Two men posing as exterminators were able to gain entry to an Ohio State University residence hall and burglarize electronics from a dorm room once inside. The men were believed to have tailgated a student to get past the building’s locked exterior doors.
As reported by Columbus NBC affiliate WCMH, the two men dressed in disguises, knocked on a side door of a meeting room in the dorm without showing valid Buck ID cards and were allowed to enter by student who opened the door for them.
“Based on the way they were dressed and their mannerisms, they convinced one of the students they were there as exterminators and they had a work order to spray for ants in his room,” says David Rose, Captain with Ohio State University Police.
Pictures of the suspects have been pulled from high-resolution surveillance video inside the residence hall. The footage clearly shows the men entering through an outside door and entering the lobby. To better sell the exterminator story, the men were seen wearing an orange safety vest, a black backpack and a white insect sprayer canister.
Ohio State is well aware of the vulnerabilities associated with tailgating, and has been working on a “Don’t Tailgate” campus program to spread awareness. The act of allowing others to enter a door behind you when accessing locked buildings, tailgating is perhaps the single biggest inhibitor to physical access and security. The university is warning students and staff not to let any stranger into the building who does not display a Buck ID.
The suspects have not yet been caught, and the university is still searching for any leads.