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ARCHIVE: January 2003

BREAK & ENTER - HOUSE / RESIDENCE ROOM:

January 13, 9:40 pm: Student Housing Area - A student residing in the 500 block of Johnson Street reported an attempted break in at their house during the afternoon. The caller reported someone attempted to break into a ground level window, but may have been interrupted as access was not gained and a saw had been left behind.  KPD had already been informed and were investigating the incident.

January 3, 7:35 pm: Student Housing Area - A student reported his Queen's owned house on Barrie Street had been broken into over the holidays and some repairs were required. KPD had already been informed of the incident and Apartment & Housing staff contacted the student.

Please ensure that your doors and windows are locked at all times and that your curtains are drawn. Report any suspicious activity around your home or Residence immediately to the Emergency Report Center (533-6111) and to Kingston City Police (549-2111).


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

January 17, 2:24 am: Residences - A desk clerk reported an intoxicated resident had fallen and cut his head, possibly requires stitches. The Security Supervisor was informed and attended the scene with Queen's First Aid.  QFA treated a deep cut on his forehead and he was transported to KGH Emergency. Security and QFA cleared the incident at 2:46 am.

Link to Kingston Whig Standard article (photo: Michael Lea)January 15, 1:48 pm: Residence Construction Site - Regional Ambulance Dispatch contacted the ERC to report they were sending paramedics to campus. The only information available at that time was that a construction worker had fallen from some scaffolding at the new Residences construction site on Stuart Street.  Security was requested to attended and staff from Queen's Environmental Health & Safety as well as the PPS project manager were also informed. The Security Supervisor arrived just as KFD came on scene - a paramedic was already tending to the victim on the second floor scaffolding he landed on after falling from a fourth floor scaffolding. Eventually the injured worker was lowered to the ground and into an ambulance by 2:12 pm.
Link to Kingston Whig Standard article

January 9, 3:43 pm: Underground Garage - The ERC received a call from the Stuart Street garage booth attendant who reported being informed that a gentleman was experiencing chest pains and possibly having a heart attack on one of the garage levels.  The Security Supervisor, Regional Ambulance and Queen's First Aid were all informed to attend with Security arriving first on scene to find the individual being treated by two nursing students. The gentleman reported having a history of related problems and confirmed he had experience chest pains earlier but was feeling better.  Regional Ambulance and QFA were cancelled and the individual agreed to be transported to KGH Emergency by Security, arriving at 3:53 pm.

January 9, 1:25 pm: JDUC - An AMS Student Conatable contacted the ERC to report a patron had suffered a minor injury and required medical attention. Security Supervisors attended as did Queen's First Aid who treated a student that had fallen on the dance floor and put a tooth through her lip. When QFA was finished, Student Constables arranged for the individual and some friends to be transported home.

Campus Security responded to 225 Medical Assistance (Injury/Ambulance Request) calls in 2002.  There were 151 such incidents in 2001, 116 such incidents in 2000, 134 in 1999, and 69 in 1998. Please see our Stats link for additional statistical information.


MISCHIEF UNDER $5000:

January 21, 11:43 am: JDUC - A caller reported someone vandalized the office door to the Sexual Health Resource Centre, writing profanities on the door and some posters with a marker. Their staff were able to clean the door and replaced the damaged posters.

January 21, 7:54 am: JDUC - The ERC was informed that over a half dozen chairs were piled up outside the building, and a later caller speculated they may have been thrown out of a room that still had its windows wide open. Security attended and arranged for custodial staff to return the chairs to their proper location.

January 21, 5:13 am: JDUC - The ERC received a call reporting two suspicious males seen trying to open doors near the Queen's First Aid office and writing graffiti in the area. Security attended immediately but the individuals had already left the area after scrawling profanities on some papers attached to a nearby bulletin board. The surrounding area was searched but the suspects were not located.  They were briefly described as being 5'6" and 5'9" tall, one with dark brown hair and wearing a beige green jacket and the other with short blondish hair and wearing glasses.

