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ARCHIVE: May 2004

SUSPICIOUS PERSON / ACTIVITY:

May 28, 1:35 pm: Campus - A staff member contacted Security to report seeing a suspicious looking man appear from between two parked vehicles while the caller was parking their own car.  He was described as being  in his early 50s, about 5'6" tall and had an unkempt appearance with a large stomach.  The Security Supervisor attended the scene immediately but was unable to locate anyone matching that description.

May 20, 8:45 am: Campus - A staff member contacted the ERC to report seeing two suspicious males in the building when the caller was leaving work the previous day.. The two appeared to be sleeping on couches when first observed and were described as appearing homeless - one about 6' tall with dirty blond hair and the other 5'6" with medium brown hair - with both having a slim build. Although the individuals left the lounge area when confronted, they were still inside the building when the staff person left for the day..

May 16, 6:15 pm: An Clachan Complex - A tenant reported being informed by a neighbour that one female and two male youths were witnessed attempting to steal the caller's barbeque outside about 30 minutes earlier.  The theft was unsuccessful because the bbq was locked up - no description was provided for the suspects.

May 11. 1:55 am: Campus - A Security Patrol on main campus reported a suspicious male was observed peering into windows and trying door handles at MacCorry Hall. A Security Supervisor met with the patrol and spoke to the individual who claimed to be looking for cigarette butts. However the individual was recognized as a person dealt with previously by Security and a database check determined he had been issued an NOP (Notice of Prohibition) banning him from University property.

Kingston City Police were contacted to attend while a Security Supervisor monitored the individual's progress as he walked from main campus through the student housing area.  He attempted to evade Security by cutting in behind some houses but a second Supervisor spotted him when he emerged on a nearby street. City Police were soon on scene and charged the man with Trespass to Property. KPD and Security staff cleared the incident at 2:45 am.

May 9, 1:05 am: An Clachan Complex - Kingston City Police dispatch contacted the ERC to report they were responding to the An Clachan complex for a call regarding a suspicious individual.   The Security Supervisor met with Officers and was informed a witness had seen an unknown man ride up to the complex on a bicycle, lock it to a post, and then cross the road to some nearby houses. There it appeared he was looking into one of the house's windows and ducking back down - after a short while he was seen entering one of the apartments in the An Clachan complex. Police located the individual in question and it was determined he had been picking flowers from a garden in front of the house across the street. He was cautioned that hi activities were illegal and let off with a warning. Security and KPD were clear at 1:37 am.

May 6, 7:10 am: JDUC - A caller reported there was a male individual inside the building who had previously been issued an NOP (Notice of Prohibition) by Campus Security. The Security Supervisor attended and confirmed the identity of the man - Kingston City were contacted and attended, charging the individual with Trespass to Property. KPD and Security cleared the scene by 07:48 am.

Please contact Campus Security (533-6111) immediately if you observe suspicious persons or activity. Campus Security dealt with 222 incidents classified as "Suspicious Persons" in 2003. There were 207 such incidents in 2002, 165 in 2001, 210 in 2000, 248 in 1999, and 201 in 1998 . 


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

May 27, 1:20 pm: Campus - While on mobile patrol of campus, the Security Supervisor was approached and informed of an individual experiencing medical distress near the corner of Union and Division Streets. He immediately confirmed the report and had the ERC contact Regional Ambulance dispatch.  The individual was tended to by an off-duty nurse until paramedics arrived within three minutes of the call.  He was treated briefly at the scene and then transported by ambulance to Kingston General Hospital.

May 22, 1:30 am: Student Housing Area - A caller reported their intoxicated friend required an ambulance after falling in the street and suffering a gash above his eyebrow.  Both Security and Regional Ambulance were informed of the incident and both arrived within a few minutes of the call. Since it was an off-campus location, Security cleared the scene as paramedics arrived.

May 7, 12:10 pm: Campus - An individual belonging to a conference staying at Queen's used an assistance phone to contact the ERC to report feeling very faint.  Security and First Aid staff were informed and met the caller at the phone within a couple of minutes. It was learned the person had not eaten anything that day, so responding personnel provided a drink and a hotdog from a nearby barbeque being put on by a conference group outside.  

Campus Security responded to 246 Medical Assistance (Injury/Ambulance Request) calls in 2003.  There were 225 such incidents in 2002, 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.


BREAK & ENTER / THEFT (QUEEN'S PROPERTY):

May 25, 6:00 pm: Campus - A Queen's staff member contacted the ERC to report he believe his laptop computer was stolen from the back of his van while he was unloading. He believes it may have been stolen by one of a group of young males on BMX bikes - likely when another youth was distracting him. The suspects had already fled the area by that time and a subsequent search of the vicinity was unsuccessful in locating them.

