Public Safety report for Nov. 20

Joe Steffen, Crime Prevention Leader

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Public Safety officers respond to many calls for service and we enjoy communicating our activities to the college community. Here are some of the notable incidents from this past month.

On Nov. 4, Public Safety officers observed a subject tampering with a locker in the men’s locker room at the Truax Fitness Center. It was discovered that he was in fact trying to break into a locker. The subject fled and a foot chase ensued. The suspect attempted to evade officers in and around campus until he was captured after trying to lock himself inside a vehicle. Public Safety detained the subject until City of Madison Police arrived and arrested the subject on several charges.

On Nov. 4, Public Safety officers responded to a disruptive subject near the Student Life offices on the Truax campus. The subject became extremely belligerent, uncooperative and would not follow the directives of the officers. The subject was physically removed from the building, at which time he continued his disorderly behavior by running into the middle of Highway 51 and attempting to stop traffic. City of Madison Police were contacted and the subject was arrested.

On Nov. 13, Public Safety officers responded to a complaint of an illegally parked vehicle in a staff parking area on the Truax campus. After checking the vehicle’s registration plate number, it showed that the vehicle had been previously been cited by Madison College Public Safety 13 times for parking violations and had been removed twice for habitual parking violations.  The vehicle was cited for a 14th time and was again removed from the property.

Campus Safety Tip

With daylight savings time having recently arrived, the days are much shorter now and it is dark by 5 p.m. The college has installed new parking lot lights at the Truax Campus to make the parking lot brighter and thus safer during the hours of darkness. It is still a good idea to walk with friends and peers to vehicles at night. A reminder to all members of the Madison College community: if you ever feel unsafe walking to your vehicle alone, feel free to call Public Safety for a personal escort.

If you have any information regarding the above incidents or other campus safety concerns, please contact our department at (608) 245-2222. Public Safety officers are available 24/7.

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