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ARCHIVE: December 2004

PROPERTY RECOVERED:

December 29, 2:55 pm: Student Housing Area - A Kingston City Police Officer reported his department had recovered a (stolen) laptop computer that may belong to a Queen's student.  A home phone number for the student was not available at the ERC, but his local address was determined. Security staff attended the student's house near main campus, finding it unoccupied and showing signs a break-in may have occurred. KPD was notified. 


ALARMED AREAS FOUND UNARMED:

December 26,1:45 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.

December 23, 2:30 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.


FIRE (ALARM) RELATED:

December 20, 3:25 am: Chernoff Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated for the building and both Security & KFD were informed to attend.  Upon arrival KFD discovered the building filled with a haze that a second crew quickly determined to be steam leak from a mechanical room. Physical Plant Services staff and external contractors were called in and the system was repaired a short time later.

December 12, 7:50 pm: An Clachan Complex - The Emergency Report Center was informed a fire alarm had activated at the complex and KFD were enroute. The Security Supervisor also dispatched to the scene and later reported the alarm had activated due to a grease fire in one of the apartments.

December 12, 7:20 pm: Chown Hall - A fire alarm was activated in the Residence and when Security & KFD arrived they were informed it had been caused by cooking smoke on the third floor. The alarm system was reset by Security and KFD cleared the scene.

December 8, 8:20 pm: Graduate Club - A fire alarm activated in the building and both Security & KFD responded. It was soon determined a pull station had been activated for no apparent reason on the third floor.  Security reset the system and KFD cleared the scene.

December 5, 7:43 am: Victoria Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated at the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend. Upon arrival, they were approached by a student who reported a detector activated after they'd burned some food.  The system was reset by Security 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.


BICYCLE / BIKE PARTS THEFT:

December 18, 5:50 pm: Jean Royce Hall - 17:49 - A student reported their bicycle was dismantled sometime within the previous month while locked up in the Residence's bike compound.  The only thing left of the bike was its frame - the tires and shock absorbers were removed by the perpetrators. The caller was also advised to file a report with Kingston City Police.

December 9, 7:50 pm: JDUC - While on his way into work, a Security Patrol Officer spotted a suspicious individual hunched over a bicycle locked to the building's southern most bike racks. The individual appeared to be doing something to the bike's lock but stopped when he noticed he was being watched. After a few more seconds, the suspect got up and quickly walked southward, then turned and entered the JDUC where he was lost in the crowd. Soon afterwards, the Patrol Officer and Security Supervisor did a thorough check of the JDUC and surrounding area, but were unable to locate the suspect.

The individual was described as being a Caucasian male, about 5'8" tall - at the time of this incident he was wearing khaki pants, a 2-tone winter jacket (blue on top & black on the bottom), and a red toque over top a white brimmed baseball hat. 

December 8, 4:17 pm: Craine Building - A student reported their bike was stolen sometime during that day.  It is a royal blue "Hard Rock" mountain bike with front shocks.

December 1, 4:41 pm: Stirling Hall - A student reported someone stole the wheels off his Trek mountain bike while it was parked outside the building.

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 via cell phone, assistance phone, pay phone or Emergency 'blue light' phone, etc.  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.


SUSPICIOUS PERSONS / ACTIVITY:

December 17, 11:00 am Campus - A Staff member reported hearing a local alarm from one of the rooms above their office, and then spotted a group of high school aged males running from the scene. A couple of other staff members pursued the youths but were unsuccessful in apprehending them. It was later determined the suspects may have been trying to steal - or otherwise remove - some furniture in the room that was connected to an alarm system, setting it off.  No descriptions were provided.

December 15, 12:40 am: Residences - A desk clerk contacted the ERC after being called by a Residence don who reported seeing flashing lights and a possible struggle taking place in the room of an adjacent Residence building.  The witness thought a fight might be in progress there and requested someone attend.  The desk clerk was advised to have a don inside the building check into the situation while Security staff attended the area in case they were needed.  However a short time later the desk called back to report all was fine - the don who attended the room discovered the resident was merely taking photographs and the earlier caller had seen the camera's flash being used..

