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Safety Tips

Personal Safety Measures
Since Lake Michigan College is a commuter college, students must carry many of their possessions with them at all times. This presents a potential problem of petty theft of books, purses, wallets, and hand-held electronics, etc., warranting security awareness of the student body at all times while on campus.

Safe and Sound Advice

  • Don’t leave valuables unattended.
  • Stay on lighted walks whenever possible.
  • Walk with a friend.
  • If confronted, yell or scream, create a commotion, get to a safe place.
  • Keep your car locked and valuables out of sight while parked.
  • Carry a flashlight at night.

If you feel your rights are being violated or if you are having problems, it is important to immediately report the situation to the appropriate person. Lake Michigan College has policies and procedures to prevent and stop the violation of your rights. Lake Michigan College complies with requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For assistance, please contact the Student Resource Center, room C205a, (269) 927-8100, ext. 5192.

What to Report

Suspicious Activity

  • Activity out of character with the College community.

Criminal Activity or Conduct

  • Damage of personal or College property.
  • Any assault on you or another person.
  • Other unsafe practices.

Emergency Numbers Outside of Lake Michigan College

  • Berrien County Sheriff’s Department 9-911
  • Benton Township Police 9-911
  • Bertrand Township Fire Department 9-911
  • Lakeland Regional Health Center Emergency Room (269) 983-8262
  • Berrien County Health Department (269) 926-7121
  • Riverwood Community Mental Health Center (269) 925-0585 or 1-800-336-0341
  • Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office (269) 983-7111
  • Van Buren County Sheriff’s Dept (269) 657-6077
  • South Haven City Police (269) 637-5151
  • South Haven Fire Department (269) 637-5151
  • Victim/Witness Advocate Program (269) 982-8618
  • Any Emergency/Police Department 9-911

How to Report a Crime/Emergency and Emergency Numbers at Lake Michigan College

Campus Security

Members of the campus security force are conservators of the peace. They seek to protect life and property, prevent anti-social conduct, and preserve a secure campus environment. They work with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Lake Michigan College security is staffed by contracted security guards supervised by certified security officers. The entire security function is supervised by the Executive Director of Facilities Management, the Director of Public Safety/Evening Administrator, or Facilities personnel.

Annually and when needed, the College reviews, revises, or develops rules and regulations on access and security of campus facilities. Furthermore, the Executive Director of Facilities Management periodically inspects the lighting, landscaping, and the College’s physical plant (doors, locks, etc.) to determine what improvements need to be made for maximum security.

Security officers and Facilities Management staff members respond to a variety of requests and regularly patrol the campus parking lots and buildings. Along with Facilities Management and Student Services, the security officers are responsible for the enforcement of College policies and regulations. The College staff also works closely with local police and fire departments when criminal or safety incidents occur by investigating incidents and identifying precautions for the future.

Campus Security and Facilities Personnel

  • Manage campus parking and regulation.
  • Make emergency notifications.
  • Investigate all criminal incidents on campus.
  • Respond to all smoke, fire, and security alarms on campus.
  • Available during operating hours.
Campus Security Authority

Campus security authorities will promptly report if they observe any crime listed below or if any person reveals to them that he/she learned of or was the victim of, a perpetrator of, or witness to any crime listed below. The reporter will immediately complete an Incident Report and send or forward to the Lake Michigan College Facilities Management Department, attn: Executive Director, Facilities Management or Public Safety Director/Evening Administrator. This applies to crimes on any LMC campus, public property adjacent to each campus and locations at which other College activities are taking place:

1. Types of offenses:

  • Criminal homicide: Murder non-negligent manslaughter, Negligent manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Sex offense: Forcible, Non-forcible
  • Motor vehicle theft 
  • Arson 

2. Hate crimes
Disclose whether any of the above-mentioned offenses and the crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, destruction/damage/vandalism of property and any other crime involving bodily injury, were hate crimes.

3. Arrests and referrals for disciplinary action for:

  • Illegal weapons possession
  • Violation of drug and liquor laws

Lake Michigan College uses a contracted security service to assist with campus security. Security guards are a source to which students, employees and visitors can report criminal offenses. Campus security guards do not have police authority.

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