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ARCHIVE: December 2003

BREAK & ENTER / ATTEMPTED B&E - HOUSE / RESIDENCE ROOM:

Dec 30, 3:43 pm: Student Housing - A student reported their house had been broken into during the previous few days.  The caller believed the perpetrator accessed the house through a window and damaged a rear door while exiting.  Two computer, two stereos and a number of CDs & videos were stolen.

Dec 18, 9:35 pm: Student Housing Area - Kingston City Police informed a Security Patrol that a break and Enter had occurred at a house on Johnson Street just North of main campus.  The suspect was described as being an Asian male about 5'10" tall with a medium build.  He was last seen wearing baggy pants and carrying a laptop.

Dec 6, 7:50 pm: Student Housing Area - A student residing near Campus reported someone entered their house and stole a Toshiba S200 laptop computer w. a Lakehead University sticker on it ( serial#  71017815 ).  Caller stated the house was likely entered between 5:30 and 7:50 pm while there were between three and six people inside the house but the front door was left unlocked.  Later in the evening, another housemate confirmed her black wallet was missing and presumed also stolen during that time. A report was additionally filed with Kingston City Police.

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).


BREAK & ENTER (QUEEN'S PROPERTY):

Dec. 29, 6:33 am: Integrated Learning Center - A construction foreman contacted the ERC to report their offices at the site had been broken into.  The Security Supervisor met with the caller and was shown four windows that were smashed out, as well as an office that had been forcibly entered. A number of items were stolen from inside and a computer was smashed and its hard drive stolen.  Kingston City Police were also informed of the incident with Officers attending to take a report and an Ident Unit on scene to collect evidence.

Dec 19, 4:51 am: JDUC - An intrusion alarm was indicated for Alfie's Pub followed by a series of related alarms. Security & Police were informed of the alarm with the Security Supervisor and a Patrol arriving within 10 seconds to observe two men coming up the stairs from the pub. 

When approached, the two claimed to be looking for their stolen bikes and then walked off in different directions. Security did a quick check of the pub and spotted obvious signs of forced entry, then followed one of the suspects in the Security vehicle.  The man expressed displeasure at being followed but was informed they were merely trying to assist him in locating his stolen bicycle. Soon afterwards City Police pulled up and took the man into custody. As Security was discussing the incident with Officers, the second suspect walked up and was also placed under arrest.

KPD's IDent Unit attended the pub later in the morning to gather evidence and a Physical Plant Services tradesman repaired structural damage caused in the break in.

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.
 


MISCHIEF UNDER $5000:

Dec. 23, 3:07 pm: Integrated Learning Centre - A construction contractor reported finding some graffiti on some interior walls and other signs of unauthorized activity inside the building.  The Security Supervisor attended to investigate the scene and arranged extra Patrol checks for the remainder of the holidays. The contractor was also advised to file a report with Kingston City Police.

Dec 7, 8:40 pm: Walter Light Hall -While performing a routine check of the building, the Security Supervisor discovered a window purposely cut or engraved with a spiderweb design. The information was passed to Physical Plant Services for possible replacement.

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.


MISCELLANEOUS:

Dec 22, 4:32 pm: Campus - A staff member informed the ERC of a strange smell in a building's basement; describing the odour as smelling like someone was "cooking a dead mouse". The Security Supervisor attended and it was determined the odour was coming from a refrigerator in the area. Its contents were moved to another fridge and it was left unplugged until it could be looked at by a technician.  A check later in the night revealed the smell had more or less dissipated.

Dec 21, 5:35 pm: Student Housing Area - A member of the AMS Holiday House Check Program contacted the Campus Security to report finding a rear window broken on an Albert Street house.  The Security Supervisor attended and confirmed one of the windows was broken at the top but had already been boarded up. The Apartment & Housing Department was informed so more permanent repairs could be made.

