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309-794-7711 (Emergency Calls)

309-794-7000 (Non-Emergency Calls)

See the 2016 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Report). This report includes crime statistics.

Contact Public Safety

Any member of the Augustana community is welcome to contact Public Safety to express concerns, opinions, or suggestions related to issues of safety or security on the campus. The following people are available to assist you:

Tom Phillis, Chief of Public Safety/Police, 309-794-7279. He is responsible for all areas relating to public safety. A.C.E.S. and Medical Driver programs, and the Student Public Safety Corps.

Mark Beckwith, Deputy Chief of Public Safety/Police, 309-794-7428. He is responsible for all areas relating to public safety, and is designated as campus emergency planning director.

Incident reports

Date posted: June 18, 2018
Date reported: June 13, 2018
Date occurred: June 13, 2018
Time occurred: Between 7:30 and 9:15 p.m.
Location: Parking Lot K (near Westerlin Residence Hall)

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report that a student had parked their vehicle in Parking Lot K at approximately 7:30 p.m., noting that $40 was left in the center cup holder. The student returned to their vehicle at approximately 9:15 pm and discovered the money missing. The student reported the car had been locked.  

No damage to the car was reported.

Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report of the items.  A suspect has not been identified at this time.


Date Posted: May 14, 2018      
Date Reported: May 14, 2018
Date Occurred: May 14, 2018
Time Occurred: Approximately 1:56 am
Location: Esbjorn House
 
Description:  At 1:56 a.m. Augustana College Police/Public Safety were notified by the Rock Island Police Department that a student reported witnessing their car being stolen from the Esbjorn Parking Lot. The student reported their car being locked but a spare key was stored in the glove compartment.

Action taken: Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report. Rock Island Police Department was notified  of this incident. A suspect has not been identified at this time.


Date Posted: May 10, 2018
Date Reported: May 9, 2018
Date Occurred:  May 9, 2018 
Time Occurred:  Approximately 3:45 a.m. 
Location:  Parking Lot L (near Erickson/Naeseth Residence Halls) & Parking Lot M (near Arbaugh TLA)
 
Description: At 7:30 a.m. on May 9, a student called Augustana Police/Public Safety to report witnessing two males wearing all black breaking into vehicles in Parking Lot L around 3:45 a.m. on May 9, 2018.The male subjects left in a vehicle and were not observed returning.

A total of nine vehicles were reported to have been broken into in Parking Lots L & M. Items were reported to have been scattered throughout the interior of the vehicles and various small personal items removed, with the most expensive estimated to be a pair of Coach sun glasses and $50 cash. All vehicles were unlocked or had their windows rolled down.

Action taken: Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report of the items. Rock Island Police Department was notified of these incidents. A suspect has not been identified at this time. 
 


Date Posted: May 7, 2018
Date Reported: May 6, 2018
Date Occurred: Between May 5 & May 6, 2018
Time Occurred: Between 9 p.m. on May 5 and 1:40 p.m. on May 6, 2018
Location: Parking Lot R (near Thorson-Luken field)

Description:  Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of a car appearing to be broken into as belongings were scattered throughout the interior of the vehicle, including a fuse box with fuses removed and tossed aside. No items were reported to be missing. The student reported the car had been locked.

Action taken:  Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report of the incident. The owner of the vehicle has decided not to contact the Rock Island Police Department at this time.  A suspect has not been identified at this time.


Date Posted: May 4, 2018
Date Reported: May 2, 2018
Date Occurred: May 2, 2018
Time Occurred: 12:54 a.m.
Location: 7th Avenue, near 34th Street

Description: Augustana Public Safety/Police received a report that a student who was walking eastbound on 7th Avenue was struck by eggs from a passing vehicle as a homophobic slur was shouted.

Action taken: Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report of the incident. The student reported there were two suspects in a white sedan, possibly African-American, between 20-30 years old. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Augustana Public Safety at ext. 7711.


Date Posted: April 27, 2018
Date Reported: April 26, 2018
Date Occurred: unknown - between April 19, 2018, and  April 26, 2018
Time Occurred:  unknown
Location:  Parking Lot K (near Westerlin Residence Hall)
 
Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report on April 26 of a car appearing to be broken into as belongings were scattered throughout the interior of the vehicle. No items were reported to be missing. This vehicle had been parked since April 19. It is unknown when the incident occurred.

