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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

April 22, 2016

So this is it.  We have reached the end of another academic year. Depending on your perspective, this year may have flown by like a meteor or dragged on like a receding glacier, but either way, it is over. The Case Western Reserve University Police Department will keep an eye on the campus while you ...

Playing well with others

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

April 8, 2016

When you ask people why they decided to go to college, obviously a big reason is to obtain a degree in one academic discipline or another in order to launch a career and make $1 billion or create world peace. But for many people college is also a next step in personal development. It involves moving...

Police blotter March 1 to March 18

March 25, 2016

March 1: Burglary—Door into Glennan Building forced open between 6 p.m. on Feb. 29 and 8:45 a.m. on March 1 March 3: Felony theft—Laptop taken from office in Glennan Building between 10:30 p.m. on March 1 and 9 a.m. on March 2 March 3: Robbery—Purse taken from staff member near Strosacker...

Rounding third

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

March 18, 2016

Spring Break is over—hopefully everyone had a good break and is returning to campus with clean laundry and a refreshed attitude. This is it: the last six weeks of class, the last lap, home stretch, final push or whatever other cliché fits. Finals and commencement, once impossibly distant, are now...

Grand theft auto

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

February 26, 2016

Recently there have been a few instances of actual or attempted car theft in the University Circle area. Auto-related crime is always an issue in University Circle due to the large numbers of commuters and apartment dwellers in the area, so here are some facts and tips. The most stolen type of cars...

Police Blotter, Feb. 10 to Feb. 24

February 26, 2016

Feb. 10: Burglary—Thwing Center Post Office entered and items taken from drawers between 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 9:20 a.m. on Feb.10 Feb. 11: Underage drinking Closed—Hospital transport from Hitchcock House, student conduct referral Feb. 11: Attempted auto theft—Ignition stripped on parked car...

Eyes wide open

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

February 19, 2016

We have reached a sort of midpoint to the semester, where winter break is a distant memory and spring break is a far-off mirage. We have also reached a point where many of my safety tips have been given out, but recent events have convinced me it’s worth reviewing some of them. So here goes. For...

Phishing for dollars

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

February 12, 2016

Computers are now an integral part of life at Case Western Reserve University. We use them to communicate, do groundbreaking research, order pizza and watch videos of cats watching washing machines. How did we ever survive before YouTube? But just as the rise of the car led to the rise of the car...

Attack of the creepers

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

February 5, 2016

The University Circle (UC) area, of which Case Western Reserve University is a part, is often a hub of activity. Between people going to a symphony, getting a new heart or trying to get to class without being blown across the quad by a winter wind, this area is almost always packed with people. Along...

Protect your burrow

Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko

January 29, 2016

So next week is Groundhog Day, my favorite rodent-based holiday. The gist of the day is to observe what the groundhog does when it emerges from its burrow to determine how far away winter’s end is. (Some scientists speculate that groundhogs emerge every year at the same time not to make weather predictions...

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