Two armed robberies have occurred near the campus of Johnson C. Smith University within the past 48 hours. The first robbery took place near the rear parking lot of Mosaic Village off Duckworth Street at approximately 10 p.m. on December 17, 2012.  The second robbery occurred at or near South Bruns Avenue at 12 midnight on December 19, 2012. In each case, the victim was alone and personal items were taken.

Potential Robbery Locations and Robbery Definitions

Most people think of robberies as those committed against banks (2.1%) or at late-night retail establishments like gas stations or convenience stores (8.3%) where a gun is used to force the cashier to hand over the money. However, most robberies occur on the street (44.5%), directly against a person, and are called a strong-arm robbery. When someone uses force or fear against you to steal your car, it’s called carjacking. When someone robs you in your home (14.3%), it’s called home invasion robbery. A shoplifter can also commit the crime of robbery if he or she fights with store personnel who try to stop them.

Crime Prevention Tips

The crime of robbery is mainly a nighttime crime, increasing after 8:00 p.m. and subsiding after 3:00 a.m. in most areas. Robberies often increase during the winter months because of extended periods of darkness. Dozens of robbery studies have indicated that robbers like isolation, prefer lone victims, good escape routes, and few witnesses, in addition to a good cash score.  Please follow the following tips:

  • Do not walk alone at night from main campus to the Mosaic Village or from the Mosaic Village to main campus. 
  • Walk in groups or utilize the escort service at night. An escort can and will be provided for you upon request from the Campus Police Department. 
  • You may contact the JCSU Campus Police Department to report any suspicious activity. The Emergency Number is 704-378-1003 or 1004. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Emergency number is 911.