Fall 2017 Safety Tips

Fall 2017 Safety Tips

December 11, 2017

Crime Prevention Tips During the Holidays

This week's safety tip offers Crime Prevention Tips from the Broward County Sheriff's Office. Please take a moment to review these helpful suggestions and reduce the risk of being a victim this holiday season.

  • When parking your vehicle to go shopping, remember where you parked it! Always park in a well lit and well traveled area. Do not park in a remote dark area.
  • When you return to your vehicle, scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside. Check to see if you are being followed.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. You will be ready to unlock the door and will not be delayed by fumbling and looking for your keys.
  • When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is in a locked trunk.
  • Do not leave your purse, wallet, or cellular telephone in plain view.
  • Don't resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings. Don't chase someone who robs you, they may have a weapon. Instead call 911.
  • Lock your vehicle and put up your windows even while you are driving.
  • If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well lit and in a safe location.
  • Carry only the credit cards you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • If you make a purchase with your credit card, be sure to obtain the carbons or see that they are destroyed in front of you.
  • Beware of the "a good deal" scams. Things are not always what they appear to be.
  • If you are purchasing toys for small children, be sure that they are safe. You will be surprised what a small child can swallow or what can injure them.
  • Drive defensively. Traffic is heavier during the holidays. Drivers may also have indulged in too much holiday spirits.

December 4, 2017


Credit card/bank card skimming is a method thieves use to steal your credit card information. Skimming is a new crime that doesn’t just happen in large metropolitan areas. Skimming thefts have recently occurred in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Skimmers are hidden on gas pumps and ATM machines, where your credit card information is copied from the magnetic strip on the card. Cameras are also used at ATM’s to copy your PIN. Once the card information is captured, thieves can make fraudulent purchases using your information.

We have included several links in this week’s tip, as there is much to learn about skimming and many useful tips to prevent it from happening to you.

CNBC: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/15/card-sharks-atm-skimming-grows-more-sophisticated.html

The Daily Progress: http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/sneaky-skimmers-authorities-explain-what-card-data-stealers-look-like/article_d512db34-c654-11e6-89fe-339685221035.html

NBC29: http://www.nbc29.com/story/34074973/police-investigating-card-skimming-cases-in-charlottesville-albemarle

ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Business/story?id=7434509&page=1

November 27, 2017


If you are traveling during the holidays, there are some things you may want to know about the Zika Virus. Zika is a disease primarily spread by mosquitoes, but it can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.

Last year, Virginia had 113 confirmed cases. Those numbers have dropped significantly, to 6 this year. If you are traveling, be advised that Florida, New York, and California have the highest number of cases. Our friends in Puerto Rico have 476 confirmed cases!

Below are links to helpful information regarding the Zika virus, and what you can do to prevent contracting and spreading the disease.

Travel related information from the CDC

Zika in the United States

Preparation before, during, and after your trip

Tips from Virginia’s State Health Commissioner

November 20, 2017

COOKING SAFETY Cooks should avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while preparing the holiday meal. Never leave the stove unattended – if the cook has to leave the kitchen even for a short time, they should turn off the stove. More cooking safety steps are:

• Check food regularly.
• Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
• Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
• Keep anything that can catch fire - pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
• Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
• Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen.
• Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.

We wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

November 13, 2017


Choking is a serious medical emergency which could lead to death if not treated immediately. We have all heard of the Heimlich Maneuver, but do you know how to use the maneuver in an emergency? Would you know what to do if you were alone and choking?

Medlineplus.gov offers education on the Heimlich Maneuver and how to use it in a variety of situations. 

November 6, 2017


We can all play a role in preventing violence by practicing effective bystander intervention. Simply put, bystander intervention is taking responsibility for getting involved when we see a situation that could cause potential harm. We know that by speaking up, stepping in, or calling for help we have the potential to change a dangerous escalating situation. Bystander intervention involves much more than just reacting when there is a threat of physical danger or bodily harm. It also involves stopping comments and jokes that glorify sexual violence, or that degrade women or sexual orientation. It might also mean that you pay attention when someone has consumed too much alcohol and help them get to a safe place.

More information on bystander intervention can be found on the PVCC SAFE web page.

