Community Crime Alerts and Emergency Notifications

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Community Crime Alerts and Emergency Notifications are reports of major criminal incidents or harmful environmental incidents on the campus that could potentially affect the larger Stanford community. While such crimes are not indicative of life on campus, it is important to be aware of them when they do occur and to take the appropriate precautions.

The following crime alerts and emergency notifications were put out by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety during the academic year of 2014-2015. Crime Alerts are listed according to the most recent incident.


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Burglary 06/11/2015 02:06am

On 06/11/2015 at 02:06am, an unknown suspect(s) entered three unlocked and unoccupied rooms at the Ujamaa Dorm located in Lagunita Court on Santa Teresa Street. Various reports of personal property were taken. Please remember to be vigilant, lock your doors, and report any suspicious activity immediately.

Posted 06/11/2015

Police Activity Update 4:30AM 5/22/15

At 4:30AM on 5/22/15 Stanford Police cleared the Old Chemistry area and normal traffic may resume.

Stanford Police encourages everyone to always be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible.

Posted 05/22/15

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Police Activity Update 3:00AM 5/22/15

Subject is still at large and described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes. Approximately 170 lbs.

Please stay away from the area.

Updates when available at this website.

Posted 05/22/15

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Police Activity 5/22/15

At 2:30AM on 5/22/15. Stanford Police was involved in a vehicle pursuit down Lomita way. Vehicle collided into the fence outside of the Old Chemistry building. Subject then fled on foot and is described as a Hispanic male with unknown clothing. Stay away from the area. Updates when available at this webisite.

Posted 05/22/15

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Prowler Update 4/30/15

At 10:50pm, Stanford police received a report of a prowler at Governor’s Corner.

Subject is described as a white male adult, 5’8”-5’9”, approximately 50-60 years old, average build, wearing a dark hoodie, dark baseball cap, dark pants (possibly jeans) and eyeglasses.

The Stanford Police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible. Additional information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Posted 05/01/15

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Prowler 4/30/15

Reported Prowler at Governor's Ave/Griffin House, 1050pm. Be alert & protect yourself. Updates when available at this webpage.

Posted 04/30/15

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Gas Leak update 4/16/15

The gas leak at Manzanita Dining has been shut off and rendered safe by PG&E. PG&E remains on scene and the area is open to pedestrian traffic.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Posted 04/16/15

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Gas Leak 4/16/15

There is a reported gas leak at Manzanita Dining at 2:53pm. Emergency Response Team and PG&E are on scene. Stay away from the area until further notice. Updates when available on this website.

Posted 04/16/15

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Burglary 03/04/15

At 1:50am on Wednesday March 4, 2015, the Department of Public Safety received a report that a burglary had occured on Hoskins Court sometime between 9:00pm March 3, 2015 and 1:30am on March 4, 2015.

An unknown suspect entered an apartment that was occupied by two roommates who were sleeping. The suspect took two laptops and then exited the rear door of the apartment. The suspect is still at large and there is no description available at this time.

The Stanford Police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. We ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible. Additional information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Posted 03/04/15

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Update to Closure of Southbound El Camino Real 2/24/15, 7:55 PM

From Stanford PD: The accident that closed the southbound lanes of El Camino Real has been cleared. Normal traffic has resumed.

Posted 2/24/15

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Community Alert-- Southbound El Camino Real Closed 2/24/15, 6:45 PM

From Stanford PD: Palo Alto PD has closed southbound El Camino Real between Embarcadero Road and Serra Street due to a vehicle rollover. Use alternate routes, and note that northbound traffic on El Camino Real has also been impacted. Updates, when available, will be posted to emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 2/24/15

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Update to Gas Line Leak 2/19/15, 3:38pm

The low pressure gas line break in the area of Fremont Road between Searsville and Electioneer has been shut off and rendered safe by PG&E. The area is now open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Posted 02/19/15

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Community Alert--Low Pressure Gas Line Leak 2/19/15, 2:00pm

From Stanford PD:02/19/15, Low pressure gas leak at Fremont Road between Searsville and Electioneer, 2:00pm. Campus Drive is not impacted. If possible avoid the area. PG&E is on scene.

Updates, when available, at emergency.stanford.edu.

Posted 02/19/15

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Community Alert- Possible Mountain Lion Sighting

At 09:34 am there was a report of a possible mountain lion sighting. It was reportedly seen in the vicinity of Page Mill and Peter Coutts. If you see a mountain lion DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation. Call 9-1-1.

Here are a few tips: Avoid hiking or jogging when mountain lions are most active- dawn, dusk, and at night. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.

For more information about mountain lions, visit www.keepmewild.org.

