Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


On-line votes closer to reality

Rental woes plague club officials

Provincial funds could finance new buildings

Suspected Rec thief caught


UBC students take over classrooms

Caught on Campus


Suspected Rec thief caught

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Criminal activity on campus has slowed down slightly since O-week, with only 92 occurrences since last Tuesday, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department.

A number of people were charged with liquor violations and given provincial offence tickets and McGowan stressed the university has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to open alcohol in public. "The university is a public place and you can not walk around with open liquor," she said.

On Sept. 17, the UPD responded to a call at the Social Sciences Centre, in which four males were reportedly causing problems in an add/drop line. However, the suspects left the scene before the officers arrived.

There was also excitement at Medway Hall on Sept. 19 as six suspicious individuals were reported wandering around the parking lot at 4:44 a.m.. Hours later, at 9:38 a.m., another suspicious person was reported sleeping in a vehicle in the same parking lot.

According to McGowan, the UPD is watching closely for bicycle riders travelling at night without proper lighting. "We encourage people to make sure they have correct lighting at night," McGowan said. She added because of the high density of vehicle and pedestrian traffic at night warnings and fines could be issued.

Despite a quiet campus, more thefts were reported in the women's locker-room in the University Community Centre and McGowan said the UPD were working in conjunction with Campus Recreation to apprehend the guilty party, until yesterday. McGowan said the police have arrested and charged a woman who was under investigation for the secured locker break-ins.

McGowan said the woman, who was in no way affiliated with Western, was charged with possession of property obtained by crime. "She was arrested as a result of very quick action by a patron and Campus Recreation staff," she said. The woman was released on appearance notice to attend court.

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