android mobile devices that are used by employees on the campus network. The University Information about ways to best protect your mobile devices can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/

If you do become the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If the property which has been stolen contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the university?s Privacy Office at (650) 725-1828 or privacy@stanford.edu.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

This message is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Update Road Closure 7/7/16 12:30pm

FR Stanford PD: Stockfarm Rd between Campus Dr. W & Oak Rd is now open.

Prowling Incidents, 6/3/2016

The Stanford Department of Public Safety was notified at 9:23am this morning (June 3, 2016) of two separate incidents involving a male unlawfully entering the unlocked rooms of two different female victims and lifting the bed covers off of them while they were sleeping. Both incidents occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, June 3, 2016 at a student residence located on the 1000 block of Campus Drive East.

The first incident occurred at approximately 3:00am. A female awakened to find a male standing next to her bed lifting the covers off of her. The victim screamed and the male suspect ran out of her room. After approximately 30 minutes of searching the house, she saw the suspect in another location of the building. From a distance, she asked him who he was at which point he ran out of the building.

The second incident occurred between 6:00-6:45am. The second victim reported similar circumstances: she was awakened by a male standing next to her bed lifting the covers off of her. In this situation the victim chased the suspect out of the building and into the parking lot. He was last seen running towards Campus Dr.

The victims described the suspect as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5?9?, bulky/stocky build, with short brown hair, brown eyes, gray shirt, between the ages of 18-30 years old.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety Deputies is investigating these incidents. If you have information about these crimes, please call the Stanford University of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages individuals to be alert and take measures to protect yourself, your property and those around you. Keep doors and windows locked. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious and criminal activity.

Tax Fraud & Identity Theft Notice 4/4/16

Tax Fraud and Identity Theft Notice

In light of several reported incidents of tax returns that were fraudulently filed in the names of Stanford community members, the Department of Public Safety and the Information Security Office would like to make you aware of an IRS campaign aimed at preventing this crime, which is on the rise throughout the country. The campaign known as Taxes, Security, Together is a ?a joint effort between the IRS, states, and the private-sector tax industry. The collaboration is designed to raise taxpayer awareness about taking simple steps on the Internet and their personal devices to protect the safety of their financial and tax data. The education campaign complements the expanded series of important new protections the IRS, states, and tax industry put in place for the 2016 filing season to address tax-related identity theft.? The following link to the campaign also provides important information on the various tax frauds and scams, preventive measures, and several resources to help protect your identity and credit: https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Taxes-Security-Together

Additionally, the Information Security Office provides specific guidance to the Stanford community on how to avoid, detect, and handle identity theft at: https://security.stanford.edu/identity-theft

If you are a victim of a tax fraud, scam, or identity theft, please report it to the Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413 (24/7).

Once a police report is filed, you can contact the Identity Theft Council, which provides victims with FREE support and credit recovery assistance, by dialing (888) 771-0767. For information on the services offered by the Council that can help reduce the incidence of identity theft, please visit their website at: https://www.identitytheftcouncil.org

If you have any questions concerning this Advisory, please contact:

Bill Larson
Public Information Officer
Department of Public Safety
william.larson@stanford.edu

Community Alert- Recent Thefts 3/25/16

There have been numerous burglaries and thefts reported to the Stanford Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) over recent weeks. In most cases, laptop computers have been stolen. The incidents have occurred in offices, research facilities and student residences throughout campus. The suspect (or suspects) may be posing as university employees in order to avoid detection.

To help prevent theft, SUDPS recommends individuals take the following measures:

Be attentive to your surroundings. If there are persons unfamiliar to you in places where individuals without a legitimate business purpose should not be located, have a plan for monitoring the individual’s movements. Be prepared to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity.

Lock doors and windows, even if you will only be away for a few minutes.

Store valuable in a locked cabinet or drawer.

Consider purchasing a locked device for portable items such as laptop computers.

Make sure university electronic equipment such as laptops and mobile phones is properly encrypted.

If you see someone or something suspicious, report it immediately be calling 9-1-1.

Road Closure Update 3/24/16

Junipero Serra Blvd., between Campus Drive West and Alpine Road is now open.

Community Alert-Sexual Assault/Rape

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety was notified today about a rape perpetrated by a person whom the victim did not know. The incident occurred on or about February 1, 2016, at approximately 6:30pm, near the area of Arboretum and Quarry Roads. The suspect is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, wearing all black clothing. No additional information about the suspect or the specifics of the crime is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at 650.329.2413.

