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On Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., a student reported to the Department of Public Safety that his townhouse on the 3600 block of Prospect had been burglarized. Two laptops were taken from his house some time after he left at 11:30 Monday morning.
In a public safety alert, DPS reported that there were no signs of forced entry and no witnesses to the crime. The Metropolitan Police Department had been notified and is investigating the case.
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View Campus Crime Map: June 2010 in a larger map
Continued a trend of low crime rates during the summer, Georgetown saw minimal criminal activity in the month of June. Although June’s Daily Crime Log listed an increase number of crimes compared to May, the 22 reported crimes is still the second-lowest rate of 2010. June saw two violent crimes—an assault against a DPS officer in pursuit of a suspect, and a simple assault in Village C West—in addition to a slew of thefts, burglaries, and one good-old-fashioned drug violation.
- Twelve thefts occurred in or around campus. In all cases except for one (in which the suspect was trying to steal bicycle parts in Red Square), no witnesses observed the crimes and no suspects have been identified. The most noteworthy theft? A suspect stole a plasma television from the Medical School.
- A suspect, who was later arrested, assaulted a DPS officer after fleeing the scene of a theft. (Likely involving the aforementioned bicycle parts in Red Square).
- Four burglaries happened last month, including the one on 36th Street that led to a Public Safety Alert. According to the Log, another burglary occurred the same day on the same block, yet DPS did not issue a PSA. In another incident, a suspect broke a window in the IDEAA office, only to leave without stealing anything.
- A drug violation went down in a University townhouse, where apparently students used “an illegal substance.” We’re shocked!
- An identified suspect “drove through an armored gate” in the Leavey Center parking lot, while someone else threw a brick through a car window in the McDonough lot. Destruction of property and parking lots—a match made in heaven.
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Posted by: Chris Heller in News, Vox Populi, tags: Assault, Burglary, Campus Crime Watch, Crime, Crime Map, DPS, MPD, Public urination, Theft
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The Department of Public Safety’s Daily Crime Log only listed fifteen crimes for the month of May—a low for 2010. But, May saw one serious crime—an unknown suspect assaulted two DPS officers during the Reggae Tent party held in McDonough Gymnasium during Senior Week. Otherwise, a flurry of thefts and burglaries occurred across campus, with fraud, unlawful entry, and public indecency thrown in for good measure. Here’s the breakdown of last month’s crimes:
- According to the DPS Crime Log, the suspect who assaulted the two DPS officers was identified and charged with assault. When reached for comment, Public Safety Associate Director Joseph Smith wrote, “It would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time.” DPS and MPD are currently investigating the case, but we promise to publish details about the assaults as they emerge.
- Seven thefts occurred on and around campus in May. In all cases, no witnesses observed the crimes and no suspects have been identified. Oddly enough, the report includes a case of stolen “cooking utensils.” Must be some expensive utensils.
- Two burglaries occurred, one of which Vox reported late last week. In the other case, a laptop was stolen from an unsecured room in Village C West.
- DPS caught two people publicly urinating last month in Village A, and then outside of McDonough Gymnasium a few days later during the aforementioned Reggae Tent party.
- An unknown suspect(s) fraudulently used a credit card at Epicurean.
- Someone decided to take a unlawful stroll through the Gervase Building around 4 a.m. on the 16th, only to be identified by DPS after exiting.
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Posted by: Molly Redden in News, Vox Populi, tags: Assault, Burglary, Campus Crime Watch, Crime, Crime Map, DPS, Drugs, Harassment, MPD, Sexual Assault, Theft
View Campus Crime Watch: March 2010 in a larger map
With 34 total crimes listed in the Department of Public Safety Daily Crime Log for the month, March saw a high number of burglaries, at least three violent crimes, and a number of thefts. Here’s how crimes listed in the log broke down:
- This month, we reported six burglaries on and near the Georgetown campus, including one reported by MPD but not DPS. The DPS log records nine burglaries. PSAs were sent out for five of them, but three incidents in which suspects may have entered with the intention of theft were not publicized by DPS.
