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Crime Alerts


The Department of Public Safety will issue timely warnings to the campus community whenever a crime is reported to Trident Technical College Department of Public Safety (TTCDPS), and there is reason to believe that the crime represents a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. Timely warnings are provided in crime alerts which are disseminated directly to students and employees through email, announcements on my.tridenttech student portal, and notices posted on the Public Safety webpage. The issuance of timely warnings is decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all facts surrounding a crime and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.


Report all emergencies and crimes directly to Public Safety in person or by telephone

  • For emergencies, please call 843.574.6911 (6911 from any campus phone). You may also notify Public Safety by using emergency call boxes located in parking lots or on building exteriors. 
  • For non-emergencies, or to provide any information on the cases listed below, please call Public Safety at 843.574.6053 (6053 from any campus phone). 
  • If TTC telephone lines are out of service, call Public Safety at 843.572.1642.

Possible Gang Activity
Main Campus
July 29, 2014

Please be aware of some recent gang activity occurring near the Main Campus. A gang called the “Young Guns" or "Young Goons” has allegedly been involved in some shootings in the North Charleston area and may also be involved in yesterday’s shooting at Northwoods Mall. Currently, there is no direct threat by this gang to Trident Technical College; however, it is possible that they may be randomly passing through the campus property.

If you should be approached by someone claiming to be a part of this gang or any other gang, do not confront them and place yourself at risk of harm or injury.  Please call Public Safety immediately at (843) 574-6911 with a description of the individual(s), vehicle type and/or license plate number. Public Safety is working closely with the North Charleston and Hanahan Police Departments, who are actively monitoring the situation.

Crime Prevention Tip: Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots or college roadways. Always try to park your car near lighted areas and always lock your vehicle. Also, always have your keys in your hand, ready to unlock your car quickly, especially during the hours of darkness.

Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Indecent Exposure
Main Campus
April 17, 2014

At approximately 9:48 a.m. on April 17, 2014, Public Safety received reports from two separate female students about suspicious activity in parking lots J and U on Main Campus (see blue shaded areas on the map below). The first incident happened in J-Lot around 9:40 a.m., and the second occurred in the U-lot around five minutes later. On both occasions, the suspect in these incidents drove past the female students while exposing himself. The students described the suspect as an Asian male in his mid-20s with short black hair and a medium build. The witnesses described the suspect’s vehicle as a yellow Ford Mustang with a black roof (possibly a convertible) with a handicap placard in the windshield and a license plate of “CARML QT” (state unknown).

If you are approached by this individual, do not confront the individual and place yourself at risk of harm or injury. Please call Public Safety immediately at (843) 574-6911 with a description of the individual, vehicle type and/or license plate number. Public Safety has increased its patrols in these areas, is aggressively pursuing this case and welcomes any assistance you can provide.

Crime Prevention Tip: Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots or college roadways. Always try to park your car near lighted areas and always lock your vehicle. Also, always have your keys in your hand, ready to unlock your car quickly, especially during the hours of darkness. To ensure your safety, Public Safety officers are available to escort you to your vehicle anytime. To request an escort, please call Public Safety at (843) 574-6053.

Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Thefts from Motor Vehicles (Off-Campus)
Near Palmer Campus
December 12, 2013

The Charleston Police Department (CPD) is investigating approximately 15 thefts from vehicles that occurred this morning immediately outside the Palmer Campus. CPD reported that in each of these incidents, a suspect threw a rock through the driver’s side or passenger side window. The suspect reached in and took items of value, in plain view, from the cars, but never touched the car itself. CPD is asking that anyone with information about the thefts contact them at (843) 577-7434.

Again, these thefts did not occur on campus. This alert is being sent to make you aware of what is occurring very close to TTC’s property.  

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep valuables such as computers, purses, electronics and all other personal effects with you at all times.  Do not leave other high valued items in plain view for others to see.

Be alert for individuals loitering suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Indecent Exposure
Main Campus
December 10, 2013

On two occasions within the last week, Public Safety has received a call from two separate female students about suspicious activity around College Drive on Main Campus. The first incident happened around I-Lot (see map) on Wednesday, 12/4/2013 around 5:20 p.m. and again tonight,  12/10/2013 in J-Lot (see map) at approximately 5:30 p.m.  On both occasions, the subject attempted to lure women close to his driver's side window to possibly expose himself to them. The suspect is described as a black male approximately 25–40 years old, possibly wearing a mustache and goatee. He was previously seen wearing a blue shirt (only clothing description) and tonight wearing a grey tank top. He has been seen driving a black vehicle, possibly a BMW or vehicle of a similar style.

If you are approached by this individual, do not confront the individual and place yourself at risk of harm or injury. Please call Public Safety immediately at 574-6911 with a description of the individual, vehicle type and/or license plate number. Public Safety has increased its patrols in this area, is aggressively pursuing this case and welcomes any assistance you can provide.

Crime Prevention Tip: Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots or college roadways. Always try to park your car near lighted areas and always lock your vehicle. Also, always have your keys in your hand, ready to unlock your car quickly, especially during the hours of darkness. To ensure your safety, Public Safety officers are available to escort you to your vehicle during the hours of darkness. To request an escort, please call Public Safety at 574-6053.

Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Financial Transaction Card Theft / Fraud
Main Campus
December 3, 2013

DPS responded to a credit card theft from building 910.  Basic investigation revealed that the victim placed her purse in an unlocked drawer in her office this morning (Dec. 3, 2013) and left to attend a meeting. A short time later, the victim was notified by her credit card issuers that her cards had been stolen and used to make fraudulent purchases at local merchants in North Charleston.

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you and in sight at all times, including private offices and other non-public areas. Lock them file cabinets or office desks, or secure all unattended offices, classrooms or work centers.  Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843-574-6053 or 843-574-6911 in case of emergencies.

If you see something…say something.

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Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
Main Campus
June 18, 2013

On Tuesday, June 18, at approximately 7 p.m. a male TTC student was arrested on Main Campus by a TTC Public Safety Officer and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm on school grounds. The student was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center. The student exhibited no threatening behavior as he was taken into custody without incident. No classes were disrupted.

Be alert for individuals acting suspiciously on campus. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Theft of an iPad
Main Campus
Octobe 29, 2012

On October 29, 2012, at approximately 7:30pm, Public Safety received a report that someone attempted to steal a student's 1996 Honda Accord from the front student parking lot (lot Q), adjacent to the corner of Rivers and Stokes Avenues, at the Main Campus. The student parked her vehicle at around 6:00pm the same day and went to class. She returned to find a rain guard removed from the driver’s side door, the driver’s side window pulled from its frame, and the vehicle’s ignition damaged. The vehicle was rendered inoperable from the damage it received and had to be towed from the campus.

Crime Prevention Tip: Ensure you lock all of your vehicle doors and fully close all windows upon departing your vehicle. Keep handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times.  Do not leave electronic devices, school books are other high value items in plain view inside your vehicle. 

Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Theft of an iPad
Main Campus
August 1, 2012

Public Safety is investigating a reported theft that occurred outside of building 900 at the Main Campus on August 1, 2012 between 12:00pm and 1:00pm. The complainant, a TTC employee, reported that his family members visited him at work and waited in the building 900 courtyard. One of the family members had possession of their two iPads, and dropped one of them in the courtyard. They reported to the complainant a short time later that the iPad was missing. It is since believed to have been stolen.

Crime Prevention Tip: Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Theft of Money
Main Campus
April 27, 2012

On April 27, 2012, at approximately 10:30am, Public Safety received a report of a theft of money from a student. The student came to the Public Safety dispatch center in person and reported that he had been at building 410 and was approached by a person that asked him for $5.00 in cash. The student provided the individual with $5.00 in cash from his wallet, and reported that the individual saw that he had more money in his wallet. The student said the individual then demanded that the student give him the rest of the cash in his wallet, and the student complied. The student said he was not threatened with a weapon and was in no way harmed during the incident.

The description provided by the student of the individual in this incident is a black male, around 5’07” tall, older in age, wearing a white hat, white t-shirt, basketball-style shorts (color unknown), no glasses, no facial hair, with a protruding jaw.

