This email is being sent to the campus community as a Timely Warning regarding a pattern of crimes that have occurred on campus and campus-affiliated property. The following is provided for your personal safety.
In the last week, the UCSB Police Department has received several reports of stalking at locations on and off campus. The suspect of these reports is described as a male UCSB student who approaches women after class, asking for their phone numbers. When the suspect feels ignored, he proceeds to harass the women, following them on social media, sending derogatory text and social media messages, and, in some cases, showing up at their residence.
UCPD is investigating this crime. If you have information that might assist in the investigation or have experienced similar stalking behavior, please contact the UCSB Police Department at (805) 893-3446, or report crime information anonymously at www.police.ucsb.edu/contact-us/report-crime.
UCPD reminds the campus community of the following safety tips and resources:
- Do not let anyone make you feel obligated to give them your phone number, address, or other contact information. “I do not want to” is always a good enough reason.
- If you start to feel concerns about a person or a situation, trust your instincts and try to remove yourself as quickly as possible from the potential threat, even if it feels awkward to leave.
- Perpetrators are responsible for crimes. Crime victims are never responsible for the behavior of perpetrators.
- If you are going out alone, make sure that someone knows where you are going, who you will be with, and when you expect to return.
- If you are in fear for your safety or the safety of others, call 911 immediately.
- Do not hesitate to contact UCPD to report concerning behavior.
- The UCSB CARE office provides confidential support and advocacy to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Call (805) 893-4613 any time (24/7) for confidential help. CARE website: wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/care.
- Information about UCSB’s policies and support resources for sexual violence can be found at: sexualviolence.ucsb.edu.
- The UCSB Police Department’s CSO Safety Escort Program is a free service provided to members of the UCSB community as a safe alternative to walking alone at night. Call (805) 893-2000 to request a CSO escort.
**UCPD encourages printing and posting of this Timely Warning for further community notification.**
WHAT IS THIS NOTICE?
In compliance with the Clery Act, Timely Warnings are issued by the UCSB Police Department when certain (Clery Act) crimes occurring on campus property, properties controlled by campus-affiliated organizations, or public property immediately adjacent to campus are determined to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Timely Warnings are intended to prevent similar crimes and to provide information that will assist community members in protecting themselves.
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