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Mischief / Vandalism at JDUCFebruary 28, 7:45 pm: McArthur Hall - A fire alarm activation was indicated for the building and both Security and KFD were informed to attend - the ERC also received a call soon afterwards with a report that three young males, between 12 and 15 years old, were seen running from the building. Security and KFD soon determined a fire extinguisher had been discharged on the second floor and into a nearby stairwell, making a mess and setting off a smoke detector. The extinguisher was slightly damaged, as if it had been thrown down the stairwell between the McArthur Library and Jean Royce Hall, some cubicle walls were found with steel rods pushed through them, and one wall was set up to create a ramp at the bottom of the stairs.  Custodial was requested to attend for clean up and the fire alarm system was reset.
Two pictures (65 kb) of Mischief/Vandalism at McArthur Hall / S9

February 25, 1:15 am: JDUC - A custodian contacted Security to report vandalism in the second floor men's washroom. The Security Supervisor attended and was shown a number of bathroom stalls with toilet paper dispensers knocked off the wall. Physical Plant Services was requested to make any necessary repairs the next day.
35 Kb picture of mischief / vandalism @ JDUC / S4

Shattered MirrorFebruary 24, 8:10 am: McArthur Hall - A staff member reported some vandalism had occurred in the building sometime during the past weekend.  The Security Supervisor attended and was shown some lockers that were pried open and a mirror and an exit sign that were broken.
25 Kb picture of shattered mirror / S6

February 19, 7:42 am: McArthur Hall - Staff report more vandalism inside the building: someone used shaving cream to write graffiti inside the men's locker room.  The graffiti consisted mainly of "hate" symbols and profanity. 

February 18, 9:36 am: McArthur Hall - Staff reported a B-wing locker was broken into sometime during the weekend.  Although there was a padlock on the locker there was no property inside to be stolen. Physical Plant Services was informed of the damage and requested to make repairs.

February 15, 3:44 pm: JDUC - Custodial staff reported signs of vandalism in the second floor men's washroom. The Security Supervisors attended and were shown where someone had removed a wall from one of the stalls and left it behind.  The wall was removed for safe keeping and a follow up made to have it repaired.

Table & garbage thrown from windowFebruary 14, 2:58 am: McNeill House - Security responded to a report that a large group of students were congregating inside the Residence. Within a few minutes another caller reported a group could be heard running through the second floor throwing things around, and then later a loud noise was heard from the floor above.  

Security arrived to find a large disorderly gathering in the hallways. They spoke to one student who admitted breaking out a 3rd floor common room window screen and another who admitted throwing a table out the window. Other vandalism in the area included damaged ceiling tiles, glass removed from fire extinguisher cabinets, and broken "exit" signs. Details and identities were provided to Residence staff for follow up and possible disciplinary action.
60 Kb picture of table and garbage thrown from 3rd fl window / S8

February 14, 2:10 am: Victoria Hall - The ERC received a report that six males were fighting around the second floor of the main stairwell.  The Security Supervisor attended and found a smashed window in the stairwell door but the suspects had already left the scene.  Security and Residence staff searched the area but were unable to locate the persons responsible.

Vandalized FenceFebruary 8, 3:50 am: Quinte 1000 Islands Lodge - While on routine patrol of Campus, the Security Supervisor observed that a wooden fence outside the Quinte Cancer Lodge had been completely torn down.  A Physical Plant Services contact person was informed and repairs were to begin the next business day.
30 Kb picture of vandalized fence / S8

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.


February 28, 6:06 pm: Goodes Hall - Staff report an envelope containing some cash was stolen from a desk drawer sometime between 2:30 pm on Feb. 27 and 7:30 am on the 28th.  

February 27, 10:48 pm: Goodes Hall - The ERC received a call from the building's commissionaire reporting a jacket had been stolen while left unattended. Some keys left inside were found on the floor nearby, but other contents and the jacket itself were not located. The Commissionaire and Security searched the building and spoke to some occupants but no suspect or jacket was found. It is a navy blue fleece coat with white on the cuffs and collar.

February 26, 5:40 pm: Ellis Hall - A student reported his backpack was stolen while left unattended for about 30 minutes.  It is a green knapsack that contained textbooks, notes and personal belongings. 

