Message from SMU Police on campus security

The following message was sent to SMU students, faculty and staff on January 18:

Dear SMU community,

As the semester begins, SMU Police want to inform you about an incident on campus and also remind you to be aware of your surroundings. As always, if you see or hear suspicious activity, please call SMU Police at 214-768-3333.

At 11 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019, a student reported that a man forcibly took her cellphone outside Loyd Residential Commons, on the building’s east side. The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s and approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He was wearing black pants and a black Texas Tech hooded sweatshirt with red sleeves.

After taking the cellphone, the suspect ran to the Mustang Parking Center and entered the passenger side of a black four-door Nissan Altima, which drove north on Bush Avenue.

The suspect may have been involved in an earlier attempt Thursday night to take a cellphone from a group of students outside Arnold Dining Hall.

SMU Police ask anyone who may have information about this incident to call 214-768-3333. Information may be reported anonymously through the SMU Police Department’s Silent Witness Program by calling 214-SMU-2TIP or online at www.smu.edu/2tip.

The Police Department’s highest priority is the security of our campus community. In response to this incident, SMU Police are increasing patrols at night, in addition to their normal 24/7 patrols.

Please remember:

  • Program 214-768-3333 into your cellphone to reach SMU Police. Be aware that because the campus is at the intersection of several police jurisdictions, 911 calls made from a cellphone can reach any one of them, depending on your location.
  • Take note of blue-light phones across campus and in parking centers. They connect directly to SMU Police.
  • Use a security escort at night. SMU Safety Escort by Tapride offers free rides on campus from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. SMU Police can provide campus rides when the safety escort is not available.

SMU Police are available to provide crime prevention education and self-defense training to student groups. Other resources include the Office of Violence Prevention & Support Services (214-768-4512) and SMU Counseling Services (214-768-2277).

Our Police Department thanks you for your safety awareness, which plays an important role in campus security.

Sincerely,

SMU Assistant Chief of Police Jim Walters