October 30, 2017

Run, Hide, Fight

Recently there has been much concern about safety on campus and what colleges can do to be better prepared. A few years ago the then Secretary of Public Safety advised that all Institutions of Higher Education start showing the Run-Hide-Fight video. Recently Ohio State University adopted this response protocol and produced an updated video and refined it to reflect an active shooter situation on a college campus.
Run, Hide, Fight Video

Viewer discretion is advised, as the video contains violent content.
The term Run Hide Fight ® is a registered trademark of the City of Houston.

October 23, 2017

Tornado Preparedness

Please take a moment to read these important safety tips. These tips will help you in the event of a tornado on campus. 

Be Prepared:
        Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

Tornado Watch means a tornado is possible in your area. You should monitor weather-alert radios and local radio/TV stations for information.

Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted in the area or has been indicated by National Weather Service Doppler Radar. When a warning is issued, take cover immediately.

Know IN ADVANCE where you will take cover in case of a tornado warning. Review PVCC’s Emergency Procedures.
The following interior locations are designated as Severe Weather Shelter Areas at PVCC:

Keats Science Building (490 College Drive):
Upper and Lower Level Hallways; Restrooms

Main Building (501 College Drive):
M155, M158, M159, M160, M174, M175, M248, M249, M251, M607, M701, M813, M822, M823, M832, M834, M849, M850

Stultz Center (600 College Drive):
S100, S101, S109, S111, S113, S119, S131

V. Earl Dickinson Building (400 College Drive):
D102, D106, D129, D130, D132, D222, D223, D226

Off Site Locations:

Giuseppe Center (Greene County):
In the event of a tornado or severe windstorm requiring shelter, all persons should move to an interior hallway, restroom or other interior room without windows.

Jefferson School (Charlottesville)
In the event of a tornado or severe windstorm requiring shelter, all persons should move to an interior hallway, restroom or other interior room without windows. PVCC’s designated “safe rooms” are on the first floor in the family bathroom across from J111, the family bathroom on the left past the JABA Mary Williams Community Senior Center and through the emergency back hallway to the right of J112.

More information on the statewide drill can be found at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website.

October 15, 2017

Annual Security Report

The Annual Security Report contains crime statistic and other information that is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the Clery Act. This report is prepared by the office of the vice president for finance and administrative services in cooperation with the PVCC department of public safety and campus police. The statistics and information contained within this report are compiled from the PVCC Daily Crime log, Albemarle County Virginia Police Department, City of Charlottesville Virginia Police Department, and the Greene County Sheriff’s office. The report is available on the PVCC website, or a printed copy of this report may be obtained by calling 434.961.5319 or email mwyatt@pvcc.edu or rparkhill@pvcc.edu.

After reviewing this report you will see that we have a safe campus, and strive to take every measure to ensure that it remains a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If you have any questions or seek further information about safety and security at Piedmont Virginia Community College, please contact us at 434.961.5319.

October 9, 2017

Reporting a Campus Incident

This week’s safety tip is about reporting a campus incident. If you see something, please say something.

There may be times when you see something happening on campus that, while not immediately dangerous, makes you feel uncomfortable or something you want the college to know about. You can easily report the information online.

Visit pvcc.edu/pvccsafe and click “report an incident”. Incidents can be reported anonymously, but remember; the more information you provide, the more we will be able to respond and investigate. Also, don't forget if something you see poses an immediate threat call 911 or contact the campus police at 434.981.6362.


October 2, 2017

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

This week’s safety tip is about automated external defibrillators – or AEDs. AEDs are a proven and effective way to save a life during a cardiac emergency.  Almost anyone can operate one.

What is an AED? An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. When this happens, blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs.

According to the NIH, 95% of people who have SCA die from it—most within minutes. Rapid treatment of SCA with an AED can be lifesaving. SCA usually causes death if it's not treated within minutes. In fact, each minute of SCA leads to a 10 percent reduction in survival. Using an AED on a person who is having SCA may save the person's life. 

Did you know that here at PVCC, we have 7 AEDs distributed throughout our Main Campus? AEDs are located near the receptionist’s desk in the Main Building, in the 200 Wing near the Business Division Office (Room 270), in the 800 Wing near the Human Resources Office (Room 810), in the Dickinson Building near the Humanities Division Office (Room 317), in the Stultz Center near the entrance and in the Keats Science Building near the 100 and 200 hallways.

