Possible sexual assault on UNR campus

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Updated: 4/08/2014 8:33 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - University of Nevada Director of Police Services Adam Garcia sent the following message to students on campus:

For the past 48 hours University Police Services has been investigating and attempting to substantiate a report initially made by a third-party on Sunday, April 6, that a student was sexually assaulted on Tuesday April 1, 2014, between 9 – 10 pm in the area of 17th & Stadium Way. The reports cites a dark, F-150 Ford 4-door pickup occupied by four male adults. Anyone having information related to this crime should contact University Police Services at 334-COPS (2677), 745-6195 or 911.

I also want to take this time to remind you that knowledge is the best weapon you can possess to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim. Here are some tips for protecting yourself:

• Make personal safety your number one priority. Awareness, Avoidance and Risk Reduction is the best way to not be a victim.
• Be alert! Look around you; be aware of who is on the street and in the area. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise.
• Keep your distance from anyone who triggers a suspicion in your mind.
• Stay alert to your surroundings when walking at night. Walk briskly to your destination.
• Travel in groups of two or more and always travel in well-lit, heavily traveled areas.
• Carry a whistle or noise maker. This can serve as a reminder to exercise caution, and can alert someone in the area that you need help.
• If listening to music, keep the volume low so you can hear what is going on around you.
• Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Propping open a locked door or window invites unwanted visitors.
• Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
• If you know you are going to be working late, plan ahead as to how you will get to your vehicle or home safely.
• Use university services such as Campus Escort or University Police Cadets to get you to your vehicle safely. Campus Escort operates 7 days a week during academic semesters from 7pm – 1am. Police Cadets operate Monday through Thursday from 6pm – 12am during academic semesters.
• Immediately report any suspicious activity to University Police Services by calling dispatch at 334-COPS (2677), or 911.
• Finally sign up for emergency alerts at http://www.unr.edu/general-information/emergency/alerts
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