The message below was distributed to RUSVM students by SAAVMA VP Chad Harris, just after midnight on 9/9/10. It regards a theft at Firehouse Field on Wednesday evening, and it raises some important questions. Why not put up one or two security cameras at the field to assist the police in finding criminals, and also to keep both locals and students safer? Why not have a Ross Security staff member on the premises during university events at Firehouse Field? If you have questions or comments, please post them below.
Tonight at the end of the Ultimate Frisbee competition, a local man ran in from the shadows just behind the wall where the concessions were set up, grabbed their container of money and ran off. There were a group of students that chased after him, but were unable to catch him. Ross Security and the St Kitts Police Department were both contacted and both have filled out reports. Ross Security advised us not to chase individuals in that area due to a high crime rate, but the PD said to “use your better judgement.” We interviewed several locals who saw the chase take place along with the PD, which responded rather quickly, and I can assure you the investigating P.D. was very thorough and will continue to gather information on the crime. At that time, we found out that it was not just one individual involved, but possibly up to three. We are very lucky nobody was injured. The chances of the individual or the group will be caught are low, but the officers were very appreciative of the information and assured they will do all they can. Both Ross Security and the Police Department asked that I informed the students ASAP instead of going through Mr. Nolan because we will be having events in the same place for the next two nights. I was informed to instruct everyone to keep all personal belongings on them or attended at all times. It appeared as if the responsible individual for tonight’s theft had been “eyeing” the money for a good period of time and acted when the money was slightly unattended, even though there were many people standing right there. Once again, what happened tonight was not a violent crime, but please do not leave your personal belongings unattended or when they are not on your person.
P.S. If you are going to be selling concessions, please confer with me before you set up as I was instructed on the safest recommended places for setting up.
Thank you and stay safe!!!!