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Canada Goose Jackets Popular Target for Thieves

BUPD urges students: do not leave coats in public places

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One of this winter’s most trendy (and expensive) coats has become a favorite target of campus thieves in recent weeks. The BU Police Department reports an uptick in the reported cases of stolen Canada Goose jackets and believes that the thefts are most likely being committed by members of the BU community.

BUPD reports 14 thefts of clothing items since September, with the majority Canada Goose jackets. Known for their round arm patches and fur hoods, the coats are sold for upwards of $900 at upscale department stores and can run as high as $1,300. Their popular appeal and expensive sticker price explain why they’re a favorite among thieves.

“A Canada Goose jacket is probably twice as valuable as an iPhone,” says Peter DiDomenica, BUPD detective lieutenant, “but many people who own them aren’t considering them to be valuable property.”

Most of the thefts have been at FitRec—where students are known to leave their jackets and other personal property hanging on coat racks or stuffed inside a cubby. DiDomenica says that many of the thefts have occurred in locker rooms, making it difficult to investigate since there are no surveillance cameras inside changing areas (such cameras are illegal there). The coats lack any unique identifying characteristics, like the serial numbers found on an iPhone or a laptop, so are much harder for police to identify, track, and recover since there is no way to prove they weren’t purchased legitimately.

FitRec is a controlled access building, meaning visitors must swipe an ID to enter. That has led BUPD to believe that the thief or thieves are either members of the BU community or are paying to use the FitRec gym. According to police, there is currently an active investigation, and a student has been charged with taking a Canada Goose coat. DiDomenica says BUPD plans to file criminal charges against that student.

In the meantime, BUPD and FitRec are working to decrease the number of thefts by encouraging BU community members to be more careful with their belongings. There is already signage around the FitRec building encouraging people to lock up their jackets and bags, says FitRec executive director Tim Moore. He says staff members have been verbally reminding people, as well.

Day lockers are available (there is a waiting list for monthly lockers) in the building, Moore says, and free locks can be checked out at the Pro Shop. Getting a lock “only takes seconds,” he says. FitRec staff and BUPD have also been increasing their surveillance of the area, and when they see someone failing to lock up their personal property, they advise them to do so.

“We are trying to get the message out about being careful not to leave your jackets unattended, since they are looked at as desirable by thieves because of their value,” DiDomenica says. “Lock them up instead of hanging them on a coat rack. That’s an immediate solution.”

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Amy Laskowski

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38 Comments on Canada Goose Jackets Popular Target for Thieves

  • IC on 02.10.2016 at 7:57 am

    This is what happens when little kids are given toys – they are irresponsible. The only difference is that these “kids” are young adults and these “toys” are almost $1,000.

    Just goes to show the level of maturity and responsibility they possess. If only Mommy and Daddy actually cared. Instead, the students have a check on the way to purchase another one!

    • FC on 02.10.2016 at 8:50 pm

      You are a dumb ass who is obviously ungrateful for what he/she got in life. You are also obviously very bitter for never having something as nice as a Canada Goose. And you obviously did not read the article as the coats got stolen off coat racks. Putting your coat away is being responsible. What young adult is going to automatically assume that someone is going to steal his/her coat? Like why are you attacking the victim? Why aren’t you complaining about the person who steals coats who wasn’t raised that? That shows levels of immaturity and responsibility. These kids are working out and showing that they care for their well being. They are mature and responsible. And of course their parents will send them money for a new coat? What do you expect? For them to say screw you and let their child freeze? I think you need to grow up and stop stealing those coats. And no I have a north face.

      • asdf on 02.11.2016 at 12:13 pm

        What 18-year-old can afford a Canada Goose jacket when they are already paying 50k a year in tuition? Who are these mythical students pulling in six-figure salaries that are able to afford these jackets?

  • Drew on 02.10.2016 at 8:08 am

    I have noticed that the coat rack system is pretty loosely managed. You just walk up and hang it.
    Perhaps a coat check at the entrance would resolve part of this issue. Those locker cubbies can’t hold a big puffy jacket and their other belongings.
    If I had a $900 jacket I wouldn’t want to crumple it up and stuff it anywhere.

