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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 -- Incident in Close Proximity to the Bloomfield College Campus

On the night of Wednesday August 19, what appears to be a possible Attempted Carjacking occurred on JFK Drive and Belleville Ave, which is in close proximity to Bloomfield College. While 3 BC students were stopped at a red light, an African American man riding a mountain bicycle, wearing a red striped shirt, a red baseball cap and carrying a black plastic bag rode up to them and tried to open their passenger side door in an attempt to gain entry. The driver quickly drove off before the man could get into the vehicle, and came directly to Campus Security, who immediately notified Bloomfield Police.

Fortunately our students were not injured in this incident. However it serves a reminder that students need to be constantly aware of their surroundings, keep their car doors locked at all times while driving and not to travel alone unless absolutely necessary. Additionally, when stopped in traffic it is important to always leave room between your vehicle and the car ahead of you, so as to be able to make a quick escape in situations such as occurred in this instance.


Previous Notices

Monday, November 10, 2014 – Bloomfield Township Police to Conduct Radar Speed Checks

The Bloomfield Township Police will be conducting radar speed checks on the primary roads leading through and around Bloomfield College in an effort to reduce traffic speeding on these streets.  These streets include Liberty Street, Franklin Street as well as Oakland Avenue and Spruce Streets.  The radar speed checks will be ongoing. Please observe posted speed limits to avoid a speeding ticket.

Monday, October 20, 2014 -- Reports of Check/Deposit Fraud

The Office of Student Affairs at Bloomfield College has received several reports of students being involved in cases of Check Deposit/Bank Fraud. It has been reported that individual(s) are convincing students to allow the deposit of a check(s) into the student’s personal bank account.  The individual(s) are claiming that their bank account was closed for whatever reason and need to deposit their work or personal check into the student’s bank account.  The individual(s) convince the student that when the check(s) clear, they will be given a portion of the cleared check(s).   The individual(s) convince the student to provide the student’s bank card and PIN number so that the individual(s) can deposit the checks.  Unfortunately, the deposited checks are being found to be fraudulent and the student only discovers this once his/her actual funds in their bank account are withdraw, stolen, or when a negative fund balance is present.  

Please know that Check Deposit/Bank Fraud is illegal and is against the law.  The Bloomfield Township Police will investigate cases of Check Deposit/Bank Fraud and individuals can be prosecuted for this crime. Please protect yourself! 

Here are some important tips to protect yourself -- 

Do not provide any of your personal banking account information to anybody. 

Ensure that your personal banking account information is secure by not providing your banking card or PIN number to anybody.

Check your banking statement/transactions on-line daily.  Most banks have daily alerts that you can subscribe to, which will alert you about banking transaction connected with your account.

If you feel that somebody is pressuring you or deceiving you into providing your personal backing information, contact the Office of Student Affairs (973-748-9000, ext. 1245) and/or the BC Office of Security (973-748-9000, ext. 1366).

Use common sense and be discrete when discussing your personal finances with other people, especially people that you do not know.Thursday, September 4, 2014—Robbery Near McDonalds Fast Food Restaurant, Bloomfield, New Jersey

At approximately 12:30 am on Thursday, September 4, 2014, two Bloomfield College students were walking on Broad Street near the McDonalds Fast Food Restaurant about 1 mile from the Bloomfield Campus.  The two students were approached by an African American male, light skin, 5 feet and 6 inches tall with dreadlocks, wearing fatigue colored shorts, black shirt, and a military style “Boonie” hat who asked for directions.  After providing directions, the individual displayed a handgun, demanded that the students surrender their cell phones, and then assaulted one of them.  The students complied with their assailant’s demand.  The Bloomfield Township Police were contacted and a report was filed.

Please be reminded that when walking on or surrounding areas of the campus, especially later at night, it is always safer to walk in groups. Be alert to your surroundings and possible safety concerns, whether you are in your place of residence or moving about the Bloomfield College campus or Downtown Bloomfield.  Trust your instincts.  If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person, leave or call 911 or Campus Security. It is also a good idea to utilize tracking applications that are available for your personal electronic devices.

If you have any information or concerns, please contact the BC Office of Security at 973-748-9000, ext. 1366 or at 1‐800‐809‐2222 (Toll Free).  The phone number for the BC Office of Student Affairs is 973-748-9000, ext. 1245.

 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 -- Incident at the 2 Broad Street Building Used by Bloomfield College
 
At approximately 3:30 pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014, a Bloomfield College student was using the elevator at the 2 Broad Street Building (corner of Broad Street and Bloomfield Avenue) that is used by Bloomfield College for academic classes.  While this student was on the elevator, an unknown individual touched her inappropriately and attempted to talk with her.  This student exited the elevator and reported the incident immediately to the Bloomfield College Office of Security who then contacted the Bloomfield Township Police. 

The individual was described as an African American male around 30 years of age, medium light skin, about 6 feet tall, medium weight, wearing a white T-shirt, and jeans.

Please be reminded that when walking on or surrounding areas of the campus, especially later at night, it is always safer to walk in groups. Be alert to your surroundings and possible safety concerns, whether you are in your place of residence or moving about the Bloomfield College campus or Downtown Bloomfield.  Trust your instincts.  If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person, leave or call 911 or Campus Security. It is also a good idea to utilize tracking applications that are available for your personal electronic devices.

If you have any information or concerns, please contact the BC Office of Security at 973-748-9000, ext. 1366 or at 1‐800‐809‐2222 (Toll Free).  The phone number for the BC Office of Student Affairs is 973-748-9000, ext. 1245.

 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 Incident Near Bloomfield College Campus

At approximately 10:30 pm on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Bloomfield Township Police responded to a report of a person or persons in possession of a weapon in the Township Green area in front of Seibert Hall.  The Township Police responded and arrested three individuals who fit the description from the initial call.  These individuals had no connection with Bloomfield College.  A search of the area on the Liberty Street side of Seibert Hall discovered the presence of a handgun that was taken into possession by Township Police.

Please be reminded that when walking on or surrounding areas of the campus, especially later at night, it is always safer to walk in groups. Be alert to your surroundings and possible safety concerns, whether you are in your place of residence or moving about the Bloomfield College campus or Downtown Bloomfield.  Trust your instincts.  If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person, leave or call 911 or Campus Security. It is also a good idea to utilize tracking applications that are available for your personal electronic devices.

If you have any information or concerns, please contact the BC Office of Security at 973-748-9000, ext. 1366 or at 1‐800‐809‐2222 (Toll Free).  The phone number for the BC Office of Student Affairs is 973-748-9000, ext. 1245.
 
Monday, February 17, 2014 Incident Near University Centre

At approximately 7:30 pm on Monday, February 17, 2014, a Bloomfield College student reported that she was robbed near the intersection of MLK Blvd., Sussex Avenue, and Central Avenue.  She reported that while was walking on Central Avenue, two unknown actors exited a vehicle, brandished a handgun, and told her to give them her belongings. The victim turned over her Bloomfield College book bag containing an iPad, a cell phone, and her jacket.  The suspects fled east on Central Ave. in a blue Honda Civic or Accord. The victim was not injured and the Newark Police Department is handling the investigation.

Please be reminded that when walking on or off campus, especially later at night, it is always safer to walk in groups. Be alert to your surroundings and possible safety concerns, whether you are in your place of residence or moving about the areas surrounding the University Centre. Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave. It is also a good idea to utilize tracking applications that are available for your personal electronic devices.

If you have any information or concerns, please contact the BC Office of Security at 973-748-9000, ext. 1366 or the BC Office of Student Affairs at 973-748-9000, ext. 1245.