December 13, 8:37 pm: MacDonald Hall - A caller reported spotting a man and woman in the building who had been identified as suspects in a laptop theft at the Law Library earlier this month.  The Security Supervisor dispatched to the area and another Supervisor soon reported encountering the couple at the PhysEd Center Arena.  When the on-duty Supervisor arrived, the suspects refused to provide ID and left the scene, at which point Kingston City Police were contacted. The Security Supervisor and a Patrol monitored the suspects' movements into the Student Housing Area - despite their attempts to elude Security - until Kingston City Police arrived and pulled over a taxi cab one of the suspects had just gotten into.

Security issued both individuals a Notice of Prohibition - banning them from University property - and cleared the scene.

Descriptions: 
MALE: Caucasian, approx. 6 ft tall and 200 lbs, with a  medium build and light colored hair. 
At the time of this incident he was wearing a black baseball cap, a black hoodie and jeans. 
FEMALE:  Caucasian, approx. 5'5" tall and 115 lbs with a slight build and dyed dark red hair. 
At the time of this incident she was wearing a blue jean jacket, dark green pants, and had been carrying an empty dark blue laptop bag  (briefcase style bag with a strap that goes around the neck and hangs to the side).

December 13, 5:13 pm: Student Housing Area - A student contacted the ERC to report an unknown man had entered their house about a half hour earlier.  The individual initially walked up the stairs to the second floor, then came back down and into the kitchen where he encountered one of the tenants. After a brief discussion, the student left the room to got one of the other housemates who confronted the man and asked him to leave. After taking a report, the ERC informed the Security Supervisor and transferred the caller to Kingston City Police.
The suspect was described as being a Caucasian male between 30 and 40 years old, with long brown hair and acne scars on his face. At the time of this incident he was wearing a black hoodie and had a dark colour jacket under his arm.

December 13, 5:15 pm: Student Housing Area - A student residing near main campus reported an unknown man had just come to their door requesting a cloth to clean a bleeding cut on his head.  The man had said he'd just been attacked but didn't provide many details and did not request an ambulance be called.  The description of that male was similar to the one provided in a Trespass report from that same neighborhood just a minute earlier (see above incident), and this caller was also transferred to Kingston City Police.  
The injured individual was a Caucasian man between 30 & 40 years old, with shaggy/spiky brown hair and wore a black leather jacket and jeans.

In a follow-up call, the ERC was informed Kingston City Police had attended and transported the man to hospital.

December 9, 11:00 pm: Student Housing Area - A student residing in a house near main campus reported someone entered their (unlocked) front door and stole a number of items. None of the students inside heard any noise and were unsure when the theft occurred, but believed it happened between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.  
The stolen property included an orange & white "Firefly" ski jacket, a set of keys on a blue & yellow Queen's lanyard, and a black jacket liner. The caller was also advised to file a report 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).

December 12, 2:45 am: Student Housing Area - A student reported she was walking off campus and noticed a car slow down and begin following her. It eventually stopped and the driver offered her a ride. When she declined the ride, he drove off and wasn't seen again, but the caller wanted Security to be aware of the incident.  The vehicle was briefly described as a newer model beige colour car and male driver was believed to be East Indian.

December 4, 5:30 pm: Off Campus - A student contacted the ERC to report a suspicious man may have been following her in his car while she was walking off campus. The caller stated she was heading down Division Street, just north of Princess Street, when she noticed a dark blue car slow down and follow her.  The vehicle then pulled into a parking lot and the driver exited the car. At that point the student ran to the house of someone she knew nearby and called the Emergency Report Center.  The Security Supervisor also spoke with the student and monitored campus for the suspect's vehicle that evening, but it was not spotted.

The vehicle was a dark blue, sedan-sized 4-door car.  And the driver was briefly described as a Caucasian male about 40 years old, balding and wore glasses. At the time of this incident he was wearing a dark blue puffy coat.

If you require an escort during the school year, please call Walkhome at 533-9255 (533-WALK).  According to their (former) website, Walkhome's escort boundaries are "south to Lake Ontario, west to West Campus, north to York St. (a few blocks north of Princess Street) and to east to Ontario street". If you require an escort from one area of campus to another after Walkhome's hours of operation, you can contact Campus Security at 533-6080 or by using a Campus emergency "blue light" phone, payphone or assistance phone .

