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ARCHIVE: August 2004

BICYCLE / BIKE PARTS THEFT:

August 31, 4:10 pm: Biosciences Complex - The ERC received a report that the suspension system was stolen from a bicycle sometime during the day. The caller also reported other bikes nearby likewise appeared to have parts missing from them.

August 30, 11:10 pm: Student Housing Area - A student reported his bike was stolen from where he'd locked it to his front porch sometime between 2pm and 11:00 pm.  It is a black Arashi bike with blue stripes (serial # FW410115LV). The caller also filed a report with Kingston City Police.

August 30, 4:30 pm: Dupuis Hall - A caller reported the yellow front shocks and tire were stolen from his bike during the day while it was locked to the racks outside the building.  

August 8, 27: 4:30 pm: Stirling Hall -A student reported someone attempted to steal the front tire off his bike while it was locked to the racks outside. The caller noticed his wheel was bent and loose when he tried to ride the bike from the area. No other damage noticed.

August 26, 1:25 pm: Botterell Hall - A staff member contacted the ERC to report observing a group of five youths acting suspiciously near the building's bike racks. The Security Supervisor was informed to attend and while the caller was still on the line he observed one of the individuals with a set of bolt cutters.  At that point the staff member approached the youths who jumped on their own bikes and rode off heading east towards City Park.  The Security Supervisor drove up just as the group was fleeing, picked up the staff member, and together pursued the suspect seen with bolt cutters. They pulled up next to that youth on a nearby street and exited the vehicle to speak with him but, after initially staying put, he began riding away again.  However in his haste to escape, his feet kept slipping off the pedals and he apparently decided to drop the bike and run off behind some nearby houses. Security eventually lost the suspect but did retrieve the dropped bicycle and informed City Police of the incident. 

The youths were approximately 15 years of age.  The one with bolt cutters had a very slim build, wore glasses, and had light reddish hair. The bike retrieved by Security is a green Hurricane Pathfinder.

August 26, 9:00 am: Student Housing Area - Campus Security received an emailed report from a student reporting a bike theft from outside a house near main campus.  The bicycle was stolen sometime during the previous few days while the owner was out of town, and another bike parked nearby had disappeared and may have also been stolen.  The confirmed theft involved an older model red CCM bike with one tire rim noticeably newer than the other.  

August 25, 4:20 pm: Botterell Hall - A commissionaire contacted Security to report he'd found a note on his desk written yesterday by someone whose front bicycle tire was from outside.

August 25, 4:00 pm: Botterell Hall - A staff member phoned the ERC and requested Security attended to deal with a group of youths who appeared to be scoping out bicycles parked outside. The youths rode away when they noticed they were being watched by the caller and a subsequent search by Security was unsuccessful in locating them.

August 24, 6:15 am: Miller Hall - A student reported the front wheel of his bicycle was stolen while locked to the racks outside. The caller was also advised to file a report with Kingston City Police.

August 24, 1:30 pm: Biosciences Complex - A caller reported several pieces had been stolen off his bicycle while it was secured to the building's bike rack. The axle, reflectors and derailer bracket were stolen and the victim suspected they may have been taken by two suspicious youths witnessed nearby.

August 23, 12:45 pm: Harrison LeCaine Hall -  A caller reported her mountain bike - black with some blue & white - was stolen during the previous night.  It had been secured with an inexpensive lock and chain which was cut by the thief.  A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

August 19, 6:17 pm: MacDonald Hall - The ERC received a report that a bicycle was stolen from outside the building. It is a blue & silver 21 speed men's mountain bike that had been secured with a wrapped cable and padlock.

August 18, 7:30 pm: Victoria Hall - A caller reported his yellow & blue "Supercycle" - with large shocks and a black light mount - was stolen from the bike racks sometime during the previous weekend. He was also informed to file a report with Kingston City Police.

August 17, 12:25 am: Jean Royce Hall - A caller staying at the Jean Royce residence contacted the ERC to report just observing two youths steal a couple of bicycles from the compound outside. Although she yelled out at the thieves, they fled the scene on two of the three bikes they had cut the locks on.  The Security Supervisor attended the scene but was unable to locate the suspects or stolen bikes. A report was taken from the victim who described the stolen bicycles as being a red "Gary Fisher" bike with a blue bag on the back, and a child's grey coloured mountain bike.

Campus Security received a report the next morning that two additional bikes were stolen from the same area.

August 6, 2:35 pm: Walter Light Hall - The ERC received a report that a silver CCM mountain bike was stolen sometime during the previous evening. It had been secured with a wire coil lock that was cut by the perpetrators and left behind.

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. Check out our "locking up your bicycle" page for some helpful tips.
There were 31 reports of bikes/bike parts stolen in 2003, 51 in 2002, 52 in 2001 and 36 such reports in 2000.


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

August 29, 4:25 am: Student Housing Area - A Security Patrol discovered an unconscious male at the corner of Barrie & Clergy streets. The Security Supervisor attended the scene and requested the ERC inform Regional Ambulance & City Police.  All departments were on scene within minutes, along with Kingston Fire Department, and the individual - who appeared intoxicated -  was awoken and eventually driven away from the scene by Kingston City Police (likely to his home).

August 24, 12:20 pm: Jean Royce Hall - The Residence desk clerk contacted the ERC to report an elderly woman had just tripped outside and injured herself.  The caller requested an ambulance be called and both Regional Dispatch and Security were informed to attend.  The Security Supervisor was first on scene to meet the woman who was being tended to by an off-duty nurse. Paramedics arrived soon afterwards but their service was decline by the woman, who had suffered minor cuts to her shin and foot.  The Residence desk issued a taxi cab chit and she was transported to her home nearby.

