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ARCHIVE: February 2005

MISCHIEF UNDER $5000:

February 28, 7:30 pm: JDUC - A Security Student patrol reported finding the glass in a south exterior door had been smashed out.  The Security Supervisor attended and requested a tradesman be called in. Temporary repairs were completed by the tradesman by 8:45 pm that evening.

February 21, 6:05 pm: Harkness Hall - A Residence desk clerk contacted the ERC to report glass had been smashed out of an interior main door of the building.  Maintenance staff attended to clean the broken glass and a tradesman was called in to make repairs.

February 12, 7:58 am: JDUC - A custodian reported a Union Street entrance to the building had a window smashed out of it.  He proceeded to clean up the broken glass and Security called in a PPS carpenter to make temporary repairs.

February 11, 3:20 am: JDUC - A caller reported hearing loud banging sounds near the south side of the building. Security attended and discovered a pane of glass had been shattered in a south entrance door.  Custodial were contacted to clean up the glass and a PPS carpenter called in to repair the damage, completing his work by 4:01 am.

February 6, 8:40 pm: Campus - A caller reported noticing a rear-view mirror had been torn off a University owned vehicle parked in a main campus lot.  The Security Supervisor attended the scene and observed the mirror was missing, with just some broken plastic on the ground nearby.  The department responsible for the vehicle was informed of the vandalism.

February 5, 4:00 am: Residences - A Don contacted the ERC to report two large rocks had just been thrown through the window of a student's room.  Security attended and arranged for custodial to clean up the glass and had a contractor called in to replace the window. 

February 5, 9:00 am: Residences - The ERC was informed a student woke up to discover someone had thrown a rock through his window sometime during the night or early morning. Custodial services attended for clean up and a contractor called in to replace the window.

February 5, 8:50 pm: Victoria Hall - Residence staff contacted the ERC to report some male individuals from another College/University (carrying a case of beer) had "tail gated" behind some residents and then entered a stairwell.  Some Dons were looking for the group (believed to have been dealt with by Security for disorderly behaviour on two previous occasions) and the Security Supervisor and a Patrol were also dispatched to Vic Hall. 

At 9:14 pm, the fire alarm system activated in the building and it was soon discovered a fire extinguisher had been discharged in an area the suspect group had been seen moments before. A cell phone - reportedly dropped by one of the individuals - was turned in to the desk clerk and the owner showed up a few minutes later to retrieve it.  He and his friends - claiming they hadn't been inside the Residence - provided ID and two were identified as having been dealt with on the earlier dates.  Kingston City Police were contacted to attend and the group were issued Notices of Prohibition, banning them from University property.  The individuals were monitored by Security until they made their way off campus at 10:43 pm.

February 4, 2:33 am: JDUC - A Security Patrol reported discovering a broken window in an interior second floor door.  The Security Supervisor attended and the arranged for a custodian to clean up the glass and for a contractor to attend and replace the broken window.

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:

February 28, 2:55 pm: Chown Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated for the Residence and KFD & Security were informed to attend. The building was searched by KFD but the cause of the alarm could not be determined. The fire alarm system was successfully reset by Security when KFD cleared the call.

February 28, 12:28 pm: Abramsky Hall - A fire alarm activated in the building and Security & KFD were contacted to attend. It was soon learned a detector had been activated by a burnt bagel and the system was reset a short time later. 

February 27, 10:40 pm: Chown Hall - The fire alarm system in the Residence activated and the ERC informed both KFD & Security to attend.  Soon after arriving the headed to the active zone and discovered a detector had been set off after someone heated up leg wax on a kitchen stove.  Residence staff were informed of the incident details and Security reset the alarm at 10:55 pm.

February 27, 00:58 am: Stauffer Library - A Student Patrol reported a natural gas smell in the library while doing their rounds - the Security Supervisor attended to confirm the report and had the Kingston Fire Department called in to check the area.  KFD determined there was a minor leak but were unable to locate the source, so PUC was contacted and they shut off the gas until the system could be permanently repaired.