February 25, 11:45 am: PhysEd Centre - Staff reported they had a female individual with them that was suspected of stealing from lockers in the women's change room. The Security Supervisor attended and was informed the suspect was seen acting suspiciously and when staff arrived she was found in possession of someone else's property. Subsequent follow ups involved witness statements and a second report of cash missing from another locker nearby. Kingston City Police were informed of the incident and the investigation continues.
Note that a number of lockers were found unlocked in the change room including those that had cash or property taken.

February 21. 7:10 pm: Ban Righ Hall - A student reported his backpack was stolen while left unattended outside the Residence's cafeteria.  It is a black and white "Jan Sport" knapsack with text books, a binder, and a calculator inside.

February 5, 2:28 pm: Ban Righ Hall - A student reported his backpack was stolen around 9:00 am that morning while left unattended outside the cafeteria. It is a red "Jansport" brand backpack with black straps and contained contained two calculators and a textbook. The caller was directed to also inform the Used Bookstore and Clark Hall Bookstore in case the thief tried to sell it.

February 4, 1:00 pm: JDUC - A student reported a wallet was stolen out of her shoulder bag while she was using  computer on the second floor between 11:20 and noon.  It is a rectangular "Nine West" brown plaid wallet that contained various forms of ID.  

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.


February 28, 2:09 am: JDUC - An AMS Constable contacted the ERC requesting Security assist with an uncooperative patron.  The Security Supervisor attended and was told the patron had taken a drink from the bar without paying for it and was asked to leave.  He initially complied but then decided he wanted to go back in and was being uncooperative with staff at the door. The Security Supervisor spoke to the patron and he eventually agreed to leave.

Vehicle damaged by falling iceFebruary 26, 1:54 pm: Waldron Tower - A Residence desk clerk reported some snow and ice fell from the building and onto a car parked nearby, causing damage to the roof and cracking the windshield.  The Security Supervisor attended and was soon met by the owner who was tracked down using the vehicle's parking permit. The car was moved away from the building and Queen's Parking contacted the owners of other vehicles parked nearby to have those moved as well. The area was barricaded and the damaged car was later towed from Campus.
Three pictures (100 kb) of vehicle damaged by falling ice / S2

February 21, 4:27 pm: Theological Hall - Staff reported an attempt had been made to break into a computer room in the building by prying open the door. No actual access was gained and Security performed extra checks of the building. 

February 14, 2:08 am: JDUC - The ERC was informed that a group of students had just left the building after stealing a dust mop.  The Security Supervisor was on scene within a minute and spotted an individual standing in the middle of Earl Street swinging the mop around his head.  As Security approached the individual he threw the mop at them and ran off. The mop was returned to custodial staff in the JDUC.

February 12, 10:25 pm: Victoria Hall - Rez Express staff reported a student attempted to use a counterfeit 10 dollar bill to pay for some items. The Security Supervisor met with both parties and was shown a poor quality counterfeit bill.  The student did not recall where he got it from but guessed it may have been from a local bar.  The serial number on the counterfeit is the same seen in an earlier incident on campus: FDT2288609.  It has blurred printing and no gold leaves.

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)

February 4, 1:21 am: McNeill House - A Residence don reported finding a large water leak in the building's basement. Security Supervisors attended immediately, confirming the report and directed the ERC to contact an applicable Physical Plant tradesperson.  It was determined the leak was coming from a large hot water tank at a rate too high for the floor drains to keep up with, threatening to additionally flood two nearby electrical rooms.  PPS staff managed to stop the leak and the Residence was without hot water until additional repairs were made. 

February 1, 2:25 am: JDUC - The ERC received an activated Emergency Phone call with no response on the other end.  The Security Supervisor attended immediately and saw what appeared to be a fight between two individuals as they were driving up, but the two fled in opposite directions as Security drove up.


