The buzz on fuzz

By Jill Webber

The month of September was busy for Campus Security. Only the calls made to Campus Security last March topped those made in September. Thursday nights were especially busy, due to lots of after-hours activity at campus bars and nearby pubs. Although they were not as busy as they were in September 1998, the 6,000 new students arriving on campus gave Campus Security lots to do.

A recurring problem in September and year-round is theft. Campus Security Manager Lanny Fritz said
that $4,545 worth of backpacks, laptop computers, textbooks, and calculators were stolen. It’s possible the transition back to school may have some part in causing the thefts.

“Reality really kicks in in September when everyone gets back,” said Fritz.

September was also busy because of an outstanding theft on campus. Nearly $20,000 in computers and computer equipment in total was stolen from Scurfield Hall on three separate occasions. Campus Security is currently working with Calgary Police Services to retrieve the equipment.

“It’s certainly a lot of money,” said Fritz.

Tips for students to prevent the theft of their personal belongings include keeping their property nearby at all times.

“Don’t let it out of your sight,” suggested Fritz. “If you do they have to be locked up in a secure locker.”

Campus Security is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. The Safewalk program, which escorts students walking alone through campus, is available from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and can be reached at 220-5333.