February 23, 11:49 pm: Waldron Tower - A fire alarm activated in the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend. They soon discovered a pull station had been activated next to an emergency exit for no apparent reason.  The system was reset by Security at 00:02 am and KFD cleared the scene.

February 18, 4:30 am: Watts Hall - A fire alarm activated in the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend. A pull station was found activated for no apparent reason near one of the exits. Security reset the system at 4:38 am and KFD cleared the scene.

February 14, 8:42 am: Jean Royce Hall - An active fire alarm was indicated for the Residence and Security & KFD were informed to attend. Upon arrival they discovered a toaster in the servery had caught fire at the plug. Kitchen staff had activated the fire alarm system as they switched off the breaker to the toaster.  The fire alarm was reset by Security and an electrician contacted to check the electrical system.

February 13, 12:26 pm: An Clachan - The ERC was informed a fire alarm had activated in the complex and informed KFD & Security to attend.  The City 911 Operator called soon afterwards to report an ambulance was enroute for a person how had suffered burns to his hands.  The Security Supervisor later reported some cooking oil had caught on fire and the tenant injured himself while attempting to extinguish the flames.  

February 8, 2:09 am: Waldron Tower - A fire activated in the Residence and KFD & Security were dispatched to the scene. No definite cause was determined for the alarm, although there was a noticeable perfume smell in the zone affected.  KFD cleared the scene and the alarm system was reset by Security at 2:33 am.

February 6, 12:55 am: Victoria Hall - A fire alarm was indicated for the Residence and both Security & KFD were informed to attend.  Soon after arriving it was discovered someone had maliciously activated a pull station near an exit.  Security reset the system at 1:04 am and KFD cleared the scene.

February 5, 8:00 pm: Victoria Hall - The fire alarm system activated in the Residence and KFD & Security were informed to attend. Upon arrival they were met by a student who reported he'd been playing with a ball in the ground floor common room and hit one of the heat detectors which activated the alarm.  Details were provided to Residence staff and a PPS electrician was called in to replace the damaged detector.

February 2, 8:45 pm: Grad Club - Kingston Fire Department dispatch reported they were enroute to the building after receiving a call of smoky haze in the basement.  Security staff were informed and attended the scene, meeting up with KFD who had just determined the haze had been caused by a dusty wall heater that had recently been turned on.  It was shut down and KFD cleared the scene when it was apparent the problem had been rectified.

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.


BREAK-IN (QUEEN'S PROPERTY):

February 28, 8:30 am: Campus - Staff reported an office or offices in their department had been entered over the weekend and some cash was stolen along with a few filing cabinets rifled through.  The Security Supervisor attended to take a report and Kingston Police were informed.

February 20, 6:08 pm: Campus - The ERC received a report that some office areas in the building were broken into within the previous hour and a half.  The Security Supervisor attended and observed some office doors had been damaged and accessed, but it was later learned nothing of value had been stolen from inside.  Some suspicious individuals had been seen in the building earlier but were not located when the area was searched. Kingston City Police attended to investigate the incident and a tradesman called in to repair the damage.

At 7:44 pm, a Security Patrol reported observing individuals exiting Mackintosh Corry Hall who matched the earlier provided descriptions. Supervisors located the suspects as they entered a vehicle and quickly drove off Campus.  Kingston City Police had already been informed and were updated on the vehicle's location as it headed west on King Street - a number of Police cruisers were observed heading in that direction but it was later learned the suspects were not apprehended. Additional vehicle details were provided to KPD.

The suspects' vehicle is a red Ford Contour and the individuals were described as follows: 

(1) 6'1" tall and approx 180 lbs, pock-marked face, long dark colour hair, wearing a a two-tone brown coat and a black ball cap (with a Montreal Canadians emblem).   
(2) 5'10" and approx. 220 lbs with short dark hair, wearing a green coat and carrying a nylon dark colour duffle bag.
(3) Blonde female - with hair in a pony tail - observed in back seat of vehicle.

