Volume 93, Issue 72

Tuesday, February 8, 2000


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Pyramid schemes top campus crime

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

Students looking to get rich quick created concern last week for the University Police Department.

Const. Wendy McGowan warned students to avoid participating in any pyramid systems over the internet, adding some students are using their email accounts to participate in the schemes. "I'm only mentioning this at this point right now because students need to realize their privileges may be revoked from [Information Technology Services]."

As thefts continue to rise on campus, McGowan also warned students to hold onto their hats – and anything else others could get their hands on.

"At [the Natural Sciences Centre] we have a report of locks being cut in the basement lockers," she said.

The trend continued throughout the week at the Medical Sciences building where another locker was broken into. McGowan said a backpack and some clothes were stolen.

A jacket was taken from a wire basket in the girls change room in the University Community Centre, she said, adding another locker was broken into at Elborne College.

Lockers weren't the only things vandalized, McGowan said, as four vehicles were broken into early Sunday morning, three of which were parked in the Saugeen-Maitland Hall residence lot. The other was parked in the Medway-Sydenham Hall lot.

"These vehicles had been damaged and had items stolen from them," she explained. "Make sure you don't have anything of value in your vehicle." Extra care should be taken by those who park in residence lots, she said, as three vehicles were also broken into at Saugeen two weeks ago.

In a case separate from theft, a lamp post was struck by a car and knocked down on Oxford Drive Saturday. Anyone with any information about the accident or who may be responsible should contact the UPD.

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