Dec 16, 5:38: Grant Hall - A caller reported parking their car behind the building earlier in the day and returned to find it had been damaged by falling snow.  The vehicle's windshield was cracked and a dumpster nearby was also reportedly damaged.
This incident is similar to last February, when a car roof and windshield was damaged by snow and ice falling from Waldron Tower. 
3 photos of vehicle damage in Feb 2003 incident (100kb) / S2

Dec 13, 1:05 am: Gordon Brockington House - The ERC received a call that a group of very intoxicated students had just left the Residence stating they were going for a swim in the lake.  The caller was concerned for the group's safety so a Security Patrol was instructed to check the area.  Within 10 minutes the patrol reported no one was found in the vicinity of the lake or outside the Residence.

Dec 11, 10:00 pm: Victoria Hall - A custodian informed the ERC that a vending machine was broken into in the Residence's lobby and some products appear to have been stolen.  He and another custodian removed the remaining products and put them behind the front desk and the ERC contacted the machine owner to attend and make repairs.

Dec 7, 2:17 pm: Off Campus - The owner of a bed & breakfast business close to main campus reported a sign was stolen from their porch area a week earlier.  It has a King Street address on it, is burgundy with black writing, and trimmed in gold paint. If anyone knows the whereabouts of this sign, the owner has asked it be returned with "no questions asked".

Dec 3: 5:38 pm: Biosciences Complex - A student contacted the ERC to report a vending machine in the building had been broken into. Security attended to find the glass completely shattered and it appeared select items had been removed from inside.  A custodian was contacted for clean up and a Patrol monitored the machine until the owners were able to arrive on campus to make repairs and remove the remaining products.

Dec 2, 12:04 am: Campus - The ERC was informed a large group of students were banging on cars in the area of Victoria Hall on Queen's Crescent.  The Security Supervisor and a Patrol attended the scene to observe about 100 students engaged in snowball fights and taking pictures. Aside from receiving a couple of noise complaints and a call that some individuals were throwing snowballs at Residence windows the participants were not disruptive. Security monitored the activity to ensure no one fell or otherwise was injured and the scene was cleared by about 1:00 am.

Dec 1, 1:03 am: Off Campus - Kingston City Police reported an individual was arrested that night and found to be in possession of a Queen's cheerleader jacket. KPD asked if a theft or lost report of this item was placed with Campus Security.  No report had been filed and anyone who may have lost this jacket can contact City Police at 549-4660 (ext "0").  

Please report any lost or found property at our Lost & Found page's online form.


THEFT UNDER $5000:

Dec 19, 8:39 am: Campus - Staff reported a Mettler PJ6000 Top Loading electronic balance was stolen between December 15 and 18th. A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

Dec 19, 10:00 am: Biosciences Complex -  Two separate reports were filed by staff members stating wallets were rifled through while left unattended in a lab. In both cases the wallets were left behind in the same position but credit cards and other identification were removed.  Their absence was noticed later in the day and credit card companies confirmed small "test" transactions had been made on the cards, followed by at least one substantial purchase soon afterwards. The cards and ID were cancelled and Kingston City Police were informed.

Dec 15, 2:29 am: JDUC - A custodian reported seeing a suspicious male lurking in an alleyway between the JDUC & PhysEd Centre. The Security Supervisor was informed to attend and a few minutes later the ERC received a report from a student claiming his jacket and backpack were just stolen from the JDUC. He was informed a suspect may have been spotted and instructed to wait with custodial staff until Security was able to confirm the individual had his property.

The Security Supervisor and a Patrol met with the custodian who'd spotted the man rifling through a backpack in the alley. When the male noticed he was being watched, he ran up some stairs to an emergency exit and tried to hide in the dark.  At that point Kingston City Police were requested to attend just as the suspect came down the stairs and claimed the jacket and backpack belonged to a friend. However the student was able to confirm the property was his, causing the suspect to become confrontation and belligerent with Security just as KPD arrived on scene. After a brief discussion he was placed under arrest for theft and transported downtown.

He is described as being about 5' 8" tall, 150 lbs, approximately 25-30 years old with scruffy brown hair and a short beard. At the time of this incident he was wearing a multi coloured toque and a green jacket.

Dec 10, 2:25 pm: Douglas Library - A student reported accidentally forgetting her purse in a washroom and then returned 15 minutes later to find it missing.  She checked with library staff but it was not turned in and presumed stolen.  It is a blue denim change purse that contained her ID and bank cards that the student immediately cancelled.

