Theft on Campus

By Kaitlin Barr
September 20, 2007

Ashley Cook/News Editor

Since the beginning of the school year, thefts have been occurring all over Cabrini’s campus. Items ranging from money and calculators to laptops have been stolen from residence halls and campus offices. So far, public safety and facilities have not released detailed information regarding the incidents.

According to Lillian Burroughs, director of public safety, the Public Safety department is working with the Radnor police department. As of now, one student has been arrested on Sept. 12 on theft charges and also faces judicial proceedings here at Cabrini according to Burroughs.

The last reported theft or burglary was on Sept. 11. Howard Holden, director of facilities, commented on the situation. “It really does stem from folks being somewhat carefree with their belongings.”

Safety tips were given to students in an email sent out alerting students and faculty to keep a close watch on their belongings in order to avoid future occurrences. Tips include keeping windows and doors locked, never leaving property unattended, not letting strangers into residence halls and houses and traveling in pairs especially at night. The email also said that the items stolen were out in clear view.

Heather Shanley, communications center supervisor, was a victim in the campus thefts and claims otherwise.

“None of the items were in clear view,” Shanley said.

Shanley’s office is located in the communications wing of Founder’s Hall and was locked when the thefts took place. An iPod, two MP3 players and an iPod dock with a total value of about $600 were stolen over a period of three days.

“I had a video camera sitting out in clear view, and they didn’t take that,” Shanley said. “They were looking for things they could stuff in their pockets and not get caught with.”

When contacted, Radnor police department could not provide detailed information regarding the current situation on grounds that it is an on-going investigation.

“It’s a problem and something needs to be done about it,” Shanley said. “If there’s a problem, you need to fix it.”

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