Campus Alerts


Unauthorized Entrance of a College-Owned House

Fri, Apr 15, 2016

On or about 12:30 AM on Wednesday morning April 13, 2016, the Northfield Police advised Carleton Security that they were searching for an individual who had entered a College-owned house.  The individual was confronted by the tenants and immediately exited the house.  Security personnel participated in the search however no one matching the description provided by the tenants was found.  The only physical description available at this time is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, medium build wearing a black or gray Carhartt type jacket/coat and blue stocking hat.  The Northfield police have classified this incident as trespassing and are continuing their investigation.
A second unauthorized entrance into this residence was reported to have occurred between 8:30 AM and 1 PM yesterday, April 14.  The house was unoccupied at the time of the second incident and nothing was reported missing from the residence.  The Northfield Police are investigating this incident as well.

If anyone has additional information on these incidents please notify Security Services (campus phone X4444/off campus or cell 507-222-4444) or the Northfield Police (9-911/911).

Students, faculty, and staff are reminded that it is important to lock exterior doors to their residences.  Those living in campus residences/buildings equipped with electronic access control are reminded not to prop exterior doors, not allow “tailgating” into secure buildings, and to keep doors to interior rooms locked.  In addition, it is essential that if you observe any individual(s) engaged in suspicious activity notify Security Services or the Northfield Police immediately. 

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security


Thefts On Campus

Wed, Oct 30, 2013

On 10-29-13, two incidents of theft from offices in the Weitz Center for Creativity were reported to Security Services.  In each instance an unknown individual(s) entered the unlocked offices of a faculty member and a staff member and removed their wallets and a checkbook from their purse and computer bag.  Although the checkbook and one of the wallets were later recovered (the checkbook was found in a Rice County ditch, and the wallet in a Burnsville parking lot), it was discovered that the perpetrator(s) had spent $300 from one of the bank accounts.

Although we live and work in a safe community, these types of incidents do occur on campus and in the City of Northfield as evidenced by the recently reported thefts from vehicles.  Therefore, it is good practice to secure your valuables within your office or room and to lock your door when leaving your office or room unattended.  Report suspicious individuals/activity to Security Services immediately by dialing X4444 or 507-222-4444.

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security

Vehicle Break-Ins

Tue, Oct 22, 2013

Some time during the late evening/early morning hours of Saturday, 10/18/13 and Sunday, 10/19/13, eight (8) vehicles parked in the Rec Center lot and a vehicle parked in the James Hall lot were broken into and had items stolen.  Among the items stolen were Global Positioning System (GPS) units, a cell phone, sunglasses, cash and keys.  The perpetrators gained entry into the vehicles via unlocked doors and by breaking windows.

The Northfield News is reporting similar thefts from vehicles throughout Northfield over the weekend:

In an effort to reduce the chances of your vehicle being broken into, remove cash and other valuable items from your vehicle - especially if your vehicle is going to be parked for an extended period of time/overnight.  At a minimum, do not leave these items in plain site inside of your vehicle.

Report suspicious individuals/activity to Security Services (X4444/507-222-4444) immediately.

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security

Predator Drug Concern

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

The Dean of Students Office was made aware of concerns from a Northfield community member of the possibility of substances being slipped unknowingly into drinks of others.We want you to be aware of this information and to remind you of some tips that can keep you and our community safe.  The substance, we believe may be rohypnol, GHB or Ketamine. These substances are virtually undetectable to an unsuspecting individual, however, within 15-30 minutes of ingestion, the drugs can cause rapid impairment similar to alcohol intoxication, which can leave an individual incapacitated and vulnerable.

Tips to consider:

1. Never accept a beverage that you did not see made.

2. Do not leave your beverage unattended.

3. Use a buddy-system when “going out,” and stay with your buddy!

4. Be alert of the behavior of friends and ask them to do the same for you.

If you notice concerning behavior on campus, which needs immediate intervention or resolution, please contact Security at x4444 or 507-222-4444.  If you are off-campus and have concerns, we encourage you to contact the Northfield Police Department at 645-4477. If you have other questions or information you would like to share or discuss, please consider submitting a Community Concern 

Thank you for your attention to this important information, and for helping to make the Carleton and Northfield a safe and supportive community. 