On April 26, a second car was reported to have been broken into in the same parking lot as items appeared to have been moved around in the vehicle. A phone charger and auxiliary cable were reported to be missing. Both students reported being unsure whether their vehicles were locked.

Action taken: Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report of the items.  Rock Island Police Department was notified of these incidents. A suspect has not been identified at this time.


Date Posted:    April 26, 2018
Date Reported:  April 24, 2018
Date Occurred:  Between Monday, April 23, and Tuesday, April 24
Time Occurred: Unknown

Location: Parking Lot directly behind Noble TLA & 10th Avenue near Westerlin Residence Hall

Description:  Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of $4 and an auxiliary stereo cord missing from a car parked in the parking lot directly behind Noble House. An additional report from a car parked on 10th Avenue near Westerlin Residence Hall was received where $120 in cash, the title and registration to the car, a car charger, several replacement bulbs for headlights and a large pair of scissors were missing.

Contents of the glovebox and center console were observed to be scattered throughout each car.  Both cars were reported to have been locked and no damage was reported to the vehicles.

Action Taken:  Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report of the items. Rock Island Police Department was notified of these incidents. A suspect has not been identified at this time.

Members of the Augustana community are reminded to lock their vehicles and not leave items of value in vehicles.

If items must be left in a vehicle, ensure that they are not in plain sight. Anyone who observes suspicious activity on campus is encouraged to contact Augustana College Police/Public Safety immediately at 309-794-7711. If you notice suspicious behaviors while off campus, you are encouraged to contact the Rock Island Police Department by calling 911.


Date Posted: April 24, 2018
Date Reported: April 23, 2018
Date Occurred: Between Saturday, April 21, and Monday, April 23
Time Occurred:  Unknown
Location: Parking Lot L (near Erickson and Naeseth)

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of the hood being open on their car and 25 cents missing while being parked in Parking Lot L. It is unknown whether this car was locked. 

Another report was received of $100 missing from a car parked in the same parking lot. The car was reported to be locked at the time of the incident. No further damage was reported to either vehicle.

Action Taken: Augustana College Police/Public Safety took a report of the items. The owners of the vehicles have decided not to contact the Rock Island Police Department at this time. A suspect has not been identified at this time. 


Date Posted: Feb. 28, 201; updated March 6
Date Reported: Feb. 26, 2018
Date Occurred: After 7:10 p.m. Feb. 22-26 
Time Occurred: Unknown 
Location: Bremmer House

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety observed damage indicative of an attempted forced entry into Bremmer A. Upon inspection, it does not appear entry was gained to Bremmer A. 

Action taken: Rock Island Police were notified. A suspect has not been identified at this time. All TLAs are checked frequently during breaks. All were checked again Feb. 26 and appear to be secure. An additional police report for a stolen television has been taken by the Rock Island Police Department.


Date Posted: Feb. 23, 2018

Date Reported: Feb. 22, 2018

Date Occurred: Feb. 22, 2018

Time Occurred: Unknown 

Location: Carlsson Evald Hall

Description: Extensive vandalism that included racial slurs, symbols and one message that suggested an act of violence against the college. A suspect has not been identified at this time. Due to this being an open criminal investigation, additional details are not available at this time.

Action taken:  

• Rock Island Police were notified.  
• All vandalism has been removed. 
• We will be increasing patrols around campus.
• All buildings will be locked at 4:30 p.m. while the campus is on break. 
• We will also maintain our high standard of security checks for events, including conducting bag and waist checks at the door. 

If you have any information regarding this incident please call Augustana Public Safety and Police  at 309-794-7711 or Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677.


Date Posted: Jan. 25, 2018
Date Reported: Jan. 24, 2018
Date Occurred: Jan. 24, 2018
Time Occurred: Unknown
Location: Parking Lot K (near Westerlin Hall)

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of a vehicle being broken into while parked in Parking Lot K. Nothing was reported as missing from the vehicle but items appeared to be moved around. The vehicle was not locked.

Action Taken: Augustana College Police/Public Safety were notified. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.


Date Posted: January 17, 2018
Date Reported:January 3, 2018
Date Occurred: January 1, 2018
Time Occurred: Early hours of the morning of January 1, 2018
Location: Off-campus house, in close proximity to the campus

Description: A female student reported being sexually assaulted at an off-campus house in close proximity to campus during the early hours of Monday, January 1, 2018.

