Campus Police & Security FAQ
ARE CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES SAFE?
Yes! Cuyahoga Community College is a safe learning environment. This does not mean crime does not occur; however, violent crime is rare. Use common sense crime prevention techniques to lessen your chance of becoming a victim.
WHAT CRIME OCCURS MOST OFTEN?
Minor theft of property occurs most often. Any property left unattended and/or visible to the general public is vulnerable. Roughly 75% of reported crimes are thefts. Most thefts are the result of personal property left unattended and in public view.
ARE THE PARKING LOTS SAFE?
Yes! Parking lots are patrolled by Cuyahoga Community College police officers 24 hours a day.
IS THERE A DRUG PROBLEM ON CAMPUS?
No! Possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs are a violation of state law and those caught will be prosecuted. The Campus Police & Security Services Department works with local law enforcement agencies to reduce the availability of drugs in the community.
IS THERE AN ESCORT SERVICE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS?
Yes! The Escort Service operates during school hours. A call to Campus Police & Security Services at ext. 4325 with your request is all that is needed. An officer or student patrol will arrive to escort you to your vehicle.
ARE THERE EMERGENCY PHONES ON CAMPUS?
Yes! Emergency phones are located at all parking gates and blue beacon phones, as well as house phones through the campuses.
HOW CAN I COMPARE CRIME STATISTICS OF CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE WITH OTHER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES?
There are several easy ways. Each school is required to make available annual crime statistics. A direct request to a school will enable you to get the statistics. Another way would be to go to a library and request the Uniform Crime Reports published by the U.S. Department of Justice. This is an excellent document for use in comparing crime statistics.
IF I AM UNDER AGE 21 AND GET CAUGHT FOR UNDERAGE POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME?
If you are under the legal age for consumption of alcohol in the State of Ohio, you will probably be arrested for underage possession of alcohol. Possession includes alcohol that you have already consumed and alcohol in any type of container, whether open or not. If you are arrested, you will face criminal prosecution, which may include fines and/ or other punishments through the local courts. You will also be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs for possible College sanctions.
WILL MY VEHICLE BE SAFE ON CAMPUS?
Generally vehicles are safe. Thieves target vehicles for different reasons. The vehicle itself is targeted because there is a demand for that vehicle or property inside. The vehicle attracts the thief. Expensive stereo equipment and loose change and personal property easily seen by the thief can make the vehicle more attractive. Parking the vehicle in well-lit and traveled areas may reduce the vulnerability of a particular vehicle. There have been very few instances where vehicles with alarms were entered or stolen.
IS IT SAFE TO LOCK MY BICYCLE OUTSIDE WHILE ON CAMPUS?
The answer to this question depends on what lengths you are willing to go to secure your bicycle. Too often students place cheap cable locks on very expensive bicycles. Bicycle thieves are looking for easy targets. Cheap locks or improperly secured locks are an open invitation to thieves. If you are going to bring an expensive bike to campus, spend a few extra dollars on a quality-locking device and learn how to properly secure your bike. The few extra seconds you spend securing your bike properly will go a long way toward discouraging thieves.