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.


THEFT UNDER $5000 (OTHER):

December 16, 2:25 am: Residences - A don reported a student had their laptop computer and iPod stolen earlier in the evening. The victim reported the items were stolen from their room sometime between 2:30 and 7:00 pm while their room was left unlocked and unattended for short periods of time.

The stolen property included a pink iPod mini ( Serial # JQ432CMVQKK) and an Apple G4 Powerbook laptop (serial# UV42600MLPW). A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

December 2, 3:35 pm: Libraries - A student reported his "Toshiba Tecra" laptop computer was stolen from the Law Library in MacDonald Hall while it was left unattended.  Library staff reported spotting a suspicious looking couple leaving the area soon after the time they believe the theft took place. A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

At about 7:55 that evening, a Law student informed security he saw the same couple suspected to be involved with the earlier theft at MacDonald Hall theft wandering around inside Stauffer Library. He confronted the two, who claimed to be looking for someone they knew, and then approached the Commissionaire's desk to report the individuals - at which point the suspects hurriedly left the Library.  

The Security Supervisor dispatched to take a report and the campus was monitored for the remainder of the night, but the individuals were not located. They are described as:

(1) Caucasian male in his early 20s or 30s, short dark hair, between 5'7" and 5'9", around 220 lbs, and noticeable acne scars on his (pudgy) face. At the time of these incidents he was wearing a blue jean jacket, and baggy jeans with running shoes.

(2) Caucasian female in her early to mid 20s, about 5'3" to 5'5" tall with a very thin build, long dark "scraggly" hair with a reddish tint (may have a slight wave) and was wearing a jean jacket and bell bottom blue jeans. Witnesses also commented she had a "loud and annoying voice". 

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.


ASSAULT:

December 16, 2:10 am: JDUC - The Emergency Report Center was informed an individual had been assaulted just outside one of the pubs.  The perpetrators left the scene but were reportedly remaining in the area in an attempt to confront the target of the assault again.  Security located the two individuals and then had City Police contacted when the males became uncooperative and refused to identify themselves.  Police were on scene a short time later and determined both were Queen's students. The incident was forwarded to AMS Judicial and the two were served NOPs banning them from the pub.


GENERAL ASSISTANCE / MISCELLANEOUS:

December 15, 2:55 am: JDUC - Pub staff contacted the ERC to request assistance with three unruly and intoxicated males.  Security attended the pub and the individuals in question left upon their arrival.

December 15, 12:25 pm: JDUC - Staff at one of the building's pubs contacted the ERC to request assistance with two intoxicated & misbehaving patrons.  The Security Supervisor and a Patrol attended and were directed to a couple of males just outside, but the two left the area just before being approached by Security staff. 

December 5, 11:48 pm: Campus - A custodian contacted the ERC to report a vending machine had been broken into. Security attended and confirmed two machines had been damaged and accessed, then had the machine's owners contacted to arrange for repairs.


THEFT (QUEEN'S PROPERTY):

December 15, 12:50 am: Stauffer Library - The library's commissionaire reported the Christmas tree in the building's lobby had been vandalized - the top part of the tree had been stolen along with some "gift" boxes underneath and an extension cord.  The remaining decorations and tree were stored away behind the commissionaires desk. No suspect was identified in this incident.

December 2, 10:20 am: Campus - A staff member reported a laptop computer was stolen from an office. The room was unattended, with the door closed but not locked, while the owner was in an office next to it.  One and possibly two unknown males may have been involved in the theft.  One of the suspects is described as being a heavy set Caucasian male in his mid to late 20s, about 5' 9" tall with short light brown hair.  The stolen computer is a Toshiba Tecra S1 (PT831C-13EZL model) laptop computer, black with a silver top.   The serial number is 93014716S.

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.
 


MISCHIEF UNDER $5000:

December 9, 11:50 pm: Student Housing Area - While on mobile patrol of the Student Housing Area, Security noticed a parked vehicle had its rear window smashed. Upon closer inspection, it appeared the ignition & glove box were undisturbed and the only damage was to the window. Security cleared the scene and Kingston City Police were provided with details of the incident for their information and possible investigation.

