Security Notice: Attempted kidnapping off campus

On Tuesday, March 30, VUPD was made aware that earlier in the day, Belmont University’s Office of Campus Security received a report from a Belmont student who was walking off campus near Villa Place and Grand Avenue in the Edgehill Village area. Two men in a white truck called out to her and as she crossed the street, they pulled in front of her. One male reached out of the truck window as if to grab her.

The Belmont student ran away and called both a friend and Belmont campus security. She was unharmed in the incident. Belmont campus security and Metro Police are investigating.

The men were described as in their mid-30s and wearing construction-type clothing and were in a white work truck with lights on top.

This security notice is being issued to remind the Vanderbilt community of the following:

  • Avoid isolated or dark areas.
  • If a stranger does approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.
  • Don’t get in a car with a stranger.
  • Stay alert. If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best as you can.

Resources and assistance for students, faculty and staff

  • The Vanderbilt University Police Department is available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need emergency assistance, call (615) 421-1911, or for non-emergency assistance, call (615) 322-2745.
  • The Project Safe Center offers a support line 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (615) 322-SAFE (7233).
  • The Title IX Office can be reached at (615) 343-9004.
  • The University Counseling Center can be reached at (615) 322-2571.