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FEATURES    

DPS is proud to announce the release of our video, Safety at UH Mānoa! This video provides a quick overview of information you need to stay safe on campus. We encourage our community to view this video to learn how you can protect yourself and your personal property on campus. We hope you enjoy!


(To view this video with closed captioning, open the video in YouTube, and click the "cc" icon at the bottom of the video player)

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NEWS    

Burglary at Mauka Faculty Kau'lokahaloa Nui Apartments

Today, Saturday, May 18, 2019, a burglary was reported involving an apartment at the Mauka Faculty Kau'lokahaloa Nui Apartments.  The burglary occurred between 12:00 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. yesterday, May 17, 2019.  Entry was made through a window. A report has been filed with Honolulu Police.  There is no suspect description at this time.

If you have any information, please contact the UH Manoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) at 911.

DPS recommends: 

- Always lock all doors and windows, even while napping or taking quick trips away from home or your office.  If you live in a residence hall, always ensure that your door is secure when you exit the room, even if only for a few minutes.  
- Keep blinds and curtains closed.
- Whenever possible, keep valuables secured, and out of sight,and/or locked away.
- If you lose the key to your home or apartment, notify your landlord immediately for possible lock change.  If you are a resident of Student Housing at UH Manoa, report a lost or stolen key immediately so the old key can be deactivated and a new key can be issued.
- If you live in a residence hall, do not let anyone into the building.  At UH Manoa, all residents have keys and should access the building with their key.  Any guests should enter the building with their resident host and be accompanied by their host at all times.
- Sign up for UH Alert to receive text message notifications for on-campus emergencies.  Visit https://www.hawaii.edu/alert/ to register.
- To report suspicious people, suspicious vehicles and illegal or unusual activity, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.


TEST of UH Alert emergency communications system

10:49 a.m. UPDATE: TEST of UH Alert emergency communications concluded

This concludes the test of the UHM integrated campus-wide UH ALERT emergency communications system.

 

10:23 a.m.: TEST of UH Alert emergency communications system

This is a TEST of the UHM integrated campus-wide UH ALERT emergency communications system.

In an actual emergency, you would be given instructions, updates and, ultimately, the final all-clear notification via emails and text messages (if you have signed up to receive emergency text alerts). Keep your emergency contact information up-to-date at http://www.hawaii.edu/alert.

Emergency information, updates and the all-clear message would also be conveyed via the UHM home page at http://manoa.hawaii.edu/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/uhmanoa, and Twitter at http://twitter.com/UHManoaNews.

This TEST is conducted once each semester (this is the spring 2019 test). If you are having technical trouble with UH ALERT, see the article at http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1363 or send an email to em-info@lists.hawaii.edu.

In addition to signing up for UH Alert, we encourage our community to read through our Emergency Response Guidebook, which provides emergency response and evacuation procedures for a wide variety of incidents, including hurricanes, natural disasters, fires, active shooter incidents, bomb threats, civil disturbances, and more. Visit https://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/PDFs/EmergencyResponseGuidebook.pdf to download this guide.


Campus will test UH Alert emergency communications tomorrow

UH Mānoa will conduct an integrated campus-wide test of its emergency communications capabilities tomorrow, Thursday, April 11, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (noon).

The following will occur:

  • Test EMAIL messages will go out to all UH Mānoa (including JABSOM/UHCC) students, faculty, staff and vicinity contacts.
  • Test TEXT messages will be sent to those who have signed up to receive emergency TEXT messages at www.hawaii.edu/alert.
  • The UH Mānoa home page at http://manoa.hawaii.edu and social media accounts will be updated to reflect the test.

All members of the UH Mānoa community are urged to sign up to receive emergency TEXT alerts (if you have not already done so) by going online to the website at http://www.hawaii.edu/alert. If you have already signed up, log in at http://www.hawaii.edu/alert to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date. You may test your cell phone information by sending a test message from the website to your phone. If you are having technical trouble with UH Alert, see the article at http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1363 or send an email to em-info@lists.hawaii.edu.

In addition to signing up for UH Alert, we encourage our community to read through our Emergency Response Guidebook, which provides emergency response and evacuation procedures for a wide variety of incidents, including hurricanes, natural disasters, fires, active shooter incidents, bomb threats, civil disturbances, and more. Visit https://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/PDFs/EmergencyResponseGuidebook.pdf to download this guide.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation during the Aprill 11, 2019 test of UH Alert.


Robbery of Home at UH Mānoa Faculty Housing

3:09 p.m. UPDATE to Robbery of Home at UH Mānoa Faculty Housing Update to Robbery reported from the Kauʻiokahaloa Iki Faculty Housing complex in MĀnoa Valley:

Residents of the apartment interrupted an active burglary. Two suspects - only one suspect description available: male, unknown ethnicity, 5'4", 160 lbs, wearing a baseball cap, green long sleeved shirt and long pants. Both suspects had dark-colored masks covering lower part of face, with eyes exposed. Entry was made through jealousies that were removed from a window. No weapons were seen, but a verbal threat was made as suspects were chased away.

It is believed that both suspects have left the area, but we encourage residents to remain cautious. Call HPD at 911 with information.

This will be our final update on this incident.

2:27 p.m. - Initial Message Robbery reported from the Kauʻiokahaloa Iki Faculty Housing complex in MĀnoa Valley. Two possible suspects seen fleeing the area on a moped, wearing black masks. More information to come. Call HPD at 911 with information.


