Crime Prevention Alert


(June 19, 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 of university property on the rise

Campus Enforcement and Patrol investigations officer Phil Smith reports that thefts of university property have increased since the beginning of June. Particularly vulnerable are VCRs, weight balances and pieces of computer equipment. Most of these thefts have occurred when classrooms, laboratories and offices have been left unlocked, though in some cases items have been stolen through incidents of breaking and entering. For reasons of security, Mr. Smith advises members of the university community not to leave offices, labs and classrooms unattended.

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

Type of incident May 1997

Physical assault 1

Sexual assault 0

Accidents 1

Harassment 1

Fire alarms 9

Vandalism 4

Theft/attempted theft 16

Suspicious activity 1

Disturbance 2

Other 1

May

A physical assault was reported early in May. At 8:30 p.m. on May 1, a male allegedly blocked the path of another vehicle with his car on a roadway near Doyle House, then approached the man in the blocked-off vehicle and struck him in the face. At least part of the altercation was witnessed by a woman in a third vehicle. Criminal charges have been laid.

One accident was reported; on May 14, a vehicle parked in Area 1A, Arts and Administration Building, slipped out of gear and struck another parked vehicle, causing minor damage.

A male harassed another male in a washroom on the first floor of the Arts and Administration Building on May 27, by handing him a sexually explicit note.

Of the nine fire alarms to which CEP responded, two involved fire. On May 15 a fire was discovered in a dumpster near the Queen Elizabeth II Library, but the blaze was extinguished without incident. On May 29 the remains of an extinguished fire were discovered in a garbage can near the bank machine at the west end of the Student Centre.

The four incidents of vandalism reported involved damage to parking meters, a telephone, a fire extinguisher, and a window.

There were 16 thefts and attempted thefts, including stolen personal property such as radio-cassette recorders, backpacks, a jacket, compact discs (from CHMR-FM), and a MicroScan computer monitor (serial number 553R009403C). Also, between May 29-30, the doors to the general office for the Department of Earth Sciences, Room ER-4063, was broken open and a small quantity of cash were stolen. The intruder(s) also damaged other inner office doors.

A female reported suspicious activity after discovering an unknown male in the women's washroom on the fifth floor of the Education Building on May 27.

On May 16, at 2:35 a.m., CEP responded to a disturbance near the loading zone of the Student Centre. Apparently one male approached a second man and pushed him and was verbally abusive. The second male is considering pressing charges of physical assault. In the second incident, several people were caught drinking beer on the first floor of the Engineering Building on May 15.

The "other" incident involves several complaints received by CEP in May concerning handwritten notes of a religious nature left on the windshields of vehicles parked in campus parking lots. Although the author is unknown, apparently the notes have been found on cars in other parts of the city as well.