Details are still incoming, and additional information is not available at this time.

Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Motor Vehicle Theft
Berkeley Campus
April 24, 2012

On April 24, 2012, at approximately 12:05 pm, Public Safety received a report that a student's 1995 Honda Accord was stolen from the Berkeley Campus north side parking lot. The vehicle is described as having a South Carolina license plate, light brown in color, with the phrase “I # My Team” in large white bold letters affixed to the rear window. Additional information is not available at this time.

Crime Prevention Tip: Ensure you lock all of your vehicle doors and fully close all windows upon departing your vehicle.

Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Theft from a Vehicle & Credit Card Fraud
Main Campus
March 28, 2012

On March 28, 2012, a student reported that his iPod was stolen from his car sometime between 7:45am and 12:30pm the same day. His Honda SUV was parked in the parking area behind building 500. There were no signs of forced entry, and it could not be determined if the vehicle was locked at the time of the theft,

Several hours later, the student learned that his debit card had been stolen and had been fraudulently used at a nearby retailer. He also found that his driver's license and a gift card were stolen. The student has since reported the theft of the card to Public Safety and reported the theft and fraudulent charge to his bank. Public Safety is conducting an investigation into this incident.

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep valuables such as computers, purses, electronics and all other personal effects with you at all times.  Do not leave other high valued items in plain view for others to see.

Be alert for individuals loitering suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.   

If you see something…say something!

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Armed Robbery
Main Campus
January 20, 2012

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at approximately 2:00 pm, a student was allegedly robbed at gunpoint inside his vehicle by the passenger who was a known acquaintance. The incident occurred in the parking lot behind Building 800. The victim alleges that the robber stole $220 in cash, an iPhone valued at $400, and a commemorative knife valued at $500.  It has not been determined if the alleged robber is a TTC student. Since this incident allegedly occurred between two individuals who knew each other, there does not appear to be an on-going threat to the remaining public.  An active criminal investigation is being conducted by Public Safety.

Crime Prevention Tip:  Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Larceny of Bicycles
Palmer Campus
November 18, 2011

There is a trend of bicycles being stolen at the Palmer Campus.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a student’s bicycle was reported stolen at Palmer. The student placed his bicycle (gold color Beach Cruiser) in the bike rack, unsecured, and went to class at 10:25 a.m. Upon his return at 11:08 a.m., the bicycle was gone.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at approximately 2:00 p.m., another student’s bicycle was reported stolen at Palmer.  The student placed her bicycle (black color Cruiser) in the bike rack, unsecured, and went to class at 9:30 a.m. Upon her return at 2:00 p.m., the bicycle was gone. 

Crime Prevention Tip: Ensure your bicycles and mopeds are secured when you store them.  Always maintain a record of the bicycle’s and moped’s serial number in the event they are located.  Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911. 

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
October 31, 2011

On October 31, 2011, at approximately 12:45p.m., Public Safety responded to Building 920 for a report of a petit larceny.  Basic investigation revealed that a TTC employee stepped out of her office and went to a classroom down the hall.  She indicated that she was out of her office less than five minutes.  While returning to her office, she discovered her purse sitting on a chair near the break area of the 800 hallway. When she examined her purse, she noticed that the wallet was missing.  At approximately 2:10 p.m., the employee notified Public Safety that she had found her wallet, with no items missing, in a trash can in the 300 hallway of Building 920.    

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times. Place them in secure file cabinets or office desks, or secure all unattended offices, classrooms or work centers.  Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around office areas or hallways. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911. 

If you see something…say something!

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Shooting at Mall Park Playground
Adjcent to Palmer Campus
October 27, 2011

On Thursday, October 27, 2011 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a shooting occurred at the Mall Park Playground at 68 Columbus Street, adjacent to the Palmer Campus. The Charleston Police Department (CPD) is currently on scene and investigating the incident. TTC Public Safety officers are actively patrolling the Palmer Campus and have determined there is no active threat to the campus or its students and employees. 

If you have any information concerning the shooting, please contact CPD at 577-7434, or Public Safety at 574-6053.

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
October 14, 2011

On October 14, 2011 around 6:00 p.m., a student’s purse and wallet were reported stolen from parking lot C on the Mabeline Road side of the 920 building at the Main Campus.  The student indicated that the purse was left on the rear passenger floor board behind the seat and was removed from her vehicle. Her car was parked between the hours of 8:55 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. while she attended class. When she returned to her car the doors were locked and books left on the back seat had been disturbed. No other possessions were taken.

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep valuables such as computers, purses, electronics and all other personal effects with you at all times.  Do not leave other high valued items in plain view for others to see.

Be alert for individuals loitering suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.   

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Palmer Campus
October 12, 2011

On October 12, 2011 at approximately 4:00 p.m., a student’s Apple MacBook laptop computer was stolen from the Palmer campus parking lot. The student indicated that he had removed the laptop and some other items and placed them on the ground next to his vehicle. When the student turned away to get more items from his vehicle, an individual walked up to the vehicle, took the laptop, and fled the area. The subject is described as a black male, approximately six feet tall, wearing a blue cap, white shirt, and blue jeans. 

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep laptop computers, other electronic items, handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times.  Do not leave electronic devices, school books or other high value items in plain view inside or outside your vehicle.

Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911. 

If you see something…say something!

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Attempted Motor Vehicle Break-In
Main Campus
September 14, 2011

On September 14, 2011 at approximately 12:10p.m. Public Safety received a report of an attempt to break into an unattended student’s vehicle.  The attempted break-in occurred between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in the “J” parking lot near building 800.  After class, the student returned to her vehicle and attempted to open the driver’s side door.  The key fit into the lock, but the handle was slightly popped out and the mounting around the handle was pulled away from the vehicle.  The door handle would not lift/operate to open the door. 

The student took an inventory of the vehicle contents and nothing appeared to be taken from the vehicle.  The only items of value, or interest, were some text books in plain sight, in the rear seat with a resale value of $200.00 to $250.00.  The estimated repair/replacement cost is approximately $300.00.  The vehicle does not have an alarm system installed on it. 

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times.  Do not leave electronic devices, school books are other high value items in plain view inside your vehicle.  Ensure you lock all of your doors and fully close all windows upon departing your vehicle.  

Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911. 

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
August 5, 2011

On August 5, 2011 at approximately 11:25a.m., a green 1995 Ford Explorer, which was parked at the 900 parking lot, was broken into and a laptop and an unknown quantity of CDs were stolen.

Entry was gained into the vehicle by prying down the driver's side window and pulling up the unlock button.

The victim was approaching his vehicle when he came upon two black male subjects. He yelled out at them and they fled the area driving a vehicle similar in make, model and color as the victim’s vehicle.

If you have any information about this case or observe suspicious activities, please contact Public Safety immediately at (843) 574-6053 or in an emergency at (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
August 2, 2011

At approximately 8:30p.m. on August 2, 2011, a student reported her metal wallet was stolen from her purse, which was draped over a chair in building 620 while she was out of the room for a 20 minute period. The wallet contained $70.00 in US currency, her SC Driver’s License, SSN Card, TTC Student ID and miscellaneous documents. The victim was unable to provide any suspects at the time of the report.

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep laptop computers, other electronic items, handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times. Do not leave electronic devices, school books or other high value items in plain view inside or outside your vehicle.

Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Motor Vehicle Break-In
Main Campus
July 31, 2011

On July 31, 2011 around 2:30p.m., a workstudy student reported her vehicle was entered into and her wallet was taken, along with the contents of $179.00, her SC Drivers License and personal checkbook. Her vehicle was left unattended with the windows down and the contents out in plain view on the front passenger seat in an open purse. She described a possible suspect as a middle aged black male wearing a white T-Shirt, riding a BMX bike in the area. The victim was unable to provide any further description.

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep laptop computers, other electronic items, handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times. Do not leave electronic devices, school books or other high value items in plain view inside or outside your vehicle.

Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the parking lots. Your prompt reporting to Public Safety may disrupt a crime while it is in progress. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
March 10, 2011

On Thursday, March 10, 2011 DPS responded to Building 910 for a report of a Petit Larceny. Basic investigation revealed that a female who was using the women’s restroom left her bookbag next to the wash basin unattended. The victim then heard a zipper open and by the time she was able to resecure her bookbag, she noticed that a pocket was opened and her Visa check card was stolen. 

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times, including the restrooms.  Place them in secure file cabinets or office desks, or secure all unattended offices, classrooms or work centers.  Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843-574-6053 or 843-574-6911 in case of emergencies.

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
November 17, 2010

At 3:09p.m. on October 10, 2011 a student reported $75.00 in cash was stolen out of her purse in Building 920 (Main Campus) between the hours of 11:00a.m and 2:00p.m. Student further related she was out of the classroom at intermittent times. No other items were missing from the wallet or purse and the victim was unable to provide any suspects at this time.

Helpful Hint:  Keep all valuables and personal items secure at all times.  Do not leave items unattended in classrooms. Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
November 17, 2010

A guest leaving a function in building 920 reported that someone unlawfully removed a wallet from her handbag around 1:35 pm on the above date. The handbag was left unattended for about five minutes in the lobby while the guest loaded items into a nearby vehicle. In addition to credit and debit cards, the wallet contained about $100.00 in cash. If you have any information related to this incident, please contact Public Safety at (843) 574-6053. In case of emergencies, Public Safety can be reached at (843) 574-6911.

Crime Prevention Tip: It only takes minutes or less for an observant malefactor to deprive someone of property. Therefore, it is always a great idea to keep handbags, wallets and other personal items of value on your person whenever possible. When available, secure file cabinets and office desks are also a good way to protect items. Securing unoccupied offices is even better. Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety as soon as possible.

If you see something…say something!


Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
Main Campus
November 16, 2010

One or more persons unlawfully removed an unlocked burgundy Lincoln Mark VIII from the rear parking lot of building 630 between the hours of 6:15 am and 1:00 pm on the above date. If you have information related to this incident or observes suspicious activity on campus in general, please contact Public Safety at 843 574 6053 or, in case of emergencies, 843 574 6911.


Petit Larceny
Main Campus
November 16, 2010

A student inadvertently left an HTC EVO cell phone in building 920, restroom 402 on the above date around 7:14 am. He returned around 7:45 am to discover that the phone was missing. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact Public Safety at 843 574 6053 or, in case of emergencies, 843 574 6911.

Did you know? Public Safety is the clearinghouse for found property and all found property should be turned in to Public Safety as soon as possible. If you have lost or misplaced property, you should check with Public Safety to see if it was found. Property is kept in storage for ninety days.

If you see something…say something!

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Peeping Tom
Main Campus
September 29, 2010

At approximately 4:30p.m. on Wednesday/September 29th, 2010 a peeping tom was observed in the ladies’ bathroom, room 357A in Building 300. The individual entered a stall adjacent to another that was occupied, climbed on the toilet seat, and was spotted looking down into the stall by its occupant. The occupant left the bathroom and immediately called Public Safety. The suspect was arrested by Public Safety while still inside the stall in the ladies’ bathroom. This incident occurred at the same location as the previous peeping tom incident on August 27, 2010.

Crime Prevention Tip: Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the ladies’ bathrooms. Prompt reporting by the victim resulted in quick actions by Public Safety to disrupt the crime while it was still occurring. Please continue to report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843 574 6053 or 843 574 6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Peeping Tom
Main Campus
September 29, 2010

At approximately 10:45a.m., September 1, 2010, a Dell laptop computer was reported stolen from a student’s vehicle parked in Lot Q, adjacent to Bldg 100. The victim stated that at approximately 8:30a.m. she parked and locked her vehicle and left a black backpack containing the laptop computer on the right rear passenger seat and went to class. Victim stated she returned to her vehicle at approximately 10:05a.m. and the vehicle was still locked. At approximately 10:40a.m., she reached over to the backseat to retrieve the backpack and discovered it missing.  No other items were missing from the vehicle.

Crime Prevention Tip:  Ensure that all vehicle doors are locked while the vehicle is unattended and do not leave high value items inside the vehicle.  Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing (843) 574-6053 or (843) 574-6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Peeping Tom
Main Campus
August 27, 2010

At approximately 1:35 p.m. Friday/August 27, a peeping tom was observed in the ladies’ bathroom, Rm 357A in Bldg 300.  The individual entered a stall adjacent to another that was occupied, climbed on the toilet seat, and was spotted looking down into the stall by its occupant.  The individual was described as a black male, with short hair, medium complexion, wearing dark blue jeans, and black Adidas shoes.

Crime Prevention Tip:  Be alert for individuals loitering or acting suspiciously around the ladies’ bathrooms.  Also, report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843 574 6053 or 843 574 6911.

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Main Campus
August 18, 2010

Between the hours of 2:25 p.m. on Weds/18 Aug and 9:30 a.m. this morning/Thurs/19 Aug, a TTC Dell Laptop computer was stolen out of Rm 125 at the Berkeley Campus. There were no signs of forced entry and no threat to any individuals or personal property.

Crime Prevention Tip: Ensure that all work center doors are closed and locked at the end of the day.   Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843 574 6053 or 843 574 6911 in case of emergencies.

If you see something…say something!

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Burglary
Palmer Campus
August 16, 2010

At approximately 1:00 AM, Aug 16/Monday morning, the Palmer Campus Bookstore was burglarized.  The investigation is ongoing  but preliminary indications are the bookstore and money safe were forcibly broken into with a large amount of cash stolen.  The method of entry and exit into the main building is still being investigated.  There was no threat to any individuals or personal property.

Crime Prevention Tip: Ensure that all work center doors are closed and locked at the end of the day.   Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843 574 6053 or 843 574 6911 in case of emergencies.

If you see something…say something!

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Petit Larceny
Palmer Campus
August 4, 2010

faculty member reported that an individual stole her unattended purse today from Building 300 between the hours of 8:30a.m. and 12:30p.m.  The purse was later discovered discarded on campus with a debit and credit card removed.  Before the theft was discovered, the debit card was already used for purchases with a local merchant.  

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times, place them in secure file cabinets or office desks, or secure all unattended offices, classrooms or work centers. Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843 574 6053 or 843 574 6911 in case of emergencies.

If you see something…say something!


Petit Larceny
Palmer Campus
April 21, 2010

A work-study student reported that someone stole $200.00 in cash from her unattended purse in room 252A between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Crime Prevention Tip: Keep handbags, wallets, purses or other valuables with you at all times or place them in secure file cabinets or office desks. Please report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by dialing 843 574 6053 or 843 574 6911 in case of emergencies.


Financial Transaction Card Theft
Main Campus
March 22, 2010

Following an inquiry by her bank regarding large credit card puchases at several local stores on the afternoon of Monday, March 22, 2010, a female student concluded that someone stole her wallet from classroom 147 in building 200 between 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. She stated that during that period of time her handbag, and accordingly her wallet, were left on a chair unattended. Later she noticed that the wallet was missing but assumed it fell out of the handbag until the bank notification around 3:22 p.m.

If you have information related to this incident or observe suspicious activities or persons, please do not hesitate to call Public Safety at 6053 from campus phones or 574 6053 from cell phones. For emergencies, dial 6911 or 574 6911 as appropriate. Also, keep in mind that the best place to keep handbags, wallets, purses, etc is on your person or, if available, in secure file cabinets or office desks. If you suspect that your debit, charge or credit cards may have been lost or misplaced, it is always a great idea to notify your bank and request card cancellatons to stop the threat of credit card fraud.


Automobile Break-In & Grand Larceny
Main Campus
March 22, 2010

A student reported that her vehicle was broken into and some of her belongings stolen on March 22, 2010 between 11:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. The green 2001 Ford Crown Victoria was parked with windows rolled up and doors locked in the front parking lot, near buildings 100, 200 and 400. Someone broke the rear passenger side window to gain entry and to remove an engagement ring and cash from a purse near the ash tray. The purse was not stolen-only the cash inside it. These items were in plain view from outside the car, which likely made the vehicle a target for theft. The student also reported that her remote alarm on her key ring activated while she was in class, but she deactivated it and chose to investigate the alarm at a later time.