Several Burglaries Reported Over Holiday at UH Mānoa

Over the holiday, four separate burglary incidents were reported to DPS:

One burglary was reported to have occurred at Waʻahila Faculty Housing, and occurred on Monday, March 25 between 8:30am and 10:00pm. Entry was forced through a locked door, and items were missing from the apartment. This case is currently under investigation through the Honolulu Police Department.

A separate burglary incident was reported from the Hale Wainani F mail room after packages were discovered missing. The burglary occurred at 4:50am on Sunday, March 24. The suspect in this incident is described as a male individual wearing a black long sleeved pullover shirt, tan shorts, black shoes, and black socks. There were no signs of forced entry. This case is currently under investigation through the Honolulu Police Department. If you saw a person matching our description during this timeframe, please contact us at the number below.

Another burglary incident was reported from a storage area at Hawaiian Studies. The bottom panel of a door was forcibly removed and the door was found ajar. The timeframe of this incident is unknown, but the damage to the door was first noticed on Tuesday, March 26. The case is currently under investigation through the Honolulu Police Department.

Finally, a fourth burglary was reported today, Wednesday, March 27 from an office in Wist Hall. Entry to the office was not forced, and equipment was reported missing. This burglary occurred between 2:45pm on March 13th and 9:45am this morning. This case is currently under investigation through the Honolulu Police Department.

While this is a concerning increase in burglary incidents, these incidents are not believed to be connected to each other. If you have any information about any of these incidents, or any of our other burglaries, you are encouraged to call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911 immediately.

With the recent uptick in burglaries, DPS recommends:

  • Contact us if you observe suspicious people, vehicles, or activity on campus. While the term "suspicious" may mean different things to different people, we urge our community to contact us even if they aren't sure whether or not something seems out of place. If you see something, say something by immediately calling DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911 so an officer can respond to check the location.
  • Always close and lock all doors and windows, even when taking quick trips away from home or your office.
  • Do not lend keys to others in your department or building – if a key is lost or stolen, immediately report it to your department or building coordinator.
  • To ensure access is limited only to those with permission, ensure that your department has a system for checking out and returning keys to any office areas.
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed.
  • Whenever possible, keep valuables secured, and out of sight, and/or locked away.
  • If possible, install a security alarm at your residence or in any office that contains sensitive or valuable materials.
  • If your office has code or key card access, ensure that each person is given a unique card or code, and that codes or cards are deactivated or changed when the person leaves employment with your department.
  • If you believe that your office or apartment has been entered, it is important for your safety that you do not enter the area. Immediately call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.

DPS Seeking Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspect

The man depicted in these photos is a person of interest to the UHM Department of Public Safety. If you know the identity of this person, you are asked to call UHM DPS at (808) 956-6911. The man pictured is believed to be involved in a burglary at Marine Science Building on Wednesday, March 20.

Photo of burglary suspect entering officeThe first photo shows a camera image of the suspect entering the office area. The second photo is of the same man walking to the camera and turning it around.

Photo of burglary suspect walking to camera to turn it around

It is unknown at this time how the suspect was able to gain entry.
DPS recommends the following measures:

  • If you know the identity of the person in the photo, please call DPS immediately at (808) 956-6911.
  • If you have an office, especially in Marine Science Building, please carefully check your office area for any missing items or signs of disturbance. If you find that your office is disturbed, please call the phone number above.

In addition to these measures, here are a few tips for preventing a burglary of your office:

  • Always lock all doors and windows, even when taking quick trips away from your office.
  • Whenever possible, keep valuables secured, out of sight, and/or locked away.
  • To report suspicious people, vehicles, or activity on campus, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.

String of Storage Shed Burglaries on UH Mānoa Campus

UH Mānoa has experienced a recent string of burglaries from storage sheds on UH Mānoa campus. In each case, there were signs of forced entry to the storage unit(s), including cut padlocks, bent doors, or cut screens, which were used to enter the structure. In some cases (not all), items were stolen. DPS wants to remind those with storage sheds and unoccupied storage rooms to secure these areas.Here are a few tips that may help to ensure a secured storage area:

  • Always ensure that your storage shed or room is locked, even if you only plan to be away for a few minutes. Never leave an unlocked storage area unattended.
  • Install a locking bar to span the front of your storage shed, ensuring that it spans all doors on the shed. There are many locking bar options which are easy to install and can be found online.
  • If your shed or storage area has windows with a screen or jealousies, consider installing a secure window that cannot easily be cut or removed.
  • Use a high-quality lock that cannot easily be compromised by bolt cutters.
  • Consider installing security cameras or alarms on any storage areas, especially if they are not visited or seen every day.
  • Regularly check on storage areas – sometimes DPS receives reports of burglaries from sheds that have not been checked for several days or weeks, making the time of the burglary difficult to determine.
  • If multiple people have access to a storage room or unit, ensure that everyone follows the same protocols for keeping the area secure.
  • Keep an inventory of items in the storage unit and be sure to update the list each time something is removed or replaced.
  • Keep serial numbers of any higher-priced items or equipment, to ensure that property can be returned to you if recovered. Even better, avoid storing expensive items in an outdoor storage shed. If possible, store these items indoors in a secured room.
  • If you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual wandering in an area without legitimate business, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.