Hudlin Wagner

VP/Dean of Students Office

Area Burglaries

Fri, May 10, 2013

Yesterday afternoon the Northfield Police released a report stating that three dogs were killed during two separate home burglaries.  One of the dogs was stabbed.  The first burglary was reported to have occurred on the 700 block of College Street.  The location of the second burglary was not released but is believed to have also occurred on College Street.  Police believe at least one of the burglaries occurred between 10 AM and noon on Wednesday.Students, faculty and staff are reminded to lock their doors when leaving their homes/residence hall rooms and report any suspicious activity immediately to the Northfield Police by dialing 911 or, if calling from a campus telephone: 9-911.Here is a link to the Northfield News Report:

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP

Director of Security

Off-Campus Incident

Mon, Jan 7, 2013

Dear Carleton Community, Early Sunday morning a male Carleton student was walking home alone to his campus residence from an off-campus house when he was surprised by three young adult males who jumped from their vehicle, physically attacked him, and stole his wallet. Shortly thereafter, the police arrived to help the student, and thereafter the three young men were apprehended at a different location in Northfield. The suspects are in police custody and criminal charges are pending. Thankfully the Carleton student affected in this incident was released from the hospital Sundayafternoon and is currently under the care of family and friends, with plans to return to classes later this week. While random acts of violence are rare in Northfield, this circumstance reminds us that it is always a good idea to employ personal safety precautions.  When walking at night, both on or off campus, please travel in pairs or in small groups, rather than walking alone. Campus Security does offer an escort service on campus property. If you wish to use the escort services or witness any concerning or troubling behavior on campus, please contact Security at x4444/507-222-4444.  For concerns off campus, please contact the Northfield Police at 911. If you have questions or want to talk with anyone about safety concerns, please contact the Dean of Students Office.


Dean of Students Office
Campus Security

Follow-up Information Regarding Emergency Alerts Sent Wed, Feb 22

Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Yesterday afternoon at about 4PM, a Carleton staff member observed a person in a campus building wearing what she believed to be a gun and holster.  The staff member notified Security Services and the Northfield Police (NPD) were summoned to campus.  Security Services and the NPD conducted a search of the campus with negative results. An e2Campus Emergency Notification message was sent to subscribers which contained a description of the suspicious person.  A short time after the emergency notification was sent out, a Carleton student came to the Security office and reported that he may have been the person described in the emergency notification. The student reported that he had been wearing a "gadget holster" which may have been confused as a gun holster.  The staff member who reported the incident was summoned to the Security office and verified that the student was indeed the individual she had seen inside the campus building wearing the "holster." At no time was anyone on campus in immediate danger. This incident illustrates the importance of subscribing to the Campus e2 Emergency Notification.  This service is not only FREE OF CHARGE, but is vital for informing the campus community of an emergency event on campus. For additional information on the system and to sign-up for this important service, please visit: PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY SPAM OR UNWANTED E-MAILS/TEXT MESSAGES WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS SERVICE. 

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security

Person of Interest on Campus

Mon, Jan 2, 2012

On or about 09:00 AM this morning, a staff member was confronted in his office in Leighton Hall by an individual who was looking for a, "World History Professor"  The individual engaged the staff member in conversation and made statements to the effect that he was the son of the King of Iceland and that his father was a prisoner during World War II.  He also stated that he,"Could start World War 3 if he wanted because he was on the web." The History Department, Northfield Police, and St.Olaf Public Safety were notified of this individual's presence on campus. The Security Officer on duty checked the building and campus but was unable to make contact with the individual. The individual is described as a Male Caucasian, aged in his mid 50's, standing approximately six feet tall with medium length hair salt and pepper in color.  He is wearing a navy blue colored suit and black colored overcoat.  He gave his name as David Olson. If you see or are confronted by a person matching this description, please notify Security Services at X4444 on campus or via cell at 507-222-4444 or the Northfield Police immediately 507-645-4475. Thank you for your cooperation. -- 

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP

Campus Bicycle Thefts

Tue, Oct 4, 2011

Since August 1, there has been nine (9) bicycle thefts reported to Security Services. All but two of the bicycles reported stolen were locked with a cable lock (which, along with chains/padlocks are easily cut)at the time of the theft.   This is being sent as a friendly reminder to lock your bicycle to a bike rack with a high quality bicycle lock.  For safety reasons, please do not lock your bicycle to a tree, railing or sign posts.  