If you have any information about this case or observe suspicious persons or activities, please contact Public Safety at 574 6053 or 574 6911 for emergencies (6053 or 6911 from campus phones). Please be careful not to leave valuables in plain view in a vehicle, even if the doors are locked and the windows are rolled up. Also, treat all alarms as though they represent an actual event that they are intended to signal.


Damaging/Tampering with a Motor Vehicle
Main Campus, Lot T
January 6, 2010

An employee reported that the catalytic converter from his vehicle was apparently removed while the vehicle was parked at the Main Campus in the lot behind Bldg. 500. 

The employee reported hearing a loud noise coming from his vehicle upon his departure from campus.  He took the vehicle to a mechanic who discovered that the catalytic converter had been recently removed.   The vehicle, a Toyota SUV, was parked on campus this date from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Anyone having information about this incident is asked to contact Public Safety at 843.574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone).  Catalytic converter theft has increased in the last few years due to the value of the precious metals contained in the converters, and the ease by which they can be removed from some vehicles.  Toyota pickups and SUVs are particularly at risk.  The following website has more information on catalytic converter theft and prevention:   

http://www.edmunds.com/auto-insurance/in-under-two-minutes-catalytic-converter-theft.html


Larceny (Purse)
Main Campus
December 2, 2009

Around 1:30 p.m. today, an employee in Bldg. 100 briefly stepped away from her office (~5 minutes) leaving her office door open.  Upon returning to her office, the employee noticed that a drawer to her desk was slightly open.  Upon further checking, the employee discovered that her purse (which had been stored in the drawer) was missing.

Another employee observed a black male, mid-40s, approximately 5’02”, wearing a maroon sweatshirt and round glasses, walking up and down the hallway outside of the employee/victim’s office.  It is not known if the male is related to this incident; however, no one else was seen in the immediate area during the incident period.

A search of the building and surrounding areas met with negative results in locating the male or the purse.

As always, please contact Public Safety at 574.6053 (574.6911-emergency line) if you observe suspicious persons or activities.  Please do not leave valuables or offices unsecured—even for a few minutes!   


Suspicious Activity
Main Campus/Bldg. 200
October 21, 2009

At approximately 11:47 a.m. this morning, a faculty member received a telephone call from an unknown male subject stating that he had a package for her and asked if she would meet him at the front desk. He stated he was coming from the 100 building to the 200 building, but the faculty member noticed that the call was coming from a hallway telephone in building 200. Not expecting any packages and aware of a similar situation that occurred in building 900, the faculty member notified Public Safety.

Prior to the telephone call a suspicious person was seen inside the building. This person was described as a light skinned black male, 5’7”, 170 pounds, low cut hair and wearing a brown sweat shirt.

This ploy was recently used in building 900 and resulted in a staff member wallet being stolen from her office. If you receive a telephone call from someone asking you to pick up a package or you have any information relating to this incident, please call Public Safety at 6053.


Strong Armed Robbery
Palmer Campus
August 31, 2009

Approximately 12:47 p.m. this afternoon, a Palmer Campus student was walking on Blake Street (immediately adjacent to the Palmer Campus) when he was approached by three male subjects who attempted to steal his MP3 player.  Although the student was able to retain his MP3 player, the three subjects grabbed the student’s wallet and ran from the scene.  The student reported the incident to a Charleston Police Department (CPD) officer who, at the time of the incident, was in the campus parking lot  and working part-time for the College’s Department of Public Safety.  The officer radioed his agency and provided a description of the three subjects.  Within a few minutes, another CPD officer located and stopped the subjects several blocks from campus.  After the student provided positive identification of the subjects, they were placed into custody.  EMS responded to treat the student for minor scratches and bruises.  The student’s wallet has not been located.

Crime Prevention Tips:

Victims often become targets for crime when they are inattentive to their surroundings and/or they display expensive items.  In this incident, it appears that the MP3 player not only served to attract the subjects, but its use also prevented the student from hearing the subjects before they approached him.   However, the student’s immediate and detailed reporting of the incident aided police in making the quick apprehension of the subjects. 

As a reminder, emergency phones that will directly call Public Safety are located in campus parking lots.  You may also wish to program Public Safety’s emergency number (843.574.6911) into your cell phone.  Please report all crimes, suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety immediately.


Grand Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
Main Campus
March 2, 2009

A student reported that his 1991 Black Chevrolet Caprice was unlawfully removed from the parking lot near Bldg. 410 this morning sometime between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 11:20 a.m.  TTCDPS is investigating the incident.


Financial Transaction Card Theft
Main Campus/Building 910
February 20, 2009

A female staff member reported that on the morning of February 20, 2009 person/s unknown had unlawfully used her debit and credit cards to make purchases at local retail establishments.  The victim believes that the debit and credit cards were removed from her unsecured office when she stepped away from her office for a few minutes.  This incident is similar to the incidents reported in the January 28th crime alert.

Crime Prevention Tip:  In all of these cases, purses and wallets were left unattended.  Once such an opportunity exists, it only takes a thief a few seconds to turn unsuspecting folks into victims of crime.  Please do not let this happen to you!  Keep valuables with you at all times, or secure wallets and purses inside locked cabinets, drawers, and offices.   Please immediately report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by calling 843.574.6053 (non-emergencies) or 843.574.6911 (emergencies only).


Petit Larceny (Wallet)
Main Campus/Building 200
January 28, 2009

A female student reported that on January 28, 2009 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., person/s unknown removed her wallet from her purse when she briefly left it unattended.  A credit card that was inside her wallet was unlawfully used to make purchases at local retailers. 

Financial Transaction Card Theft
Main Campus/Building 510
January 28, 2009

A female faculty member reported that on the morning of January 28, 2009 person/s unknown had unlawfully used her debit card to make purchases at a local department store.  The victim believes that the debit card was removed from her office when she had stepped away from her office for only a few minutes.

It is unknown at this time if the cases are related.  Public Safety is continuing to investigate both of these incidents, and will work with other law enforcement agencies.  

Crime Prevention Tip:  In both of these cases, purses and wallets were left unattended.  Once such an opportunity exists, it only takes thieves a few seconds to turn unsuspecting folks into victims.  Please do not let this happen to you!  Keep valuables with you at all times, or secure wallets and purses inside locked cabinets, drawers, and offices.   Please immediately report any suspicious activities or persons to Public Safety by calling 843.574.6053 (non-emergencies) or 843.574.6911 (emergencies only).


Robbery
Main Campus
August 20, 2008

On August 20, 2008, approximately 4:30 a.m., Public Safety responded to the sounds of an altercation between two or more people who appeared to be located in the woods adjacent to Bldg. 950.  Public Safety and North Charleston Police conducted a search of the area and located a male (victim) who claimed that two other males (subjects) had hit him and stolen money from him.  The male subjects were not located.  The victim, who did not appear to have any injuries, was assessed by EMS at the scene, and later transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Public Safety will increase patrols of the parking lots around Buildings 900, 940, and 950. 

As always, if you observe any suspicious activities or persons, please notify Public Safety immediately. 

Emergency Number: 
Non-emergency Number: 
Exterior call boxes:

574.6911 (or x6911 from an in-house phone)
574.6053 (or x6053 from an in-house phone)
Automatically calls Public Safety’s emergency number


Automobile Break-in
Main Campus
June 30, 2008

A vehicle that was left overnight in a parking lot on the Main Campus was broken into sometime between 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 29, 2008 and 12:29 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2008.  The owner, a student, was notified and removed the vehicle from campus.  The owner did not report anything missing from the vehicle.

Malicious Injury to Property (Vandalism)
Main Campus
June 30, 2008

A TTC owned vehicle, operated by Public Safety, was spray painted along the passenger side of the vehicle.  The damage was noticed on Monday June 30, 2008 morning, and may have occurred during the same time period as the automobile break-in above.


