By Gleb Perch/Staff Writer/@GPLBCC

Jeff Liberman, LBCC’s new police lieutenant, assumed his post when Lt. Darren Davenport retired in November after serving LBCC for a year.

“I’ve been working in the Long Beach police department for two years,” Liberman said on Monday, Nov. 28. “I’m looking forward to working at LBCC, especially to improve our visibility and engage more with employees and students.” He stressed the need for police to play an active role in the communities they serve. Liberman said he believes “building an intimate relationship” with the community is crucially important to ensure effective law enforcement.

Liberman shared crime statistics for October, noting his officers have “trends to be concerned with.”

Liberman said October included three petty thefts at the PCC and three petty thefts at the LAC. In contrast, September had only two petty thefts at PCC and none at LAC.

Also, two grand thefts were reported in October, one on each campus. Any appropriation of over $900 is legally considered a grand theft. “Generally, grand thefts involve cell phones or laptops. Many students are naïve and leave their expensive electronic equipment lying all over the place. It’s unfortunate that this happens, but it’s easily preventable,” Liberman said. “The best way to avoid this situation is to never leave your electronic equipment unattended in the first place.”

An auto burglary was also reported at the PCC, as well as a domestic violence incident at the LAC.

Despite the fact that crime reports have increased in October relative to the previous month, Liberman avoided stoking panic: “Generally, college campuses are safe locations. Certainly we work hard to make it that way.”

Alex Simpson, 31, a criminal justice major, shared his opinion on campus safety. “It’s pretty safe here, except at night I guess. But even then I don’t feel particularly in danger. I don’t remember ever feeling unsafe here.”

The new lieutenant gave some advice on how to avoid being the victim of campus crime.

“We still continue to have bike thefts on both campuses,” Liberman said. “It’s very important that students use high-quality bike locks, as some thieves bring with them some pretty advanced equipment.

“The most important thing is to exercise common sense and good judgment. The best advice I can give is if you ever feel threatened, don’t hesitate to call the police for help.”

Student questions and concerns regarding campus safety policy may be addressed to LBCC’s Police Department office in Building EE at the PCC and Building X at the LAC. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional campus crime statistics as well as expert safety tips and advice may be found online at ope.ed.gov/security/Index.aspx

Crime data from 2015 specific to LBCC can be accessed through www.lbcc.edu/CollegeSafety/, on pages 18-21 of the 2015 annual security report.