May 17, 2017
Southwestern College is currently investigating incidents of identity theft that may have victimized employees. Details are developing but it appears social security numbers have been taken and misused with the IRS and personal information utilized to open fraudulent accounts and credit lines.
All employees are encouraged to protect their personal information from outside entities and beware of false officials representing financial institutions, prospective employers or governmental agencies such as the IRS or FBI. These phishing scams seek obtain personal information via phone call or email for financial gain.
Information on one scheme that targets the education sector can be found at:
The bottom of that page contains a link to a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that originated on May 5, 2014 and is still relevant today.
Basic resources that the FBI maintains include both current crime schemes and preventions tips: https://www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx.
The Southwestern College Police and the College IT Department are investigating these incidents.
April 25, 2017
Recent crime analysis shows the predominant crime problem for Southwestern College is theft.
Thefts are generally opportunistic crimes where valuables are unattended or located in situations where a thief can abscond with them without detection.
Thefts on campus over the last three months have varied in size of loss and location. Three incidents involved high-dollar losses occurred where a college owned golf cart was stolen in one case and two others where tools and equipment were taken from construction sites. These high-dollar loss incidents occurred during off-hours.
The Southwestern College Police recommends extra diligence be undertaken in securing valuables and other property during the late night and early morning hours, on Sundays, holidays, and other times when the college is closed.
The Southwestern College Police are investigating these crimes. Anyone with information that could assist in identifying or apprehending suspect(s) are encouraged to call the Police Department at 619-216-6783.
Crime Bulletin 032517 (PDF)