Volume 94, Issue 46

Tuesday, November 21, 2000


Code goes back to drawing board

Stockwell pops into London

UWO caretaker strike averted - CUPE and administration finally agree

London North Centre race heating up

Auto break-ins on the rise, UPD warns

Campus Briefs

Moran outlines new buildings at Senate

Planet Me

Auto break-ins on the rise, UPD warns

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

Western was not without its share of criminal incidents this past week according to Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department.

On Nov. 18 at 2:27 a.m., a fight between three males in front of Sydenham Hall was reported to UPD. Police responded but the fight had broken up by the time they arrived, McGowan said.

Further investigation revealed alcohol had been a factor in the altercation and at least one of the individuals had been from outside the Western community, she explained.

According to McGowan, two of the males had fled in a car which was later discovered to be stolen and the case was turned over to the London police for further investigation.

On Nov. 16 an Acura was reported stolen from the Saugeen-Maitland Green parking lot, she said.

Throughout the week, UPD received several reports of fire alarms, including one on Nov. 17 which resulted from smoke from cooking. McGowan said setting off fire alarms can be avoided simply by residents opening their windows.

"If it's just smoke, you could air it out by opening the window rather than opening your front door and allowing the smoke to enter the hall which triggers the building's fire alarm," she explained.

Nov. 18 at 9:55 p.m., security at University Hospital reported the sound of breaking glass followed by three males fleeing the area, she said, adding it is suspected the males were attempting to break into a vehicle.

"There had been an increased concern of vehicle theft and break-ins in the London community," she said.

A suspicious male was reported lurking in a stairwell in Lambton Hall on Nov. 19. Police responded but found no one in the area, McGowan said.

Also throughout the week, UPD received several calls from citizens requesting assistance in locating loved ones and friends. "We've had more than usual," she said. "People should know we are a resource and we can work towards helping people locate students on campus," she said. "We would certainly like others to let their friends know where they're going to be."

Any reports or tips can be phoned into UPD at 661-3300.

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