The Carleton Bookstore has high quality bicycle locks available for $12.99 plus tax.  Security Services offers free bicycle registration which could aid in the recovery of your bicycle if it is stolen.  Stop by the Security Office in Sayles-Hill 205 with a description of your bicycle, to include serial number, and complete a registration form to receive a permit.

Thank you,

Wayne Eisenhuth
Director of Security

Vandalism to Student Vehicles

Wed, Nov 18, 2009

Sometime during the late night/early morning hours of November 17/18, several vehicles that were parked in the campus lot adjacent to Second and Union Streets were vandalized. The vandalism consisted of a foreign substance being used to write offensive graffiti on the windows of the vehicles. In one instance, eggs were thrown at a vehicle. We are asking for your assistance in identifying the individual(s) responsible for these acts. If you witnessed, heard or have information of any suspicious activity in this area, please contact Security Services immediately.

Thank you,

Wayne Eisenhuth
Security Services, x4444

Thefts From Vehicles and Student Housing

Mon, Sep 21, 2009

Over this past weekend, personal items of value were stolen from a student's locked vehicle, parked on a city street, and from multiple rooms of college-owned student housing. Please realize the importance of securing your possessions by locking your residence and/or vehicle, and by keeping valuable items out of sight whenever possible. Please read the following, issued by the Northfield Police Department.

For Release Immediately: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Mark D. Taylor, CHIEF OF POLICE

For Further Information: 507-663-9322

The Northfield Police Department is requesting citizens to be alert in observing and reporting suspicious behavior during the evening and nighttime hours.

During the past weekend, eight separate incidents of theft from vehicles have been reported to the Northfield Police Department. Items taken are stereos and various other valuables left on seats inside UNLOCKED vehicles. These vehicles have been parked on the street as well as on private property.

What can you do: Please be alert to suspicious activity and don’t hesitate to call 911 to report it. This includes strangers walking or loitering about your neighborhoods, apparent juveniles out after curfew, vehicles you don’t recognize circling your neighborhood, or sounds such as glass breaking or loud banging. Record descriptions of suspicious people and/or vehicle(s) and obtain license plate numbers when possible.

Lock your vehicles when left unattended.

Don’t leave valuables unsecured and in sight within the vehicle.

Consider parking your vehicle in well-lit locations.

These incidents are under investigation by the Northfield Police Department. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is requested to please contact the Northfield Police Department-Captain Roger Schroeder @ 507-663-9322 or anonymously at our TIP line at 507-663-9494.

Armed Robbery Near Campus

Wed, Nov 12, 2008

To all students, faculty, and staff: An armed robbery occurring at an off-campus house in close proximity to the Carleton College campus was reported to Security Services yesterday afternoon. According to the report, four men entered the unlocked apartment of the resident, who is a Carleton College student, and proceeded to physically assault and threaten him with a handgun. The four individuals demanded money and property from the victim and left with cash, a laptop computer, a cell phone and other property. The victim immediately reported the assault to the Northfield Police who are investigating the incident. The victim described his four assailants to the Police as being in their mid to late 20s, with medium builds and wearing hooded sweatshirts that covered their faces. The beginning and end of academic terms are traditionally a time of increased criminal activity on campus. Whether you live on or off campus, please take care to protect yourself and your property by locking your house and room doors. While the electronic access control in the residence halls provides a layer of security, it is recommended that you keep your room door locked at all times as well. Please report suspicious individuals IMMEDIATELY to Security Services. If anyone has any additional information about this incident, please contact the Northfield Police at (507) 645-4475 or Security Services (X4444) immediately.

Wayne Eisenhuth
Director of Security