Action Taken: The Rock Island Police Department has been contacted. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.


Date Posted: Jan. 5, 2018
Date Reported: Jan. 4, 2018
Date Occurred: Sometime over winter break
Time Occurred: Unknown
Location: Bergman House, 929 32nd St., and Ansvar House, 3054 9th Ave.

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report that Bergman House and Ansvar House were broken into sometime over winter break. Entry was gained through a window in both houses. A television, Amazon Fire TV Stick, X-Box, PlayStation, approximately 20 video games and $50 in cash were reported missing.

Action Taken: Rock Island Police were notified. A suspect has not been identified at this time.


Date Posted: Jan. 4, 2018
Date Reported: Jan. 3, 2018
Date Occurred: Sometime over winter break
Time Occurred: Unknown
Location: Erfara House, 3052 9th Ave.

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report that Erfara House was broken into sometime over winter break. It appears a brick was thrown through a window to gain entry into the house. A lock box with personal information and a Kindle e-reader were reported missing.The Office of Career Development will host a lunch and learn with

Action Taken: Rock Island Police were notified. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.


Date Posted: Nov. 22, 2017
Date Reported: Nov. 21, 2017
Date Occurred: Nov. 19-2121, 2017
Time Occurred: Unknown
Location: 700-800 block of 34th Street (near Bostad House)

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of 2 or 3 vehicles parked near Bostad House being entered sometime over the weekend.

One owner reported the contents of the glove box being emptied and $65 being taken from the center console of their unlocked car. Contents of the glove box were emptied but nothing was reported missing from a second vehicle.

A third vehicle may have been entered. Nothing was reported missing from this vehicle.

Action Taken: Rock Island Police were notified and are investigating the report. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.


Date Posted: October 26, 2017
Date Reported: October 26, 2017
Date Occurred: Between October 25 & 26, 2017
Time Occurred: Between 4:30 pm on October 25 and 10:30 am on October 26, 2017
Location: Lower Quad

Description: Overnight T-shirts on display in the Lower Quad were lit on fire.

Action Taken: This incident has been reported to Augustana College Public Safety & Police. Suspect(s) are unknown at this time.

No further information is available at this time.

Individuals who have information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Augustana College Public Safety & Police by calling 309-794-7711 or filing a report online at www.augustana.edu/reporting.


Date Posted: October 23, 2017
Date Reported: October 23, 2017
Date Occurred: October 21, 2017
Time Occurred: early hours of the morning
Location: off campus house, in close proximity to the campus

Description: A female student reported being sexually assaulted at an off campus house in close proximity to campus during the early hours of Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Action Taken: This incident has been reported to the College’s Title IX Team. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.


Date Posted: October 20, 2017
Date Reported: October 20, 2017
Date Occurred: October 20, 2017
Time Occurred: approximately 3:30 a.m. 
Location: Parking Lot K (near Westerlin Hall)

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of 3 vehicles sustaining broken windows while parked in Parking Lot K (near Westerlin Hall). An empty wallet was taken from one vehicle and a Nike backpack containing notebooks was taken from another. Nothing was reported as missing from the third vehicle.

Action Taken: Rock Island Police were notified and are investigating the report. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.


Date Posted: September 19, 2017
Date Reported: September 19, 2017
Date Occurred: Between September 18 & September 19, 2017
Time Occurred: Between 11:00 pm on September 18 & 5:00 am on September 19, 2017
Location: Noble House Parking Lot (812 34th Street)

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of a vehicle’s back passenger side window shattered with a rock. Taken from the vehicle was a Patagonia backpack containing a MacBook laptop and textbooks. The vehicle was reported to have been locked. No further damage to the vehicle was reported.

Action Taken: Rock Island Police were notified and are investigating the report. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.


Date Posted: September 6, 2017
Date Reported: September 5, 2017
Date Occurred: Between September 4 & September 5, 2017
Time Occurred: Between 11:00 p.m. on September 4 & 3:30 p.m. on September 5, 2017
Location: Parking Lot J (near Anderson/Bartholomew TLAs)

Description: Augustana College Police/Public Safety received a report of money missing from a car parked in Parking Lot J near Anderson/Bartholomew. No visible signs of forced entry were noted. The student believes they may have left their car unlocked overnight.

Action Taken: Rock Island Police were notified and are investigating the report. A suspect has not been identified at this time. No further information is available at this time.