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Monahan568
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Post Number: 296
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I find it very disturbing how many vehicles were stolen on/near campus during Jan-Feb 2008 versus the same time frame last year...



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To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty,

In This Issue:

1) February 2008 Campus Crime Stats
2) February 2008 Campus Crime Summary
3) February 2008 Arrest Summary
4) April 2008 is Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month
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1) February 2008 Campus Crime Stats:

- Crimes Reported on the Wayne State University Campus -

February 2008 Jan-Feb 2008 Jan-Feb 2007

Homicide 0 0 0

Forcible Sex Offense 0 0 0

Non-Forcible Sex Offense 0 0 0

Robbery 0 0 3

Aggravated Assault 0 0 2

Burglary 5 11 14

Larceny 50 68 66

Vehicle Theft 15 56 8

Arson 0 0 0
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2) February 2008 Campus Crime Summary:

BURGLARY: Five (5) burglaries were reported during the month of
February. Incidents were reported at the Towers (2 incidents), University
Towers, Engineering building and Ghafari Hall.

LARCENY: Fifty (50) incidents of larceny (theft of unattended
property) were reported in 20 different campus buildings. Buildings with the
highest rate of larceny were the Matthaei Athletic Building (with 17
thefts from unlocked lockers) and the Adamany Undergraduate Library with
10 incidents.

VEHICLE THEFTS: Vehicle thefts have continued their spike during
February. Eleven vehicles were reported stolen from WSU parking facilities
and four vehicles were reported stolen from public streets immediately
adjoining campus locations. 12 of the 15 vehicles stolen were Chrysler
products.

Vehicles stolen from WSU parking facilities include:

Feb. 13th 410 W. Canfield/Lot 71 04 Dodge Stratus
4dr
Feb. 18th 4501 Woodward (Construction Site) 06 Ford Stake Truck
Feb. 19th Parking Structure # 1 99 Dodge Intrepid
4dr
Feb. 20th Parking Structure # 1 ** 95 Jeep Cherokee
4dr
Feb. 22nd Parking Structure # 1 98 Jeep Cherokee
4dr
Feb. 24th 630 W. Ferry/Lot 31 01 Jeep Cherokee
4dr
Feb. 25th Parking Structure # 1 99 Dodge Intrepid
4dr
Feb. 25th Parking Structure # 5 00 Chrysler
Concorde
Feb. 25th Parking Structure # 2 ** 99 Dodge Dakota
Pickup
Feb. 26th 4510 Cass/Lot 72 94 Buick Century
4dr
Feb. 29th Parking Structure # 2 00 Dodge Intrepid
4dr

** denotes an attempted/unsuccessful theft

Vehicles stolen from public streets adjoining campus locations:

Feb. 11th E. Ferry at John R 96 Dodge Caravan
Feb. 11th Cass at W. Canfield 99 Dodge Intrepid
Feb. 12th S/B Lodge SD at Ford SD 99 Dodge Stratus
Feb. 18th Second N/O W. Forest 95 GMC Vandura Van
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3) February 2008 Arrest Summary:

Including some of the offenses listed above, WSUPD Officers made a
total of 35 arrests, during February 2008, for a variety of offenses.
The arrests are often the end result of the investigation of suspicious
persons or circumstances, either called in by members of our campus
community or observed by officers while on routine patrol, traffic stops,
alarm run responses, rapid arrival to in-progress incidents, or
completed crime report investigations by WSUPD investigators. The following
arrest incidents occurred both on campus and in the surrounding area.

Poss. Narcotics Paraphernalia 1
Assault and Battery 1
Misdemeanor Warrants 16
Violation Knife Ordinance 1
Drive While License Suspended 2
Fugitive Warrants 4
Felony Warrants 6
B & E Auto 1
Curfew (Juveniles) 5
Larceny From Building 1
Larceny by Conversion 1
Disorderly Conduct 1
Malicious Destruction Property 2
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4)April 2008 is Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month at Wayne State
University!

Did you know that each year, approximately 34 pedestrians are killed
and 675 are injured in the City of Detroit alone? Detroit ranks among
the cities with the highest pedestrian fatality rates in the country
and, over the past few years, several such fatalities have occurred
around the Wayne State University campus.

Although we may think that drivers are generally at fault in these
types of crashes, that is not always the case. In fact, pedestrians are
at fault in nearly half of all cases. In the upcoming weeks, Wayne
State University will begin a pedestrian safety campaign to help improve
the safety of pedestrians on and around the Wayne State campus.

As a part of this campaign, the Wayne State University Police
Department and the Wayne State University Transportation Research Group will
be distributing informational flyers to promote safe street crossing
tips and pedestrian right-of-way laws.

