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ARCHIVE: January 2005

MISCELLANEOUS / GENERAL ASSISTANCE:

January 31, 4:20 pm: West Campus - A student contacted Security to report he was unable to start his car - left parked in the West Campus lot - and called a tow truck to take it to a garage. However when the tow truck driver arrived, they discovered his car wouldn't start because someone had cut off and stolen his gas tank..  The vehicle was subsequently towed from the lot and the student advised to file a report with Kingston City Police.

January 31, 2:25 am: Residences - The ERC was informed a group of students had climbed up onto the roof of one of the Residence buildings.  The Security Supervisor attended and spoke to the group - who explained they were trying to build a snowman on the roof - and asked them to leave due to safety concerns.  The students were cooperative and returned back inside for the night.

January 11, 11:45 pm: Student Housing Area - A caller reported an individual believed to be a student had been laying on a snow bank for a while, then jumped up and began running in the streets.  The Security Supervisor located the intoxicated male in the middle of the street and - concerned for his safety - convinced him to accept a ride home, where he was dropped off safely.

January 12, 6:00 pm: Ban Righ Hall - While enroute to another incident, the Security Supervisor observed a group of students sledding down a hill on cafeteria trays.  Security informed the students that area was not safe for sledding and they complied when asked to return the trays to the cafeteria.


THEFT UNDER $5000 (OTHER):

January 30, 1:22 pm: Theological Hall - A student reported her bag was stolen from outside the Chapel while left unattended for a brief time. It is a black "Mountain Equipment Co-Op" shoulder bag.

January 28, 10:20 am: Campus - Campus Security was informed two staff members discovered small amounts of cash had been stolen from their purses while left unattended - one in an unlocked office and the other in a public area.

January 7, 4:30 pm: JDUC - A custodian reported a vending machine had been broken into. Its owners were contacted and informed to attend and make repairs.

Please do not leave personal items unattended and/or unsecured, even for a brief time. There were 82 reported incidents of thefts under $5000 (not involving Queen's property) in 2004.  There were 124 such incidents reported in 2003, 149 in 2002, 149 in 2001, 109 in 2000, 276 in 1999, and 206 in 1998.


MISCHIEF UNDER $5000:

January 30, 12:20 am: Mackintosh Corry Hall - The ERC was informed a glass window pane had been smashed out of an exterior door, allowing access to the building.  Security attended and confirmed the report, arranging for a custodian to clean up the glass and requesting a contractor be called in to repair the damage.

January 25, 7:05 pm: McArthur Hall - A caller reported the glass in an exterior door had been kicked in.  Security attended to confirm the report and a PSS tradesman was called in for clean up and to make temporary repairs.

January 23, 12:51 am: JDUC - The ERC was informed a pane of glass had been shattered in an outside door.  A Custodian was dispatched to clean the glass from the floor and remove any shards still in the door frame. Since it was an interior door there was no security concerns for the building so repairs were left until the next work day.

January 15, 2:15 am: JDUC - A caller reported witnessing three males kick in the glass pane of an exterior door at the building. A brief description was provided and the suspects were later seen entering one of the Residences on campus.  Security was not able to relocate those individuals but a subsequent check of the JDUC revealed the North entrance doors had been similarly vandalized.  A contractor was called in by the ERC and repaired the damage.

January 14, 6:40 pm: McNeill House - A student contacted the ERC to report a male individual had just run right into one of the main doors of the Residence, cracking the glass in the door although it stayed intact.  According to the caller, the individual was with a couple of friends and smelled of alcohol. A description of the group - who had already fled the scene - was provided, and Security searched the surrounding area, but they were not located. The Security Supervisor checked the damaged door and had a contractor called-in to make repairs. 

January 14, 3:20 pm: Richardson Stadium - The ERC received a report that some graffiti had been spray painted on a west campus bus shelter and onto a 'blue light' emergency phone. Physical Plant Services were notified and asked to have it removed asap.

January 3, 1:30 pm: Campus - A staff member reported spotting some damage to an exterior door and piece of metal fall from the latch area when it was unlocked and opened for the day.  Security attended and determined someone may have attempted to pry the door open during the previous night, but broke the tip off of the tool they were using - possibly a small chisel. Physical Plant Services were informed to repair the damage and install additional security features to the door. 

January 1, 3:45 pm: McArthur Hall - The ERC was informed a window had been shattered in the building and the Security Supervisor dispatched to meet the caller.  Upon arrival they were shown an east exterior window that had been shattered, but an interior check determined no access was gained. A contractor was called in to repair the damage and completed the repairs a short time later.