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.
 


SUSPICIOUS PERSON / ACTIVITY:

February 27, 10:57 pm: John Orr Tower - The ERC received a report of two suspicious youths seen at West Campus. Initially they were spotted just inside the main doors of John Orr Tower, but later observed looking into parked vehicles outside and trying to open doors.  They were last seen headed towards Jean Royce Hall, but an immediate search by Security staff was unsuccessful in locating the two.

The suspects were only briefly described as: one Caucasian male and one Black male, both around 16 or 17 years old and wearing toques.

February 23, 7:05 pm: Student Housing Area - A caller reported seeing a suspicious man hanging around homes in the Student Housing area near main campus. He appeared to be looking behind porch lights and mailboxes and looked generally "out of place".  The Security Supervisor attended immediately to search the surrounding area but was unable to locate the individual.

The suspect was briefly described as being a Caucasian male with a thin build, and at the time of this incident he was wearing a large brown jacket, black boots and a toque.

February 18, 4:40 am: JDUC - A caller reported seeing an individual who appeared involved in prying open an exterior door at the JDUC. The suspect the scene when he noticed he was being watched.  Security attended and searched the surrounding area but were unable to locate the individual. He was briefly described as being a tall young male wearing a black toque and a black sweater.

February 3, 2:00 am: Douglas Library - A Security Patrol reported spotting a male individual checking out bicycles locked to the bike racks outside the library - when he looked up and noticed the Patrol watching him, the individual ran from the scene. He was subsequently detained by Security a short distance away and identified himself as a student, claiming he was merely looking for a friend's bicycle that was locked up outside the library..  He informed Security he lived in one of the Residences, but couldn't remember his room number, so he was transported to that location where a Don confirmed he did live there. Residence staff were informed about the incident for possible follow up the next day.

Please contact Campus Security (533-6111) immediately if you observe suspicious persons or activity. Campus Security dealt with 204 incidents classified as "Suspicious Persons" in 2004. There were 222 such incidents in 2003, 207 in 2002, 165 in 2001, 210 in 2000, 248 in 1999, and 201 in 1998.


INDECENT ACT:

February 22. 12:25 pm: Off Campus - A student reported observing an indecent act at approximately 8:40 that morning while walking through Victoria Park (north of main campus between Alfred & Albert Streets).  At that time an unknown male exposed himself and then masturbated while hiding behind a tree.  

The witness did not get a good look at his face, but briefly describe him as being a Caucasian male with a medium build and approximately 5'10" tall. At the time of this incident he was wearing a black toque, black jacket and blue jeans.

A report was also filed with Kingston City Police. 


MISCELLANEOUS / GENERAL ASSISTANCE:

February 21, 5:00 pm: Leggett Hall - The ERC received a report that a male individual was walking around outside the Residence talking & yelling to himself.  A description was provided and the Security Supervisor dispatched to the scene.  When located and approached by Security, the individual - a student - explained he'd been talking on his cell phone in a hands-free mode and everything was fine.. 

February 18, 7:40 am: Off Campus - Kingston City Police contacted Security to report recovering a student's backpack off campus.  The ERC contacted the student with a message to retrieve her property from KPD.

February 13, 2:35 am: Campus - An intoxicated student activated a blue light Emergency Phone on campus to report he was lost and needed help finding his Residence. Mobile Security staff had spoken to the individual just prior to this call, at which time he'd refused a ride home from City Police who were on campus for another incident.  The Security Supervisor dispatched to the E-phone where they saw he'd already met up with some friends who escorted him back to his Residence.


THEFT FROM A VEHICLE:

February 21, 3:55 pm: Morris Hall - A student reported his vehicle was broken into sometime after 3:20 am that morning in the Residence's parking lot. A stereo, amplifier, and subwoofers were stolen from the car.

