In preparation for the UCI Road World Championships and the thousands of visitors coming to Richmond from outside the area, here are some reminders and tips for keeping the VCU community safe. For more information about safety, visit VCU Police online.
During the Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships it will be imperative for students, faculty, staff and guests at VCU to respect road barriers along the race route and to cross streets at designated crossing areas.
Depending on the race schedule, it may be necessary for pedestrians to wait for a brief period of time before being allowed to cross city streets. The VCU Police Department encourages everyone to follow crossing restrictions for the safety of both pedestrians and race participants.
Although violent crime at VCU is rare, the campus is not immune from such incidents. Quick arrests normally reduce citizen anxieties; however, we encourage the community and guests to follow the safety tips below and consider what you can do to enhance personal safety.
LiveSafe is a free app for Android and iOS smart phones. Users can send the VCU Police tips about crimes or ongoing incidents, including photos or video evidence. The LiveSafe system is monitored 24/7 by the VCU Police Emergency Communications Center. Users can also submit tips anonymously and text with a dispatcher.
To begin using LiveSafe:
Access RamSafe (ramsafe.vcu.edu) via desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone or call 828-SAFE (7233). RAMSafe will continue under normal operations 5 p.m.-8 a.m. each day, except for Friday, Sept. 25. On Friday. Sept. 25, during to the Conquer the Cobbles event scheduled from 7-10 p.m., the area that will be covered by RAMSafe will be the area within these boundaries:
Emergency Reporting Telephone System phones, located throughout the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, provide a direct connection to the Emergency Communications Center and identify the location from which you are calling to the answering communications officer. There are currently more than 350 ERTS phones located throughout the VCU campus and satellite properties.
Outdoor ERTS phones are yellow call boxes labeled “VCU Police,” while indoor ERTS phones are red dial-less wall phones. Simply push the button or lift the receiver to connect with VCU Police.
Cell phone users can text a tip to VCU Police by dialing 274-637 and typing “VCUtip.”
If you are on campus and have an emergency, call (804) 828-1234 (or ext. 8-1234 from a campus line). If you are off campus and have an emergency, call 911. In non-emergency situations, call (804) 828-1196.
VCU uses a variety of communication methods to alert the campus community about emergency situations and safety threats. Web alerts are posted to alert.vcu.edu.
These small yellow devices are strategically installed in classrooms, residence halls and other high-traffic areas throughout campus. They are designed to provide an auditory and visual alert when a threat has occurred or is imminent.
Much like text messages, a protective action statement will scroll on the screen during a threatening event.
Digital signage includes large television monitors located in high-travel areas throughout campus such as major academic buildings, the University Student Commons and all residential housing facilities on both campuses. During an emergency, these devices will display emergency warning information, with additional information available at alert.vcu.edu.
During an emergency, all VCU email account holders will receive an email containing the safety recommendations related to the event.
In a real emergency, the 10 sirens on the Monroe Park and MCV campuses will sound for four minutes with a wail (up-and-down tone) to signal that an immediate, life-threatening emergency has occurred or may be imminent.
The purpose of the siren is to alert people outside of campus buildings to immediately seek secure shelter and to receive additional information. No all-clear siren is used. We encourage you to listen to a sample warning siren so that you will recognize the sound should an emergency occur.
All students are given the opportunity to enroll in the text messaging system to receive emergency alerts. Other community members may manually register to receive notifications. These messages are short, protective action statements that contain a link to alert.vcu.edu, where additional information will be located.
The majority of these text alerts are about crimes that occur off campus, but because many students, faculty and staff live in these neighborhoods, VCU feels it is important to inform the community of existing threats so that proper safety measures can be taken.
All suspicious activity should be reported to VCU Police, 828-1234. For safety purposes, avoid letting people in behind you. Remember, you can send texts, photos and videos directly to VCU Police by using the free LiveSafe app for Apple and Android devices. LiveSafe is monitored 24/7.
If you are planning to leave campus during the bike race, be sure to keep your offices and homes secure while you are away. Take valuable personal property home with you. If you leave anything of value in your home or office, secure it in a locked closet or cabinet. Lock the doors and windows to your home and office and take all keys with you.