Posted 02/12/15

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Community Alert-Major Traffic Delays & Parking Impacts on Feb. 13

On Friday, Feb. 13, the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection will impact parking and traffic on and around campus.

For information on parking impacts and traffic delays please refer to the Parking & Transportation website.

Posted 02/11/15

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Community Alert - Auto Burglaries

There have been 14 auto burglaries since the beginning of Winter Quarter. The majority of the burglaries have taken place in Parking Structure 6 (below Wilbur Field) although others have occurred in other locations on campus.

To help prevent from becoming a target, the Stanford University Department of Public Safety is encouraging individuals to engage in a few simple practices:

  • Do not leave valuables inside a vehicle or unattended on your desk or work area.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, activate it each time you leave the vehicle unattended.
  • Most importantly, if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles, or wandering in an office area without legitimate business, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Additionally, the university is encouraging individuals to encrypt their mobile devices. Information about ways to best protect your mobile devices can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/security/securecomputing/

If you do become the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If the property which has been stolen contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the university’s Privacy Office at (650) 725-1828 or privacy@stanford.edu.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

Posted 02/09/15

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Community Alert: FBI Public Service Announcements

The FBI has recently issued two public service announcements regarding scams which have resulted in victims throughout the country.

The first scam is known as the "Work-from-home" scam, which specifically targets university students. Students have received emails recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The "position" requires the student to provide his/her bank account number under the guise of setting up direct deposit for his/her pay.

The second scam is a university employee payroll scam. The employees are receiving fraudulent emails indicating a change in their human resource status. The email contains a link directing the employee to login to their human resources website to identify this change. While the website looks very similar to the legitimate site, it is actually a bogus site where the scammers are able to steal the employee's credentials. The scammers then use these credentials to access the employee's direct deposit information via the actual website, redirecting their pay.

A copy of the complete FBI Public Service Announcements may be viewed here:

Work From Home Scam
University Payroll Scam

To avoid becoming a victim, NEVER send money or provide personal or financial information to anyone who requests such information through an email or other solicitation, no matter how good or credible the offer sounds!

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

Posted 1/16/15

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Prowling 11/30/14

On Sunday afternoon, 11/30/14, at 3:30PM, the Stanford Police received a report that a prowling incident occurred at the Rains complex, on Rossi Lane, at 5:15AM, on 11/30/14.

An unknown intruder entered an unlocked apartment located in the Rains complex. The victims were awake and heard the intruder enter the apartment. The intruder walked directly to the victim's room door and opened it. The intruder held a flashlight and shined the light on the residents. The resident called out his roommate's name at which time the intruder turned and exited the apartment. The victims did not see the suspect.

The intruder was in the apartment for less than ten seconds. The victims were not threatened and no property was taken. The motive of the suspect is unknown.

The Stanford Police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible. Additional information will be posted on this website as it becocmes available.

Posted 11/30/14

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Prowler 11/19/14

On Wednesday evening, 11/19/14, the Stanford Police received a report that a prowling incident had occurred at the Terra House, on Cowell Lane, at 6:58pm.

Witnesses reported the suspect entered multiple dorm rooms. When confronted by a resident, the suspect exited the building and drove away in blue/grey van.

Witnesses described the suspect as a black or hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, wearing a tan baseball cap and a grey shirt.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety encourages individuals to be alert and take measures to protect yourself. Keep doors and windows locked. Call 911 to report suspicious activity.

Any updates will be posted as available on this website.

Posted 11/19/14

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Attempted Burglary 11/18/14

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at approx. 9:55pm, an attempted burglary occurred at Enchanted Broccoli Forest. The suspect attempted to gain entry by prying open a window that was partially open, but did not enter. The suspect is still at large and there is no description available.

The Stanford Police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible. Additional information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.

Posted 11/19/14

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Reported Sexual Assault

On November 17, 2014, a Campus Security Authority reported to the department of Public Safety that a female student had been sexually assaulted. The location, date and time of the incident are unknown at this time.

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

  • Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
  • Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
  • Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one's ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is never an excuse for choosing to violate another person.
  • There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward. These drugs can facilitate criminal activity, most often acts of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren't sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/sara

Sexual Harassment Policy Office
https://harass.stanford.edu

Title IX Office
https://titleix.stanford.edu

Wellness Resources at Stanford
https://wellness.stanford.edu

or the Stanford Department of Public Safety via this website or by calling (650)723-9633 during regular business hours.

Posted 11/18/14

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Gas Line Break Update, 11/6/14: Gas Line Break Resolved

The gas line break on Lomita Drive near Roth Way has been resolved. All buildings have been reopened.