Suspicious Person
Main Campus
April 10, 2008

On Wednesday, April 9, 2008, around 8:40 p.m., Public Safety received a report of a suspicious person outside of Building 940.  This report resulted when a female student believed that she saw someone or something in the bushes as she was leaving the building.  The student reported that she first heard a sound, and then saw something white, which she believed may have been a white shirt.  The student became frightened, ran back into the building, and immediately alerted a faculty member. 

The student was not able to positively identify that it was a person or provide any further descriptive information; however, she perceived a threat.  A search of the parking lot and grounds around the building by Public Safety met with negative results in locating anyone in the area.  The parking lot was reported to have been very dark at the time of incident.  Public Safety notified Facilities Management that a portion of the exterior lighting system was malfunctioning. 

In response to this incident, Public Safety will increase patrols of this parking lot and offer escorts, especially during the evening hours. 

General Crime Prevention Tips:

1.       Consider walking with others when leaving buildings at night.
2.       Request escorts from Public Safety by calling 574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone).
3.       Place Public Safety’s phone numbers in your cell phone (574.6053 for non-emergencies;
          574.6911 for emergencies).
4.       Park vehicles near parking lot lights.
5.       Be aware of your surroundings, and have a plan to respond if confronted with a threat.
6.       Have car keys in hand when you leave a building.
7.       Consider taking a free Rape Aggression Defense class.  These classes are offered to   
female faculty, staff, and students each semester.
8.       Report any safety concerns, to include malfunctioning lights, suspicious persons, etc. to Public Safety.


Stolen Automobile
Main Campus
February 5, 2008

On the morning of February 5, 2008 between 09:30-11:00 a.m.,  a 1986 White Chevrolet Caprice was reported stolen to Public Safety. The Suspect is unknown at this time. The vehicle was parked in Lot L next to the 630 building. If anyone has any information on this crime please contact the Public Safety Department at 843.574.6053.

UPDATE:

On February 18, 2008, the vehicle was recovered in Berkeley County.  Unfortunately, the vehicle had been burned and is a total loss.  Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in the investigation.


Suspicious Activity
Main Campus
December 3, 2007

On December 3, 2007, a male student reported to Public Safety that on or around November 27, 2007, he may have fallen prey to a scam to collect his personal information.

The student stated that he was approached by a white female (approximately 34 years old, blonde hair, approximately 5’7”/140 lbs. wearing a black fleece sweater, jeans and black boots) inside Bldg. 410 at the Main Campus.  The female was handing out pieces of paper that were the size of a business card.  The paper appeared to be a coupon that entitled the bearer to a free lunch at the Subway located at 7400 Rivers Ave.  The coupon stated that “student ID was required.”

The student went to the Subway where he saw 3 males, who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent, with laptop computers.  The males requested that the student provide his TTC student ID and type in his personal information into their computer.  The student provided them with his student ID card, and the males took a close-up photograph of the ID card.  The student also provided personal information to include his name, address, date of birth, and Social Security number.  The males explained to the student that the information was to be used to provide the student with a chance at “winning” a free credit card.

The student is now concerned that his personal information may be used for illegitimate purposes, and that his identity has been compromised.  The student also stated that other students were present at the Subway when he was there, and that the males may have been operating at the Subway from Tuesday, November 27, 2007 through Friday, November 30, 2007.

Anyone who may have encountered the woman at Bldg. 410, or went to the Subway to provide their personal information is asked to contact Public Safety.  At this time, the North Charleston Police Department is unaware of any similar complaints, and it has not been confirmed that the activity at the Subway was a scam; however, the circumstances surrounding this incident are certainly suspicious.

Public Safety provided the student with information on contacting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to make a complaint, and reporting this as a possible fraud alert to the three major credit bureaus.  The FTC just sent out the following information today, December 3, 2007:

Recent headlines about data breaches and losses of personal information have prompted many companies to advertise products or services to help consumers prevent or minimize their risk of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, says before you pay for an identity theft prevention product or service, make sure you understand exactly what you’re paying for. Read more at www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/idtheft/idt05.shtm.


Petit Larceny
Main Campus
December 3, 2007

On Monday, December 3, 2007, approximately 11:20 a.m. Public Safety received a call from building 940 concerning a black male stealing a purse from a desk. Witnesses saw the suspect leave the building and speed off in a white compact car with a red paper tag from McElveen Pontiac.

The Suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5' 09" and 210 lbs. and wearing a blue jump suit with a name tag.

Anyone having information to this case is urged to contact Public Safety immediately at 843.574.6053.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Keep all valuables, purses, etc. locked in desk/locker. This particular type of crime occurs all to frequently at the college. Contact Public Safety immediately should you see a suspicious person in your area. Do not engage in conversation with the person, walk away and make note of the person's physical characteristics and vehicle description. Call Public Safety immediately and provide them with all the information that you can recall, to include the person's direction of travel.

Public Safety's Emergency Line is 843.574.6911

Public Safety's Non-emergency Line is 843.574.6053


Grand Larceny/Arrests
Main Campus
October 8, 2007

On Monday, October 8, 2007, at approximately 11:35 p.m., a public safety officer was patrolling near the Building 950 construction site when he saw a pick-up truck, occupied by a white male and a black male, leaving the area.  The officer observed that the truck had a crated heat pump unit in the bed of the truck.  The officer immediately recognized the unit to be one of several units that were staged at the construction site.  The officer conducted a lawful stop of the vehicle, and a second officer responded to the scene.  The two occupants were subsequently arrested and charged with grand larceny.  The unit recovered was valued at approximately $5,000.


Stolen Vehicle/Recovered Vehicle
Palmer Campus
October 5, 2007

On Friday, October 5, 2007 at approximately 12:30 in the afternoon, Public Safety received a complaint from a staff member that her rental vehicle was missing from the Palmer parking lot.  The complainant showed officers where she had parked the vehicle, and the officers searched the parking lot, but they were unable to locate the vehicle.  Public Safety contacted the rental agency and they advised that they had not picked up the vehicle.  The vehicle was removed sometime after 8:15 a.m. and before 12:30 p.m.

The complainant stated that she had left the keys to the vehicle inside a tote bag that she had placed underneath her desk.  The complainant also stated that she had left her office unsecured and unattended at some point during the incident period.  The keys and the remote access device were removed from the complainant’s key ring.

The vehicle, a 2007 Silver Ford Focus, was recovered by North Charleston PD in their jurisdiction around 1:38 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2007.  The vehicle was not damaged, and the complainant’s personal belongings were still inside the vehicle. 

Public Safety is continuing to investigate this incident.  Anyone who may have seen someone wandering around the offices inside the Palmer Campus or the parking lot, or seen with this vehicle last Friday, is urged to contact Public Safety immediately at 574.6053 (x6053 from any campus phone).

Again, please be reminded to secure personal property or items of value.  If you must step away from your office, and it is not convenient to lock your office door (or if you do not have an office door), please consider securing your belongings inside a locked desk or file cabinet drawer.  As always, if you see any suspicious activities or persons, please contact Public Safety immediately at 574.6053 (x6053 from any campus phone) or for emergencies, 574.6911 (x6911 from any campus phone).


Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct
Main Campus
October 4, 2007

On October 4, 2007 at approximately 8:09 p.m., a female student/victim notified Public Safety that she had just been assaulted by an unknown black male while she was exiting Building 200.  The male subject was described as young (18-25 years old), approximately 5’10” tall and 240 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  The subject was wearing a white shirt that covered his head and most of his face.

The victim stated that the subject grabbed her from behind and forcibly fondled her before she was able to break free from the subject.  The subject then fled from the scene, heading from Building 200 toward Rivers Avenue.  The victim immediately returned to Building 200 and notified Public Safety.  A Public Safety officer responded to the victim’s location within a minute.  Additional officers searched the area for the subject; however, the subject was not located.

The victim sustained a minor injury apparently as a result of the incident.

Public Safety is investigating the incident and will increase patrols throughout the area.  The victim is receiving additional support from Public Safety and has been referred to the College’s Interpersonal Violence Counselor for assistance.

