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Norfolk State provides police liaison for SITW and offers safety tips

The NSU Police Department realizes that many students may choose to participate in the annual College Beach Weekend. While we know that you are there to have fun, we encourage you to celebrate safely and to respect the Virginia Beach Resort Area.

As a result, the Department is providing the following safety tips information and safety tips to help you have an enjoyable weekend. NSU Police Detective D. Hyman will be at the Oceanfront this weekend. If you have any concerns, please contact him at 757-663-5012. View this video message from Det. Hyman.

 

Parking and Transportation

Limited to-no-parking available in the Oceanfront Resort area, unless you are staying at the Beach.

Virginia Beach Convention Center – There will be no parking at the Convention Center. It is designated as Uber/Lyft drop-off/pick-up, regional shuttle stop and trolley shuttle stop.

Residential Parking – Don’t park in residential neighborhoods. You will be towed at your expense. Residential Parking Permit 24-hour enforcement will be in effect throughout the Resort neighborhoods.

Road Closures or Restricted Access Areas

  • 19th St. closed from Parks to Arctic – pedestrian area only
  • Atlantic Ave. closed from 5th St. south (Thursday-Sunday)
  • Progressive restrictions until early Monday morning
  • Atlantic & Pacific restricted (depending on volume and events)
  • Access to Winston Salem corridor and Shadowlawn via 9th Street/Norfolk Ave.
  • Ingress at 21st St. & Parks Ave. restricted (peak times, when conditions dictate). Fire and EMS will be pre-positioned to provide emergency services.)

 

Virginia Beach Police have Zero Tolerance for:

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Illegal Weapons
  • Crimes Against Persons
  • Illegal Drugs (including cannabis)

 

Prohibited

  • Consuming alcohol on public property, including beaches and sidewalks.
  • Underage drinking.
  • Open containers or alcoholic beverages in public areas or in a vehicle.
  • Use, possession or sale of illegal drugs, including cannabis.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scams

  • If someone tries to sell you a party package that sounds like too good of a deal, it probably is. Be on guard.
  • If you are sold a fraudulent party package, please contact (757) 385-8101 to file a complaint or call City information at 311.

Trash

  • Please don’t throw trash on the ground or in water. Keep it clean and use the trash receptacles provided.

 

For Your Safety

Be Responsible

  • Do not consume alcohol if you are less than 21 years of age.
  • If you are of legal age to consume alcohol, drink responsibly.
  • Do not accept open container drinks from strangers.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  • Be aware of what’s going on around you at all times.
  • Take notice of street names, parking signs and landmarks.
  • Make sure you know the name and address of your hotel or take the hotel’s business card with you.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, cross the street, change direction or go to a place where others are standing.
  • Remember that people use high traffic/crowded events as a time to commit crimes.
  • If you are confronted by someone trying to victimize you, don’t be a hero. Get a good description and call the police.

Protect Your Valuables

  • Keep personal identification on you at all times.
  • Limit the amount of cash and credit cards you carry with you.
  • Secure cell phones and electronic devices properly when not in use.
  • Keep handbags close when not accessing contents.
  • Secure all valuable items in the trunk of your vehicle. Do not leave valuables visible in your car.
  • Don’t take chances at your hotel. Lock the doors, and secure important belongings like wallets in the hotel room safe.

Don’t Get Caught Off Guard

  • Be mindful. Do not let the festive atmosphere catch you off guard.
  • Be smart about giving out personal information. Don’t tell new acquaintances your hotel or room number. You never know who has innocent or dangerous intentions.
  • Avoid displaying large sums of money.
  • Keep your room and vehicle doors locked at all times.
  • Don’t take rides from strangers.
  • Stick together. Never travel alone. Leave with the group you came with. Make sure you have the telephone numbers for the group. If for whatever reason you do leave without your friends, give them details about where you’re going and when to expect you back.
  • If you need help, ask for it. If there’s an emergency don’t rely on a bystander to call for help. Call 911 yourself to be sure first responders or police get the message.
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