Posted 11/06/14

Gas Line Break Update, 11/6/14: Class Relocations

The following classes have been relocated due to the evacuation of Herrin Hall:

Math 113 (2:15-3:30) has been moved from Herrin T-175 to 420-041

Math 42A (1:15-3:05) has been moved from Herrin T-195 to 200-015

In addition, Chem 299 (7:00-10:00pm) may be relocated from Herrin T-185; a decision will be made ~3:00pm.

Posted 11/06/14

Gas Line Break Update, 11/6/14: Repairs Continue

PG&E continues to repair a gas line break in front of the Old Chemistry Building on Lomita Drive near Roth Way. Also on the scene are Palo Alto Fire, Stanford Police and Office Environmental Health and Safety. There is currently no estimated time for completion of repairs. Please stay away from the vicinity.

Out of an abundance of caution, the following buildings have been evacuated: Herrin Lab, Herrin Hall and Old Chemistry Building. If you are in a nearby building and smell gas, call 911.

Additional updates will be posted on this site and via AlertSU as available.

Posted 11/06/14

Update to Gas Line Break, 11/6/14

At approx. 8:49am on Thursday, November 6, 2014, a gas line break occurred on Lomita Drive near Roth Way and the Old Chemistry Building. PG&E are currently on scene and working to solve the problem. Also on the scene are Palo Alto Fire, Stanford Police and Office Environmental Health and Safety.

Out of an abundance of caution, the following buildings have been evacuated: Herrin Lab, Herrin Hall and Old Chemistry Building. Buildings near Serra Street, including Sequoia Hall, are also being monitored. If you smell gas, call 911. Palo Alto Fire is advising people to stay away from the vicinity until further notice.

Additional updates will be posted on this website and via AlertSU as available.

Posted 11/06/14

Update to Missing Person 11/1/14, 10:18am

The Stanford Department of Public Safety has been notified that the female previously reported missing from the Mayfield Avenue area has been located and is reported safe.

Posted 11/01/14

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Missing Person 11/1/14

The Stanford Department of Public Safety has been notified of a missing adult female, 20 years old, who was last seen in the Mayfield Avenue area, on foot, on 10/31/14 at 11:30pm.

She is described as a Hispanic female, 5'6", 135 lbs; with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black shirt with a black Batman cape, black glittery shorts, and black boots.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact Stanford University Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.

Further updates when available will be posted on this website.

Posted 11/01/14

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Mountain Lion Sighting 10/28/14

A mountain lion was seen on 10/28/2014 at 8:46pm, in the vicinity of 738 Frenchman's Road, along the edge of the road. Public Safety has searched the area and there are no additional sightings reported.

If you see a mountain lion Call 911,DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.

Here are a few tips:

If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.

For more information about mountain lions go to www.keepmewild.org

Posted 10/28/14

Reported Sexual Assault 10/26/14

From Stanford PD, on 10/26/14 at approximately 5:10am Sunday morning Stanford Police responded to a call at Page Mill and Hansen from a distressed Stanford Student. The student reported that she may have been drugged and sexually assaulted. The location and time of the reported incident are unknown at this time.

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

  • Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
  • Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
  • Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one's ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is never an excuse for choosing to violate another person.
  • There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward. These drugs can facilitate criminal activity, most often acts of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.
We encourage individuals to think about the following points to help protect yourself and others from consuming drinks that may have been tampered with harmful substances:
  • Do not accept previously prepared drinks, especially from persons that you do not know or intimately trust.
  • Drink from tamper-proof bottles and cans and insist on opening them.
  • Insist on pouring or watching while any drink is mixed or prepared.
  • Do not drink from group drinks such as punch bowls.
  • Keep an eye on your drink or open soda can. Do not trust someone to watch it for you.
  • If you think you've been drugged, do not be afraid to seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY. There is a short window of time to ensure appropriate response and medical treatment in these cases and they could result in serious health complications and consequences.
  • If someone passes out or is exhibiting signs that they may have been given drugs, call for medical attention IMMEDIATELY and explain your concerns.
  • If you suspect that you or someone you know has been drugged, contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety or your Residence/Graduate Life Dean (or ask that someone do it for you) IMMEDIATELY.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren't sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/sara

Sexual Harassment Policy Office
https://harass.stanford.edu

Title IX Office
https://titleix.stanford.edu

Wellness Resources at Stanford
https://wellness.stanford.edu

or the Stanford Department of Public Safety via this website or by calling (650)723-9633 during regular business hours.

Posted 10/26/14

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Attempted Burglary 9/28/14

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, at approx. 2:30am, an attempted burglary occurred at Mirrielees Highrise. The suspect attempted to gain entry by prying open a window screen. The reporting party described the suspect as a possible Asian or Hispanic male in his early 20’s, approx. 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a black shirt and tan pants. The suspect was last seen walking away towards Campus Drive.

The Stanford Police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible.

Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.

Posted 09/28/14

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