Volume 96, Issue 11
Tuesday September 17, 2002

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Bikes love being stolen

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

It's only two weeks into the school year and the campus hoodlums are running wild.

According to Wendy McGowan, spokesperson for the University Police Department, bike thefts seem to be on the rise, with an unusually high 20 bikes reported missing on campus since the beginning of September.

"Higher end bikes are more at risk, but lower end bikes have also been targeted," she said.

McGowan suggested using a quality U-lock, making sure all components are locked, and not leaving your bike on campus overnight in order to avoid theft.

A suspect was spotted on campus last Tuesday while stealing a bicycle. The suspect was described as a white male in his mid-20s with short dark hair, a thin build and tattoos on his wrist. If anyone has any information they are urged to contact either the UPD or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

A locker was broken into in the Natural Sciences Centre over the weekend. The vandal was able to make off with over $600 worth of textbooks and – should they be used properly – .5 points on his or her overall grade average.

McGowan urges students to properly label all of their textbooks with their name and student number in order to aid in their retrieval.

Last Tuesday an in-line skater was injured after smashing into the west doors of Talbot College on the way down University College hill and immediately taken by ambulance to University Hospital.

McGowan also released an update on the cyclist who hit a car at the corner of Middlesex and Perth Drives, outside of Delaware Hall last Thursday. The cyclist was released from hospital today after being treated for his injuries. According to McGowan, no charges have been laid against the driver, but an investigation into the incident is still underway.

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