Campus Security dealt with 110 "Mischief Under $5000" incidents in 2002. There were 104 such incidents in 2001, 118 in 2000, 82 in 1999, and 98 in 1998.


PEST CONTROL: 

January 23, 4:31 pm: Residences - A student living in residences reported some kind of animal was inside the chimney in her room.  A Pest Control contract company was contacted and put in touch with the student, but by that time the noise - described as flapping and scratching - had stopped. It was agreed that the company would attend the following day to take a look at the chimney.


THEFT UNDER $5000:

January 30, 1:42 am: Goodes Hall - The ERC received a call that a jacket had been stolen from a student area in Goodes Hall about 45 minutes earlier. It is a bright orange "Northface" jacket with the owner's name engraved on it.

January 29, 4:36 pm: Botterell Hall - A staff member reported her purse was stolen off her desk sometime between 11:30 am and 3:15 pm.  It is a black fold-up purse with a shoulder strap.  A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

January 24, 3:29 pm: Ban Righ Hall - A student reported his wallet was stolen, likely sometime during the past couple of days while it was in his backpack left unattended outside the Ban Righ cafeteria. He was advised to also inform Kingston City Police and to cancel his credit cards.

January 24, 1:10 pm: Ellis Hall - A Grad student reported his laptop computer was stolen from his office sometime between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm while the office was left unattended with the door open.  It is a silver Fujitsu Lifebook C6571 series laptop (Serial# J010601080) purchased in Singapore.  A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

January 21, 1:22 pm: Richardson Hall - A staff member reported a small amount of cash was stolen from their desk drawer, likely while the area was left unattended between 1:30 and 5:00 pm yesterday.

January 16, 3:35 pm: Botterell Hall - A student reported a wallet was stolen from her backpack while it was left unattended in Bracken Library.

All members of the Queen's community are advised to keep doors locked when not in their office, rooms or homes. Please do not leave personal items unattended, even for a brief time. There were 150 reported incidents of thefts under $5000 (not involving Queen's property) in 2002.  There were 149 such incidents reported in 2001, 109 in 2000, 276 in 1999, and 206 in 1998. 


BIKE THEFTS:

January 30, 10:00 am: Miller Hall - A student reported his his bicycle was stolen sometime between the previous Friday and Saturday while locked to the racks in front of Miller Hall. It is an older green CCM mountain bike and had been secured to the racks with a coil cable lock.

January 25, 11:15 am: JDUC - A student reported his bike was stolen from the south bike racks sometime over night. It is a blue 15-speed Peugeot Urbano hybrid racing bike with a silver bell, and black carrying rack & "Dock Jones" license plate on the back. The rear hub is defective and spins in cold weather.  The theft was also reported to Kingston City Police.

Bicycles should always be locked up. However, even a locked bike can be vandalized or stolen. There were 52 reports of bikes/bike parts stolen in 2001 and 36 such reports in 2000.
If you view suspicious persons or activity around a bicycle rack, or a locked bicycle elsewhere, please contact Campus Security right away.  If you discover your bike is missing, contact Campus Security and Kingston Police as soon as possible. 


SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/ACTIVITY:

January 30, 8:16 pm: McArthur Hall - A staff member contacted the ERC to report 15-20 youths skateboarding inside the building.  The Security Supervisor attended immediately, but the group had already left. There were no signs of vandalism although the floors were quite dirty from the activity. 

January 27, 7:47 pm: Goodes Hall - A caller reported a suspicious male was encountered inside the building on two occasions that day. Earlier in the day, the suspect asked the caller's friend if there were study areas on the second floor and was told there were only offices. Later on, the caller met up with this individual who asked the same question and given the same answer.  The caller then left the area for a short while and returned to find the individual inside his office. The suspect quickly left and was last seen headed towards the east side of the second floor.  The Security Supervisor was informed and attended immediately, but a search of the building and area was unsuccessful in relocating him.  He was described as being a Caucasian male with "sharp European features" and brown hair, wearing a brown and blue jacket, blue pants and was carrying a backpack.