On March 15, the same day DPS reported two burglaries on 37th Street, a suspect stole a Playstation 3 from a residence on the 3600 block of Prospect Street at 4:41 p.m. Food items were also reported stolen from a residence on that block at 9 p.m. on the same day. On March 16, computers and a gaming system were reported stolen from a Village A apartment.
These cases may bring the total number of March break-ins in Georgetown to a whopping nine. It is not clear whether residences were locked or unlocked in these situations. In each case, the suspect remains at large.
Thefts from a locker room in McDonough Gymnasium on March 18 were recorded as a burglary. On March 31, a student in Village C East found a man “wandering around in her bathroom,” who fled the scene before DPS arrived.
- DPS listed five drug violations, which is still high for Georgetown if we’re using the last twelve months as precedent. But it’s come down off its high of 12 drug violations in February.
Assistant Director of the Public Safety Department Andrew Powell confirmed that a March 19 drug violation was the incident in which a student claimed to have witnessed questionable DPS officer behavior.
Powell said he could not confirm whether or not the student had filed a complaint about the officers, whom she claims swore at and threatened a student they had arrested. If a complaint was filed, he wrote in an e-mail, DPS’s internal investigatory unit would determine whether the officers’ conduct warranted disciplinary action.
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A student living in an apartment on the 1400 block of 36th Street awoke at bout 7:40 a.m. on Friday morning to find that over $5000 worth of items had been stolen from his house, the Department of Public Safety said in a Public Safety Alert.
DPS said that the suspect entered through an unlocked back door near an unlocked back date. The stolen items included a 42″ flat screen TV. The Metropolitan Police Department responded to the scene and is investigating the crime.
Following a burglary and attempted burglary that took place early Monday morning and a burglary reported by MPD on a community listserv that took place on Wednesday at 37th & O Streets at about 11:45 a.m., this is the fourth area burglary this week. More than one person was also robbed at knifepoint at the 3100 block of O Street on Thursday night.
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View February 2010 Crime Map in a larger map
February wasn’t a very criminal month at Georgetown. There were 25 crimes recorded in the Department of Public Safety Daily Crime Log, but nearly half of those were drug violations. There were two very violent crimes, however, one simple assault, and one sexual assault. Here’s the breakdown:
- There weren’t as many thefts in February as Georgetown usually sees recorded in a month. Only five thefts took place. A bicycle tire, a coat containing a scarf, an iPod, and cash, a wallet, the contents of a backpack, including a laptop, and a cellphone SIM card were the items stolen.
- Unusually, there were quite a number of drug violations at Georgetown last month. A grand total of 12 drug violations were recorded in February, far and away the most of any month in the DPS logs online. Earlier this month, readers pointed out to us that the spike coincided with the Voice cover story about Georgetown’s relatively lenient punishments for drug use.
- A sexual assault occurred this month at the Georgetown University Hospital in which an assailant touched a victim inappropriately and was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department. MPD has not responded to several requests for more details about the assault, and DPS has referred Vox to the Hospital’s security.
- There was one simple assault at Georgetown at 36th and N Streets, in which two male students sent another student to the emergency room. The suspected assailants were identified and the case has been turned over to MPD.
- Two incidents of harassment occurred in which a complainant received threatening notes in Copley Hall and another received threatening notes in Darnall Hall.
- There was one case of unlawful entry recorded this month, in which an individual who had been barred from campus before was found in McCarthy Hall and was arrested and charged with unlawful entry.
- There was one case of public indecency, in which an individual was caught publicly urinating.
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View January 2010 Crime Map in a larger map
January was a particularly violent month at Georgetown. Not because the number of crime incidents surged—there were 29 crimes reported for January in the Department of Public Safety’s Daily Crime log, which is about even with September and November, and nowhere near October, when 52 crimes were reported—but because the number of more serious incidents increased from months where there were a comparable number of crimes.
- A hit-and-run occurred at the Prospect Street gate which did not end in a trip to the emergency room.
