Campus Watch September 2013

To All Wayne State University Students, Staff and Faculty:

In This Issue:

  1. September 2013 Crime Stats
  2. September 2013 Campus Crime Summary
  3. September 2013 Arrest Summary
  4. 5 Tips You Should Follow for Smartphone Security That You Don't

1. September 2013 Crime Stats:

- Crimes Reported on the Wayne State University Campus -
  September 2013 Jan-Sept 2013 Jan-Sept 2012
Homicide 0 0 0
Forcible Sex Offence 0 6 1
Non-Forcible Sex Offence 0 0 0
Robbery 2 23 20
Aggravated Assault 0 1 0
Burglary 0 4 12
Larceny 26 153 136
Vehicle Theft 2 10 37
Arson 0 0 0

2. September 2013 Campus Crime Summary:


Two robbery incidents were reported during September 2013.

The first incident, a Robbery Not Armed, occurred on September 3rd, 2013 at approximately 11:05 pm on Hancock at Anthony Wayne Drive. There, a 19 year old male student and a 19 year old female student report they were walking northbound on the east side of Anthony Wayne Drive. They noticed that they were being followed by two unknown males. Both subjects quickly approached the students. One subject knocked the female student down and took her iPhone. The second subject took the male students iPhone and wallet. Both offenders then fled northbound on foot. No weapons were observed and neither student was injured. WSUPD Officers conducted an area search with negative results.

The second incident, also a Robbery Not Armed, occurred on September 8th, 2013 at approximately 12:10 am on Cass and Forest. There, an officer on routine patrol observed a commotion in front of the MidTown Shangri-La restaurant, at 4710 Cass Avenue, and further observed a female chasing a male on foot. The female saw the officer and yelled to him that the male had just stolen her phone. A second WSUPD Officer pulled up and both officers chased the offender on foot. The foot chase lasted only a short distance before the officers forcibly tackled the offender to the ground. The offender refused to obey the officers commands and he forcibly fought with them, claiming that he "didn't do anything".  The subject was eventually taken into custody. The stolen iPhone was recovered and returned to the 36 year old non-WSU female victim. 

The victim stated she was at Cass and W. Forest, taking on her iPhone, when the offender ran up behind her and grabbed the iPhone out of her hand. The arrested subject, Kenneth Ronya Lawson, age 17, of Detroit, was subsequently charged by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. He has since plead guilty to Larceny from Person and Resisting and Obstructing Police. He is awaiting sentencing.


A total of twenty-six (26) incidents of  Larceny (theft of unattended property) were reported during September 2013 from eighteen different locations across campus.


Three vehicles were reported stolen to WSUPD during September 2013. All three weer parked on city streets adjacent to campus locations. No vehicles were reported stolen from any WSU parking facility during September. Taken from city streets adjacent to campus locations: 

Date Location Time frame Vehicle year and model
Sept 13th
Second and W. Forest
12:01 am - 12:45 am 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Sept 17th Cass and Prentis 10:00 am - 2:20 pm 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe
Sept 23rd Hancock E/O Second 11:30 pm - 9:30 am 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix

3. September 2013 Arrest Summary:

WSUPD Officers made a total of 94 arrests, during September 2013, for a variety of offenses. The arrests were the end result of the investigation of suspicious persons or circumstances, either called in by members of our on and off campus community or observed by officers while on routine patrol, traffic stops, alarm run responses, targeted patrol efforts, rapid arrival to in-progress incidents, or completed crime report investigations by WSUPD Investigators. The following arrest incidents, some involving multiple charges, occurred either on campus or in the surrounding MidTown area. 

Offense #
Disorderly Conduct 7
Retail Fraud (shoplift) 8
OWI (drunk driving) 6
Misdemeanor Warrant(s) 5
Traffic Warrant(s) 24
Malicious Destruction of Property 3
Felony Warrant(s) 6
Robbery Not Armed 3
Resist and Obstruct Police 1
Violation of Controlled Substances 3
Poss. of Marijuana 1
Trespass 1
Possession of Narcotics 1
Drive w/Suspended License 3
Robbery Armed 2
Criminal Sexual Conduct #1 1
Kidnapping 1
Possession of Facsimile Firearm 1
Probation Violation 1
Attempted Robbery Not Armed 1
Home Invasion 1
B & E Auto 3
Larceny from Person 2
Poss w/Intent to Distribute Marijuana 2
Attempted Robbery Armed 1
Fugitive Warrant(s) 4
Friend of Court Warrant(s) 3
Parole Violation 1
Larceny from Building 1
Parole Absconder 1
Carry Concealed Weapon - Motor Vehicle 1
Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle 2
Assault & Battery 1
Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property 1

4. 5 Tips You Should Follow for Smartphone Security that You Don't (Reprinted from
  • Lock Your Phone:

Yes, it's a pain, but we should all be using the locking features on our phones so that if they're stolen, our info isn't readily available to the thief. So set one of those 4-digit passwords, and make it a good one. Not the unimaginative 1111, 1234, 9876, etc.

  • Install security software.

This one really got our attention. Anti-virus software for a PHONE? Yep. Let the techies at places like CNet and MacWorld guide you to the best ones. This is particularly important for Android phones, less so for iPhones, because Apple's software is less often targeted by scammers.

  • Don't save financial passwords.

In other words, when you get that prompt that says "would you like to save this password for next time," it's OK to use that for your log in to the Cute Kitten Chat board, but NOT to your bank interface. If your phone is stolen and a thief can get through your initial security (such as not locking your phone), then they can get into your bank account.

  • Install track and wipe software.

If your phone is stolen, it's ultra handy (and fun, in a revenge sort of way) to be able to track where the thieves have taken it, so maybe the authorities can even get it back. On the other hand, if the "search" option doesn't work out, you should also have the "destroy" option. In other words: software that can automatically wipe your cell phone of its contents remotely. Just make sure you back up your phone's contents to your computer and this will work just fine.

  • Don't use the same password for everything.

The bad news is you should never, ever, ever use the same password for all your accounts. The good news is, you don't necessarily have to have a unique password for every single interface. Here's some practical advice: use different passwords for different "environments." So one for financial, another for social networking, a third for email, a fourth for retail, and so on.

Lastly, don't forget that SmartPhones users, especially in public places, are often targets of "apple picking" - the forcible theft of your Smartphone. Your expensive SmartPhone is valuable to you and valuable to a thief. Visible white earbud cords can easily identify you as an Apple iPhone owner, even if your phone is out of sight in your pocket. 

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