Reported campus crime costs almost $60K this semester

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McKenna Oxenden

The Department of Public Safety estimated a total of $58,690 in damages or loss since the beginning of this semester, an analysis of the semester’s DPS reports showed.

 That number is an underestimate, as many crime reports do not include an estimate for losses or damages. It does, however, represent the total of all estimates in loss or damages made by DPS since the first day of school.

The most expensive incidents were thefts of motor vehicles, including two with estimated losses of more than $5,000 reported in early September.

Other highlights from this semester’s crime reports include 63 cases of theft, 35 cases of vandalism, 25 cases of battery, 11 sexual assaults and 11 cases of burglary.

Most cases of theft took place on the 1600 block of W. Wells St., and most drug offenses took place in O’Donnell and McCormick halls.

Of course, with DPS reports also comes a collection of wacky and weird incidents on campus. For the entertainment of our readers, the Tribune picked out the top 10 reports:

  1. Kicking off the return from Thanksgiving break, an unknown subject vandalized two water fountains in Memorial Library between 7 a.m. on Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 1. Damage was $40.
  2. A theft occurred in Structure 1 on Oct. 29. An unknown person(s) removed a door handle and face plate from a door in the structure.
  3. An unknown person(s) removed and stole an exit sign in a stairwell of Campus Town West on Nov. 9. That caused an estimated damage of $75 in damage to the wire and ceiling.
  4. Schroeder Complex was home to an apparent paper-waster on Oct. 10, when someone removed flyers and a poster from a hallway in the building. The estimated loss was $10.
  5. On Oct. 29, an unknown person(s) removed $3 from a vehicle on the 900 block of N. Renee St. That’s right, $3. The vehicle was unattended and unsecured.
  6. A person unaffiliated with Marquette was intoxicated and wandered into the Jesuit Residence on Nov. 15, acting in a disorderly manner.
  7. On Oct. 31, a student gave her cell phone to somebody on the 1800 block of W. Kilbourn Ave. The person immediately threw the phone on the ground and fled the scene. The estimated damage was $150.
  8. A student reported that someone removed her tires from her vehicle that was unattended in a garage on Oct. 24 in the 500 block of N. 20th St.
  9. An intoxicated student was found impeding traffic at 12:10 a.m. on Nov. 15 in the 700 block of N. 16th St. The student was also in possession of a falsified ID.
  10. At 3 a.m. on Nov. 3, students threw a microwave out of a window in Schroeder Hall. An investigation ensued.