Southwest Quad sees two burglary sprees this month
A classic criminal hotbed
July has seen a bit of an uptick from the campus’s summer crime lull. As of the 16th—the last time the Department of Public Safety’s Daily Crime Log [PDF] was updated—there had been 16 incidents reported, just three less than were reported in the entire month of June (you can see them all mapped out on our July Campus Crime Map).
Curiously, seven of the 16 incidents occurred in the Southwest Quad, mostly in a couple of spurts:
On Monday, July 6 the following incidents were reported in Kennedy Hall:
- 1:13 a.m. “Theft of cash, clothes and shoes”
- 11:47 p.m. “Theft of camera”
- 11:47 p.m. “Theft of cash”
On Tuesday, July 14, a laptop was stolen from “an unsecured room” in Kennedy.
On Wednesday, July 15, the following incidents were reported in Reynolds Hall:
- 3:40 p.m. “Theft of a room key and cell phone from an unsecured dorm room”
- 4:42 p.m. “Theft of an iPod (valued at approximately $250) and cash ($235) from an unsecured dorm room”
- 5:40 p.m. “Theft of a cell phone (valued at approximately $100) and cash ($160) from an unsecured dorm room”
It certainly seems like someone’s targeting the Quad. When asked about the thefts, DPS Associate Director Joseph Smith wrote in an email:
[A]s they are active investigations it would not be prudent for me to conjecture on the potential interrelatedness of the incidents. DPS is paying special attention to these areas and has been in communication with relevant University personnel in an effort to deter further acts of theft in these areas.
A staffer at the Kennedy RHO said there are a variety of groups staying in the Quad right now, some of them high schoolers, some older. A representative from the Office of Housing Operations, which handles the accommodations of summer programs, said they could not disclose which groups were staying there.