USM Public Safety

Campus Safety Alerts and Timely Notices

University of Southern Maine Public Safety Campus Safety Alerts

USM TIMELY WARNING

DATE: 09/16/2018

USM Public Safety

CRIME ALERT

Crime Alerts are posted in an effort to make the USM Community aware of any situation that poses a potential threat to the safety and wellbeing of those who live, work, study and visit the campus. By keeping you aware of crimes occurring in our community, USM Public Safety hopes to encourage you to become actively involved in crime prevention. Personal safety practices and knowledge are your best defense against crime. This USM Timely Notice/Crime Alert is intended to promote safety on campus.

REPORTED OFFENSE –INDECENT EXPOSURE

The USM Police Department is investigating a report of indecent exposure that occurred on Sunday, 9/16/2018 at approximately 2:15pm, wherein a female student was walking in the G-19 parking lot of the Gorham campus and was approached by a black or dark colored full sized SUV (unknown make or model and no license plate available). The SUV was driven by a male described as mid 20’s and unshaven; he was alone in the vehicle. The male asked the student for directions to a soccer game, and said that he had a problem with his GPS system. He asked the student to look at his GPS; from outside the vehicle the student observed that the male’s genitalia were exposed and he was masturbating. The student left the area to find a friend, who escorted her to the USM Police office to make a report.

USM Police checked the campus and off campus locations for the suspect, but he was not located.

SUSPECT DESCRIPTION:

Male, mid 20’s, unshaven. Reportedly spoke with a heavy accent.

Anyone having information is encouraged to call USM Public Safety at 780-5211.

USM Police Dept. offers the following safety tips:

  1. Try always to find a friend to accompany you at night.
  2. If being followed go directly to a populated place
  3. Use USM’s police escort service if you feel unsafe.
  4. Report any suspicious person or vehicles immediately to police.
  5. Never enter a vehicle with someone you do not know.

This notice is provided as part of USM’s safety awareness and education efforts, and complies with federal legislation known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Dated September 16, 2018.

 

Per: Noel C. March, Chief of Police