February 14, 2:10 pm: An Clachan Complex - A tenant reported his vehicle was broken into during the previous night and a Sony Mini-Disc player and a "Creative Muvo" MP3 player along with 10 mini discs were stolen from inside. A report was also filed with Kingston City Police.

There were 15 incidents recorded as "Theft from Vehicle" in 2004 - 9 such incidents in 2003, 28 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 (OTHER):

February 13, 8:50 pm: JDUC - A student reported her black leather purse had been stolen from inside the building within the previous two hours. It contained her wallet, credit cards and a Canon camera.

February 9, 1:00 pm: Underground Garage - Parking Department staff contacted Security to report a vehicle parked in the Stuart Street lot had its gas cap cut off and about half a tank of gas stolen.

February 6, 12:50 am: An Clachan Complex - A tenant contacted Security to report his apartment may have been broken into or otherwise entered and property stolen.  It is believed two laptop computers and some cheques may have been stolen.  Kingston City Police and Apartment & Housing staff were contacted about the incident.

February 1, 11:55 pm: PhysEd Centre - A caller reported his brown leather wallet was stolen from an unlocked locker while it was left unattended.

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.


THEFT (QUEEN'S PROPERTY):

February 14: Campus - Staff report four computers were missing from a store room and are believed to have been stolen. They are all older model beige colour ITS "Academy" CPUs with Celeron 766 processors.  The serial numbers are: YT1010308049, YT1010308038, YT1010308048, YT1010308046.  Kingston City Police were informed and are investigating.

February 9, 2:30 am: JDUC - The ERC received a report of two males walking down the street carrying a chair that appeared to be Queen's property.  The Security Supervisor dispatched to the scene and spotted the individuals, who ran down an alley when they realized they'd been seen.

Soon afterwards, one of the males was relocated walking alone and without the chair.  When approached, he initially declined being affiliated with the University or having any knowledge of the chair, but eventually relented and admitted to being a student and that the chair had been stolen from Victoria Hall. Given a choice between having City Police attend or returning the chair to Vic Hall, the student retrieved the chair and carried it back to the Residence. Incident details were forwarded to the AMS Judicial Court for review.

February 5, 2:17 pm: Campus - A staff member reported his office had been entered and a laptop computer stolen during the previous few hours. Kingston City Police were contacted and an officer attended to investigate the incident.

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.
 


ALARMED AREA FOUND UNARMED:

February 13, 10:51 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.

February 13, 2:13 am: Campus - Similar incident as above

February 6, 3:00 am: Campus - Similar incident as above.

February 4, 2:24 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.


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE:

February 12, 9:40 pm: Campus - An AMS Student Constable called the ERC to report a woman had been struck by a car on University Avenue not far from Grant Hall. Security Supervisors responded to the call and arrived to find Regional Ambulance, KFD and City Police already on scene.  It was later reported the woman had been crossing the street when she was struck by a sound bound vehicle.  She was subsequently transported to KGH Emerg by ambulance.

Campus Security responded to 316 Medical Assistance (Injury/Ambulance Request) calls in 2004.  There were 246 such incidents in 2003, 225 in 2002, 151 in 2001, 116 in 2000, 134 in 1999, and 69 in 1998. Please see our Stats link for additional statistical information.


INAPPROPRIATE USE OF A COMPUTER:

February 4, 9:30 am: Library - Staff reported an older male individual, who has been observed viewing inappropriate material on computers in the past, has returned and is engaged in a similar activity.  The Security Supervisor attended and issued an Notice of Prohibition before escorting him from the building.


DISORDERLY CONDUCT:

February 3, 10:12 pm: Residences - The ERC received a report from Residence staff concerning five non-Queen's students inside the building being rowdy and verbally abusive.  Security attended the area, at which point a few of the group ran off, but two remained - one identifying himself as being from another University (visiting a friend here at Queen's) and the second was a Queen's student living in another Residence.  The non-student was NOP'd, banning him from campus Residences due to the group's behaviour inside, and they left campus for the night.


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