Web photos of suspects lead to campus arrests
When Campus Security asked recently for help with an investigation, they got it…fast.
Concerned with a series of break-ins and thefts, Campus Security posted several surveillance camera photos on its website of two people “of interest” to the investigation,” said Constable David Prout. Two individuals, who were easily identifiable in the photos, were suspected of being involved in incidents in a number of buildings on campus including Engineering, the College Building, the Faculty Club and St. Thomas More College.
He said posting photos is usual practice for Campus Security, but the website (www.usask.ca/campussafety) does not normally get many visitors. To help the investigation in this case, a message was posted on PAWS urging staff and students to visit the site and look at the photos.
“We wanted to blanket the campus,” said Prout, “because we knew someone would probably recognize them.”
Just one day after the PAWS message went out, Campus Security got a call from two Engineering students who had looked at the photos and had the suspects in sight. Prout said the students gave the location of the men and their mode of travel (bicycle). Security personnel apprehended the two men and turned them over the Saskatoon City Police.
With the PAWS message came thousands of hits on the security website. Prout said when Campus Security has another active investigation, it will consider another PAWS announcement as it seems to give security personnel “the biggest bang for our crime-fighting buck”.