Campus Security dealt with 46 "Mischief Under $5000" incidents in 2004. There were 123 such incidents 2003, 110 in 2002, 104 in 2001, 118 in 2000, 82 in 1999, and 98 in 1998.


FIRE (ALARM) RELATED:

January 29, 6:10 pm: Graduate Club - A fire alarm activated in the building and KFD, along with Security, was informed to attend.  Upon arrival they determined a 3rd floor pull station had been activated, and informed by staff it was accidentally hit during an event set-up.  Security reset the system while KFD cleared the call.

January 30, 12:15 am: Graduate Club - A fire alarm activation was indicated for the building and both KFD and Security were informed to attend.  They soon determined a 3rd floor pull station had been activated for no apparent reason - the system was reset by Security and KFD cleared the scene.

January 28, 1:00 am: Victoria Hall - A fire alarm signal was received for the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed.  Security Supervisor and a Patrol attended the scene, with the Patrol opening a nearby building for students to stay warm in and the Supervisors meeting up with KFD.  It was soon determined a pull station had been maliciously activated near the E-Wing exit doors.  Security reset the alarm system at 1:10 am and KFD cleared the scene.

January 25, 2:20 pm: MacDonald Hall - A fire alarm activation was indicated for the building and both Security & KFD were informed to attend.  Upon arrival Security observed a smoky haze coming from the ventilation system. KFD - just arriving on scene -  were updated and EH&S staff were informed to attend as well. At 2:36 pm, Physical Plant Services staff determined the source of smoke was a heater system in the building that was subsequently shut down. The area was ventilated by KFD and the building reopened a short time later. 

January 24, 9:25 am: An Clachan Complex - Fire Monitoring Canada dispatch reported a fire alarm active in one of the complex's buildings - the ERC informed Security and Apartment & Housing staff to attend.  It was soon discovered a detector was activated due to smoke from a burnt cooking pot and A&H staff reset the fire alarm system.

January 18, 4:55 pm: Ban Righ Hall - A fire alarm activated in the Residence and both KFD and Security were informed to attend. A smoky haze was observed as they entered the basement area, but it was quickly determined to be a steam leak.  KFD cleared the scene and Security performed a 'fire watch' until a PPS tradesman arrived and repaired the leak.

January 9, 9:45 am: An Clachan Complex - A fire alarm activated for building 6-12 in the complex and both KFD and Security were informed to attend.  Soon after arrival they were informed a detector had activated due to cooking smoke in one of the apartments. The superintendent reset the alarm system and the incident was cleared by Security & KFD.

January 1, 12:45 am: Leggett Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated for the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend.  Upon arrival it was determined a detector on the third floor had been activated and attending that area revealed someone had maliciously discharged a fire extinguisher. KFD cleared the scene and Security reset the system after the dust had settled.

There were 30 fire alarm activations categorized as "malicious" in 2004. There were 47 such incidents in 2003, 32 in 2002, 28 in 2001, 27 in 2000, 19 in 1999 and 26 in 1998. Please see our Stats link for additional statistical information.


THEFT (QUEEN'S PROPERTY):

January 27, 11:45 am: Campus - A staff member contacted Campus Security to report an "Infocus Model LP425" data projector was stolen from a room during the previous day.  It was described as being about three years old, silver in colour (brushed aluminum) with purple buttons.

January 3, 3:30 pm: Campus - Staff reported a computer CPU was stolen from a building sometime over the holiday break - likely between December 30 and 31st.  The CPU is in a black case and the serial# on it is A53478099 . It was also marked with indelible black ink, identifying it as being Queen's University property.

There were 49 theft and 15 Break & Enter incidents involving Queen's property in 2004.  There were 51 theft and 37 B&Es in 2003, 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.
 


INAPPROPRIATE USE OF A COMPUTER:

January 24, 9:50 am: Campus - The ERC received a report that a non-student male was viewing inappropriate websites on a library computer.  The Security Supervisor attended, spoke to the individual and instructed him to leave the premises.


BICYCLE / BIKE PARTS THEFT:

January 12, 1:00 pm: Student Housing Area - A student reported her bike was stolen from their backyard sometime during the previous night. It is a red & silver "Super Cycle" and had been kept in a shed outside.

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 86 reports of bikes/bike parts stolen in 2004, 31 in 2003, 51 in 2002, 52 in 2001 and 36 such reports in 2000.


ALARMED AREA FOUND UNARMED:

January 12, 5:00 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.

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.


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