Updates, when available, will be posted at emergency.stanford.edu

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act.


CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING:
Stanford Confidential Support Team
https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now/sexual-assault
650-726-6933 or 650-725-9955 (after hours)

YWCA Stanford Rape Crisis Hotline
650-493-7273

CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
650-723-3785
https://vaden.stanford.edu/caps-and-wellness/counseling-and-psychological-services-caps

Faculty Staff Help Center
650-723-4577
https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center

NON-CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES AND REPORTING:
Title IX Office
https://titleix.stanford.edu
650-497-4955

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office
https://sara.stanford.edu

Police
911 (emergency)
650-329-2413 (non-emergency)
650-723-9633 (8am-5pm)
https://police.stanford.edu

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
Sexual Harassment Policy Office
https://harass.stanford.edu

Stanford Sexual Assault Support & Resources (Not Alone website)
https://notalone.stanford.edu
https://stanford.app.box.com/sexual-assault-resources (handout)

Stanford Actions on Sexual Assault
https://notalone.stanford.edu/stanford-actions-sexual-assault

Community Alert-Sexual Battery 1/19/16

On January 16, 2016 at approximately 10pm, the Stanford Department of Public Safety was notified of a sexual battery that had taken place earlier that evening around 8pm in a women’s restroom located near the Stanford Church. The reporting party, who was not the victim or a witness to the incident, reported that a fifteen year old female was preparing to exit the restroom when a male who was unknown to her approached her and groped her buttocks through her clothing. Two other women entered the facility as this was taking place and the suspect fled. The suspect was described as a white male, early 20’s, 6 feet tall, full beard and was last seen wearing a red and white Stanford hooded sweatshirt, black sweatpants with the word “Stanford” printed on the leg, and white shoes. The victim, who does not want to provide a statement to the police, was not physically injured.

If you have information about this crime, please call the Stanford University of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

? Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
? Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
? Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, on Stanford?s campus, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one?s ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is not an excuse for assaulting another person.
? There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren’t sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

Stanford Sexual Assault Support & Resources (Not Alone website)
https://notalone.stanford.edu

Stanford Confidential Support Team
https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now/sexual-assault

Title IX Office
https://titleix.stanford.edu

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/sara

Sexual Harassment Policy Office
https://harass.stanford.edu

*Community Alert

This Community Alert is to notify the Stanford community that there has been a recent spike in thefts from vehicles. The thefts have occurred at various locations and times on campus. Several of these thefts have occurred from vehicles parked at Nixon Elementary School after school hours and on weekends. The method of entry into the vehicles has been through unlocked doors or by smashing a window. To help avoid becoming a victim, the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) is encouraging individuals to follow a few simple practices:

– Do not leave valuables exposed inside a vehicle, including shopping bags with the store name or logo printed on the side. You should take them with you or secure them in the trunk.

– LOCK the doors and roll up the windows whenever you will be away from your vehicle.

– If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, activate it each time you leave the vehicle unattended.

– Park in lighted and visible parking lots and streets, when possible.

– Avoid parking next to or between larger vehicles than yours that can provide concealment for a thief (vans, SUVs, trucks).

– Most importantly, dial 9-1-1 immediately if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior (e.g. an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles), or if you are a victim of a theft.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information on crime prevention, please call SUDPS at (650) 723-9633 (M-F, 8am to 5pm) or email us at police@stanford.edu.

Community Alert – Online Blackmail Scam

The Department of Public Safety has been made aware of fraudulent online activity impacting individuals at Stanford. As a result, campus police are warning users of internet-based video chat programs (such as Skype) about an online blackmail scam.

To carry out the scam, the offender contacted the individual victims on a social networking site using an assumed identity. After establishing a relationship, the offender convinced the victims to engage in intimate acts which the victims believed were taking place in a private video chat session. Unbeknownst to the individual victims, the victim’s actions were recorded by the suspect. Later, the offender blackmailed the individual victims with the threat of releasing the recorded footage to their social media contacts unless payment was made (usually via a wire transfer). The suspect(s) did send the recorded material of at least one of the victims to others without the victim’s consent.

To avoid becoming a victim, we recommend the following:

– Refrain from video chatting (e.g. webcam) with, or sending photos or videos to, anyone whom you do not know and trust.

