Crime statistics from June 1 – Sept. 27 on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses illustrate the constant need for students to err on the side of caution in order to protect themselves and their belongings.
Doug Heinrichs, community liaison officer at the U of M security services, explains that there were 37 reports of theft during this time period. These thefts included eight bikes, three phones and five laptops.
Phone, wallet and computer theft often occurred when the owners left their possessions unattended, explains Heinrichs.
There were four instances of thefts of aftermarket emblems from vehicles in the U of M parking lots.
Cash, items from classrooms and student group offices, and materials from construction sites were also among items reported stolen.
“Security services strongly urges everyone to keep their valuables [ . . . ] with them at all times,” said Heinrichs.
Twenty-six reports of mischief occurred during these months, including vandalism to buildings and vehicles. Eight car windows were broken and four vehicles were keyed. Additionally, fire extinguishers were discharged and the parkade gate arms on both campuses were damaged.
Alcohol played a factor in several incidents during the summer months. There were eight instances where an individual had to receive medical attention or have someone else take care of them due to alcohol-related issues. Security services reported that the majority of these incidents occurred during U of M events since the beginning of the semester.
Two assaults were reported. One took place on a Winnipeg transit bus as it arrived on campus. The other occurred at the campus pub, the Hub, when patrons assaulted a security guard.