However the next evening that staff member spotted the same group of bikers on campus and detained one of the youths before contacting Security. Kingston City Police were requested to attended soon afterwards, and although the individual initially denied knowing anything about the stolen laptop he later implied possibly being able to assist in its return..  City Police spoke with the young male and are currently investigating this theft.

May 20, 8:40 am: Campus - Staff contacted Security to report an office area was entered overnight and a small safe pried open. Nothing else in the office was touched but the small amount of cash kept in the safe was taken.  Kingston City Police were also informed and an officer met with staff and Security to investigate the scene.

May 18, 09:00 am: Campus - Staff contacted Security to report an attempted break & enter incident at one of their offices. They noticed pry marks on the door frame but access was not gained to the room inside.  Security attended to do a through check of the area and confirmed nothing was missing or disturbed.

May 17, 1:30 pm: Off Campus - Kingston City Police contacted Security to report they recovered a laptop computer & monitor - previously stolen from Queen's - during a local police raid. The property will be held by police as evidence and then turned over to the Queen's Computer Store.

May 17, 9:00 am: Campus - Staff report a laptop computer was missing from an office and presumed stolen sometime during the previous few days.  It is a  black Toshiba Satellite Pro with CDRW and DVD (serial# 23131584PT) and was inside a Queen's ITS carrying case along with assorted peripherals.

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. 
There were 51 theft and 37 Break & Enter incidents involving Queen's property in 2003.  There were 33 theft and 22 B&Es in 2002, 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.


BICYCLE / BIKE PARTS THEFT:

May 25, 9:20 am:  Victoria Hall - The Residence desk clerk informed Security that a bike was stolen from outside the building while locked to the bike racks overnight.  The owner of the bicycle did not want to file a report with Security so no details for the bike are available.

May 20, 10:00 pm: Botterell Hall - A caller reported his grey 'Huffy Ravine' bicycle was stolen while locked to the bike racks outside. Security staff were informed and he was advised to also file a report with Kingston City Police.

May 18, 10:00 am: Ontario Hall - A student reported his bike was stolen from campus that morning. It is a metallic blue 70's model triumph bicycle that was left unattended and unlocked behind Ontario Hall. The caller was also advised to file a report with Kingston City Police.

May 5, 8:30 am: Miller Hall - A student reported the rear wheel of his bicycle was stolen while his bike was locked to the racks between midnight and 8:30 am. He'd also noticed a bike seat was missing from a bicycle locked up outside Goodwin Hall and a broken lock was on the ground nearby. 

Bicycles should always be locked up. However, even a locked bike can be vandalized or stolen. 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.
There were 31 reports of bikes/bike parts stolen in 2003, 51 in 2002, 52 in 2001 and 36 such reports in 2000.


ANIMAL RELATED:

May 22, 1:30 pm: Harrison LeCaine Hall - While on patrol of campus, the Security Supervisor observed some birds attacking a baby squirrel that was also being pursued by some kids in the area.  The Supervisor captured the squirrel and put it in a box while the ERC contacted the City's Pest Control, but they would not attend since the squirrel was already in a box..
Baby squirrel An off-duty Security staff member was contacted and attended the office to take possession of the squirrel until other arrangements could be made.
Picture of Baby Squirrel /
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SECURITY ESCORT:

May 21, 3:00 pm: Campus - After monitoring the progress of a mother duck and her eggs, Security became aware the eggs had hatched and the group was looking for a way out of the high cement planter they found themselves in.  Staff put out some water for the ducklings and set up a ramp to assist in their descent from the planter. At about 5:20 pm the mother and (some of) the ducklings used the ramp to exit the planter and made their way towards the duck family being escorted off campus by security waterfront.  Since they would have to cross some busy roadways during the trek, Security and other University staff assisted the gaggle as they meandered towards the lake and eventually entered the water at 6:20 pm.
Pictures of Security escorting duck family off campus /
photos by Pete Freeborn
UPDATE: MAY 26 - Animated map added to pictures page.


MISCELLANEOUS / GENERAL ASSISTANCE:

May 21, 1:10 am: Student Housing Area - City Police contacted the ERC to request Security meet with one of their officers on University Avenue near main campus.  The Security Supervisor attended and was informed by the officer that he'd found an unmarked computer monitor sitting on the sidewalk at that location.  A check of nearby University buildings did not reveal any missing monitors, so the officer took possession of the item until the owner could be determined.

May 14, 11:40 am: West Campus - A conference member contacted the ERC to report her rented vehicle was damaged - likely by another car - sometime within the previous 12 hours.  Parking was informed and the Security Supervisor attended to meet the individual and advised her to also contact the rental company and Kingston City Police.
Picture (~25 kb)
of damaged vehicle / S6

May 3, 6:55 pm: Campus - The ERC received an alarm indication for audio/visual equipment on campus. Security was dispatched just as a caller reported setting off the alarm by accident. Security Supervisors reset the system and were told the group - part of a conference visiting Queen's - was trying to hook up a Playstation to a video projector when the alarm activated.  Since there were no ITS technicians available to assist them, the group moved to another area to hook up their game system.  


