Hood College students are breathing a sigh of relief but, probably still have some apprehension from a the arrest of a man for illegally entering a dorm. Frederick County Police said they arrested a man, who illegally entered a Hood College dormitory. The man was found hiding in a women’s bathroom.
Frederick County Police said Justin Morgan, 29, of Frederick, was arrested Thursday, October 20, 2011, by a Frederick County Police Officer. The Frederick County police officer was already on the college campus helping with an unrelated theft investigation.
Authorities report that the officer was called to the women’s bathroom of Memorial Hall, on the Hood College Campus. When the officer arrived he the suspect, Morgan, leaving the building.
Witnesses reportedly told the Frederick County police officer, that Morgan illegally entered the building and went into the women’s bathroom. Morgan was found hiding in a shower stall. Morgan was arrested on charges of trespassing and burglary, among other offenses. He was being held on $25,000 bond.
Here are some safety tips for living in the dorm, that you might want to review with the college student in your life!
Safety Tips for Dorm Living:
- Read the Dorm Rules – Make sure that you do not have anything that is not permitted in your room. Fire safety is often overlooked by college students living in dorms.
- Lock Your Door – Dorms may seem like a fun, safe environment, but it is important to make sure to lock your door whenever you leave your room in order to protect your belongings and keep your dorm room safe. Thsi means when you make a quick trip to the bathroom or across the hall.
- Get Insurance for Your Stuff – If you are bringing any items of high value to school, such as musical instruments or jewelry, consider having them insured against theft or damage before you arrive.
- Never Abandon Your Stuff – Whether in the library, classroom, lab or dining hall, don’t leave your stuff! It only takes a few moments for someone to walk by and swipe it. If you must leave it temporarily.
- Don’t Leave Valuables in Your Dorm Parking Lot in the Car – Don’t leave anything valuable in your car, especially in plain sight. Put any high-value items in the trunk or glove compartment where they can’t be seen.
- Stay With Your Laundry – Keep an eye on your laundry if you’re doing it at a laundromat to avoid having your belongings stolen. Bring homework or a book with you to help pass the time.
- Check the Dorm Guest Policy – How safe is your dormitory building? Look into the guest policy for your dormitory and see what kind of dorm security procedures they have in place. If you feel unsafe, speak to a dormitory representative or an administrator about creating a secure environment. Remember that often you are responsible for your guest.
- Always have your ID Card on You – These days, many student cards act as more than identification. If you have a meal plan or library account associated with yours, report your card loss immediately if it goes missing.