These laws include crossing only at designated locations and only
when pedestrians have the right-of-way. FYI - Pedestrians who fail to
cross at a crosswalk, disregard cross walk signals, walk in the roadway
(among other violations), and bicyclists who disregard red lights are
subject to receiving Civil Infraction Violation tickets just like
motorists who fail to follow appropriate traffic laws.

However, simply following these laws is not enough! Pedestrians are
the most vulnerable group of road users as they have the least
protection and are the least visible to motorists. Consequently, even when
pedestrians are following traffic laws, they must be mindful of motorist
behavior.

With the cooperation of students, faculty, and staff, it is hoped
that this Walk Safely to Wayne State program allows our university
to become a model for pedestrian-friendly campuses across the country.

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As always, we welcome your comments, questions, suggestions and
concerns. Send them to us, via email, at campuswatch@wayne.edu
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Crime Prevention Section
Wayne State University Police Department
76 W. Hancock
Detroit, Mich. 48201
EMERGENCY phone: (313) 577-2222
Non-Emergency: 313-577-6057
e-mail: campuswatch@wayne.edu
web site: http://www.police.wayne.edu
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Mwilbert
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Post Number: 165
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This is not directly germane, but look at all those stolen Chrysler products! People should be aware of their vulnerability. I wish I understood why Chrysler didn't address this problem sooner.

But that is certainly quite a increase in vehicle thefts--is there a parallel increase across the city, or maybe just a couple of thieves who have moved into the area?
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Hudkina
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Post Number: 157
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's probably just a small group of people working together.
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Gertrude
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You know, it might help to have crosswalks where people might actually cross. I park in the Palmer Lot and there is no sensible, legal way to get over to the main campus unless you are willing to walk in the driveway or create your own cross walk.

Let's not even get started on the people coming north on Anthony Wayne who mistake that turn for a drag strip.
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Rel
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Post Number: 604
Registered: 02-2008
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would be curious to see how the violent crime stats compare to U of M, State, EMU, CMU...

If you push a blue light phone at Wayne State, the WSU police respond in 60 seconds. Great police force.
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Hudkina
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Post Number: 158
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well apparently the violent crime rate so far is 0 crimes per 100,000 residents, so I guess at worst it is tied with those other universities...;)

(Message edited by hudkina on March 31, 2008)
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Rel
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Username: Rel

Post Number: 606
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's why I specified 'violent' crimes. There has been the perception that students aren't as safe at Wayne because it's an *gasp* "urban" campus. But statistically, you may be more likely to be raped, murdered or assaulted at the other universities.

Just sayin'.
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6nois
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Post Number: 689
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 10:51 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here at UDM we have had a spike in car theft, and breaking and entering. My friends Dodge Neon was stolen, and another friends was attempted but they just took the radio instead of the whole car. I am not sure why but there has been a spike here too.
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Andylinn
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Post Number: 784
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 11:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not necessarily with this particularly with this "crime watch" issue, but I find Wayne's crime watch to occasionally be misleadingly harsh with the labels. I remember a few months ago, there were (2) arsons... but I scrolled down to the detailed description and they were trash can fires. In this issue there are a number of "Larcenies" - which are later detailed as stolen unattended property. So if 100 people leave there iPods at an airport and the devices "walk off" that would be 100 LARCENIES according to Wayne State. I think it would be less alarming to just say:

(2) Trashcan Fires
(100) Lost iPods

makes the campus sound a shit ton less scary...
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Hudkina
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Post Number: 159
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 11:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You do realize that that is what "crime" is everywhere right? And that's why you need to take most crime stats with a grain of salt.

Even "violent" crimes like assault and robbery aren't necessarily what you might imagine. A robbery can be a five year old kid walking up to a two year old kid and saying "give me you're cookie or I'll hit you."
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Mrsjdaniels
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Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 4:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chrysler products consistently make all lists for most stolen vehicles...I guess it is easier to punch out the ignition
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Peter
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Post Number: 139
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 9:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was a report on that a few years ago on one of the major news channel. A ten year old was able to break into and steal any Chrysler product.
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Lowell
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Post Number: 4701
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 10:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

12 of the 15 vehicles stolen were Chrysler
products.

One would think that Chrysler, having traditionally been the biggest producer of cars within the CofD, would have the most theft proof cars.
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Dannyv
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Post Number: 138
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 2:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would have bought a Chrysler product if not for the fact they're easily stolen.
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Patrick
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Post Number: 5312
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Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 8:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fuckers stole my spare off of my Jeep last week in the Palmer Lot. I should have never had it attached on the back and I guess someone needed it more than I did lol. This is the third time my car has been fucked with down there in a Wayne State lot in the past 4 months. I mean, if I pay 3 bucks or so to park there, then they sure as hell better put cameras up or hire attendants.

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