Dec 4, 11:52 pm: MacDonald Hall - A custodian contacted the ERC to report discovering a backpack in the student lounge with its contents scattered around.  The Security Supervisor picked up the bag and left it for the department's Lost & Found coordinator.

Dec 4, 6:00 pm: An Clachan Complex - A tenant at An Clachan reported discovering his car battery was stolen from under the hood sometime during the previous day.  A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

Dec 2, 7:45 pm: Ontario Hall - A student reported her purse and backpack were stolen while left unattended in an empty room between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. It is a green backpack and a beige color purse with two pockets.  

Please do not leave personal items unattended and/or unsecured, 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.


FIRE (ALARM) RELATED:

Dec 18, 3:17 am: Victoria Hall - A fire alarm activated in the Residence and KFD & Security were informed to attend.  While a Patrol accessed evacuating students into a nearby building to stay warm, the Security Supervisor and KFD met with Residence staff and attended the second floor of E & C wings. There they found a thick haze in the air, obviously due to someone maliciously expelling a fire extinguisher and setting off a detector. KFD ventilated the area and then Security reset the fire alarm system at 3:46 am.  The names of three students who did not evacuate the building during the alarm were recorded by Residence staff.

Dec 13, 3:08 am: Leonard Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated for the Residence and both KFD & Security were informed to attend. Upon arrival it was determined the active zone was located on the south west 1st floor area where they found a pull station activated for no apparent reason.  The system was reset by Security who cleared the scene along with KFD.

Dec 13, 1:54 am: Albert St. Residence - A fire alarm activated in the Residence and Security & KFD were contacted to attend. Upon arrival it was determined a pull station had been activated maliciously and reset by Security at 2:02 am.  Four males had been witnessed fleeing from the building immediately after the alarm activated and believed responsible for the alarm.

Dec 13, 12:59 pm: Waldron Tower - An active fire alarm was received at the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend. The front desk clerk contacted the ERC to report observing an unknown male activate a nearby pull station before fleeing the building.  Security & KFD confirmed the alarm was activated maliciously - no sign of smoke or fire in the building - and the system was reset at 1:06 am.

Dec 5, 1:42 am: Victoria Hall - The ERC received a fire alarm indication for the Residence and contacted Security & KFD to attend.  Upon arrival it was determined the active zone was located in the E wing stairwell where a pull station was found activated for no reason.  The fire system was reset at 1:54 am and students who evacuated the building and then accessed to a nearby building to stay warm were allowed back in.

Dec 3, 6:03 pm: University Club - Staff reported smoke coming from an electrical box - they turned off the breakers and at the request of the Security Supervisor activated the fire alarm. Upon Security's arrival, and as the building was being evacuated, the panel started smoking again and KFD were requested to attend and assess the problem.  An electrician was also called in and later determined the problem originate in the building's dumbwaiter (elevator). KFD ventilated the area with large fans and cleared the scene at 6:40 pm.

Anyone with information about these incidents (or any malicious alarm activations) is requested to contact the Emergency Report Center at 533-6111.

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.


ALARMED AREAS FOUND UNARMED:

Dec 14, 9:52 pm:  Campus - Security Patrol, while doing an interior building check, found an alarmed area with an unarmed system. The Security Supervisor was informed, attended, ensured the area was secure, and armed the alarm system.

Dec 8, 5:20 am: Campus -  Similar incident as above.

Dec 6, 4:24 am: Campus - Similar incident as above.

When leaving a room at the end of the day please ensure that the doors and windows are locked and secured and that all alarms are armed. 


SUSPICIOUS PERSONS / ACTIVITY:

Dec 14: 5:53 am: JDUC - The ERC received a report of a suspicious male harassing and yelling at staff in the building.  The Security Supervisor attended and informed the individual had already left the building. He was soon located outside and issued a verbal notice of prohibition banning him from the University.  
He is described as being about 5'8" tall, 140 lbs with short black hair and approximately 35 years old. At the time of this incident he was wearing a green jacket, a blue hooded sweatshirt, a blue toque and jeans.

