Notice of Bike Thefts from Campus

Campus Police has received reports of two stolen bikes from the New College campus since April 2. The bikes were unsecured and serial numbers were not available from the owners. We wanted to alert you early so that the community can prevent these thefts from continuing.

One theft was from the area of Z Residence Hall and the other from the area of the Cook Library/ACE building.

On April 1, a suspicious person was reported by a New College student attempting to remove an unsecured bike from the area of Pei Residence Hall East. The person was described as a white male in his 50s, wearing a black shirt, tan pants with a black backpack.

Please keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Lock your bikes with a high quality lock.
  • Register your bike with Campus Police. This will allow us to enter the serial number into the national crime database. We also check local pawn shops regularly to enhance our chances of prosecution and returning property to you.
  • Most importantly, report ALL suspicious persons or incidents immediately to Campus Police at 941-487-4210 or from any blue phone.
  • If your bike or other property is stolen, report the theft to Campus Police as soon as possible.

The New College Student Alliance has partnered with Campus Police to offer free loaner bike locks to currently enrolled New College students. NCSA provided the funding and Campus Police will handle the logistics of distributing the locks from the Campus Police office.

Eligible students must have a valid New College ID card and be currently enrolled. The locks are available 24/7. The locks must be returned to Campus Police by May 19, 2017.
For more information, contact Campus Police at 941-487-4210 or NCSA Business Manager Dawn Shongood at 941-487-4265.

Campus Police Department – Safety Tips for Walking at Night

Community members have expressed concerns about walking on US 41 (Tamiami Trail) at night due to reports of prostitution and human trafficking in the media. Local law enforcement in both Manatee and Sarasota County are aware of the issues and are actively investigating.

Here are some tips for walking at night:

  • Call Campus Police for a safety escort in the evening at 941-487-4210.
  • Let others know where you are going and when you will return. Give them a phone number if possible.
  • Walk with a companion whenever possible. In doing so, plan ahead—choose the most well-lit and most populated route to your destination.
  • Notify Campus Police immediately if you see suspicious activity on or off campus. In an emergency Dial 911. Remember:  If you see something, say something!
  • Trust your intuition. If you do not feel right or safe with a particular situation, place, or person; act immediately to get where you feel safer.


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