– Assume any private video footage or images you transmit over the internet could become public without your knowledge or consent.

– Set social media preferences to private, including your contact list.

– Make sure that your software and systems are up-to-date and that you are using up-to-date security software.
Be aware that anything you do on the internet, including video and voice calls, can be recorded.

– Be cautious about people whom you meet online. They may not be whom they claim to be.

Revealing personal details online is extremely risky. If you are a victim of any scam or fraud, please report it immediately to the Stanford University Department of Public Safety at (650) 329-2413 (24/7) or your local law enforcement agency.

Attempted Theft From Vehicle

On Tuesday, December 8th, at approximately 7:50pm, an attempted theft from inside a vehicle occurred in the parking lot of the Pearce Mitchell Houses at Campus Dr. and Mayfield Ave. The unknown subject entered the unlocked vehicle, but no property was taken. The owner discovered the subject inside his vehicle, who then fled east down Mayfield Ave. into residential housing. The subject was a white male approximately 5’7″ in his 20s or 30s and was wearing a green shirt with black shorts over black tights.

The Stanford police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

Burglary 11-16-15 RSS

On Monday evening 11/16/15, 9:56PM, the Stanford Police received a report that a burglary had occurred at the Schiff House Dormitory on Santa Theresa Lane. Witnesses reported the suspect entered the dorm room. When confronted by the resident, the suspect exited the dorm room and the building.

Witnesses described the suspect as a white male adult, 50-60 years of age, bald, wearing glasses, wearing a black polo style shirt with a Stanford “S” logo, also carrying a dark colored backpack with a Stanford logo.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages individuals to be alert and take measures to protect yourself. Keep doors and windows locked and to call 911 to report suspicious activity.

Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.

-Burglary, 11/16/15,9:56pm

STANFORD PD: 11/16/15, Burglary at Schiff House Dorm,9:56pm. Be alert. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu. End

Indecent Exposure

On Monday, November 2nd, at approximately 5:00am, a male (who was not recognized as a resident of the dorm) deliberately exposed himself to another male at the Castano dorm located at 685 Escondido Road.

The victim described the suspect as a dark skinned Hispanic or Southeast Asian male; late 20’s to 30 years old; 5’5″ with a heavy build. The suspect was last seen wearing a black “flip billed” cap, a black tank top, unknown color shorts, and black and white checkered ?Vans? tennis shoes that were old and worn. The suspect may have a slight mustache and/or goatee.

For the safety and security of our community, the Department of Public Safety encourages community members to report crimes and suspicious activity or behavior immediately by calling 9-1-1 (9-9-1-1 from a campus phone).

Update: Sexual Battery 9/18/15 10:01

STANFORD PD: 9/18/15 10:23PM SEXUAL BATTERY UPDATE: The suspect was apprehended by SUDPS without further incident.

Burglary Residential 8-31-2015

Sometime between midnight August 31st and 9am September 1st, a residential burglary occurred in the 800 block of Tolman Dr. in the faculty/staff housing area on the Stanford campus. It is believed that the suspect(s) entered the home through an unlocked sliding glass door, as there was no evidence of forced entry. Occupants were not aware of the entry as they were sleeping in another room. The occupants were not harmed. The suspect(s) took a laptop and keys to a vehicle that was parked on the street. The vehicle was also taken and has not been recovered.

Stanford police is actively investigating this crime and wants to remind the community to take appropriate safety and security precautions in order to avoid becoming a victim.

– Do not leave doors or windows unlocked even when the residence is occupied

– If you are responsible for property which has been stolen that contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the university?s Privacy Office at (650) 725-1828 or privacy@stanford.edu.

– The university strongly encourages individuals to encrypt their laptops and mobile devices. Information about ways to best protect your electronic devices can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/

– More importantly, if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around residences or buildings, peering into windows, and/or trying door handles, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you are the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention or would like a free home security assessment, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633 or visit http://web.stanford.edu/group/SUDPS/

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-Gas Leak Update 07/14/15 6:09pm

As a final update to the gas leak at 1047 Campus Drive, Campus Dr. between Mayfield Ave. and Junipero Serra Blvd. is now open for normal traffic. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

-Gas Leak Update 07/14/15 5:38pm

As an update to the reported gas leak at 1047 Campus Drive, the gas line has been capped. It is now safe to return to the area and buildings. However, Campus Dr. remains closed between Mayfield Ave. and Junipero Serra Blvd. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu.

