General Crime Information
Outdoor phones have been installed on the Reed College campus to make it easier for community members to report emergency situations and get in touch with each other.
The blue light phones are located at:
- the North Field restrooms
- the Reed College Apartments path
- McKinley residence hall
- Chittick residence hall
- East Parking Lot
- West Parking Lot
- Art Building (on the path to the CAC house)
- Sports Center (east side across from Commons)
- Foster/Scholz (southwest corner in west parking lot)
- Prexy (southwest corner in west parking lot)
- Sitka (northwest corner between dorm and field)
If you are the victim of a crime on campus, please call Community Safety at the main college switchboard by dialing '0' from a campus phone, or 503/788-6666, to reach the switchboard emergency line. You may also dial 9-1-1.
In cooperation with the Portland Police Bureau, and as an aid to campus crime prevention, Community Safety Officers write reports for on-campus crimes, forwarding them to the police records section when applicable. Such reports routinely include incidents of theft, burglary, and vandalism. For more serious crimes such as assault, the police bureau is, at the victim's option, called in to assist. In this way we hope to track minor crimes while connecting the campus to all the resources of a large metropolitan police department.
Members of the community who prefer to do so may report any crime directly to the Portland Police Bureau. The Community Safety department will gladly help you with any police report.
Community Safety asks that you provide us with crime information so that we may help you recover your property and keep our campus crime statistics accurate. Reed is fortunate to be in a safe area of Portland, but crimes do occur. Crime reports and department activity are summarized yearly, with many campus crimes routinely reported in the campus newspaper. As circumstances warrant, crime alerts may be prepared and distributed either selectively or campus-wide.
Always secure your bicycle and helmet with a high-security U-lock attached to an immovable object in an open, highly frequented area. Be sure to secure or take with you any easily removable bike parts. Register your bicycle with community safety. We will provide you with a decal that will easily identify your bicycle and act as a safety reflector at night.
Vehicles and items left in them can be targets. If you must leave valuables in the car, be sure to lock them in the trunk. If you are going to buy an expensive stereo for your car, purchase it with a detachable face plate. Also get into the habit of keeping your car doors locked when driving.
To help keep your car secure, purchase a wheel locking device for the steering wheel. If you purchase an alarm system for your car, purchase one that will automatically prevent your car from starting until the alarm is reset properly. If you already have any or all of these items, be sure and use them.
Finally, remember to register your vehicle with the Community Safety department. It's free.
The most common items stolen on any campus are wallets, backpacks, books, bicycles, and computers. For the most part, these thefts are crimes of opportunity. We find that most stolen items were left out in plain view, unprotected, or unattended. Leaving items at desks, in offices, or in backpacks makes them vulnerable to theft. If you do leave items in your dormitory room or office, be sure the door is locked. Ideally, keep your backpack in view at all times.
Immediately report any theft to the Community Safety department by calling 503/788-6666.
Community Safety Officers will assist you in filing a police report and can provide a copy of the police report for your insurance agency.
One of the best deterrents against theft is to mark your personal items. The Community Safety department also has an engraver for members of the community to permanently valuables like computers, stereos, and TVs. Engraving your driver's license number or your name onto items makes it difficult for a thief to sell stolen goods and also allows you and the police to easily identify your property if it is stolen. Never inscribe a personal number such as your social security number, bank ID number, address, or birth date on your personal property.
In addition to specialized advocates, the district attorney has a general victim's assistance program that acts as an advocate for crime victims, makes referrals, and keeps victims informed on the status of their case. The state also operates a crime victim's compensation program, which offers compensation for medical and similar no-property expenses to those who meet the following criteria:
- Expenses incurred as the result of a crime in Oregon
- Timely reporting of the crime (with some exceptions)
- Cooperation in apprehension and prosecution
- No wrongdoing or provocation by claimant
- Claim filed within six months
The mental stress brought on by being the victim of a crime can be physically damaging and lower your quality of life. During the school year, student services personnel are on call 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling Community Safety. The health center is open daily (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) and maintains an extensive staff of counselors and others to assist you. Health center counselors are required to observe the same confidentiality laws as all other counselors.
Those wanting crisis help from on- or off-campus resources can refer to this list of emergency phone numbers.