Would you know how to use one of them in an emergency situation? Here is a link to walk you through the use of one of the AEDs on PVCC's campus: Phillips HeartStart AED Video 

To learn more about heart rhythms and AEDs, visit The National Institute of Health

September 26, 2017


This week’s safety tip is about distracted drivingToday’s technology makes it easier than ever to become distracted behind the wheel.

For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary data from the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. That marks a 6% increase over 2015 and a 14% increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation in 53 years.

The amount of vehicle and foot traffic at PVCC makes it that much more important to pay attention while driving on campus.  Serious injuries can occur, even at low speed. 

Parking Lots: Did you know 20% of all accidents happen in parking lots?  The Erie Insurance website offers information on how to avoid parking lot accidents. If you are ever in a parking lot accident, you may wonder who is at fault. The Ameriprise Insurance website offers interesting information on which driver has the right-of-way in parking lots. 

Please don’t text while driving or make a habit of adjusting your car’s music or navigation systems. Be alert for pedestrians and other drivers – NEVER assume the other person is paying attention!

September 18, 2017


In addition to PVCC’s e2Campus Emergency Notification System, you may want to consider signing up for an emergency alert system for the locality in which you reside. All localities served by PVCC have an emergency notification system for their residents.

Most of these sights deliver real-time emergency, community, missing person and severe weather alerts to users within the area of impact. We have compiled a list for your convenience.

Charlottesville/Albemarle: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF7B5552C1EC

Greene County: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/924270CF2CAD

Fluvanna County: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/22FDD6E77B7B

Buckingham County: http://www.emergencyemail.org/add.asp?src=&lc=29510

Louisa County: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736721723#/login

Nelson County: http://www.nelsoncounty-va.gov/residents/reverse-911-system/

Please do not forget to sign up for PVCC’s e2Campus Emergency Notification System as well, which will keep you informed in the event of an emergency situation in which there is an imminent threat to public safety at or near PVCC. 

September 11, 2017

If you SEE something SAY something

We are all a part of a community that protects each other. If you see something that you feel may affect the safety or security at PVCC, or may disrupt the educational process, please fill out an incident report form. After receiving your report, a group of trained professionals from across campus will review your report and determine what needs to be done. Never hesitate to report a concern.  

I don’t know if I should report what I observed.

We understand. Sometimes it can be tough to report something. Typical behaviors that should be reported include, but are not limited to:

·        Disruptive behavior

·        Concerning behavior

·        Possession of a weapon or weapons on campus

·        Emotionally troubled individuals

·        Depression, excessive anxiety, self-destructive behavior

·        Hostile, threatening or aggressive behavior

·        Alarming references or infatuation with fires, firearms or bombs

·        Acts motivated by hatred or discrimination

·        Alcohol or drug abuse

·        Drastic, unexpected behavior change

·        Threats of any kind (verbal, written, electronic communication, social media)

Individuals are expected to use their judgment as to what should be reported, erring on the side of over-reporting, when in doubt.  

How to Report

CALL 911 if violence is imminent or is occurring.

Report an incident (Incident Reporting Form)

You may choose to complete the incident report anonymously or provide your name and contact information. You may be contacted by a member of the assessment team in order to gather additional information about your concern. Please be aware that your communication may be subject to review through FERPA or other laws governing communications.

You may also contact the Campus Police at 434-981-6362 (cell) or you may contact the Dean of Student Services at 434-961-6540 if danger is not imminent.

August 28, 2017


This week’s safety tip is about how to sign up for e2Campus emergency alert system.

In the event of an emergency or inclement weather, it’s essential for PVCC students and staff to get timely and correct information regarding emergencies, school closings or delays.

Signing up for e2Campus is a fast, free and easy way to have alert messages sent directly to your phone, laptop or other mobile device.

It only takes a couple minutes to sign up, and you can register two text-enabled cell phones and two email addresses.

Spring 2017 Safety Tips

Fall 2016 Safety Tips

Spring 2016 Safety Tips

2015 Safety Tips

If you have questions about any of the documents, or general questions regarding safety, please contact Police Chief Wyatt at 434.961.5488 or mwyatt@pvcc.edu .