January 18, 4:55 pm: Walter Light Hall - A staff member attended the Security offices to report a suspicious male seen inside Walter Light Hall.  The suspect was seen trying locked doors to a lab and when approached he made an excuse and left in a hurry.  He was described as being a Caucasian male, about 22 years old, 6' tall and 220 lbs. At the time of the incident he was wearing a grey ball cap and a "hiking type" of winter jacket. The door to another nearby office also appeared to have been tampered with. A search of the area was unsuccessful in locating the suspect.

January 15, 4:30 pm: Richardson Hall - A staff member reported encountering a suspicious male attempting to gain access to a locked office. When he was questioned, the suspect asked for directions to get out of the building (although he'd already been seen entering the building from outside) and then ran out the main entrance carrying an empty satchel. He is described as being in his mid 20s, 6' tall with dark hair, dark eyes, a thin build and toque with sunglasses on top, a light brown leather bomber jacket, and dark jeans. A subsequent search of campus was unsuccessful in relocating the individual.

January 8, 3:52 am: Campus - A caller reported seeing two students carrying spray cans and was unsure what they might be up to. Security Supervisors attended the area indicated and spotted a purple "06" spray painted in the snow in front of Chernoff Hall. Across the street,  on the overhanging ledge at Victoria Hall, a snow sculpture had been created that also had a purple "06" spray painted on it.  Residence staff were informed to contact their maintenance staff about the sculpture and Security cleared the scene.

Campus Security dealt with 207 incidents classified as "Suspicious Persons" in 2002. There were 165 such incidents in 2001, 210 in 2000, 248 in 1999, and 201 in 1998 . Please contact Campus Security (533-6111) immediately in these situations.


DRIVE-BY 'EGGINGS":

January 30, 10:13 pm: Dunning Hall - A student reported he was hit in the back of the head by an egg thrown by someone in a passing pickup truck, likely grey in colour.  No medical attention was requested and Kingston City Police was informed of the incident.

January 29, 8:52 pm: Stauffer Library - A student reported he was struck in the eye with an egg from a passing vehicle - possibly a black pick-up truck -  as he was walking in front of the library about 5 minutes earlier.  He reported his eye was swollen and thought there may been something in it, but believed no permanent damage was done. He requested transportation to hospital and the Security Supervisor dropped him off at KGH Emergency soon afterwards.

Campus Security has received almost a dozen separate reports of eggs or other objects being thrown from cars over the last few years, including one in July of 2000 where a student was considerable bruised in the incident.


MISCELLANEOUS: 

January 30, 11:36 pm: Construction Site - A caller reported seeing sparks falling around a trailer in the Integrated Learning Centre construction site by Goodwin Hall.  Security attended and requested a contact person for the equipment be informed.  That person was on scene soon afterwards and confirmed the sparks were caused by a short circuit and the problem had been fixed.

January 24, 12:50 pm: JDUC - Sodexo Foods staff report a counterfeit ten dollar bill was discovered while doing cash count - the serial number on the bill is BDZ0109299. The Security Supervisor took possession of the item and turned it over to Kingston City Police.

Learn how to detect a counterfeit or genuine bill by knowing the various security features found on Canadian bank notes. (links to the Bank of Canada website)

January 23, 1:54 pm: Chernoff Hall - The Parking department reported a vehicle had been parked on the lawn beside Chernoff Hall since 8:30 am that day with its 4-way blinkers on.  The vehicle was ticketed and a check with KPD determined it had not been reported stolen nor could the owner be contacted.  At 4:10 pm, Parking reported the owner had shown up, but the car's battery was dead - likely from having the 4-way flashers on all day.  The owner explained he was looking for parking this morning on his way to work and got stuck in the snow when he tried to turn around by driving up onto the lawn.  He got a boost from CAA and some Queen's students passing by gave him a push back onto the street.

