The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, December 3, 1980-Page 3
VACANT DWELLINGS OPEN PREY
It's burglary season
By KEVIN TOTTIS
For many vacationing University students, the
word "break" often translates into "break-in."
So far, more than a dozen burglaries that occured
in the campus area during Thanksgiving break have
been reported to Ann Arbor police, according to Sgt.
Harold Tinsey. But he said the number of thefts
doesn't surprise him. "We usually get quite a few
reports of larcency, break-ins, and thefts when
students return" from breaks, he said.
AND WITH A three-week winter vacation ap-
proaching, the potential for student ripoffs looms
even greater. No one can prescribe a cure for the
New Year surprises that may greet some returning
students, but both police and University security of-
ficials agree that "common sense" is probably the
best measure that can be taken to curtail them.
Tinsey said the best way for people to avoid thefts
during winter break-especially apartment and
house dwellers-is to take usual precautions such as
making sure the doors and windows are securely
locked, taking those valuable home "that can be
taken," and finding out if a neighbor can keep an eye
"I don't know what else you can do," he said. "Use
During breaks between semesters dormitories are
closed and relatively safe according to David Foulke,
University housing security manager. But that is no
reason not to take any safety measures, he added.
"WE ENCOURAGE them (dorm residents) to take
(home) items that are of great value, items that are
particularly popular-such as stereos-and any
items that have sentimental value beyond
replacement," Foulke said.
If people leave expensive equipment, such as
stereos and televisions, they should make sure they
have the serial numbers and some sort of iden-
tification etched on them;said Walter Stevens, direc-
tor of University security.
Residents of ground-level rooms, or those with ac-
cessible windows, should take added precautions,
"A lot of people will take stereo parts and store
them in friends' rooms," he said.
Both Foulke and Stevens were quick to point out
that, in recent years, very little theft has occured in
dorms during "shut down periods."
Foulke cited only one incident of tpeft in all of the
dorms during last year's break.
Crime in city up 8%;
chief blames ecomony
Su owrAP Photo
The Solar Challenger, a 175-pound airplane, flies under the shining sun during a
test flight yesterday in Arizona. The plane's propeller is turned by electricity
generated by 15,000 solar cells which cover its wings and tail section. Designer
Paul MacCready, an aeronautics specialist, hopes a 63-mile flight can be made
ouse says president
cane ear uotas
WASHINGTON (UPI)-The House
voted 317-57 yesterday to authorize the
president to negotiate automobile im-
port limits-an expression of
displeasure with Japan and other
major U.S. trading partners.
The overwhelming vote came despite
warnings from key Republicans on the
tax-writing Ways and Means Commit-
tee that it was anti-competitive and
could harm consumers.
THE RESOLUTION, which must be
approved by the Senate, removes a
legal cloud over the administration's
power, but contains no legal mandate.
President Carter has expressed fear
such negotiatioins would violate an-
titrust lawq. -
The House was prodded to act by the
sagging state of the U.S. auto industry
and upset at a 3-2 decision by the Inter-
national Trade Commission on Nov. 10,
that imports were not a substantial
cause of the crisis.
THE AUTOMAKERS and the United
Auto Workers lobbied strongly for the
resolution, which would allow the
negotiation of import limits with Japan,
Germany or any other auto-exporting
Before acting, the president must
determine imports are causing serious
injury to the U.S. auto industry, and
that the industry has exhausted all
remedies under the Trade Act of 1974.
No agreement could extend beyond
July 1, 1983.
The measure was strongly supported
by the chairman and ranking GOP
member of the trade subcommittee,
Reps. Charles Vanik (D-Ohio), and Guy
VanderJagt (R-Mich.), and by most
congressmen from automaking areas.
MAJOR OPPOSITION came from
Rep. Barber Conable (R-N.Y.), who
termed it anti-competitive, and Rep.
Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.), who said the
House was acting prematurely in view
of the impending change in ad-
"We are in fact in this case working
against competition, and doing so in a
way that smacks of the old trade wars,'
So far this year, U.S. automakers
have built 5,905,585 cars domestically,
down 25.1 percent from 7,886, 734 in the
saie period last year. Truck output of
1,375,877 is 51 percent behind 11-month
total of 2,810, 604 during 1979
INDEFINITE layoffs of hourly paid
autoworkers stand at 183,975, down
from a peak of just under 250,000 in
Through the first three quarters of
1980, the four U.S. automakers lost $3.7
billion, with additional losses due in the
fourth quarter-by far the worst finan-
cial performance in industry history.
The import share of the U.S. market
reached nearly 30 percent this summer.
It was down in October because of new
model introductions, but likely will be a
record 25 percent for the year.
By DAVID SPAK
The number of crimes committed in
Ann Arbor increased approximately
eight percent during the last fiscal
year, but even so, Police Chief William
Corbett says his force is doing an "ex-
cellent job" combatting crime.
The recently-released fiscal year
report-which covers the period from
July 1, 1979 to June 30, 1980-showed in-
creases in the categories of juvenile
crime, liquor law violations, bicycle
theft, larceny, and assaults.
Corbett blamed the increase
primarily on poor economic conditions
and a high rate of unemployment.
Detroit's dismal economic problems
also helped boost Ann Arbor's crime
rate, he said. ,
"Many of the people committing
these offenses are vicarious 'thrill
seekers' coming from other com-
munities," he said. Many of those
people are drawn to Ann Arbor by the
"reputation" the University picked up
during the late sixties and early seven-
ties, Corbett added.
OTHER LIKE-SIZED communities
have experienced crime increases
comparable to Ann Arbor's, he said.