August 24, 8:46 am: Stirling Hall - A caller using an Emergency Phone contacted the ERC to request an ambulance for a woman who had fallen from a bicycle and injured herself.  Both Security and Regional Ambulance dispatch were informed to attend with the Security Supervisor arriving first and assessing the individual a few minutes before paramedics were on scene.  The individual was treated briefly and then transported to KGH at 9:01 am.

August 23, 2:40 pm: Richardson Hall - Regional Ambulance dispatch contacted the ERC to report they were attending to a call involving an individual who had fallen on Campus.  The Security Supervisor was informed and arrived to find paramedics already treating the woman who had tripped on a sloped curb as she was walking.  She was transported to Kingston General Hospital by ambulance and Security cleared the scene soon afterwards.

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.


INAPPROPRIATE USE OF A COMPUTER:

August 24, 4:35 pm: Botterell Hall - A library commissionaire contacted the ERC and requested security attend to an individual viewing inappropriate material on a computer. The Security Supervisor attended and spoke to the person who was cooperative and agreed to leave the library.


SUSPICIOUS PERSON / ACTIVITY:

August 21, 10:45 am: Stauffer Library - Campus Security was informed that an individual was viewing inappropriate material on a computer in the library.  The Security Supervisor attended and spoke to the man who provided identification and confirmed he was not affiliated with the University.  He was issued a verbal Notice of Prohibition - banning him from the library - and escorted from the building.

August 20, 10:15 pm: JDUC - The ERC received a report of two suspicious men rummaging around the bottom part of the bank machines in the building. The Security Supervisor attended but was unable to locate the individuals in question - however he did confirm the suspects had been trying to access the ATMs' garbage bin (where deposit & withdrawal slips are often discarded). The Security company responsible for ATMs on campus was informed of the incident and a description of the two men provided.

They were described as follows: First male was heavy set, between 250 and 300 lbs, clean shaven with brown hair.  The second man was between 170 and 180 lbs with brown hair and wearing glasses and a ball cap.

August 16, 11:05 pm: Off Campus - A student reported being followed by an unknown man while she was walking just outside the student housing area on Princess Street about an hour earlier.  The caller reported she changed your route and walking speed a few times and the man continued to stay behind her.  After a short distance the student entered a business establishment and called friends to meet her there and provide an escort to her destination.  The suspect was described as being in his late 40s, with receding short gray hair and a gray mustache, a medium build and about 5'8" tall. 

August 6, 11:45 pm: Campus - A caller reported spotting a male individual who appeared to be propping open a building's doors with pine cones.  The suspect quickly left when he realized he was being watched, and was not located when Security attended to search the area.  
He was described as appearing "homeless", about 25 years old with shoulder length unkempt blond hair with a beard, and at the time of this incident was wearing a white T shirt along with dark blue or black jeans.

August 1, 1:10 am: Campus - The ERC received a report that a very intoxicated male had just walked by Goodes Hall and might be in need of assistance. The Security Supervisor attended and confirmed the individual appeared very inebriated and was not wearing shoes or a shirt. The man was also in the street and at one point walked over some broken glass. Kingston City Police were contacted to attend, as was Regional Ambulance due to the injury on his foot. Police were on scene within a few minutes at which point Campus Security returned to main campus.

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 .


MISCHIEF UNDER $5000:

August 21, 7:35 am: Mackintosh Corry Hall - A staff member contacted the ERC to report the window of an interior door had been smashed.  Security attended to search the building and confirmed no actual break-in had occurred. A tradesman was called in and repaired the damage within a couple of hours.

August 16, 10:50 pm: Campus - A caller reported his car - along with another vehicle parked on campus - were egged sometime within the previous two hours. The Security Supervisor attended the lot and confirmed the other vehicle was still there - a search of the surrounding area did not reveal any other egged cars or any suspects.

August 13, 2:50 pm: Student Housing Area - An email was sent to Campus Security reporting a rock was thrown through the window of a Queen's owned house during the previous night.  Access was not gained and there was no additional damage to the house or its contents. The damage was subsequently repaired by Apartment & Housing maintenance staff.

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.


UNARMED INTRUSION ALARM:

August 19, 3:00 am: 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.

August 17, 2:30 am: Campus - Similar incident as above.

August 11, 3:15 am: Campus - Similar incident as above.

August 9, 1:35 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.


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

August 9, 12:00 pm: Campus - Staff reported a top loading balance had been stolen from a lab recently. It is a Mettler PE360 model balance (serial# L30760) and had been engraved to identify it as belonging to "Queen's University Chemical Engineering".  A Report was also filed with Kingston City Police. 

August 9, 8:25 am: Campus - Staff contacted the ERC to report a computer monitor was missing from the lobby of a building on campus.  It is a black Panasonic plasma screen (Model# TH-42PWD4UY PLASMA / Serial # YB2140326) and was permanently marked with "Queen's Law" on the bottom.   Kingston City Police were also informed and their IDENT Unit attended later that day to collect evidence.

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.
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.
 


THEFT UNDER $5000:

August 7, 3:55 pm: Campus - A woman reported she tucked her purse underneath a bench on campus around 12:30 pm that day, and returned about three hours later to discover it had been stolen.  It is described as a small beige hand bag containing a red "Roots" brand wallet.

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:

August 5, 8:20 pm - An Clachan Complex - An active fire alarm was indicated for the Residential complex and both Security & KFD were informed to attend. Upon arrival it was soon determined a third floor pull station had been activated maliciously.  The system was reset at 8:28 pm and KFD cleared the scene.

There were 47 fire alarm activations categorized as "malicious" in 2003. There were 32 such incidents in 2002, 28 in 2001, 27 in 2000, 19 in 1999 and 26 in 1998. Please see our Stats link for additional statistical information.


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