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November 2, 2020 @ 03:31 p.m.

Safety Bulletin: Off-campus break-in

On Sunday, November 1, at 5:47 AM, campus police were alerted to a burglary in progress at a residence in the area of E 5th St. and Polk St. Officers from the Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) responded and arrived within one minute and officers from the Bethlehem Police Department also arrived to take the lead on the investigation.

The person responsible fled the scene prior to police arrival and at the time it was unclear if a break-in had been in progress. Upon further investigation, it is believed that the male gained entry into the residence through an unlocked back door.

One student reported that a male was inside the residence wearing a ski mask and dark clothing, and appeared to be 5'8' to 6'0' tall and had a thin build. Pictures of the suspect can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1fYl5pfNqnuOO5_-Dw9kX-MvGHq-Kxu_H?usp=sharing

Bethlehem and Lehigh University police are working together to investigate this incident and are asking anyone with information to contact 610.758.4200.

A person was captured on area surveillance cameras at the time of the incident. The person arrived and left the area on foot and traveled along 5th Street. We are asking for anyone who has a security camera system and lives along the 500 block of Polk St., or the 400-600 blocks of E 5th St. to please contact the Bethlehem Police Investigations Bureau at 610.865.7000 or the LUPD at 610.758.4200.

Please remember that the LUPD offers a number of safety resources, and the HawkWatch safety app allows you to make quick contact with our dispatchers. To learn more, please visit our website at https://police.lehigh.edu/content/programs-and-resources. There are other resources for safety, health and basic emergency preparedness that Lehigh provides to members of its community. Read more at: https://www.lehigh.edu/emergency.

Also note the resources available for those living off campus. To assist the LUPD, as well as the Bethlehem Police Department, if you are leaving your off-campus residence for university holidays or scheduled breaks for an extended period of time, you may have concerns about the safety of your residence. To serve you better, please use this form to register your off-campus residence: https://police.lehigh.edu/content/register-campus-residence.

LUPD advises off-campus renters to check that residences have working locks on all doors and windows and to contact the property manager if there are any problems with locking devices. A security survey of off-campus residences is available by contacting Lehigh Police Crime Prevention Officer Lora Martin, who can provide guidance on how to make your residence as safe as possible. She can be reached at 610.758.4200.

Remember that criminal activity is more prominent during semester breaks. Vacant apartments are targets. Always lock doors and windows. If your property is valuable and portable, take it with you. The use of light timers is recommended. It is also recommended that you make arrangements regarding mail and newspaper deliveries so they do not accumulate outside your residence.

Regardless of where you live, secure all doors and windows and keep your residence locked at all times. Read more safety tips on the LUPD website: https://police.lehigh.edu/content/safety-tips

In addition, if you need general assistance, please contact Lehigh University Police Department (610) 758-4200 or Bethlehem Police Department at their non-emergency number (610) 865-7187. If it is a true emergency, please dial 911.

Info: https://lehigh.apparmor.com/Notifications/CAP/?id=41471&t=32465484

Lehigh University

 

October 11, 2020 @ 0242hrs

Safety Bulletin

Lehigh students in the 500 block of Hilllside Avenue reported seeing three juveniles on Parkhill Street spray painting at approximately 12:45 a.m. on October 11, 2020.  When confronted, one of the male juveniles displayed a handgun in his right hand. While the students spoke with the police, another group of students walking by reported that they had seen the same group of juveniles in the 200 block of E. 5th Street at about 12:00 a.m. and that one of the males in the group told the students "don't want any of this" and showed a handgun.

Both students described the person with the handgun as a Hispanic male, approximately 5'8", with slick back hair and wearing a red checkered hoodie. Another of the male suspects was described as a male with curly hair and wearing a grey hoodie.  Both students stated that the male with the handgun did not point the gun at anyone and made no direct threat.

An investigation is being conducted by the Bethlehem Police Department with the assistance of the Lehigh University Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the BPD at 610-865-7187 or LUPD at 610-758-4200.

Info: https://lehigh.apparmor.com/Notifications/CAP/?id=40108&t=30894591

Lehigh University

September 22, 2020 @ 0326hrs

Safety Alert

Early this morning, Sunday, September 20th, at approximately 2:30 am, three female students reported being followed home by a man they described as Hispanic, in his forties and partially bald with black hair driving a tan-colored van, unknown make or model. The students reported that they first noticed the van near the parking deck at Third St. and New St. It was last seen in the area around 107 W. Morton St. Last direction of travel is unknown. Bethlehem Police Department is investigating the incident with Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) assisting. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact LUPD at (610) 758-4200.

Jason D. Schiffer

Chief of Police

Info: https://lehigh.apparmor.com/Notifications/CAP/?id=38725&t=29810617

 

June 22, 2020 @ 12:33hrs

Safety Alert - Burglary Reported at Off-Campus Residence

At approximately 2:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20, a burglary was reported at an off-campus residence in the 400 Block of 5th Street. A female resident was awakened by a male in her room. The suspect ran away. The victim was unharmed and reported that a purse was taken. It is believed the male gained entry into the house through a first-floor window.

Lehigh University Police are assisting the City of Bethlehem Police in the ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Bethlehem Police Department at 610-865-7187 or the Lehigh University Police Department at 610-758-4200.

Please remember that the LUPD offers a number of safety resources and the HawkWatch safety app, which allows you to make quick contact with our dispatchers. To learn more, please go to our website at https://police.lehigh.edu/content/programs-and-resources. There are other resources for safety, health and basic emergency preparedness that Lehigh provides to members of its community and you can read more about them at https://www.lehigh.edu/emergency.

Also note the resources available for those living off-campus. To assist the Lehigh University Police Department, as well as the Bethlehem Police Department, if you are leaving your off-campus residence for university holidays, scheduled breaks for an extended period of time, you may have concerns about the safety of your residence. To serve you better, please use this form to register your off campus residence: https://police.lehigh.edu/content/register-campus-residence.

LUPD advises off-campus renters to check that residences have working locks on all doors and windows and to contact the property manager if there are any problems with locking devices. A security survey of off-campus residences is available by contacting Lehigh Police Crime Prevention Officer Lora Martin who can provide guidance on how to make your residence as safe as possible. She can be reached at 610.758.4200.

Remember that criminal activity is prominent during semester breaks. Vacant apartments are targets. Always lock doors and windows. If your property is valuable and portable, take it with you. The use of light timers is recommended. It is also recommended that you make arrangements regarding mail and newspaper deliveries so they do not accumulate outside your residence.

In addition, if you need general assistance, please contact Lehigh University Police Department (610) 758-4200 or Bethlehem Police Department at their non-emergency number (610) 865-7187. If it is a true emergency, please dial 911.

Jason D. Schiffer

Chief of Police

Info: https://lehigh.apparmor.com/Notifications/CAP/?id=31320&t=25542695