July 15 , 2010

Volume 20, Issue 7

             Published by the Tulane University Health Sciences Center Police Department for the Health Sciences Center

Jogging Safety Tips

As the weather begins to cool down we start to think about our health and starting an exercise program. Lots of people take up jogging as one of those programs. Please remember the following:

Run facing traffic whenever possible.

Stay on the sidewalk. It is difficult to see runners on the road. The biggest constant threats to urban runners are vehicles driven by people who don't notice them. When crossing a road, always use the "look thrice" rule which means looking for traffic coming from the direction closest to the curb, looking the other way, and then checking one last time in the direction closest to the curb. The "look thrice" rule will become a habit and will eliminate many hazardous situations, which were not caught by a cursory first glance.

Do not jog or run with a radio or music-player under any circumstances. You would be oblivious to car horns or shouts to "watch out". Some serious injuries can be avoided given a moment's notice of an onrushing vehicle.

If a car appears to be following you at low speed, jog calmly into a public building and try to get the license number and watch the driver's reaction. If the driver reacts in such a way as to indicate that you were or are being followed, call the police. If you are far from public buildings, a residence can be used as a refuge-of-last-resort.

Don't skimp on the stretching before your run. Why is this a safety issue? Because stretching can alert you to a pull or a strain before hand, and will minimize the risk of pulled muscles during your run. You will have reduced the risk of having to stop in the middle of nowhere! Avoid running or jogging in darkness. If you must, always wear clothing with reflective articles. At the very least, wear light colored clothing.

Night Out Against Crime

On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, neighborhoods throughout the Greater New Orleans area are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “27th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), and is co-sponsored locally by the New Orleans Police Department, and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office with the cooperation of other federal, municipal and campus police agencies.

Please check with your local churches and neighborhood community centers for planned events in your area. Also the Kenner Police Department is sponsoring a special Night Out Against Crime kickoff event on Sunday August 1, 2010 from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm at the Treasure Chest Casino. There will be entertainment, children's activities, various displays and demonstrations by law enforcement professionals, live music and great food — all free!!

Wearing Your Tulane ID

Tulane University Health Sciences Center policy requires that all Faculty, Staff, and Students wear their University Identification card at all times while on campus.

ID's are available in Room 806 of the Tidewater Building. Once activated your ID will allow you to gain access to various building on campus. For access into the Medical School and JBJ Building have your card activated at TUHSC Police Dispatch in the lobby at 1430 Tulane Avenue. For access to the Tidewater Building have the card activated in room 806 of the Tidewater Building. Murphy Building and 1555 Poydras activation will be done at those buildings by the Deans Office. Please contact TUHSC Police for contact information for those buildings.

If you have any questions concerning access to the secured areas in you department see your supervisor for special authorization.

*Rape Aggression Defense Training*

R.A.D. training classes are presently being scheduled for the downtown campus. Please contact Capt. J. Sullivan or Sgt. B. Daigle for additional information at 504-988-5531 or

**Crime Alert** Crime ALert** Crime Alert**

At 6:50 am on Tuesday 7/13/10 the complainant parked and secured his vehicle in the Medical School Parking Garage. Upon returning at 12:20 pm he discovered the rear side window broken and property missing from the vehicle. It should be noted that the property was left in plain sight. The subject entered the vehicle and also removed property from the glove compartment.

FACT: Leaving items of value in plain sight in the passenger compartment of vehicles continues to be the major cause of area vehicular burglaries. Windows have been broken because the mark on the windshield left by the GPS suction cup led the thief to believe that there was a GPS located out-of-sight in the locked vehicle. Also in the past car windows have been broken to snatch the coins that were visible on the console.

TIP: Keeping items of perceived value out of sight, or at home, will significantly reduce the chances of being the victim of a vehicle burglary.

Please report all incidents or suspicious activity as soon as safety permits. Remember to travel in numbers whenever possible, utilize crosswalks, park in well-lit and populated areas, and to use the TUHSC Police 24-hours Security Escort Services. Stop at the lobby post or call 988-5531 for information and safety brochures. In case of EMERGENCY call 988-5555 or 55555 if on campus, and 911 if off campus.


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