PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE
From the Wilkes University Department of Public Safety
Dear Members of the Wilkes University Community:
The Department of Public Safety would like to inform you of a crime that has recently occurred in the campus area. The purpose of this notice is to heighten your awareness, enable you to take actions which can help increase your safety, and to aid in the prevention of similar crimes.
We are not including certain details in this alert so as to avoid releasing identifying information about the victim. This Public Safety Notice is being issued in accordance with a federal law requiring universities to disclose information about certain crimes.
On October 6, 2015, a Wilkes Public Safety Officers observed a student with a visible injury. While checking on his status, the student reported that the injury occurred when he was assaulted and robbed off campus in the area of Kirby Park. The incident reportedly occurred onOctober 5, 2015 at approximately 6:30 p.m.
The student further informed our officer that he was riding his bicycle somewhere within the park when he was stopped by three individuals. They demanded his wallet and struck him while he while he was attempting to comply. Finding no money, the suspects fled the area. He did not call the police or the Department of Public Safety after this incident occurred. The student indicated to the Public Safety Officer that he did not wish police involvement or medical attention at the time of the report. As of this writing, the campus is providing the student with support services.
The Department of Public Safety provides an escort service for anyone who feels unsafe when walking on campus. If you would like an escort, please call to request one at 570-408-4999. The escort service is available to community members at all times.
Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.
Avoid isolation. After dark, walk with others and use well-lit paths.
Trust your instincts. They are a natural gift that tells you when something is wrong.
Be ready to take protective action if necessary. This could be something as simple as crossing the street and entering a populated area.
If you observe suspicious activity or behavior, contact Public Safety immediately by calling 570-408-4999 or 911 if you believe it is an emergency.
Chief Christopher J. Jagoe