Anyone having information about this incident is asked to contact Public Safety at 843.574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone). 

The victim is to be commended for her quick thinking and reaction to this crime.  Many of the actions taken by the victim are provided in Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) classes which are offered at the college.  If you are a female who is interested in attending one of these classes, please contact Public Safety at 843.574.6053. 

Public Safety is also glad to provide escorts upon request.  Campus emergency phones are located at various locations in parking lots or outside buildings (on all campuses), which provide direct dial access to Public Safety.  Red phones located inside buildings may also be used to contact Public Safety.  Faculty, staff and students are also encouraged to program Public Safety’s numbers into their cell phones:

Public Safety’s Emergency Line is 843.574.6911

Public Safety’s Non-emergency Line is 843.574.6053


Petit Larceny/Financial Identity Fraud
Main Campus
September 21, 2007

On September 21, 2007, a faculty member reported that her wallet was stolen from her office on September 20, 2007.  The faculty member noticed that her wallet was missing around 3:30 p.m., and she immediately contacted her bank.   The bank advised her that person/s unknown had already made several fraudulent charges on her credit cards, probably within the first hour after her wallet was stolen.

The faculty member stated that her wallet was inside her purse, which she had placed underneath her desk.  Admittedly, she left her office unsecured for a few moments several times during the day.   Unfortunately, the faculty member has also learned firsthand how easy it is to become a victim of not just one crime, but perhaps a continuing series of crimes involving the theft of her identity.

This semester, similar incidents of theft have occurred in Buildings 410, 300, and 200.  It is not known if these crimes are connected, or if they are separate incidents.  Either way, these crimes can be prevented.  Please secure wallets, purses and other items of value (in locked drawers or cabinets, etc.), and please secure unattended offices—even if you intend to be away for only a few minutes. 

If you observe any suspicious activities or persons, please call Public Safety immediately at  574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone), or on the emergency line at 574.6911 (6911 from a campus phone).


Petit Larceny
Main Campus
September 9, 2007

On September 12, 2007, Public Safety received a report from a faculty member that her wallet had been removed from her purse.  The faculty member believed that the incident occurred on September 10, 2007, but she did not notice that the wallet was missing until the following day.  The faculty member recalls stepping away from her office briefly on September 9, 2007 and leaving her office unsecured.  The purse was stored in an unlocked file cabinet inside her office.  The wallet contained cash, credit cards and various forms of identification.

Today, the faculty member notified Public Safety that she had retrieved her wallet after being contacted over the weekend by a local law enforcement department.  According to the information she received, her wallet was found under a house that was the location of a drug raid.  Most of the faculty member’s personal identification and credit cards were removed from the wallet and were not retrieved.  The faculty member is now concerned about identify theft. 

The faculty member graciously agreed to share this information in hopes that others will  become more security conscious when protecting personal property.  As evidenced in this case, it only takes a minute to become a victim of a crime.

Please do not leave personal property or items of value unattended and unsecured.  Desk drawers, file cabinets, and underneath desks are the first places that thieves look for purses and wallets.  If you must step away from your office, and it is not convenient to lock your office door (or if you do not have an office door), please consider securing your belongings inside a locked desk or file cabinet drawer.  As always, if you see any suspicious activities or persons, please contact Public Safety immediately at 574.6053 (x6053 from any campus phone) or for emergencies, 574.6911 (x6911 from any campus phone).


Petit Larcenies (Purses)
Main Campus
August 20 and August 22, 2007

Public Safety received two reports this week regarding stolen purses.  The first incident occurred on Monday morning, August 20, from a computer lab in Bldg. 920; the second on Wednesday afternoon, August 22, from an office in Bldg. 410. 

Unfortunately, these incidents occur often, especially during this busy time of the year.  Please ensure that you keep all valuables with you or safely secured (under lock) when not attended.  As always, if you observe any suspicious activities or persons, please notify Public Safety at 574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone) for non-emergencies; 574.6911 (6911 from a campus phone) for emergency situations only.


Malicious Injury to Property
Main Campus
August 2, 2007 & August 8, 2007

Public Safety has received two reports of vandalism occurring inside Bldg. 920 within the last week.  The first reported incident was to an interior door in the rear section of the building.  Person/s unknown destroyed the door in a possible attempt to gain entry.  The second incident involved damage to beverage covers in the Culinary Arts hallway.  Apparently, both of these incidents occurred after normal working hours.  It is not known at this time if the incidents are related.

Please be alert for any suspicious activities or persons inside this building, and contact Public Safety at 574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone) if you have any information on these incidents, or if you observe any questionable activity.  Public Safety will be increasing patrols of the building.


Suspicious Activity
Main Campus
July 25, 2007

On Wednesday, 7/25/07, Public Safety responded to a call that a female student had been followed onto campus by an unknown male/subject.  The student recognized the subject as someone she had just seen at Starbucks on Rivers Avenue. 

The subject followed  the student onto campus and approached her while she was at her vehicle.  The subject then asked the student some personal questions, which alarmed and frightened her.  Other students nearby, who witnessed the subject’s actions, quickly came to the female student’s aid.  This caused the subject to leave campus quickly.  The responding students also provided Public Safety with a good description of the subject and his vehicle, and they recorded the subject’s license plate number.  Within a short time, the subject was positively identified.  Subsequently, the subject has been placed on trespass notice.  At this time, the subject is not facing any criminal charges related to this incident.

As a result of information provided to the investigating officer during an interview with the subject, an alert was sent out to surrounding law enforcement agencies.   Public Safety learned today that at least one other agency has been investigating similar complaints in their jurisdiction, (also at a Starbucks) which may be related to this subject.

The subject is a white male in his twenties, and was driving a silver Honda.

If you have experienced a similar encounter, or know of someone who has been followed onto campus, please contact Public Safety immediately at 574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone). 

The students who came to the aid of the female student are to be commended for their quick actions and for capturing detailed information about the subject.  Without their help, the subject’s identity would likely remain unknown.

Public Safety offers Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) and Refuse to be a Victim (RTBAV) classes free of charge.  If you are interested in attending these classes, please call Public Safety for additional information.


Armed Robbery/Shooting
Zaxby’s (Near TTC Main Campus)
June 3, 2007

On 6/3/07, approximately 10:56 p.m., an armed robbery occurred at the Zaxby’s restaurant located near the Main Campus.  During the robbery, two victims were shot.  The North Charleston Police Department and TTC Public Safety officers conducted a search for the suspect on the Main Campus.  As of 4:00 a.m. this morning, the suspect, described only as a black male, had not been apprehended.


Petit Larceny
Main Campus
May 31, 2007

Public Safety received a report that a female student in Bldg. 920 (800 hallway) had money removed from her purse while the purse was left unattended in the classroom.  Another female student reported that it appeared that person/s unknown had also gone through her purse, but nothing had been removed.  At the time of the incident (10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.), the students were on break and their personal belongings were left unattended in an unlocked classroom. 

Crime Prevention Tip:  As always, the easiest way to prevent this type of crime from occurring is to ensure that personal belongings and other valuables are not left unattended.  Anyone having information on this incident (seeing suspicious persons and/or activity during this time period) is asked to contact Public Safety at 574.6053 (6053 from a campus phone).


Petit Larceny
Main Campus
May 8, 2007

On May 8, 2007, Public Safety received a report that a staff person had their new cell phone stolen from Bldg. 940.  The phone was left in an open and unattended area between 10:10-10:20 a.m. 

A couple of male contractors working in the area were later identified and interviewed by Public Safety.  Public Safety confirmed that the contractors had legitimate business in the building, and they are not suspected of being involved in this incident.  The victim observed another unknown male inside the rear of the building.  Public Safety was unable to make contact with this male.

Anyone having information about this incident is requested to contact Public Safety at 574.6053 (6953 from an in-house phone).