UNARMED INTRUSION ALARM:

May 20, 8:05 pm: Campus - A 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.

May 16, 4:50 am: Campus - Similar incident as above.

May 9, 4:20 am: Campus - Similar incident as above.

May 4, 12:10 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. 


DRIVE-BY EGGINGS:

May 16, 9:40 pm: Student Housing Area - The ERC received a report from a student who was egged by young males in a dark blue car as it drove by her near the corner of Earl and Barrie Streets. The caller was not injured in the incident - a search by Security Supervisors was unsuccessful in locating the vehicle or suspects.

May 16, 9:45 pm: Campus - A student contacted the ERC to report she and a friend were egged by occupants of a passing minivan while they were walking along University Avenue near the JDUC.  A search of the surrounding area by Security was unsuccessful in locating the perpetrators.

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


MISCHIEF UNDER $5000:

May 16, 6:07 pm: Student Housing Area - A student living near main campus reported someone threw a garbage can through their living room window.  The Security Supervisor spoke with the student but no suspects were described or subsequently located.

May 10, 10:25 pm: Off Campus - While on mobile patrol inside a University building, a Security Patrol spotted a vending machine had its face plate removed and the cash box was missing.  The machine's owners were informed of the incident so they could make repairs and file a report with Police.

Campus Security dealt with 123 "Mischief Under $5000" incidents in 2003. There were 110 such incidents 2002, 104 in 2001, 118 in 2000, 82 in 1999, and 98 in 1998.


BREAK & ENTER - HOUSE:

May 15, 4:40 pm: Student Housing Area - A student reported her house near main campus was unlawfully entered sometime between midnight and 9am. The caller reported the front door was left unlocked because one of the housemates had gone out without their keys, and at some point the house was entered and a green cotton purse was stolen along with credit cards and a cell phone inside.  The cards were cancelled by the student and a report was 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 immediately to Campus Security (533-6733) and to Kingston City Police (549-2111).


THEFT FROM VEHICLE:

May 12, 1:10 pm: Underground Garage - The Stuart Street Garage booth attendant contacted the ERC to report a patron there claiming her vehicle had been broken into.  The Security Supervisor met with the individual and was informed the break in must have happened between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm that day. Items stolen included a disk-man, a small amount of change, and a large number of CDs.  They were also advised to file a report with Kingston City Police.

May 12, 1:50 pm: Underground Garage - The garage's attendant reported there was a patron at the booth who had their vehicle broken into. Security met with the person who stated parking their car at 9:00 am that day and returning at 1:50 pm to discover property missing from inside. Property stolen included a baking mixer and three 'Rice Krispies' squares. It was advised that a report be also filed with Kingston City Police.

There were 9 incidents recorded as "Theft from Vehicle" in 2003 - 28 such incidents in 2002 and 16 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.


THEFT UNDER $5000:

May 9, 5:40 pm: Campus - A student reported a custom license plate was stolen off his vehicle while parked on Collingwood Street in front of the Gordon Brockington Residence.  A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

May 7, 10:30 am: Stauffer Library - Library staff reported a patron had their briefcase stolen sometime within the previous 20 minutes. The Security Supervisor attended to meet with the individual and was told they had left the briefcase under a desk unattended for about 15 minutes and returned to discover it had been stolen.  Security and library staff completed a thorough check of the library but were unable to locate the briefcase. The individual was advised to also file a report with Kingston City Police.

May 1, 3:20 pm: Victoria Hall - A student contacted the ERC to report her silver show rack was stolen from where it had been left unattended at the Residence's main entrance. The caller reported a witness saw an unknown man take the shoe rack, but no description was provided.

Please do not leave personal items unattended and/or unsecured, even for a brief time. There were 124 reported incidents of thefts under $5000 (not involving Queen's property) in 2003.  There were 149 such incidents reported in 2002, 149 in 2001, 109 in 2000, 276 in 1999, and 206 in 1998.


FIRE (ALARM) RELATED:

May 5, 3:47 am: Fleming Hall - A fire alarm activation was received for the building and both Security & KFD were informed. The alarm panel indicated a Halon system was active, at which point KFD requested University staff familiar with the area and system attend campus before they enter the affected area.  ITS and Physical Plant Services staff were contacted at home and KFD entered the room soon afterwards.  It was quickly determined the fire suppression system had not activated and there were no signs of fire. The system was reset by a PPS tradesman who completed his work at 5:45 am.


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