On Thursday, Feb. 24, four unique security incidents occurred in Sutton Place Apartments.
At 6:23 a.m., a female resident of Sutton reported a male entering her apartment and room without permission, and committing a sexual act to himself.
At 7:30 a.m., a female resident of Sutton reported someone entering her apartment without permission, and stealing her laptop.
At 11 a.m., two male residents of Sutton reported someone entering their apartment without permission and stole both of their laptop computers.
At 3 p.m., another female resident of Sutton reported someone entering her apartment without permission as slept.
Campus Security and the Winter Park Police Department are investigating all of the incidents. At this point, no evidence suggests that the cases are linked in any way.
Residential Life is doing everything it can to provide a safe environment for students. Assistant Director of Residential Life Abby Prokop believes that “while we embrace the close-knit environment of the residence halls, safety always needs to be considered.”
Alexis Neu, a RA in Sutton, feels strongly about what happened. “I think that the break-ins serve as a reality check for the Rollins community. As Director of Residential Life Leon Hayner said tonight at an information session, the level of comfort students feel on campus and in the residence halls is a double edge sword: on the one hand, it is good that students feel safe and secure, but this high sense of security can cause us to let our guard down occasionally. Unfortunately, it is when we let our guard down that incidences like these are most likely to occur.”
As a result of the break-ins, Matt Smith ’11 and member of the Sutton Hall Council e-mailed a survey to the residents of Sutton to explore opinions about installing cameras to the entrances of the residence hall. Wes Greeley ’11 shared his thoughts on the camera issue. “I do think that they will be useful in identifying perpetrators. However, I’m not sure how useful camera recordings can be in actually effectively proving that this certain person caught on tape at this certain time was responsible for this certain crime.”
David Celis ’11 favors the idea of using cameras in Sutton. “People let anybody into the building without asking who they are. Because of this, it seems like the only way to keep track of the people entering and exiting the building is using cameras. I’m all for it.”
Regardless of cameras or not, residents must begin to protect themselves by locking their doors.
Campus Security highly recommends that all students lock their doors and carry their key or R-Card with them at all times.
If you have any information that may help Campus Security and Winter Park Police, please contact Campus Security at 407/646-2999 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Winter Park Police at 407-644-1313.