Armed Robbery
Main Campus
April 19, 2007

On April 19, 2007, around 12:20 p.m., an armed robbery occurred outside building 920. A Papa John's delivery person was sitting in his car, when a white male came up to him and demanded money. The victim reported that the suspect left campus driving in a black Hyundai Sonata. Public Safety and local law enforcement are on the scene at this time.  If you have any information on this incident, please contact Public Safety at 574.6053 (6053 from any campus phone).

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office has adopted this case and Public Safety will assist in the investigation.  A “BOLO” (be on the lookout) alert was immediately sent out to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, North Charleston PD, and the SC Highway Patrol to look for this vehicle.  Public Safety has checked all of the Main Campus parking lots, and the vehicle has not been located on campus.  This, coupled with the information received from the victim as to the subject vehicle’s direction of travel, indicates that the subject and vehicle departed campus.  Public Safety is on active patrol of the parking lots at this time.

The subject is described as a white male in his 20’s, approximately 5’8/140 lbs with brown hair and brown goatee.  No clothing description is available.  Subject was armed with a handgun.

It appears that the pizza delivery person was deliberately targeted.

UPDATE:  The subject was involved in two subsequent armed robberies off campus and was arrested on April 20, 2007.

Petit Larcenies
Main Campus
April 17, 2007

On April 17, 2007, Public Safety responded to a call that a purse had been stolen from a ladies’ restroom in Bldg. 200 (first floor) while it was left unattended by the owner.  The purse was recovered a short time later in an adjacent men’s restroom.  The owner has not reported anything missing from the purse.

Later, Public Safety received another call that a purse had been stolen from the rear hallway in Bldg. 510.  The owner left the purse unattended and stepped inside a nearby classroom for only a few minutes.  The purse was recovered in the men’s restroom.  Public Safety is currently obtaining additional information.

The two incidents appear to be related and it is likely that the person/s responsible may still be on campus.  Please make sure that purses and other valuables are not left unattended, and report any suspicious activity to Public Safety immediately at 574.6053 (6053).


Automobile Break-In/Petit Larceny
Main Campus
April 16, 2007

Public Safety received a report that an automobile, driven by a student, was unlawfully entered and several items were stolen.  This occurred between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on April 16, 2007 while the automobile was parked in a student lot near Bldg. 920.  The student reported that the automobile’s radio was removed, along with several CDs, and that the automobile was unlocked.  The student also left a cell phone plugged into the automobile’s cigarette lighter.

No other reports of automobile break-ins occurring today were reported.  It is possible that this was an isolated crime of opportunity since the automobile was not locked and the valuables were readily visible. 

Crime Prevention Tips:  Please ensure that your automobile’s windows are rolled up and doors are locked when you leave your automobile unattended.  Also, please remove valuables from plain sight and secure them in locked trunks or secured interior compartments.  Please report any suspicious activity or persons to Public Safety immediately by calling 574.6053 (6053 on any campus phone).  For emergencies, please call 574.6911 (6911 on any campus phone).


Check Fraud Scam
Main Campus
February 27, 2007 & March 1, 2007

On February 27, 2007, approximately 1:25 p.m., Public Safety received a call about a suspicious black male who was seen in the parking lot closest to Rivers Ave.  Responding officers located and detained a person fitting the male’s description.  Almost immediately, Public Safety learned that the male was a suspect in a criminal case under investigation by another law enforcement agency.  A detective from that agency quickly responded to campus and placed the male into custody for check fraud.

In that case, a TTC student identified the male as the subject who approached him on campus around February 15, 2007.  The subject persuaded the student to help him cash a personal check.  The student deposited the subject’s check into the student’s bank, and gave the subject $300.00 in cash.  Later, the student learned that the deposited check was stolen, and the student was out the $300.00 given to the subject.

On March 1, 2007, another student came forward as a possible second victim of this scam.  From the information received, it appears that the same subject was involved in this case as well, and that the subject had actually driven the student to the bank on February 22, 2007 to obtain $300.00.  As in the first case, the student was later notified that the deposited check was bad.  Public Safety made contact with, and referred the student to, the investigating agency.

Anyone having information in these cases is urged to contact Public Safety immediately at 843.574.6053. 

Crime Prevention Tip: 

This particular scam has been around for years.  The subject in the cases described above was very convincing that he was someone in need, and someone who could be trusted.  The students/victims, acting out of compassion, were easily duped—even to the point of getting into a stranger’s vehicle.  If you are approached in this manner, it is usually a safe bet that the goal of the person approaching you is to separate you from your money.  Instead of engaging in conversation with the person, walk away and make note of the person’s physical characteristics and vehicle description.  Contact police immediately and provide them with all the information that you can recall, to include the person’s location or direction of travel.  If this type of incident occurs on campus, call Public Safety immediately at 843.574.6053.


Grand Larceny/Flatbed Utility Trailer
Main Campus
February 22, 2007

On February 22, 2007, Public Safety received a report that a flatbed utility trailer had been stolen from the Main Campus.  The trailer belongs to a business located in TTC’s Building 940.  The trailer, which was secured and located at the rear of the building, was last seen by the tenants on February 15, 2007.  Public Safety is investigating the incident. 

Anyone having information on this incident is requested to contact Public Safety at 843.574.6053.


Malicious Injury to Property
Main Campus
February 14, 2007

On February 14, 2007, at approximately 11:49 a.m., a witness notified Public Safety that she had just observed a white male, 40-45 years old, graying hair, wearing khaki pants and a gray shirt, “key” a vehicle parked in the front parking lot (Lot Q) closest to Bldg. 200 and Rivers Avenue.

Several officers immediately responded to the scene and surrounding buildings, but they were unable to locate the subject.  The driver of the vehicle that was damaged was located, and Public Safety is investigating.  It appears that this may have been a random act, or a case of mistaken identity regarding the vehicle.

Please contact Public Safety at ext. 6053 if you observed anything suspicious in the area of this parking lot between 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.


Petit Larceny of Money
Main Campus Building 100
December 1, 2006 

An employee left her office open between 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM and returned to find a subject going through her handbag. When the subject was challenged, he left in an unknown direction and the employee discovered that twenty dollars was missing from her purse.

The subject is described as a black male wearing black pants and a burgundy shirt with the College of Charleston logo spelled out.  The subject appeared to be broad in stature with a close cut hair style and approximately 5' 8" in height. The subject is further described as clean cut, polite and well spoken.

This type of crime and other crimes tend to increase this time of the season. Please be proactive and secure offices, master classrooms and other sensitive areas when you leave. Handbags, purses and other valuables should be secured or kept on your person. If you observe any unusual or suspicious activity or persons, please contact Public Safety Dispatch as soon as possible at extension 6053 or 574.6053 from off campus.  For any on-campus emergency, please call extension 6911 or 574.6911.


Off Campus Shooting/Homicide
Main Campus
October 3, 2006

On October 3, 2006, approximately 8:07 p.m., a shooting took place at an apartment complex on Stokes Road.  The male victim then entered into a vehicle that immediately drove onto campus and stopped in front of Bldg 200.  The driver of the vehicle summoned assistance from nearby students who quickly called 911 and notified Public Safety.  A Public Safety officer was already in the area, responded, and provided additional assistance until EMS and North Charleston PD units arrived and took charge of the scene. 

The victim was reported to be in critical condition upon departing campus, and he subsequently died from his injuries a short time later.  The North Charleston Police Department is conducting the investigation since the shooting incident occurred in their jurisdiction.  

With the recent incidents of school shootings across the country, there is likely to be some misinformation about this incident.  Local news media responded to what they believed was an actual shooting on TTC campus; however upon their arrival, they were provided with information that the shooting occurred off campus.


Malicious Injury to Personal Property/Arrests
Main Campus
September 14, 2006

Thanks to the quick action of several Service Solutions (SSC) custodians, an attempt to steal money from the vending machines in building 800 on September 14, 2006 was thwarted. Four SSC employees noticed two subjects acting suspiciously around the vending area. They observed that one subject had a prying device and was in the process of prying open one of the soda machines. They indicated that the second subject was the lookout. While one of the employees notified Public Safety, the others kept watch on the perpetrators. Upon officers’ arrival, a brief chase ensued and the subjects were taken into custody. The subjects are not associated with Trident Technical College and had no official business on campus.

