Volume 93, Issue 39

Tuesday, November 9, 1999


Maclean's rankings reveal Western makes the grade

New London web site to aid volunteers

Vandals deface Holy Roller in Victoria Park

Wong talks China and identity

D-Day Canada's top news event

Laptops, nudity top campus crime

Bass Ackwards

Laptops, nudity top campus crime

By John Intini
Gazette Staff

A naked man rounded out a what was otherwise a normal week of thefts and alcohol related incidents on campus.

Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department said a man was reportedly exposing himself under the University College Drive bridge. This was the second complaint over the last two weeks of a man exposing himself, she said. The man was described as five-foot-eight, 200 pounds and wearing a bomber jacket. The police have put an emphasis on monitoring the area, she added.

A number of alcohol related incidents also plagued campus this week. Police were called to the bike racks next to The D.B. Weldon Library where a heavily intoxicated student had fallen and injured himself. McGowan said the police, as well as an emergency response team, reacted quickly and the student left for the hospital with a group of friends.

There was also a fight on the University Community Centre's second floor patio, early Sunday morning, which quickly dispersed once the police responded, McGowan said.

Sweet dreams were disrupted at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning as the result of a fire alarm which was activated on the fourth floor of Lambton Hall. "A fire extinguisher was discharged maliciously which set off the alarm," she said. "This is not the first time."

Damage to property was also inflicted on a number of campus buildings. Vending machines at Talbot College were damaged and the police are in search of two suspects. One, a white male, five-foot-eight with short blond hair, wore a blue toque and jeans. The second was a white male with reddish hair and a brown jacket. Vending machines in the law and engineering buildings were also damaged.

Police were also called to check out two suspicious males lounging around the Medical Sciencesbuilding. "It is important for people working at night to know about people like this and to be on the lookout for them," McGowan said.

Typical of most weeks on campus, a number of thieves made off with some valuable items. A laptop was stolen from a car in the Thompson Arena parking lot and items were stolen from a vehicle in the Medway Hall lot.

No suspects in the parking lot thefts have been identified, but McGowan said efforts are being made to increase patrol of the lots, especially at night. Cameras are currently being used for added surveillance, she said.

McGowan added those with laptops should be extra careful and take action to make their goods less enticing. "Laptops are very mobile. It is important to record the computer's serial number in case of theft," she said. "I strongly recommend people use permanent marker to lower their re-sale value."

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