December 9, 10:30 am: JDUC - Security received a report that a lower door pane of an exterior door had been smashed out. The Security Supervisor attended to confirm the damage and indicated a safety hazard existed from glass shards still in the door frame. The Physical Plant Services FIXIT desk was informed and sent a tradesperson to make repairs.

December 5, 2:50 am: Campus - While on mobile patrol of main campus, the Security Supervisor spotted an Emergency Phone that appeared to have been vandalized. Upon closer inspection it was confirmed a metal strapping had been cut or pried, possibly in an attempt to steal the phone.  The damaged and inoperable unit was brought to the Security Office and then reinstalled by Telecom staff a short time later.

December 4, 12:15 am: JDUC - The ERC was informed that a men's washroom had been vandalized. Security Supervisors attended and confirmed a number of ceiling tiles had been removed and a light fixture was torn from the ceiling.  Custodial staff were contacted for clean up and the washroom secured for the night until an electrician could attend to repair the light fixture.

December 3, 2:03 am: Student Housing Area - The ERC received a call from students residing in a Queen's owned house near campus who reported a window had just been shattered in their home.  The Security Supervisor attended and confirmed a screen and one of two panes of glass in the window had been damaged.  Apartment & Housing staff were informed and arrangements made to repair the window. Security monitored the area for the remainder of the night - no suspects were located.

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.


HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT:

December 9, 9:55 pm: Campus - The Stauffer Library Commissionaire contacted the ERC to report a vehicle had just flipped over at the corner of Alfred &Vehicle accident Union Streets.  The caller did not see anyone with injuries and stated someone had exited the vehicle and appeared fine.  Emergency Services were informed and Security staff attended.   They arrived to find five previous occupants of the jeep - now on its side - appearing uninjured and gasoline pouring out of the vehicle. KPD and KFD arrived on scene and it was learned the driver may have taken the corner too fast and the top heavy vehicle toppled over.  At 10:33 pm, a towing company righted the jeep and removed it from the scene. All occupants identified themselves as St Lawrence College students and no one affiliated with Queen's was injured or otherwise involved.
Picture from vehicle accident /
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December 7, 8:36 pm: Off Campus - Kingston City Police report a hit & run incident had occurred at about 8:26 pm near the corner of Union & Beverly Streets (one block west of Collingwood St).  The vehicle involved may have some damage to the bumper, hood or windshield and KPD requested they be informed if it was discovered abandoned in a University lot.  The vehicle was described only as being a dark coloured small car with front end damage, and was last seen headed east-bound (towards main campus) on Union Street.

If you witnessed this incident, or have any information, please contact Kingston City Police at 549-4660.


0FF-CAMPUS THEFT / ROBBERY:

UPDATE: Kingston City Police later reported this incident was a False Report.

December 3, 11:05 pm: Off Campus - Campus Security was informed a non-Queen's student had been robbed while walking through City Park, west of main campus.  While crossing the Park, the individual passed by two unknown females who were engaged in conversation. One of the females - who appeared to be holding a small paring knife at her side - approached the victim, demanded her wallet, and then pushed her to the ground.  After stealing a small amount of cash and possibly one credit card, the two suspects ran off. The victim then returned to campus where some Queen's students assisted her in contacting Security.  The Security Supervisor met with the individual and also contacted Kingston City Police who sent an officer to investigate.

The suspects were briefly described as (1) a female in her late teens or early 20s, a heavy-set or "chunky" build, with short blonde hair (2) a female in her late teens or early 20s. At the time of this incident, she was wearing a green jacket.

If you require an escort during the school year, please call Walkhome at 533-9255 (533-WALK).  According to their (former) website, Walkhome's escort boundaries are "south to Lake Ontario, west to West Campus, north to York St. (a few blocks north of Princess Street) and to east to Ontario street". If you require an escort from one area of campus to another after Walkhome's hours of operation, you can contact Campus Security at 533-6080 or by using a Campus emergency "blue light" phone, payphone or assistance phone .


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