Eleven cases of theft were reported to Campus Safety during the first week of the winter semester at Southern Adventist University.
According to Campus Safety’s Daily Crime Log, there were two thefts of backpacks from McKee Library on Jan. 13 and nine thefts of personal items from Hulsey Wellness Center on Jan. 14.
Campus Safety Associate Director Shawn Haas said the items stolen in Hulsey were from the Gym-Masters area, and the victims include Southern students and Collegedale Academy students. The backpacks stolen from the library were from an open area.
According to senior English major Anthony Nelson, his backpack was stolen from the second floor of the library.
“I’m sure [Campus Safety is] doing their best; but I haven’t heard from them at all. So, I don’t imagine I’ll ever see my stuff again,” Nelson said. “I just want my stuff back. I haven’t had my stuff stolen since I was 10 years old, and it just feels so violating.”
Haas said in terms of leaving items unattended, students should act as if they are in any public space.
“Any safety precautions you would take in Downtown Chattanooga, you should also use on Southern’s campus,” he said.
According to Haas, these cases have been turned over to Collegedale Police, and the investigations are ongoing.
Students with any information regarding either one of these cases, contact Campus Safety at (423) 236-2100.