Crime Prevention Alert

(May 15, 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.

Breezeway incident results in charges laid

Charges of assault causing bodily harm have been laid in connection with an incident that occurred in the early hours of April 10 at the Breezeway Bar in the Student Centre. One male is alleged to have struck another male in the head with a beer bottle. The first male injured his hand, while the second male required numerous stitches in his head. The incident was reported directly to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC). A report was not made to Campus Enforcement and Patrol, which is why this incident is not reflected in the numbers below. CEP did transport both males to the Health Sciences Centre after the incident occurred.

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

Type of incident - April '97

Physical assault 1

Sexual assault 0

Accidents 3

Fire alarms 5

Vandalism 3

Theft/attempted theft 16

Trespassing 1


The physical assault was reported on April 20 by a female student who said that on April 19, at approximately 9:30 p.m., she was headed up the stairs of the pedestrian underpass en route to Coughlan College when she was knocked down by a young male running down the stairs. She described the male as being approximately 13-15 years of age, dressed in baggy clothes and a black baseball cap. The woman was aided by an unidentified male passer-by. As a result of the fall the woman sustained a black eye and facial abrasions. The male who helped the woman, or anyone else who may have witnessed the incident, is asked to contact CEP (737-2047).

None of the accidents reported in April were of a serious nature, or resulted in serious personal injury.

A student passing by quickly extinguished a small fire discovered in a garbage container on the second floor of the Music Building on April 2. CEP also responded to four fire alarms in April, none of which involved fire.

Of the 16 thefts or attempted thefts reported, approximately half occurred when belongings were left unattended. The items stolen included a pen (later returned), jackets, a rugby shirt (later found), wallets, purses, knapsacks, calculators, eye glasses, books and car keys. A woman is being charged with petty theft after she was discovered in possession of a wallet and set of keys that had been reported missing from the QE II Library on April 2. In addition, the RNC is investigating a theft reported on April 5; $1,000 was stolen from a locked filing cabinet in Room MU-2003, Music Building, but there were no signs of forced entry.