CPCC’s contracted security partner, AlliedBarton, has merged with Universal Services of America. The company will be named Allied Universal Security Services.
Over the coming months the college will see some minor changes due to this merger. The first will be a change in uniforms to a new Allied Universal design. CPCC anticipates no disruption in service during the merger process.
If you have any questions, please contact Charles Wright, executive director of College Security Services, at Charles.Wright@cpcc.edu.
Just a reminder… if you hear about or see any suspicious or threatening activity or anything that seems overly strange, odd or out of place, please call ext. 6911 (704.330.6911) immediately any time of the day or night to alert College Security. It takes the entire college community working together to keep CPCC safe.
CPCC will operate on a four-day week again this summer. From Monday, May 11 through Sunday, July 19, the college’s hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. CPCC will be closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of the following facilities:
- Overcash Building on Central Campus will be open for scheduled classes and performances only.
- Belk Building will be open for scheduled classes only.
- Culinary Arts Center will be open for scheduled classes and events only.
- Pease Auditorium will be open for performances and events only.
- The scene shop in the Center for Arts Technology Building on Central Campus will be open for the summer theatre build only.
- Harper Campus will be open for scheduled classes only.
- Hendrick Center on Levine Campus will be open for scheduled classes only.
- Harris Conference Center will open for scheduled events only.
- WTVI PBS Charlotte
- City View Center for Cosmetology, including the Salon Clinic which will remain open for salon services
Should you have any questions or concerns when the college is closed, please contact College Security at 704.330.6632.
Campus safety is the top priority of CPCC’s College Security team and the college’s Emergency Risk Management. Our thoughts are with our North Carolina Community College System colleagues and students at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro following a fatal shooting on that campus on April 13.
We want to take this opportunity to remind employees and students about the information available on CPCC’s website about what to do in an emergency, for situations including an active shooter, severe weather, fire and more. Be sure to read all the way down to the bottom of the page for the full list of essential instructions.
If there’s an active shooter on or near a CPCC campus, would you know what to do? It’s incredibly important for employees and students to be prepared. Please take a moment today to learn about “Run. Hide. Fight.®” and watch the powerful video at the bottom of the page about what to do if an active shooter is on campus or in a building where you are.
For more information about emergency preparedness at CPCC, please visit: www.cpcc.edu/enterprise-risk-management/business-continuity/emergency-management.
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.
Fire Evacuation Point
During the past couple of months CPCC Security and the Environmental Health and Safety Department have been working together to implement an Emergency Evacuation Point sign. The purpose of the emergency evacuation signsare to indicate a designated location for building occupants to go in the event a facility needs to be evacuated. The signs have been strategically placed on each campus to give building occupants a safe place to go in the event of a fire or other emergency that requires the building to be evacuated. During programmed fire drills building occupants will have the opportunity to learn their appropriate evacuation point area.
Please contact Senior Safety Technician Brian Davenport at ext. 6591 with any questions.
Mary Kirby, an information systems analyst for CPCC, would like to thank the three students who assisted her after a fall on Central Campus. The kind students stayed by her side until CPCC security and Medic were able to arrive. She would like to extend her sincere gratitude to these unknown students for their assistance and genuine concern.
Mark your calendars! The CPCC Security Department will host a “Fall into Safety” Day on Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon to help the campus community “fall” into good safety habits as autumn “falls” upon us!
A number of external agencies will be on hand to provide faculty, staff and students with information to help them stay safe and healthy. The various agencies will focus on the following information:
- Holiday Safety Awareness (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
- Personal Safety Out at Night
- Alcohol and the Holidays
- Flu Season
- Batteries and Household Alarms
- Household Heating Systems and Portable Heaters
- Cold Weather Car Maintenance
- Emergency Preparedness – Home and Car
“Fall into Safety” Day is just one of the many measures that CPCC Security is utilizing to enhance college safety as it strives to keep every campus and facility a safe and secure place to learn.
If you have any questions or additional ideas about the event, please call ext. 3627.
CPCC’s 2013 Annual Security Report (ASR) is intended to comply with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Act, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act. It provides find important information about the college’s crime prevention efforts. This report serves as a source of information for the college community. You are encouraged to contact the departments or programs listed in this report for more information about the available programs and resources. The 2013 report is available online at http://www.cpcc.edu/college-security/security-annual-report.
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.
You may have heard about the “heartbleed bug” which can harm the security of many Internet websites by allowing personal information to be stolen. As a result, CPCC has assessed the vulnerability and applied patches to CPCC services that are secure from the “heartbleed bug.”
CPCC strongly recommends changing your password to be safe. It is also recommended you change your passwords to any website (banking/financial, email, social media, stores and commerce, etc) that you have an account with as a precautionary measure. While it’s common use for one single password for multiple websites, it is best practice not to use the same password for all website logins. This will help lessen the risk of becoming impacted if one service is compromised, thus ensuring a potential attacker doesn’t have your password for the multiple accounts you might own (including CPCC) if you are using one password for all websites.
To change your current CPCC password, please follow the instructions below:
- Go to www.cpcc.edu
- Under “Online Services,” click the first option “CPCC Login.”
- Under the column “CPCC Login Start,” click the third option “Manage Account.”
- Type your current CPCC username and password, and click “Login.”
- Choose the first option “Password – Change your password.”
- Enter a new password using the criteria as instructed, and click “Submit.”
- After hitting submit, you will be taken back to the previous screen and a message will appear .Your password was updated successfully.”
- Click “Logout” to finish.
Additional information, including other best practices documents and specific information security alerts, is available on the ITS Security website at http://www.cpcc.edu/its/faculty-staff/its-security/best-practices.
If you have any questions or need assistance changing your password, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 5000 or at email@example.com.
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)
Changes to CPCC Lost and Found
CPCC Lost and Found Has Moved! Lost and Found items will be managed by CPCC’s Security and Emergency Management Department.
FOUND ITEMS: Found items may be turned in by calling the Security Dispatch Center at 704.330.6632 or visiting the College Security office on your campus.
LOST ITEMS: Inquiries about lost items from all campuses should be directed to College Security by calling 704.330.6632. The dispatcher can quickly check our computerized records to see if a matching item has been turned in. Lost items will be available for identification and pick-up at the Facilities Services Building, Room 100 on Central Campus at 1325 East 7th Street, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If you have any questions or questions, please contact Richard Korenich at 704.330.6628 or Christina Corpening at 704.330.2722 x3627.
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 to 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.