MIT Crime Club: MIT mascot Tim the Beaver as fearless campus crimestopper

MIT Crime Club, Aug 15, 2017 

Bicycle theft preventionWorkshop description in the MIT Events Calendar

wheel release lever secured with hose clamp   bicycle with theft-deterrent paint design

Entrepreneurship Center judges selected club president Thea Koullias ’13 as a top-ten contestant in the Products & Services track of the $100K Elevator Pitch Contest, where she presented the club’s idea for a stolen-property recovery service.  The Tornero Business Plan, submitted to MGMT 15.390 (New Enterprises), aimed for a revenue of $5.4 million on a cost-of-goods-sold of $2.8 million by year 4.

Minutes of related IAP project meetings.

Members have been known to give away free saliva-alcohol test strips.

“Someone from the Crime Club … gave us kits to detect dangerous drugs in cocktails or determine somebody’s blood alcohol level from their saliva.  Ken was very happy, because as an ASA person he allocated money to the crime club….
 Sam Maurer, “Marching Band Entry,” Life & Culture (blog), MIT Admissions.

Project findings:  The printed instructions are incomprehensible to anyone who’s over the limit.

In 2009 the club sent two P.I.s to investigate a murder scene at Harvard.  More at Snapped: Killer Couples, “Brittany Smith and Jabrai Copney,” October 13, 2014:

A Harvard student and a chart-topping music producer’s secret criminal life is exposed when a botched drug deal leads to murder…

Brittany Smith & Jabrai Copney, at 43:22

The Harvard College Crime Club was organized by students “looking to MIT’s Crime Club as an example.”  Xi Yu, “CSI: Harvard,” Harvard Crimson, January 30, 2010.

City Council passed a resolution thanking the Campus Crimestoppers for making the campus and the city a “safer and more welcoming environment for students.”

Cambridge, Mass., Res. 37 of Sept. 26, 2011

Jessica Fargen, MIT Kids Send Spies to Harvard: Slaying prompts closer study of campus security,” Boston Herald, June 3, 2009.

Jason Schwartz, “The Case of the Gumshoe Geeks: The curious MIT club that's taken on a murder investigation as an afterschool project,” Boston Magazine, August 2009.

FAIR Fund invited the club to nominate a candidate for the semiannual Dru Scholarship Award, supporting efforts by students to combat violence against women.  Club member Brittan Smith (Harvard ’09) shared the $1500 award for her work in making a drink-spiking test kit available to students at the College.

Stolen-property data for jurisdictions MIT, Harvard, and BU for years 2006–14.

Marjan Rafat ’06 (Harvard PhD ’12) served as a Police Log Compiler at the Tech and went on to become the first Police Log Compiler for MIT & Harvard at the Cambridge Chronicle.

Rafat with other Club members, Police Log, Tech, April 28, 2006; Witlin & Rafat, Crime Watch, Cambridge Chronicle, September 14, 2006.

Which dorm won the 2008 Sparky the Fire Dog Award for Not Setting Off as Many Fire Alarms as Last Year?  Listen to East Campus House Manager Joe Graham’s interview with the club on Droppin’ Knowledge (WMBR radio broadcast, April 30, 2009).

The Campus Crimestoppers have been trying to find a personal-safety device that actually works.  We’ve determined that chemical sprays are a bad idea if you’re facing upwind; that whistles are universally ignored; and that tactical flashlights are almost effective — meaning, useless.

Eventually we gave up and designed our own device, an optoacoustic “sonic flashlight.”  For a description, see the CC&A Venture Information Form.

The director of the Entrepreneurs Club invited the team to serve as the study case for MGMT SEM 089, Starting Up New Technology-Based Business Enterprises at MIT.

April 2010.  Of the twelve largest universities in Massachusetts, MIT reports the highest theft rate.
 
University | (Net value of property stolen)/(10,000 degree-seeking students enrolled) | Stolen-property recovery rate

      MIT $ 306,000       2.5%
  Harvard $  156,000 7.4%
  Boston Univ. $    97,000 5.0%
  Northeastern $    71,000 5.8%
  UMass–Amherst      $    62,000 7.5%

“Uniform Crime Reporting Record Card (2008; 2009),” in FBI, Supp. to Return A Master File (2009; 2010), available in E-mail from CJIS_COMM to MIT Crime Club (2011).  FBI, Crime in the United States, 2004; 2005; 2008; 2009.

June 2012.  MIT hires five additional patrol officers.

MIT Crime Club was organized in 2004/05 by Margeaux Randolph ’04, Adora Asala ’04, and Shavonne Nyoka Hylton ’05 and recognized as an MIT Student Group in April 2005.

“The founders of the MIT Crime Club are dedicated to improving general safety for MIT students, both on and off campus.”  Constitution (2005).

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