Several Cars Broken Into On Curry Campus

BY TYLER MILLIKEN // DEC. 12, 2016 //

Are you someone who always forgets to lock their car because they’re rushing to get somewhere? If so, you better begin to slow down, because the consequences could be troubling.

Public Safety received four different reports of cars being broken into on the morning of December 7th. Items were stolen in some incidents as the thief seemed to be looking for things of value.

The cars who were targeted that night, were parked in different locations throughout the campus. It turns out that each car involved was unlocked at the time of the crime. Public Safety is stressing the importance of locking your vehicles when leaving them unattended.

Interim director of Public Safety, Paul L’Italien explained, “With the holiday season approaching, I think it’s very common nationwide that car breaks occur, because people are looking for quick money.”

L’Italien continues, “I can’t stress it enough to the entire community that they really need to lock their cars. It would take care of ninety-five percent of it.”

The person behind these acts has yet to be found or identified. According to Public Safety, there weren’t any witnesses who saw these alleged crimes taking place. Milton Police has been notified.

After looking into these cases, Milton Police has reported that a number of similar crimes have been committed in the area. L ’Italian noted that, “We have no obvious signs that it’s the same exact person, but there is certainly a possibility of that, because of the timing of it.”

The Public Safety department moved quickly to inform the Curry community, sending a campus wide email on December 8th, alerting students, faculty, and staff of the current situation on campus.

There hasn’t been any other reports of similar behavior since the initial set of crimes took place earlier in the week.

When looking ahead to next semester and the future, L’Italien’s advice is, “If you have a laptop or something of value, put it in the trunk. If it’s out of sight, it’ll stop these thieves who are trying to do a quick hit. They don’t want to have to smash your window and bring attention to themselves…keep everything as hidden as you can.”

Even though it has been a few days since the reports were filed, Public Safety is still urging anyone who may have witnessed something that night to step forward. Any information is beneficial.

Public Safety can be reached on their emergency line at 617-333-2222, or their  anonymous tip line at 617-391-5280. The department can also be contacted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram where they consistently update students about issues taking place on campus.

Big Increase in On-Campus Burglaries Last Fall

BY MATTHEW WEDDLETON // JAN. 31, 2016 //

Curry College Public Safety currently has 20 officers on its staff, but that hasn’t stopped thieves from breaking into dorm rooms across campus.

There were upwards of a dozen burglaries in Curry residence halls last semester. The most frequent targets were Bell Hall, Rose Hall, Suites, and 886.

According to the 2015 Curry College Safety and Security Report, there were a total of three burglaries all of last academic year. In the past three years, there have been a total nine thefts in dorm buildings on campus.

PHOTO BY puamelia // creative commons
PHOTO BY puamelia // creative commons

As a result of the increased burglaries this year, Curry College Public Safety has increased patrols around campus.

“We’re doing more perimeter checks of the residence halls, especially of the ones on the perimeter,” said Brian Greeley, chief of Public Safety at Curry College. “We have officers walking through the residence halls all night long.”

While investigations are ongoing as to who is responsible for the thefts, Greely said he believes the person or people involved don’t attend the college.

Curry has three entrances, two that are open until 6 p.m. and one main gate located at the front of the school on the south side of campus. Despite being a private institution, Curry is largely open to the public.

“We are not a gated community,” said Greeley. “If you wanted to walk on campus, you can do it.”

Kelsey Tagen and Amanda Paul, both sophomore nursing students, had their dorm room broken into last semester. Among the items stolen from their room were a MacBook Air (estimated at $778), a Dell Inspiron laptop (estimated at $230), chargers, debit cards, and about $150 in cash.

Tagen, who lives on the first floor of 886, said her window was locked, but someone was still able to break in.

“I feel safe, however I do believe Public Safety should be patrolling more often behind the buildings to prevent these events from occurring again…not just managing the situations after they happen,” said Tagen.

Greeley said it is a good idea for students and faculty to write down their laptop serial numbers, as well as download the “Find My iPhone” app. Students can also apply for dorm insurance through the “Student Personal Property Plan” available with National Student Services Inc.

Greeley added that all campus residents—particularly those who live in first-floor rooms—are advised to keep their windows locked at all times and to not allow others to follow them into a residence hall without swiping their own identification card.