Gas Leak Update 07/14/2015

Both SAE (1047 Campus Drive) and Kappa Sigma (1035 Campus Drive) houses have been evacuated and Campus Drive has been closed from Mayfield Avenue to Junipero Serra Boulevard. Please stay away from the area until further notice. Updates will be provided when available.

-Gas Leak 07/14/15 3:55pm

STANFORD PD: 07/14/15, There is a reported gas leak at 1047 Campus Dr, 3:55pm. Stay away from the area. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu. END

-Mountain Lion

At 7:50 pm a mountain lion was seen in the vicinity of Gerona Rd and Junipero Serra Blvd area. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. CALL 9-1-1.

Here are a few tips: Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active?dawn, dusk, and at night. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.

For more information about mountain lions click here www.keepmewild.org.

Possible Burglary: Update 6/22/15

On Monday, June 22, 2015 Department of Public Safety received a call reporting a possible burglary on Frenchman?s Rd. While upstairs, the owner of the home heard noises down stairs. When he looked out the window he saw a person wearing a black t-shirt riding a bike down his driveway headed towards Frenchman?s Rd.

Deputies responded to the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

The Stanford police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible by calling 911.

Additional information as it becomes available will be posted at:
https://emergency.stanford.edu or
https://police.stanford.edu

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Possible Burglary, 06/22/2015 12:00PM

STANFORD PD: 06/22/2015, Possible burglary on 700 block of Frenchmans Road, 12:00PM. Possible suspect description of an unknown race male in a black shirt on a mountain bike with an unknown direction of travel. Be alert.

Burglary 06/11/2015 2:06am

STANFORD PD: On 06/11/15 at 2:06am, an unknown suspect entered 2 unlocked and unoccupied rooms at the Ujamaa Residence. Various reports of personal property were taken. Please remember to remain vigilant, lock your doors, and report any suspicious activity immediately. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu.

Prowler

STANFORD PD: 04/30/15, Reported Prowler at Governor’s Ave/Griffin House, 1050pm. Be alert & protect yourself. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu.

Burglary 03/04/15 at 1:50am

STANFORD PD: 03/04/15, Burglary at 106 Hoskins Court at between 9:00pm and 1:30am. The reporting party called Stanford Police at 1:50am to report the crime. Be alert. Updates when available at emergency.stanford.edu. End

Possible Mountain Lion Sighting

At 09:34 am there was a report of a possible mountain lion sighting. It was reportedly seen in the vicinity of Page Mill and Peter Coutts. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. CALL 9-1-1.

Here are a few tips: Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active?dawn, dusk, and at night. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.

For more information about mountain lions click here www.keepmewild.org.

Community Alert – Auto Burglaries

There have been 14 auto burglaries since the beginning of Winter Quarter. The majority of the burglaries have taken place in Parking Structure 6 (below Wilbur Field) although others have occurred in other locations on campus.

To help prevent from becoming a target, the Stanford University Department of Public Safety is encouraging individuals to engage in a few simple practices:

– Do not leave valuables inside a vehicle or unattended on your desk or work area.

– If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, activate it each time you leave the vehicle unattended.

– Most importantly, if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles, or wandering in an office area without legitimate business, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Additionally, the university is encouraging individuals to encrypt their mobile devices. Information about ways to best protect your mobile devices can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/

If you do become the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If the property which has been stolen contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the university?s Privacy Office at (650) 725-1828 or privacy@stanford.edu.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

Community Alert: Email Scam 1/17/15

From the Stanford Department of Public Safety:

The FBI has recently issued two public service announcements regarding email scams which have resulted in victims throughout the country.

The first scam is known as the “Work-from-home” scam, which specifically targets university students. Students have received emails recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” requires the student to provide his/her bank account number under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay.

The second scam is a university employee payroll scam. The employees are receiving fraudulent emails indicating a change in their human resource status. The email contains a link directing the employee to log in to their human resources website to identify this change. While the website looks very similar to the legitimate site, it is actually a bogus site where the scammers are able to steal the employee’s credentials. The scammers then use these credentials to access the employee’s direct deposit information via the actual website, redirecting their pay.

To avoid becoming a victim, NEVER send money or provide personal or financial information to anyone who requests such information through an email or other solicitation, no matter how good or credible the offer sounds!

For more information including a copy of the full FBI Public Service Announcements, please go to https://police.stanford.edu