Service Solutions and its employees are to be commended. Several times in the past they have sounded the alarm and provided key assistance in preventing crimes. If you see a crime taking place, please report it to Public Safety at 843.574.6052 from a personal telephone or extension 6052 from any campus telephone.


Drug Law Violations/Arrests
Palmer Campus
September 13, 2006

Two Trident Technical College students were arrested on the afternoon of September 13, 2006 by officers from the Charleston City Police Department and charged with distribution of a controlled substance (marijuana) within the proximity of a school and simple possession of a controlled substance (marijuana). The incident occurred in the Palmer Campus parking lot and Public Safety officers were in key positions to provide assistance.

The latest crime statistics maintained by Public Safety indicate that this is the first drug violation arrest at the College in recent memory. Please contact Public Safety immediately if you observe or suspect that illegal activity is taking place. We can be reached at extension 6052 from any campus telephone or 843.574.6052 from off campus.


Stolen Vehicle
Main Campus
June 8, 2006

On June 8, 2006, a Main Campus student reported that her vehicle was stolen from the front parking lot adjacent to Rivers Avenue between 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.  The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office received the report and began to investigate when a short time later, the Charleston Police Department reported that the vehicle was found on fire in their jurisdiction.

TTC Public Safety is assisting with the investigation.  The victim’s vehicle was a 2000 Burgundy Ford Escort, 4 Door with SC tags.  Anyone who may have seen someone nearby or tampering with this vehicle last night, or otherwise acting suspiciously, is urged to contact Public Safety immediately at 574.6053. 


Solicitation
Main Campus
April 6, 2006
 
Approximately 12:25 p.m., Public Safety responded to the Building 410 area in reference to a call that two subjects, a white male and a black male, were stopping individuals and obtaining their personal information.  Public Safety responded, and after determining that the subjects were not on campus with approval, requested them to leave.  One of the males asserted that he had the right to be on campus even though he did not have permission.  Both were advised that solicitation on campus without prior approval was not permitted, and Public Safety escorted them off campus without further incident.
 
Please note that the subjects had in their possession signed petitions for a political party containing the personal information of several faculty, staff and students.  The personal information included names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.  The subjects did not have any identification or documents that affiliated them to this political party or any organization.  Public Safety retained these petitions.
 
While the intentions of these subjects may have been legitimate, they could not provide proof that the information they were obtaining would be used for legitimate purposes.  In addition, they admitted that they had not asked for permission to be on campus.
 
Please be very careful when giving out your personal information to strangers.  Your information can be sold, or worse, you may become a victim of Identity Theft.

Criminal Domestic Violence/Arrest
Main Campus
March 23, 2006
 
On March 23, 2006, approximately 8:25 a.m., Public Safety responded to a call regarding an assault in progress.  The subject, who has since been identified as the victim's spouse, departed the area just prior to the officers' arrival.  The victim received received minor injuries. 
 
Public Safety is conducting the investigation.  Many thanks to the complainant who notified Public Safety about this crime and to those witnesses who reported what they observed.
 
UPDATE:  On March 29, 2006, Public Safety obtained a warrant for the subject and he was arrested without incident. 

Petit Larceny
Main Campus
March 21-22, 2006
 
A TTC digital camera was stolen from a faculty member's office on 3/21.  The next day, the power cord to the camera was stolen.  These incidents took place after the faculty member departed campus each day, and the items were discovered missing on the mornings following the thefts.  These incidents were not initially reported to PS when they occurred; however, PS officers recovered the camera from a pawnshop on Friday 4/7.
 
The subject was identified and taken into custody last night at the Main Campus for an unrelated charge committed in another jurisdiction.   Administrative actions have been taken to remove the subject from TTC. There is no indication that this subject was involved in the previous laptop computer or digital camera thefts.

Interpersonal Violence
Arrest for Outstanding Warrant
Main Campus
March 20, 2006

Public Safety officers responded to a disturbance that was occurring in the parking lot behind Bldg. 920 on Monday, 3/20/06 around 5:16 p.m.  Two males followed a female student onto campus and at least one of the males began to bang on the window of the student’s vehicle.  The student was not injured and there was no damage to her vehicle.  The males are not students and were placed on trespass notice.  One of the males was wanted on an outstanding warrant by another law enforcement agency.  That male was detained, turned over to the other agency, and arrested on campus without incident.


Grand Larceny
Main Campus/Bldg. 920
March 6, 2006

On 3/6/06 between the hours of 5:30-5:40 p.m., a TTC Dell laptop computer (estimated over $3,000) was removed from a faculty member's office in Bldg. 920.  The faculty member had briefly stepped away from the office to go to a printer.  Upon returning to the office, the laptop was gone.

Another staff member remembered seeing a black male walk through the office area around 4:30 p.m. and again around 5:30 p.m.  Upon seeing the man for the second time, the staff member asked if the man needed assistance.  The man replied that he was "waiting for maintenance to bring him a key."  It is not known if this man is connected with the larceny, but his explanation for being in the office area is questionable.

Anyone having information about this incident, or encountering this suspect or someone else who may have seemed suspicious, is asked to contact Public Safety immediately at x6053. 

You are also reminded that it only takes a few minutes to become a victim of crime especially if an opportunity is presented.  Open and unattended offices are always targets for opportunity.  Please help remove the opportunity for a crime to be committed by keeping offices locked when not attended.


UPDATE:  On March 23, 2006, Public Safety retrieved the stolen laptop from a local pawn shop.  This incident is still under investigation and information learned yesterday leads us to believe that several of our recent larcenies are connected to at least two individuals.  We also suspect that these individuals continue to frequent the Main Campus.  With this in mind, we are asking for your help.

  1. The two individuals involved are described as:

·   Subject #1:  Black/male, 29 years old, 5’ll”/185 lbs, brown eyes, black    short cropped hair.

·  Subject #2:  Black/male, 31 years old, 5’8”/137 lbs, brown eyes, black short cropped hair.
  1. Please do not leave offices, labs or other secured areas unlocked and unattended.
  2. Please do not leave TTC property or personal valuables unsecured or unattended.
  3. Please be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously or who appears that they do not belong.
  4. Please do not allow unknown individuals access into secured areas.
  5. Please contact Public Safety immediately (by dialing 574.6053 on your cell, x 6053 from in-house phones, or using emergency call boxes) if you see anyone acting suspiciously or if there is an immediate problem.  Please do not send emails for incidents that are in progress!!
  6. Please do not ignore “gut feelings” or feel that you would be bothering us if you see something wrong!

UPDATE:  On March 29, 2006, through a joint investigation conducted by TTC Department of Public Safety, North Charleston Police Department (NCPD), and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office (BCSO), the subject responsible for this larceny was taken into custody by North Charleston police officers in a separate, off-campus incident.  This subject was one of the two men described in the previous email, and it has been determined that the second suspect was not involved.   The subject arrested yesterday has an extensive criminal history to include crimes of violence.  The subject apparently resisted arrest and assaulted one of the NCPD officers in yesterday's incident.  His only association to TTC was that of a criminal who had the desire, and found the opportunity, to victimize the College.   We greatly appreciate the cooperation and assistance we received from NCPD, BCSO, and a local pawnshop. 

Grand Larceny
Main Campus
January 17, 2006

Around 3 p.m. on 1/17/06, person/s unknown entered a classroom in Building 500 and removed several cameras and camera accessories that belonged to students.  At the time of the incident, the students were in an adjacent room and the classroom containing their equipment was left was unlocked.

Upon receiving the report, Public Safety officers canvassed the area but could not find the cameras or anyone having possession of cameras outside of the classroom.  Anyone who may have observed suspicious persons or activity in or around Bldg. 500 during the incident period is urged to call Public Safety 574.6053.

UPDATE:  On 3/30/06, Public Safety recovered cameras and camera equipment that were stolen from two students last January.  The subject responsible in this case appears to be the same subject involved in the laptop computer theft.  Unfortunately, the equipment belonging to a third student was not recovered today, but the investigation is ongoing.

 

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