New Traffic Stop Near Levine Campus, Three-Way Stop Sign Installed

Levine Students: Please be aware that a new three-way traffic stop has been installed at the Levine Campus Mapintersection of Matthews-Indian Trail Road and Marie Garris Road (see map at right). For safety purposes, please be aware of this new traffic stop when traveling these two thoroughfares near the Levine Campus. Thank you!

Help Keep Our Campuses Safe

In light of the tragic violence and student death that occurred earlier this week at Butler High School, the college reminds all students and employees that we are truly a community, and we need to watch out for each other to make our campuses as safe as they can be.

Please remember, if you see or hear something that causes you concern or just doesn’t seem quite right, please alert College Security Services as soon as you can. All reports will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.

If you ever feel unsafe for any reason and would like the presence of Security Services staff member, please don’t hesitate to call 704-330-6632, or for emergencies 704-330-6911.

Working together, we can keep our college safe and secure.

College Security Services Campus Safety Update

In response to the two recent student pedestrian incidents at crosswalks on Elizabeth Avenue, the college has taken the following actions:

  • A law enforcement patrol will be parked along Elizabeth Avenue with flashing blue lights on class days from 7-9:30 a.m., noon to 2 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m. These times will be adjusted to match any changes in pedestrian traffic.
  • The college has contacted Charlotte DOT with the request to repaint all Central Campus crosswalks in a color more noticeable and reflective than white.
  • The college and CMPD have requested that permanent flashing lights be installed at the crosswalks on Elizabeth Avenue. These would be similar to the crosswalk lights at Harper Campus.
  • Campus Security Directors, Student Government Officers, CMPD and Mecklenburg Sheriff Deputies, and Allied Universal Police Officers are kindly reminding students and employees to always use the crosswalks and to always be alert for oncoming vehicles when crossing the street.

 

Thanks,

Precautions About Date Rape Drugs

There have been multiple recent reports of people in Charlotte area nightclubs consuming drinks that have been spiked with date rape drugs. These drugs, sometimes referred to as “roofies,” can incapacitate a person, leaving them vulnerable to a sexual assault or rape.  

Please use reasonable precautions to avoid consuming a spiked drink.  Go out with trusted friends, and watch out for each other.  Buy your own drink, do not leave your drink unattended, and do not accept a drink offered by a stranger.  Tell the manager or host if you think your drink has been spiked. 

If you suspect that a friend was given a spiked drink, tell the manager or host what happened.  Stay with your friend and watch their condition closely.  If their condition deteriorates, call 911 for medic and report the incident to the police.      

These CPCC campus resources are available to support our students if needed: 

·         Counseling Services         704.330.6433

·         Title IX Office                    704.330.6719

·         Care Team                         704.330.6659

·         College Security                704.330.6911     

CPCC Care Team:  See Something, Say Something

CPCC cares about the safety of our campus community, and the emotional and physical well-being of our students. The Care Team is a working group of dedicated college professionals who respond to reports about students exhibiting worrisome, concerning, or threatening behaviors. The Care Team is committed to a proactive approach to helping our students succeed while maintaining a safe campus environment.

The Care Team strives to create a campus culture of reporting. Our online reporting tool can be accessed from the CPCC homepage by clicking on the Safety icon located at the bottom of the screen, then clicking on Care Team. Reports submitted through this system are quickly reviewed, and appropriate intervention strategies are developed.  The professionals who serve on the Care Team have a strong commitment to this work, and our model is based on national best practices.

If a student or situation raises your concerns, please submit a report.  “See something, say something!”

CPCC Care Team: See Something, Say Something

CPCC cares about the emotional and physical well-being of our students, and the safety of our campus community.  The CPCC Care Team is a group of qualified and dedicated college professionals who respond to reports about students who exhibit worrisome, concerning, or threatening behaviors.  The Care Team is committed to a proactive approach to helping our student succeed while maintaining a safe campus environment.    