A total of 14,306 crimes, including 6
murders, were committed during the
year, according to the report, com-
pared to 13,272 crimes the previous
year. The eight percent increase was
due to a 12 percent increase in crimes
classified as "Part 1" which include
murder, rape, robbery, assault, lar-
ceny, and motor vehicle theft. The
largest increases were in assault and
In addition, there was an increase of
more than five percent in lessaserious
"Part II" crimes, such as assault,
fraud, vandalism, sexual offenses, and
liquor and narcotics violations.
The report states that less than 25
percent of all offenses are officially
listed as solved. Corbett said that this
rate was not a shortcoming of his
department, but that it was due to a
combination of factorswrelated to
technicalities in prosecution. He cited a
homicide that occurred during the
fiscal year (not related to three 1980
murders) in which the department
"had a very strong suspect" but not a
'"quantum of proof' needed to bring an
CORBETT, WHO has held his post in
Ann' Arbor since July, also said there is
a problem with drunks about which
police can do little. "All we can do is
take them to the University
Detoxification Center," he said.
"Sometimes they are back out on the
streets before the officer who brings
them in, because the Center is under-
staffed and under-funded."
He also said these drunks have com-
mitted vandalism, assault, and
breaking and entering after having
been released from the center.
According to the report, 74 percent of
the goods stolen over the past two years
have not been recovered. The lack of
identification on many valuable items
in local homes is the cause of this low
recovery rate, Corbett said.
THE ANN ARBOR Police Depar-
tment has launched an extensive iden-
tification and theft prevention cam-
paign to aid the police in identifying
stolen goods, Corbett said. "We are get-
ting a tremendous response from the
community," he said.
Bicycle thefts increased 24 percent
during 1979-80, the report showed. In
August, Corbett recalled, several police
departments cooperated in a "sting"
$85,000 of a local theft ring, in which
many bicycles were recovered.
Corbett also cited the economy as a
factor in the 100 percent increase in
juvenile crime, which showed largest
increases in larceny, sex, and narcotics
During the fiscal year, police made a
concentrated effort to apprehend
violators of liquor laws, Corbett said,
and 270 offenders were listed compared
to 174 during the previous year.
Narcotics offenses actually
decreased, but not because of a net
decline in drug use, according to Cor-
"It's a question of priorities,"- he
said, "Do we want to go after the $5
fines for marijuana use, or the sellers
and distributors of cocaine and other
While the police chief blamed much
of the drug problem on the inability of
federal drug officials to confiscate
illegal drugs coming into the country,
he emphasized that "we still have to to
after the local distributors."
The drug problem on campus hasn't
gotten any worse, he added.
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THE ALICE LLOYD PLAYERS PRESENT
3 PLAYS RYEUGENE IONESC
Dec. 4, 5, and 8.
Alice Lloyd Hall
For More in
THE BALD SOPRANO,
Tickets $2.00 ,
formation Call 764-5946 or 764-5947
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Fri., Sat. at8:30, Sun. at 2:30
Tickets: Main for: $7 and $6; First balcony: $ 4;Second balcony: $3 and $2
Tickets at Burton Tower, Ann Arbor, MI 4811)9,
Weekdays 9-4:30, Sat. 9-124313)665-3717.
Tickets also available at Hill Auditorium 1' hours before perforrnance time
In Its 102nd Year
MCFT-Camelot, 4, 8p.m., Michigan Theatre.
Eng. Comp. Board-Emily Golson, "Taking Essay Exams," 4 p.m., 2203
Coll. of Engin.-Mark Haselkorn, "Computational Linguistics: The Com-
puterized Study of Literature," 4 p.m., 1047 East Engineering Bldg.
Office of Major Events-Allman Brothers, 8 p.m., Crisler Arena.
Dept. of Theatre and Drama-"Romeo and Juliet," 8 p.m., Power Center.
School of Ed.-meeting for cross-campus transfers and interested studen-
ts in secondary education, 1:30 p.m., 1322 SEB.
Wednesday Evening Prayers-a short service of Christian Worship, 10
p.m., Campus Chapel, just north of U Towers.
Coll. of Eng.-Nonlinear Reactor Dynamics (Nuclear Reactor
Engineering Seminar), Ziya Akcasu, Nuclear, 4 p.m., Baer Room/Cooley.
College of Eng.-Mathematical Programming Models for Planning a
Transatlantic Communication Network (Industrial and Operations
Seminar), Charles McCallum, Jr., of Bell Labs./Holmdel, N.J., 4 p.m., 229
Society for the Promotion of American Music-William Albright on "What
Is American Music?" 7p.m., Burton Tower, rm. 306.
Ark-Hoot Night-open mike, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill St.
Detroit Metro. League of Women Voters-Hamtramck Project: An
Analysis of the Problems of an Ethnic Enclave within the City of Detroit,
noon, Commons Rm., Lane Hall.
ECKANKAR-Introductory book review on "Letters to Gail" by Paul
Twitchell. 7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor ECK Center, 302 East Liberty.
Internat. Folk Dance Club-Advanced teaching and dancing, 8 p.m., Bell
Re Snnrts-Clinic-.:izz/Rallet dance. CCRR 7 n m
University President Harold
Shapiro has asked that a plan to
provide inexpensive temporary
housing for incoming foreign studen-
ts be formulated by administrators
by the end of the week, according to
a Michigan Student Assembly mem-
MSA International Affairs coor-
dinator Amy Hartmann said last
night Shapiro had demanded that a
solution to the problem be on his
desk by Friday.
Foreigh students have complained
of lack of inexpensive temporary
housing available to them when they
come to the University-and the
country. Hartmann asked the
Regents at their meeting last month
to respond to the needs of foreign
University Housing Director
Robert Hughes told the MSA
representative that 100 rooms in one
of the quadrangles would be reser-
ved from early August until shortly
before school begins to house in-
coming foriegn students.
Union Charter approved
MSA last night endorsed a
proposed charter for the Michigan
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