Greek house falls victim to thefts

by Brandon Newell

Christmas is considered by most people to be the season of giving, but this season some misconstrued the idea by taking.

Kappa Theta Psi members returned from Winter break to find they had fallen victim to a computer thief.

On Dec. 17 the house computer and the computers of two members were stolen.

As campus security has seen, personal computer thievery is not an uncommon situation at Simpson College. The campus community has become more conscientious about computer theft and people are attempting to make their computers more secure.

“Over the last two years, Simpson College had theft reports filed for eight to ten computers as well as for various component parts,” said Chris Frerichs, head of Simpson security.

The computers have not been recovered and Frerichs suspects it is very likely that they never will be.

“Closure is difficult in these cases because of the number of options of how the incident could have happened. Since there was no obvious form of destruction to gain illegal entry it means there’s just a lack of evidence,” said Frerichs.

Since the likelihood of Kappa seeing their computers again is growing slimmer as each day passes, attitudes of the Kappa men have shifted from shock to that of anger. The members have begun to question the liability of the loss.

“Since the building and its foundation are owned by the school the school should be held responsible,” said Todd Parson, grand master of Kappa Theta Psi.

Parson explained that Foster and Parker had double-checked their rooms to make sure every thing was locked. He further stated that the security to the building is easily breached – that the front door lock could be pulled open and many nights the back door tends to be found unlocked.

“I have phoned the college and expressed my concerns about the situation,” Parson said. Hopefully the school’s insurance will cover and replace the missing items.”

The school’s response is still pending.

Plans for Simpson’s security taking a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach are currently in the works.

“First we must know where the computers are on the campus and how many there are,” said Frerichs. “An idea being tossed around is that of a computer and component inventory list. The second step we must consider is what security methods could then be implemented.”

Frerichs said some ideas that may be considered range from better security doors in areas of concern, cable locks on individual PCs, and possibly metal identification tags that if removed would destroy the mainframe of the computer.

Frerichs also said he could not over-stress the importance of not giving out door combinations, propping doors or sharing keys.