Vox brings you hear some useful advice on crime news around the area. Georgetown campus and neighborhood are relatively safe, but crime isn’t unheard of.
Hide your laptop, hide your wife
The most common type of crime at Georgetown is property theft. Laptops and bicycles are the most frequently stolen items and there are several safety measures you can take.
It is important to not leave your laptop unattended for any length of time in a non-secure location. As long as it is always within your view, you can make sure that no one takes it. Also make sure to lock your room when nobody is inside. While you may only be stepping out for a minute, that is enough time for someone to sneak in and take something.
For bikes, make sure to use a bike lock that locks from the front wheel. It is also recommended that you register your bike as this is potentially the only way to recover a stolen bicycle.
GOCard fraud is another type of property theft. Since merchants rarely check the picture ID, it is easy to steal debit dollars. If your GOCard does go missing, make sure to deactivate it on the GOCard website.
Burglaries are not unheard of around campus and in the larger off-campus areas. To prevent this, it is once again important to lock the doors to your dorm room/apartment even if you are only going to be out for a short period. The majority of the burglaries are results of unlocked doors.
A string of burglaries also occurred at Vital Vittles, the Corp run grocery store in Leavey Center. In early December, a large sum of money was stolen from the back office. In late January, 50 cartons of cigarettes were stolen.
A frightening but true fact: 1 in 4 Georgetown women are likely to be sexually assaulted during their time at school. Sexual assault includes rape and any other forcible, unwanted sexual contact. Last year, students reported two forcible fondlings, two indecent exposures, and one sexual assault. This summer, a sexual assault was also reported on the Capital Crescent Bike Trail, an area that many Georgetown students use frequently. However, sexual assault is often underreported.
Generally, Vox recommends using the SafeRides service late at night. Walking alone at night can get you into sticky situations. The University provides a nighttime shuttle service in the neighborhood and an individual van escort service called SafeRides. You can call for one at 202-784-RIDE (-7433). And what’s does DPS define as “forcible fondling”? We have yet to figure that one out.
If you have been sexually assaulted, Georgetown has resources for you to use. One such resource is Counseling and Psychiatric Services that has a full-time sexual assault counselor with whom you can make an appointment. The Department of Public Safety also has a Sexual Assault Services Coordinator who will work with victims.
Violent crime is relatively rare in the Georgetown neighborhood but it does occur. Last year there were two armed robberys reported, one at 33rd and N St. and one in Burleith. There was also an assault this summer in which a student’s purse was stolen.
To report an emergency, call DPS at (202) 687-4343 or MPD at 911. To call attention to other suspicious behavior, contact the DPS tip-line at (202) 687-2320. For medical emergencies, call the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service at 202-687-HELP (-4357).