Camera causes alarm

Hidden device was found in Victoria Hall on Feb. 13

Students who live on the floor where the camera was found were notified and offered support, according to an email sent to residence staff.
Students who live on the floor where the camera was found were notified and offered support, according to an email sent to residence staff.

Two weeks after a hidden camera was found in a shower stall in Victoria Hall, no arrests have been made, according to Kingston Police media relations officer Steven Koopman.

On Feb. 13, students discovered the camera — disguised as a towel hook — in one of the co-ed stalls on the fifth floor.

The camera was removed and handed over to Kingston Police, who are now investigating the case.

Jake Elms, PheKin ’16, said he’d heard nothing about the discovery until he was informed by a floormate this week.

“It’s pretty quiet so far,” he said, adding that the friends he was with when he found out were shocked to learn of what happened.

“I think really they all felt a little violated,” said Elms, who doesn’t live on the floor on which the camera was discovered.

According to the email sent to residence staff on Feb. 14, no memory card was found in the camera.

The email also stated that students on the floor were advised of the incident by staff members and informed of available support and counseling.

Elms said he can see why Queen’s might want to gather all the facts before releasing information, but he hopes they will release a statement soon.

“I think the school should look at this very closely and try to find a strategy to stop it from happening in the future,” he said.

Koopman said there’s been no developments in the case.

“All I can do at this time is confirm that nothing has changed to my knowledge,” he told the Journal via email.

“The detectives have not provided me with any new information.”

Koopman added that Police are not releasing information about whether any images were discovered, or whether the camera was capable of storing photos without an SD card.

Detectives are typically given an initial period of 30 to 60 days to investigate such an incident, he said. After that, they can request more time or leave the case unsolved.

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