October Campus Crime Watch
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Georgetown saw a dramatic increase in crimes in November, according to the Department of the Public Safety’s Daily Crime Log [PDF]. There were 52 incidents reported in October, exactly double the number of crimes reported in September.
Here’s a breakdown of the crimes reported last month:
- The increase in crime was due in large part to a jump in the number of thefts. There were 35 reported thefts in October, up from 14 in September and 12 in August.
October’s high tally includes the seven burglaries that occurred in McCarthy on Halloween. In total, five computers, three cameras, two cell phones and one iPod were reported stolen in McCarthy between 8:11 p.m. and 10:45 p.m.
It also seems that someone is building up their wardrobe in a less-than-legal fashion. There were four cases of clothing being taken from laundry rooms and two jacket-snatchings.
This months award for oddest stolen object goes to the October 23 incident in which “subjects stole a hand sanitizer dispenser from an unknown location.” Luckily the hardened-but-germaphobic criminals were identified by DPS.
- There was also an increase in the number of drug violations, up to six from October’s two. All of the incidents involved only marijuana, and three of them occurred in the area of Village A. When will people learn the rooftops aren’t a safe smoking spot?
- There were six cases of simple assault. Five involved students fighting with each other and one involved a “disorderly, combative male (non-student”) who refused to leave Copley Hall and assaulted a police officer.
- Alex Thiele’s alleged Midnight Madness adventure made the crime log twice. There is one entry for “a firearm [being] removed from the bag of an off-duty Law Enforcement Officer” in McDonough Hall at 10:41 p.m. and another for a concealed weapon incident in Village C West at 10:48 in which “[The subject from the previous case] was identified and caught with the firearm.”
- There was one case of destruction of property, in which “unknown suspects threw a brick at a residence shattering the window.”
- There was one reported case of harassment.