Cal State Bakersfield's University Police Department is launching a new campus safety initiative that encourages students to call the department whenever they see suspicious activity.
The campaign, "C it, Say it," was not prompted by any increase in crime or a specific instance, said Chief of Police Marty Williamson. Rather, it's an effort to make students more aware of who's on campus and who shouldn't be campus.
The have been a couple instances in the recent past where faculty members reported a suspicious person and that helped catch a criminal, Williamson said. In one instance, the person had been arrested on suspicion of a car burglary two weeks earlier and was looking to commit another on the campus. In the other instance, the person was arrested later that night by the Bakersfield Police Department on suspicion of theft.
Posters going up around campus will promote the new campaign, as well as the department's Be On the Look Out alerts. The Be On the Look Out alerts provide information about recent criminal activity and known suspicious people and activities. The alerts will also include notes saying if the crime could have been prevented by community members following "C it, Say it."
To report a suspicious person on the university campus, call 654-2111.