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Last Updated July 27, 2015
Fort Collins Police Services today released information about two physical assaults that recently occurred off campus. This message is to share information that they provided, and remind you of some important safety information.
The two physical assaults occurred off campus in Fort Collins neighborhoods on July 26 and 27. The assaults were against female victims by an unknown male or males. Fort Collins police say both women were returning home late at night, were in apartment complexes where they lived, and were assaulted from behind. In both cases, the victims were able to evade the assailant and police were called.
For more information about these incidents, see this press release from Fort Collins Police Services: http://www.fcgov.com/police/news.php?id=5984
The Colorado State University Public Safety Team also shares these important safety reminders:
This message is from the CSU Public Safety Team and provides information about a shooting near campus yesterday evening.
Fort Collins Police Services are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred just north of Laurel Street and campus, in the alley between College and Mason streets, near the Alley Cat Café. The shooting occurred at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.
Fort Collins police report that they have the suspect in custody, and the university does not believe that either the suspect or the deceased are students or employees at CSU. The suspect and victim, both males, knew each other, according to Fort Collins Police Services. This means that the suspect did not choose the victim of the shooting at random, and Fort Collins police also believe that there was not a threat to public safety during or after the incident. For more information about the shooting, see this press release from Fort Collins Police Services. (http://www.fcgov.com/news/index.php?id=5981)
While Fort Collins police did not issue an emergency message to residents in the area during this incident, this is a good reminder that students who live off campus and employees can receive emergency updates during incidents that are NOT on campus by signing up for LETA (http://leta911.org/). LETA is the emergency message system used by Larimer County Sheriff Office and Fort Collins Police Services about off campus emergencies. In almost all situations, emergency messages sent through Colorado State University are only about emergencies or threats to safety that are on the physical grounds of campus. LETA is the best resource for off-campus emergencies that may present a threat to public safety.
The following is a warning from CSU Police Department about an incident that occurred on campus today, May 29. At 5:25 a.m. This morning CSU Police Department received a report of an intruder in a University Village apartment on Plum Street. The female resident of the apartment awoke to a noise and, after getting up and going to the first floor of the apartment, found a male inside of the apartment. The male immediately ran from the apartment. Police believe he entered the apartment through an unlocked window.
The intruder is described as having a light complexion, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, and thin, appearing to weigh about 165 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie jacket and dark pants, appeared to be 18-20 years old and may have been barefoot. He fled to the east from the residence.
If you have information that may assist in identifying this individual, please call CSU Police Department at 970-491-6425. Call 911 to report an emergency. Intruders often enter homes through unlocked doors and windows. Please keep them locked for your safety.
The following is an official warning from the CSU Police Department about a phone scam in the area that is targeting many CSU students and employees.
A phone scam has recently targeted students, employees and others who live in the Larimer County area. The scam callers have found a way to "spoof" caller ID so that it appears that they are calling from a phone number associated with the Colorado State University Police Department or Fort Collins Police Department. Most recently, the call appears to be associated with Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, with that department receiving multiple complaints a day about the fraudulent phone calls.
Police in the area have received reports about this phone scam using the university’s online directory information, and potentially social media, to find phone numbers and personal information about the individuals they call.
The person calling claims to represent a local police department, the IRS, or another government agency and and may demand money from the individual they have called. In the past, the callers have even threatened to arrest an individual or suspend a student for various reasons.
For more information about how to remove information from the university’s online directory, visit search.colostate.edu and view information under “What about Privacy?”
For more information about phone scams, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams.
Earlier this week, Fort Collins Police Services received two reports of suspicious activity in neighborhoods north of campus that are heavily populated by students. While these incidents occurred off campus, we wanted to share this safety warning with you regarding those reports.
Both incidents occurred on Monday. In one instance a male was seen on the roof of a residence and appeared to be peeping into the window of a room where a female was working on the computer. In the second reported incident, a female woke up to find a male standing in her bedroom by the bed. The male did not touch the female. He is described as being in his 20s with dirty blonde hair and scruffy facial hair, and wearing a black hooded jacket and khaki pants. The suspect’s race is unknown.
If you have information about these incidents, call 911 or Fort Collins Police Services.
Please keep these basic safety tips in mind:
We also want to remind you of some great services here on campus that are available to you:
The Colorado State University homepage, www.colostate.edu, will be updated with emergency information as needed.
The University Safety site, www.safety.colostate.edu, is the primary repository for health and safety information related to incidents on and near campus.
Campus-wide email may be used to communicate emergency information and critical updates to students, faculty and staff.
The University’s online newsletter, SOURCE, is a resource for information about university closures, such as a snow day.
All campus calls to 911 are routed to CSUPD dispatch. Additionally, the center utilizes a community notification system that allows the University to call specific land-based phones in a targeted area.
Call 970-491-7669 to get the latest information about University operations and emergency closures, such as during severe weather.
Local cable and broadcast stations may be interrupted with emergency notifications.
Many media outlets list school closures, such as snow days, and also provide information during an emergency or regarding a university closure.