Cal U Home Invasion Prompts Emergency Alerts

DECEMBER 5, 2014

I wrote yesterday about the issue of crimes being perpetrated on or near college campuses (sometimes by college students themselves), and how prevention starts with an understanding of what crime is perpetrated and where.

Today, I see a headline in the Observer-Reporter newspaper in Washington, Pennsylvania, detailing an alleged home invasion and robbery of a student rental apartment.

While police are still searching for the suspects, three suspects – one of whom was brandishing a pistol – the most interesting part of the story to me was the fact that the incident prompted community alerts.

Both the California Borough Police Department and California University of Pennsylvania Police Department have apps that community members can use to get up-to-date details on incidents and emergencies.

In the case of Thursday’s home invasion, both apps issued emergency alerts telling students to stay indoors.

But that’s not the only resource for students and community members who want to understand what crimes are happening on the California University of Pennsylvania campus.

For those interested, the California University Police Department’s web page contains myriad resources.

Among them is information on how to report an emergency and a link to report crime anonymously.

For those who attend or work on campus, it should also be noted that Cal U Police Department page also includes a password and username protected link to sign up for the campus emergency alert system. If a Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer is fighting for your case, he or she should be provided with all kinds of information as well.

The web page also includes periodic safety announcements, tips on how to stay safe on campus, and a link to various crime and fire reports (although there appears to be no online police blotter – which is something that West Virginia University offers on its website, for example).

I laud both the police department and the university for the application of technology to help keep its communities informed about the very serious subject of crime in and on college campuses. And in case of any sort of unfortunate incidents, they should contact a reputed Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer immediately.