Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Twitter helps university police catch ID card thief

Monday, December 10, 2012

Police used social media, in this case Twitter, to identify a person who stole a student’s Oklahoma State University ID card and used it to buy books at the bookstore. The thief then resold the books for cash.

According to a university spokesperson, police had security camera footage of the suspect but could not identify him. Police then posted a snapshot of the suspect on the school’s police Twitter page, seeking assistance from students.


The page had 10,000 hits in two hours and within four hours police had received four tips identifying the same person.

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A theft at the University of California at San Francisco may compromise the personal data of some 10,000 people associated with the institution.

The university has sent letters to those it believes have been affected after one of its campuses fell victim to computer theft. UCSF reported that unencrypted desktop computers were stolen on January 11 from the UCSF Family Medicine Center in Lakeshore, Calif.

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When officials at Georgia State University decided to revamp the campus security and surveillance systems, they found that the campus poses a few challenges.

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Virginia State University will now be conducting random ID checks on its St. Petersburg campus. Accompanying the credential checks will be better lighting, more police patrols after dark and additional cameras to monitor the campus.

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Michaela Menigo, a former University of Minnesota student, was informed via email that her $20,000 loan application was approved. There was only one problem, she never requested the loan, someone else did using her identity.

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