- Three cases of harassment were reported this month. In one, a student in Copley Hall received notes with offensive language; in another, someone received profane and harassing text messages; in the third case, someone in the New South Facilities building received annoying radio transmissions. All three cases are under investigation.
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OK, so this isn’t something you need to watch out for at the moment—dozens of Metro stations are closed and even if you’re using the underground rail, where are you going?
But when D.C. pulls itself back together, keep an eye out for potential thieves on the Metro when you’re riding to a basketball game or internship. The Washington Examiner reports that in the first 11 months of 2009, robberies on the Metro skyrocketed to 805 thefts from 538 over the same period in 2008.
And 2007, the same period saw only 397 thefts—which means that robberies on the Metro have essentially doubled in two years.
Driving the rise in theft, Chief of Police Jeff Delinski told the Examiner, are suspects who grab electronic devices like iPods and BlackBerries out of people’s hands.
“In many cases, a robber will grab an iPod or cell phone from a rider just before train doors close at a Metro station,” the article says. “The crime isn’t reported until the victim reaches the next station and by then, the robber has gotten away.”
In April, transit police began placing undercover agents on Metro cars to arrest criminals who snatched electronics (or committed other crimes) but they can’t be everywhere. So watch your iPhone.
Photo from Flickr user WisDoc used under a Creative Commons license.
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On Sunday, a man who had shoplifted merchandise from the University Bookstore fell off the Leavey Center pedestrian bridge during his attempt to flee the scene. The incident happened on a Sunday afternoon, after the suspect had been confronted for trying to steal from the bookstore, University Spokesperson Andy Pino wrote in an e-mail.
A Department of Public Safety investigator who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Vox that the man was not a student, nor does he have any connection to the University. Pino and Rocco DelMonaco, the vice president for University safety, said that the suspect sustained injuries while trying to escape that needed hospital attention. DPS has turned the case over to the Metropolitan Police Department, which has not responded to requests for comment.
Update: Joseph Smith, the associate director of the Public Safety Department, sent more details in an e-mail: “According to witnesses, the perpetrator had attempted to steal two text books valued at $177 dollars each from the Leavey Book Store. He allegedly fled from the bookstore, dropped a duffel bag containing the books, and jumped over the side of the bridge.”
Based on interviews with four University sources, Vox originally reported that the suspect jumped off the bridge. Eyewitnesses have since told the Voice that the suspect fell attempting to climb down the bridge. The post has been altered to reflect the new information.
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With students clearing out from campus before the month was over, December saw little crime. Only 14 crimes were reported all month, versus 52 in October and 28 in November, and there were no crimes reported after December 17. Here’s a breakdown of what was in the Department of Public Safety’s Daily Crime Log:
- There were four thefts at Georgetown in December. A wallet was stolen from a locker in Leo’s, a laptop was taken from Lauinger Library, a scarf was stolen from an office in Gervase, and a wallet was taken from a purse in the Hospital. In none of these cases were there any witnesses or suspects.
- Despite being a calm month, December did see one more serious crime, a case of simple assault at Lauinger Library. On December 8, at 2:50 p.m., a victim was hit in the chest several times by an unknown man, who fled the scene before he could be identified. Public Safety Department Associate Director Joseph Smith has not responded to requests for details about a description of the suspect, but we will let you know once he does.
- Two instances of destruction of property took place last month. On December 10, graffiti was discovered in Henle. (Again, we will let you know if Smith comments on the nature of the graffiti). In the other case, a car window was smashed in in the Southwest Quad parking garage.
- Two drug violations occurred in December. In both cases, DPS found marijuana in Harbin Hall. The log doesn’t indicate whether any students were present when the drugs were found, but if they are anything like their famous Harbin predecessor, they didn’t inhale.
- Two instances of “lewd, indecent, or obscene acts”—that is, men publicly urinating—showed up in the December log, one in Village A and one in Alumni Square.
- There was one case of fraud, in which someone seems to have used a book store gift card that wasn’t theirs, and one case of unlawful entry, in which a woman loitering in Dahlgren Chapel was barred from campus.
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