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MICA Campus Safety - Security Information Alert 4/6/13

Bolton St. and John St.

Posted 04.06.13 by Campus Safety

The following message was sent to Staff, Faculty and Students:


This evening Campus Safety received reports of two separate incidents. The first occurred at approximately 9:20 p.m. when a Parkhurst employee was walking in the 1300 block of Bolton Street, and was approached by four unknown individuals who demanded his money and cell phone. After taking his phone, they fled the scene heading south.
The other incident occurred at approximately 9:40 p.m. when a MICA student walking in the 1400 block of John Street observed a black car pull up along side her. The passenger exited and demanded her bag. She quickly made her way towards the Meyerhoff House and the perpetrator re-entered the vehicle and left the scene.
No injuries have been reported. Baltimore City Police and MICA Campus Safety responded quickly and searched the area. Suspects have not been apprehended in either of these incidents. Viable descriptions of the perpetrators are not available.

Baltimore City Police detectives are investigating. It is not known at this time if these incidents are related. City Police and Campus Safety will be increasing deployment to these areas. Campus Safety encourages all members of the MICA community to always remain vigilant and:
-Avoid isolated areas and walking alone; always use the evening shuttle when in service (Monday-Friday 5:00 pm-3:00 am and Saturday-Sunday 5:00 pm-4:00 am; last call is twenty minutes before end of service).

-Always be alert to your immediate surroundings and keep track of who is around you. Be especially vigilant in the evening and on weekends when there is less pedestrian traffic in Bolton Hill and on campus.

-Don't allow strangers to approach or follow you on the street. If asked to stop or talk - keep moving away while you listen and watch to size up the situation. If you sense that someone may be following or moving toward you, abruptly change direction several times while moving quickly toward a safe public area or place where you know assistance will be available. You will see how the person responds, and by moving toward a place where assistance is available, you will be that much closer to help if you decide escape is necessary.

-On-Campus Walking Escorts are available. Officers will walk with you between campus buildings or to/from your car. Request service through a lobby security guard or call 410-225-2245 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 410-225-2245 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

-Register for Rave Guardian and MICA Alert at the same time. Transform your mobile phone into a personal alarm beacon. In the event of an emergency, critical information you elect to share will be provided to MICA Campus Safety to help us more quickly respond and help you. With the push of one button on your cell phone, help is on the way when you need it. This service is provided to you free of charge by MICA.

-See Something... Say Something - Immediately report suspicious persons parked, hanging around, or walking through campus or your neighborhood. Please help us prevent something suspicious from becoming a crime by being extra eyes and ears for Campus Safety and Baltimore City Police. Call in a "tip" and patrol units will respond to the area to investigate.

- Baltimore City Police - 911

- MICA Campus Safety - 443-423-3333 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 443-423-3333 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or activate Rave Guardian