February 24, 9:20 pm: Campus - A student contacted the ERC to report he'd just followed a man off campus who was carrying a chair over his head.  According to the caller, the chair appeared similar to the ones stolen from the JDUC a couple weeks back. He followed the individual up University Ave and onto Colbourne Street until reaching Division Street, where the suspect continued walking north. The Security Supervisor attended immediately and searched the surrounding area but was unable to locate the suspect. At 9:36 pm, JDUC staff reported one of the smaller Memorial Room chairs was missing. She had noticed a suspicious male in the area earlier that loosely matched the description of the individual seen carrying the chair.
The suspect in this case was between 25 and 40 years old, 5'8"-5'10" tall, tanned skin and oval face, wearing a long cardinal trench coat and a black toque or a black fedora with red trimming.

February 11: 8:10 am: Richardson Hall - Human Resources staff reported finding one of the missing JDUC Memorial Room chairs inside the building.  The Security Supervisor attended and moved the chair to a more secure location - an attached note read:  "I am lost. Please return me to the JDUC (my home). Thank you, [signed] Chair." PPS staff later retrieved the chair and returned it to the JDUC's General Office. 

February 12, 11:38 am: Mackintosh Corry Hall - JDUC General Office staff report receiving a call that the second missing chair may be on the 5th floor of MacCorry. The Security Supervisor was involved with a medical assistance incident and could not immediately attend to confirm the report so JDUC staff decided to retrieve the chair themselves.  At 12:11 they contacted the ERC, confirming it was the second missing chair and likewise had a hand written note attached.

February 7, 6:39 pm: Old Medical Building - The ERC received an active intrusion alarm for an office area and informed Security to attend.  The Security Supervisor arrived soon afterwards and reported clear signs of a break in and an empty laptop docking station..  An area contact person and KPD were informed of the incident and requested to meet Security on scene. It was later confirmed that a black IBM T21 laptop had been stolen (model# 2647UQ5 / Serial # 1S2647UQ578TGYZ8).

Chair stolen from Memorial RoomFebruary 6, 9:46 am: JDUC - General Office staff report two ornate chairs had been stolen from the Memorial Room.  The two larger chairs were taken while smaller ones were left behind.  The Security Supervisor attended to take a report and was provided with a photo showing the chairs in question. 
The JDUC Administration would appreciate having these irreplaceable chairs returned - no questions asked and there will be no prosecution.  (Note: chairs were returned within a week of the theft)
These chairs were donated by the Queen's University Alumni Association to the University following the First World War, in honour of the 192 Queen's students and alumni who lost their lives in the 1914-1918 war. The large high back hand carved chairs were originally part of the furnishings that, along with the other furnishings in the Memorial Room, survived the 1946 fire that destroyed much of the original Students Memorial Room.
50 Kb picture showing one of the stolen chairs / ERC

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.


February 20, 2:15 pm: Mackintosh Corry Hall - The Emergency Report Centre received a call from Regional Ambulance Dispatch stating they had paramedics enroute to the MacCorry cafeteria for a report of a choking person.  The Security Supervisor was informed and attended immediately, arriving to find two students already tending to the individual who did not appear to be breathing.  They reported attempting the Heimlich Maneuver and artificial respiration without success. Just as the Security Supervisor was about to begin treatment, a Kingston Fire & Rescue team arrived and took over the scene. Their attempts to resuscitate were also unsuccessful but together with paramedics managed to eventually clear the airway and stabilize the patient. He was then transported to KGH by ambulance by 2:33 pm. 

February 12, 1:53 am: Victoria Hall - A caller requested Queen's First Aid and treat an individual who broke his toe while practicing martial arts. The Emergency Report Center paged QFA who attended and then took the person to KGH by taxi.

February 11, 10:30 pm: PhysEd Centre - The ERC received a call that an individual had dislocated his knee in the Bews Gym.  Both Security & Queen's First Aid attended and were informed the injured person had twisted his knee and heard a cracking noise while playing indoor soccer. Regional Ambulance was contacted and the student was treated by QFA until paramedics arrived and took him to KGH.  He was released at 1:06 am and transported to his Residence by Security.

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.


February 15, 1:03 pm: Jean Royce Hall - A student contacted the ERC to report he's watching a friend's car for the weekend but it's no longer in the parking lot.  He confirmed with Security that it hadn't been towed away and thought it may have been stolen. Security checked the surrounding parking lots and saw no broken glass in the area where it had been parked or any other signs of break in.  A report was also filed with Kingston City Police and the owner of the car was informed. The stolen vehicle is a black 2003 Audi A-4 with a black leather interior.