The Care Team strives to create a campus culture of reporting.  Our online reporting tool can be accessed from the CPCC homepage by clicking on the Safety icon located at the bottom of the screen, then clicking on Care Team.  Reports submitted through this system are quickly reviewed, and appropriate intervention strategies are developed.  The professionals who serve on the Care Team have a strong commitment to this work, and our model is based on national best practices.

If a student or situation raises your concerns, please submit a report.  “See something, say something!

Be Safe Around the CityLYNX Gold Line on Central Campus

The CityLYNX Gold Line provides a direct link to the heart of Uptown, connecting you to bus and light rail services, healthcare facilities, entertainment and small businesses. The CityLYNX Gold Line is a free service, so you do not need a ticket to ride. In order to Streetcarkeep the Gold Line safe and enjoyable for everyone, please remember the following:

•                    Park only in designated spaces. Even if just for a few minutes, do not park your car on Elizabeth Avenue if there is not an official parking space.

•                    Your entire vehicle, including mirrors, must be within the solid white parking lines. Incorrectly parked cars will be subject to a citation and towing.

•                    Cross only at designated crosswalks. There are clearly marked signs showing you safe areas to cross the street. If you see the streetcar coming, wait for it to pass before you cross.

•                    Stay Alert. Look up from your phone. Take out your ear buds or turn the volume down. Remember, safety starts with you.

•                    Cyclists should cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle to avoid getting wheels stuck or crashing.

For more information, please visit www.ridetransit.org

 

Get There Safe CPCC: Inattention Kills

Anything that causes you to take your attention away from driving, take your eyes off the road, or take your hands off of the wheel is a distraction. The most commonly thought of distraction is the phone.   In North Carolina all drivers are banned from sending or reading texts while they are driving.

Common ways drivers are distracted:

  • Eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Adjusting the radio, or CD player.
  • Talking, texting or emailing on a cell phone or smart phone.
  • Interacting with the other passengers. This is particularly a problem for novice or young drivers.
  • Searching for or moving an object in the vehicle.
  •  Reading or writing.
  • Personal grooming (brushing hair, applying make up).
  • Rubber necking when passing a crash scene or a work zone.
  • Looking at people, objects or events happening off the roadway

When driving, attention should be on scanning and anticipating other drivers moves and watching for new road conditions.

Passengers – be a friend, don’t distract! You might even hold the driver’s cell phone for them and convey messages.

Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

For more on traffic safety, visit www.facebook.com/IRIDESAFECAROLINA.

Get There Safe: Gear Up to Go Out

Rules of the Road and Safety Tips for Bicyclists
  •  Ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic. In the same space as a vehicle. This puts the cyclist where others expect to see them. Riding against or facing traffic is illegal and a common factor in many bicycle crashes. Riding beside traffic often causes cashes and confusion what bike and vehicles are doing when near each other.
  • Observe all traffic signs and signals. A bicycle is classified as a vehicle and is obligated to follow the same rules as other vehicles.
  •  Use hand signals before making a turn or stopping. Left arm out straight for a left turn, left arm out and bent up at the elbow for a right turn, and left arm out and bent down at the elbow for a stop. However its best to make eye contact with drivers when possible as many drivers do not know bike hand signals.
  • Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night or in low light.
  • Avoid the “door zone.” When riding beside parked cars, position your bike far enough to the left in the lane to avoid a suddenly opened car door.
  • Maintain a straight line along the right side of your lane. Weaving between parked cars and in and out of the lane may take you out of the view of following motorists. When possible use the bike lanes, but be aware many motorists may not be aware of rules of bike lanes so drive defensively.
  •  Look for hazards. Be aware of hazards around you, such as drainage grates with openings that could trap your wheel, cracks in the pavement, uneven road surfaces, broken glass, low hanging branches or other potential hazards. Do not wear earphones when riding.
  •  Be aware of the driveways and intersections. Many bicycle crashes occur at intersections or driveways when a motorist turns in front of a cyclist. Keep your eyes and ears on other traffic for signs that someone may make a turn in front of you.
  • Wear a helmet.. A bicycle helmet has been proven to provide head protection should a fall or crash occur.
  • Keep your bike maintained.. If you are unsure how to maintain your bike, take it to a bike shop. A well-maintained bike reduces the risk of crash.
Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used. For more on traffic safety, visit www.facebook.com/IRIDESAFECAROLINA