Dec 10, 6:34 pm: Student Housing Area - A student residing in a house near campus contacted the ERC to report an unknown male is banging at her outside doors and trying to turn the (locked) doorknobs.  The Security Supervisor was informed and reported within two minutes that the man in question is a delivery person trying to drop off a package.  The ERC informed the student and the Security Supervisor accompanied the delivery person to the door where the package was handed over to one of the tenants.

Dec 8, 2:45 pm: Jock Harty Arena - A Security Supervisor attending the exams taking place in the arena spotted two young males who appeared to be 'scoping' out backpacks and purses left outside. Two other Security staff - nearby attending a separate incident - assisted in detaining the two individuals who claimed they were merely doing tricks with their bikes on the arena stairs.  They were ID'd and given verbal Notices of Prohibition banning them from University property.

Dec 7, 8:22 pm: Campus - A student contacted the ERC to report seeing two men exit a main campus building carrying a computer monitor.  The individual had already driven away but Security attended to search the building and took a report from the witness with suspect and vehicle details.

Dec 7, 8:19 pm: JDUC - A student contacted the ERC to report a suspicious man spotted in the building's public computing site. The Security Supervisor attended to meet the suspect who stated not having any identification on him - that it was in his car off campus - and confirmed he was not affiliated with the University. He was asked to leave the building and monitored as he walked to a car parked nearby. When the Security Supervisor approached him  for photo ID he continued to make excuses for not showing it so Kingston City Police were contacted to attend.  At that point the suspect became belligerent and confrontational until City Police arrived. However he also refused to provide Officers with ID so he was handcuffed and searched until his identification was located. At that point he was issued a Notice of Prohibition, banning him from University Property, and monitored by Police until he left campus.

The suspect is described as being a clean cut Caucasian male in his 40s with a french accent. He wore glasses and green/beige bomber jacket.

Dec 2, 11:40 pm: Summerhill - A student reported she and a friend were walking near Summerhill about 30 minutes earlier and spotted a male individual standing in the middle of a treed area.  The caller thought he looked out of place at that time of night and wanted Security to be aware of the incident.  The only description available was that the man was wearing a dark puffy jacket and dark toque.  Security searched the area immediately but were unable to locate the individual there or elsewhere on 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.  


UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITY:

Dec 12, 11:55 am: Campus - Campus Security was informed the Engineer 'jacket slamming' ritual was about to take place on campus. Security staff attempted to direct the group to the Clark Hall area but instead they gathered at the intersection of Union & University Ave, blocking traffic while slamming their jackets.  Security staff attempted to divert vehicles away from the intersection and dealt with a number of motorists who were angered by the event. One Security Supervisor assisted a distraught older gentleman on his way to KGH for medical treatment, managing to help get his vehicle turned around and provided directions for an alternate route to the hospital.  The jacket slamming continued for another 40 minutes before the group dispersed. 


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

Dec 10, 12:27 pm: JDUC - Regional Ambulance dispatch informed the ERC they had paramedics attending the Queen's Pub for an individual having a seizure.  The Security Supervisor was informed and met with ambulance attendants who tended to a TSN camera operator who was covering a press conference in the Pub.  After being briefly assessed by paramedics, he was transported to KGH for further treatment.

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.


VEHICLE BREAK-IN:

Dec 9, 9:20 pm: Donald Gordon Center - The front desk clerk contacted Campus Security to report a vehicle had been broken into while parked in their lot between 6:00 and 8:00 pm that evening.  The owner confirmed a stereo was stolen from inside.

There were 28 incidents recorded as "Theft from Vehicle" in 2002 and 16 such incidents in 2001. If you have to leave valuables inside your vehicle, be sure to lock them in the trunk - never leave them where they can be seen from outside the vehicle.


BIKE THEFTS:

Dec 4, 11:24 pm: Student Housing Area - A student residing on Brock Street reported her turquoise blue "Supercycle" bike was stolen from her backyard.  Caller was also transferred to Kingston City Police to file a report with their department.

Bicycles should always be locked up. However, even a locked bike can be vandalized or stolen. There were 51 reports of bikes/bike parts stolen in 2002, 52 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.


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