January 23, 1:20 pm: JDUC - The ERC received a call that a car had run into a catering truck parked near the building's loading dock.  Security attended and spoke to both drivers - the car owner reported he slid into the cube van while trying to turn around on the street. The only damage was caused to the car, which suffered damage to one of its headlights, the bumper and hood.  KPD also attended and took a report.

January 15, 2:14 pm: Mackintosh Corry - The Parking Department reported their staff located a vehicle with a stolen parking permit and were having it towed. The owner contacted Security at 5:25 pm inquiring about their vehicle and were informed it had been towed from campus - the caller claimed to have found it last summer and meant to use it only for an hour.  They were referred to the contact the towing company and advised they may be contacted by the Parking Administration at a later date.

January 15, 4:34 am: JDUC - The ERC received a report that several students were running around turning over garbage bins in the building. The Security Supervisor attended and spoke to the only group of students in the area - two males and two females - who denied being involved..

January 4, 11:18 am: JDUC - A custodian contacted the ERC to report three arcade machines broken into. Security attended and observed the machines had been pried open and the change boxes removed.  The machines' owners were contacted and informed of the incident.

January 8, 1:09 am: JDUC - Walkhome staff reported a male wearing a T-shirt had been brought into their offices after being found outside by someone. The Security Supervisor attended and were informed he had been found laying in a snow bank, intoxicated and without a jacket on.  The student stated he had been out celebrating his birthday with friends at a local bar, had too much to drink, and ended up wandering onto campus without his jacket.  He was provided with a blanket and driven to his home where housemates confirmed they had his coat and would look after him for the rest of the night.


FIRE (ALARM) RELATED:

January 31, 2:43 am: Gordon Brockington Hall - An active fire alarm was received for the building and both Security and KFD were informed.  The system was restored at 2:59 am after it was determined a pull station had been activated maliciously.

January 31, 2:20 am: Residences - The Victoria Hall desk clerk contacted the ERC to report complaints of a gas smell in both Victoria Hall and Leonard Hall.  The Security Supervisor attended Leonard Hall fourth floor, where the smell was reportedly stronger, and activated the fire alarm due to the strong smell of natural gas and KFD were informed.  A patrol was dispatched to direct evacuated students to the Gordon Brockington main floor and then sent to open Stirling Hall in case Victoria Hall would likewise be evacuated.  KFD arrived and were unable to detect natural gas with their equipment and Residence staff contacted at home confirmed natural gas is not in those areas of the building. A similar odour was in the Victoria Hall 5th floor B wing common area and KFD speculated both cases may have been due to a "stink bomb" being set off (note similar incident in Douglas Library).

January 26, 1:04 pm: Douglas Library - The library's commissionaire contacted the ERC to report a gas smell inside south end of the second floor. He moved patrons out of that area while Security responded, and soon afterwards the fire alarm was activated to evacuate the building and KFD were contacted to attend. Upon arrival they confirmed the gas smell but were unable to detect any gas with their instruments and requested PUC be called in with more sensitive equipment. They arrived with a half hour but likewise were unable to detect any dangerous gases. It was determined the smell had come from a source outside the building or due to mischief (possibly a "stink bomb") and the library was reopened.

January 24, 4:00 am: Gordon Brockington Hall - An active fire alarm was received for the Residence and both Security and KFD were informed to attend.  It was quickly determined that a pull station had been maliciously activated outside a 3rd floor stairwell, as there was no cause for the alarm. The system was restored at 4:10 am and the incident cleared by Security and KFD

There were 32 fire alarm activations categorized as "malicious" in 2002. There were 28 such incidents in 2001, 27 in 2000, 19 in 1999 and 26 in 1998. Please see our Stats link for additional statistical information.

January 22, 1:29 pm: Jean Royce Hall - Kitchen staff contacted the ERC to report some smoke and burning smell in the dining area with no apparent source.  The caller was instructed to activate a pull station and both Security and KFD were informed to attend.  After arriving, and extensive search revealed new heating coils in the ventilation system were causing the problem. They were taken offline until PPS tradesmen were able to make repairs.