Matthews Police Imposter Still at Large

On Saturday, January 17 at 7:45 p.m. an individual impersonating a Matthews police officer stopped a driver near the CPCC Levine Campus (on CPCC Lane near Campus Ridge Road).

The suspect was driving a white Crown Victoria, with a blue light attached to the bumper. According to the victim, the suspect signaled for them to stop and got out of the car, wearing a uniform with an unknown patch and badge. After approaching the car, the suspect, who reportedly was not armed, robbed the victim.

The victim, who was not harmed, described the suspect to police as a white male, approximately 6’ 1”, 190 pounds with black hair and a mustache.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please call the Matthews Police Department at 704.847.5555.

CPCC Security would like to remind campus community members that if you find yourself in a similar situation, to turn on your car flashers, call 911 and pull into a well-lit parking lot where there may be others around.

Police cars are generally well marked and are equipped with emergency blue lights, as well as a siren. Often impersonators have a blue light, but not a siren.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact CPCC Security at 704.330.6632.

Get There Safe CPCC

RESPECT THE RIDE

Motor Vehicle Crashes are the leading cause of death for 16 to 24 year olds. And in fact one of the leading reasons of death throughout life!  Some of the key factors involved in North Carolina crashes are driver inexperience, driver distractions, driving too fast for conditions, and improper or careless driving.

General Traffic Safety Tips

Don’t drink and drive. Designate a Driver ( Drinking under the age of 21 is illegal)

Avoid sedating medications- check the labels on prescriptions or check with your doctor

Never text while you are driving, it’s the law. Did you know one of the biggest driving distractions that causes crashes for new drivers is eating while driving?

Obey the speed limit. Going too fast gives you less time to react. Speed limits are developed to keep people safe based on the road you are driving, obey them.

Plan ahead, know where you are going and how to get there before you leave.  If new to the area, drive common routes before under pressure to get to places to know the risks and conditions on those roads.

Leave early and plan enough time to get to your destination

Always expect the unexpected- the most useful tool in driving is being able to scan for hazards and anticipate other drivers decision making.

Get enough sleep, most adults need 7 to 9 hours to maintain full alertness during the day

Schedule breaks if your driving long distances – about every 100 miles or 2 hours and arrange for a travel companion if possible.

Practice driving in many conditions when you are a driver less than five years, practice is a protective factor.

 

Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

For more on traffic safety, visit www.facebook.com/IRIDESAFECAROLINA.

CPCC College Security Update

CPCC students are reporting a white man (early to mid-thirties with thick-rimmed glasses) has been following women who are either walking or running near Central Campus and the college’s surrounding neighborhoods (NoDa, Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth and Chantilly).

 The individual in question drives an older, silver Prelude with a spoiler.

While the suspect has been primarily seen in his car, he will make several passes as a woman is walking or running, usually doing U-turns or turning down side streets and driveways to attempt to block off or corner the woman. He will sometimes stop and ask for directions, usually to the Epicenter or North Tryon, stating that his phone and navigation are dead. He is most seen around the hours of 6-7 p.m, but has been seen during the daylight hours as well.

Please take extra precaution if you are out alone and encounter him. Please contact CPCC College Security at 704 330.6632.

Get There Safe CPCC

SPEED A LITTE ……………LOSE A LOT I Ride Safe Carolina

Speeding and other aggressive driving behaviors are among the highest causes for crashes in North Carolina

Are you an aggressive driver putting you, your family, passengers and friends at risk??

Do you speed excessively?

Do you tailgate slower vehicles?