February 9, 7:40 pm: Campus - A student contacted the ERC to report her vehicle was stolen right in front of her earlier that morning while parked near the corner of Clergy and Division Streets. The caller reported she parked the car at about 3am and left it to help a friend carry some belongings to their front door.  The car had been turned off but the keys were left in the ignition since the driver thought she'd be away from it for only a minute or two.  However, as she was walking away from the car, an unknown male jumped in and drove away.  

The student chased after the car and saw it hit another vehicle parked on Earl street before it reversed and sped off again.  The theft of the vehicle and property inside was reported to Kingston City Police as was a brief description of the suspect: A male in his early 20s, about 5'6" tall and possibly Asian.  He was wearing a tan hat and a blue or red jacket.


February 10, 7:57 am: Gordon Brockington House - A fire alarm activation was indicated for the Residence and both Security and KFD were informed to attend. It was soon concluded that a smoke detector activated on the fifth floor of Gordon House due to burnt food in the area. The system was reset and the incident cleared.

February 6, 7:52 pm: Leonard Hall - A fire alarm activation was indicated for the Residence and both Security and KFD were informed to attend.  It was soon discovered that a pull station had been maliciously activated on the west end of the third floor where one rubber glove was found.  The system was restored at 8:03 pm and the incident cleared.

At 9:45, a second fire alarm activated in Leonard Hall with Security and KFD again being informed to attend.  A first floor pull station was found activated for no apparent reason with another rubber glove found nearby.  KFD did a search of the building and then cleared the scene by 10:34 pm.

February 3, 7:15 pm: Leonard Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated for the Residence and both KFD and Security were informed to attend.  Respondents determined the active zone was located on the third floor east side, and upon arrival it was observed that a pull station next to the stairs had been activated. KFD judged the activation to be malicious, as there was no sign of smoke or fire, and the system was reset.

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. 


February 9, 7:06 pm: Grant Hall - A caller reported discovering a suspicious person inside the building that evening while an event was in progress.  The caller reported finding an unknown male going through the change rooms downstairs and fled the building when he was questioned about his presence.  He was described as a Caucasian male between 30 and 35 years old with black hair and a medium build. At the time of the incident he was wearing a brown jacket.

February 6, 1:06 pm: Etherington Hall - Campus Security received two call about a suspicious male inside the building, checking out offices and located inside one office crouched behind a desk.  He is described as an unkempt male in his mid 30s, between 5'6" and 5", thin build, possibly had a beard or was unshaven, missing a couple of his front teeth, and was wearing a dark color touque, dark jacket and pants, and carrying a dark backpack.  KGH Security was also informed of the incident and a description provided.

At 1:23 pm  KGH Security contacted the ERC to report they have the suspect with them.  The Security Supervisor met with their officer and the suspect to record the individual's ID. The suspect was subsequently identified and issued a verbal notice of prohibition, banning him from Campus.

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.


February 5, 1:30 pm: Jean Royce Hall - The Parking Department reported finding a vehicle with a fraudulent parking permit.  The Security Supervisor attended to take a report and the vehicle as towed from campus.  

February 3, 9:57 am: Mackintosh Corry Hall - Parking staff reported finding a vehicle with a forged parking permit.  The Security Supervisor attended to record information and the vehicle was towed from campus.

February 3, 9:07 am: Campus - The Parking department requested Security attend and meet their staff in the small lot across from Chernoff hall where a vehicle as using a forged parking permit.  The Security Supervisor attended and met with Parking staff and the vehicle owner.  The owner was ticketed and the incident may be followed up by the Parking Department administration.


February 1, 1:50 am: Leonard Field - A caller reported 7 or 8 people - males and females - were streaking across the Leonard Field.  Security attended immediately but the group had disappeared by the time they arrived. 

January 31, 9:12 am: PhysEd Centre - Staff contacted the ERC to report two male streakers just ran through the Bartlett gym twice while a basketball game was in progress.  Security attended but were unable to locate the individuals or get a description.



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