January 19, 2:51 am: Morris Hall - An active fire alarm was received for the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend. At 3:06 the Security Supervisor confirmed the alarm was false - someone had activated a pull station on the 1st floor for no reason - and the system was reset.

January 18, 1:20 am: Leonard Hall - An active fire alarm was received for the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend. At 1:28 it was determined a pull station had been activated maliciously - no sign of smoke or fire and no one claiming responsibility for setting off the alarm. The system was reset and the incident cleared.

There were 32 fire alarm activations categorized as "malicious" in 2002. There were 28 such incidents in 2001, 27 in 2000, 19 in 1999 and 26 in 1998. Please see our Stats link for additional statistical information. 

January 11, 1:09 pm: Chown Hall - An active fire alarm for the Residence was received at the ERC and both Security and KFD were informed to attend.  The active zone was determined upon arrival and when the area was entered a fire could be seen inside the kitchenette. Fire fighters quickly extinguished the flames and set up fans to evacuate the smoke. The fire was caused when a kettle was left on a stove element and its handle melted,  landed on the element and ignited.

Fire at Botterell HallJanuary 3, 1:05 pm: Botterell Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated for the building and both Security and KFD were informed to attend.  A caller from the building reported the sprinkler system had activated and smoke was coming from a lab on the second floor. Additional staff were informed of the situation while Security and KFD attended the scene.  The sprinklers had doused the fire by the time the room was entered and KFD confirmed all was fine.  At 1:55 the building was reopened - except for the second floor - and KFD cleared the scene. It is suspected the fire was caused by a piece of equipment left on unattended.
67 Kb pictures showing fire and water damage @ Botterell hall / S2/S5


BREAK & ENTER / THEFT - QUEEN'S PROPERTY:

January 31, 6:00 pm: Goodes Hall - A caller reported a break & enter had occurred in the building sometime within the past 10 minutes - the glass in an office door had been shattered and the door is open with the lights on inside.  The Security Supervisor attended immediately, confirming a break in had happened and reporting a laptop computer was stolen.  Kingston City Police and the office occupant also attended the scene as did a Physical Plant tradesman who repaired the damaged door. The stolen computer is a Toshiba T30 model laptop (serial # 78bwk70).

January 17, 10:56 am: Goodes Hall - Staff report two monitors were pulled off their security cables and stolen from a room. One is a grey 17" LCD monitor (serial# SN1763BBC2500-6529QT) and the other is a grey 19" LCD monitor (serial #- SN1217178-QT).

January 10, 4:22 pm: Mackintosh Corry Hall - A faculty member reported returning to his office to discover it had been broken into and a laptop stolen from inside. The Security Supervisor attended and was shown where the perpetrator had accessed two office and indications that an attempt had been made to enter a third.  Kingston City Police were requested to attend and a PPS tradesman was called in to repair the damage. A Black Dell Dimension 4500s series computer was stolen in this incident. 

January 8, 1:20 pm: Botterell Hall - Campus Security was informed that a balance had been stolen from a second floor lab over the holiday shutdown. It is a PB-602 Mettler Toldeo balance serial# 114252101. A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

January 5, 8:58 am: Richardson Hall - A staff member reported one or more offices had been broken into and some property may have been stolen. The Security Supervisor attended the scene and both KPD and office staff were contacted.  The Supervisor met with the staff member who reported arriving to find his laptop computer missing and a security cable left behind. A nearby office door had also been kicked in but he was unsure if anything had been stolen although items inside had been strewn around the floor. KPD officers arrived soon afterwards and later an IDENT team attended to collect evidence. 

There were 33 theft and 22 Break & Enter incidents involving Queen's property in 2002.  There were 64 theft and 27 B&Es in 2001, 45 theft and 44 B&Es in 2000, and 104 theft & 34 B&Es in 1999. See our Stats link for more statistical information.
Note: City Police have recovered some items in the past but had no way of identifying them as Queen's property.  See "Protect Yourself Against Equipment Theft" in Safety Tips & Products.
 


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