Crime Prevention Alert


(April 24, 1997, Gazette)

This monthly report is compiled from information made available by the Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) unit. CEP is located in the Services Building on Memorial's St. John's campus, telephone 737-8561. At Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, the security office is Room AS-280, Arts and Science Building, telephone 637-6310. At the Marine Institute, Ridge Road, telephone 778-0456 to reach the security office.

Thefts often occur when belongings left unattended

Many of the thefts reported in February and March occurred when people left their belongings unattended. Several jackets, wallets and bookbags were stolen, but there were also thefts of cash left in offices overnight. Phil Smith, investigations officer for Campus Enforcement and Patrol, advises members of the university community that if they have collected money for any reason, they should either deposit it in a bank as soon as possible, or else store it off-campus overnight and deposit it the next day. Cash left in offices overnight makes an easy target for thieves.

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The figures given below are based on the number of reports made to CEP during February and March 1997. Incidents reported do not necessarily result in criminal charges being laid; this depends on the outcome of an investigation.

Type of incident

Physical assault

February: 0 March: 2

Sexual assault

February: 0

March: 0

Accidents

February: 6

March: 0

Fire alarms

February: 7

March: 8

Disturbance

February: 4

March: 2

Vandalism

February: 0

March: 1

Harassment

February: 1

March: 0

Theft/attempted theft

February: 5

March: 13

Drug/alcohol

February: 0

March: 1

Trespassing

February: 0 March: 1

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February

Three slip and fall accidents on campus were reported; the resulting injuries ranged in severity from bruises to a broken leg. As well, a garbage truck struck and broke a parking gate in Area 17 (Student Centre); a sidewalk plow in operation slid into a parked vehicle in Area 17; and a staff member accidentally struck and shattered a glass door at Student Health -- no one was injured in either of these three accidents.

None of the seven fire alarms to which CEP responded in February involved fire.

All four disturbances occurred in either the Breezeway or the food court in the Student Centre.

In two of the more serious incidents, people under the influence of alcohol damaged glass doors in the Student Centre. One man has since paid for the damage he caused, and CEP is seeking compensation for damages to property in the second case.

A female student requested, and was granted, a CEP escort on several occasions (beginning Feb. 26) after a male she knew had exhibited threatening behavior towards her. The incidents have since stopped.

March

On March 15, a man who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol was asked to leave the food court in the Student Centre after allegedly hitting a member of Student Security. While being escorted to a CEP vehicle, he is alleged to have assaulted a member of the RNC. He is being charged with assaulting a police officer, and common assault.

The second physical assault occurred late in the evening of March 21. A female student said she was walking past the Student Centre when a male wearing a black baseball cap grabbed her by the arm and tried to tug her down a walkway near the Queen Elizabeth II Library. She got away and ran. CEP and the RNC are working together to investigate.

Of the eight fire alarms CEP responded to in March, only one involved fire. A small fire started in a microwave oven in the Engineering Cafeteria on March 17, but it was quickly extinguished.

Only one of the disturbances reported was serious. On March 7 a patron of the Breezeway Bar threw a beer bottle and hit three people; their injuries were not serious. No charges are being laid since there is no evidence as to who threw the bottle.

Twelve youths were asked to leave campus after they were found skateboarding in the parking garage of the Earth Sciences Building.