Do you race to beat the read lights or run stop signals/

Do you weave in and out of traffic?

Do you pass illegally on the right?

Do you fail to yield the right of way to on coming vehicles, bikes, or pedestrians

A yes to any of these makes you a potential risk on the roads. Take extra time to get to your destinations, plan routes with less traffic, relax during peak traffic times, a clear road does not mean it’s okay to go faster on the road.

If you were to encounter an aggressive driver, here a few tips on what to do:

Get out of their way and don’t challenge them

Stay relaxed, avoid eye contact and ignore rude gestures

Don’t block the passing lane if you are driving slower than most of the traffic

Road rage is not aggressive driving but turns into assault after experiencing an aggressive driver behavior usually.

Tips compiled from national resources by Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention.  These tips and information do not guarantee the prevention of death or injury and should not be the only source of information used.

For more on traffic safety, visit www.facebook.com/IRIDESAFECAROLINA

 

 

Theft Prevention Tips

As we approach the holiday season crimes of opportunity increase.  We are experiencing an increase in cases of theft on campus.  College Security is asking for your assistance in preventing theft on our campuses.

In order for a crime to occur, an opportunity to commit that crime must exist.  Nearly all of the incidents of theft on Campus involve unattended and unsecured property.  Unintentionally, we are creating an environment where people are simply able to pick up valuables and walk away.

By simply keeping our valuables in our possession or locking them in a secure location we take away the opportunity for theft to occur.  We all have the ability to prevent the crime of theft on our campuses by securing our valuables at all times.

Please help us reduce the opportunity for crime and eliminate theft on Campus.

Lock it or lose it.  You hold the key.

Theft Prevention Tips

  • Keep your purse, wallet, keys, textbooks and other valuable items with you at all times or locked in a secure place.
  • Phones and computers are primary targets of theft.  Never leave them unattended.
  • Never leave valuable items visible in your vehicle.  Store items in your trunk or out of sight.
  • Always lock your car doors and keep windows rolled up.

Mobile Device Security Tips

  • Use a password or access code to restrict access.
  • Use anti-theft apps or software that will allow you to locate the device and wipe sensitive data from it.
  • Consider reading this article: “Before It’s Gone: Steps to Deter Smartphone Thefts & Protect Personal Info” – http://www.ctia.org/consumer_info/safety/index.cfm/aid/12084

Contacting College Security

  • Program emergency phone numbers into your cell phone.
  • Report suspicious behavior to College Security immediately.
  • Emergency assistance number: 704.330.6911 (extension 6911)
  • Non-emergency assistance number: 704.330.6632  (extension 6632)

“Shelter in Place.” What does it mean?

During news coverage of the recent suspect hunt connected to the Boston Marathon bombings, you might have heard the phrase, “shelter in place.” The term was used to tell students at MIT and residents in the Boston area Shelter in Placeto stay indoors where they were until they received further instructions from law enforcement officials.

“Shelter in place” often is used interchangeably with or instead of “lockdown.”

CPCC’s emergency response plans and guidebook also uses the phrase “shelter in place.” This instruction could be given to the college community in a number of emergency situations, including severe weather, an armed person on campus or an active shooter on or near campus.

If CPCC College Security instructs the college community to shelter in place, here’s what you should do, according to CPCC’s Emergency Response Guidebook.

Shelter in Place

When directed to shelter in place, the following actions should be taken:

  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors should move into or stay inside the closest permanent campus building.
  • Close and move away from all windows and doors.
  • Lock or barricade doors if possible.
  • Approved Shelter in Place areas are marked on the Fire Exit Plans posted on each floor.
  • Remain in place until notified by College Security, the Building Captain, or emergency response personnel that the incident has been cleared.
  • Information concerning the event will be distributed through College Security, Building Captains, and other emergency communication methods such as the Critical Alert Emergency Notification System.

Note:  Security personnel will secure exterior doors. Law enforcement agencies may use the term “lockdown” when directing occupants to shelter in place.