    • Student on 02.10.2016 at 9:12 pm

      If I had a $900 coat and it was between hanging it out in the open or stuffing it in a locker, I’d go with the latter. I agree that a coat check would be a good addition to fitrec but given the options it’s not worth the risk to try to not crumple an expensive jacket. It’s not a dress shirt after all, so it’s not like it’s going to take long for the creases to come out.

  • Jay on 02.10.2016 at 8:36 am

    Maybe they shouldn’t toss around $1,000+ jackets like they’re nothing, and then get hurt that people are stealing them.

  • LarryO on 02.10.2016 at 8:52 am

    I forgot to bring a lock with me to the gym one time in 1978. That one time, stuff was stolen from my locker. Ever since, I bring a lock with me to the gym, no matter what, and always lock up everything, all the time. Whether you have a $50 or $1300(!!!) jacket, stuff it in there, it’s not going to hurt it!

    BTW, For $900-1300 I could buy an entire wardrobe of nice looking clothes!

  • ricbrhci ei on 02.10.2016 at 9:20 am

    Without invoking too much Bernie, these are probably the same students driving the R8’s and Escalades seen along Comm Ave.

  • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 9:36 am

    Getting beyond the resentment towards students’ privilege, I do think we should all agree that it’s not unreasonable to hang your coat in a private gym and expect it to be there after your workout. This isn’t a Times Square, this is the BU Fitrec, which is largely attended by the BU community and is actually quite secure. Can we please take a look at ourselves and what type of community we are building where we can’t even trust each other not to steal a winter coat? Personally I wouldn’t leave a $900 jacket unsupervised, but to be honest, that level of vigilance is exhausting and it would be nice if our community were evolved enough where we could stop the 24/7 surveillance when were are at our own fitness center.

    • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 10:40 am

      It’s not a private gym, though—anyone can get a membership at FitRec, and just because someone can afford something doesn’t make them any more moral or less inclined to larceny than anyone who can’t.

      I’ve had less thefts in New York in the seven months I’ve lived there without a single thing stolen. Boston isn’t much safer just because it’s smaller or less dense. Valuable goods left out of your possession may as well not be in your possession. Poor people usually understand this well and rich people have no room for complaint, because they’ll always have the means to bounce back.

      • Sam Winston on 02.10.2016 at 1:28 pm

        Not true, you must be affiliated with BU to get a membership to FitRec. Anyone off the street can’t walk in and become a member.

        • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 3:56 pm

          Ack, my mistake. The community’s big though, you can’t expect them all to be upright citizens when you’re splaying $1000 jackets in the clear.

        • Anonymous on 02.11.2016 at 12:39 pm

          NOT TRUE. All you have to do to get a membership at FitRec is “know a BU affiliate;” a BU affiliate being a student, alumni, or faculty/staff member. Think of every BU affiliate and EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT PERSON KNOWS. Then, after a friend of an affiliate signs up for membership, that person’s friends can sign up for membership –> this gives FitRec members that might not directly know a direct BU affiliate, which makes a large membership community with a ton of people that might not have (and clearly don’t) the best intentions.

    • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 10:58 am

      Its nice to read words of sanity in a comment section every now and then.

  • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 10:42 am

    Well, maybe these students should spend their money going to school instead of being this spoiled. Obviously, if you have that expensive of anything you NEED to keep it safe. Its sad that people are stealing these, but even sadder that the students are so unaware of the world, and how much things cost that they dont even try to keep these things from being stolen. Maybe they need to have things stolen to appreciate the good things in life.

  • KM on 02.10.2016 at 10:47 am

    Regarding the “Resentment towards students’ privilege”, here’s something to chew on:

    These students think so little of a clothing item that costs $1K that they leave it lying around like it’s a $20 jacket from the clearance rack at Old Navy. Meanwhile, I’m a BU employee with 5 years of very dedicated service under my belt, and I just had to think long and hard about whether or not I could spend $60 on a new pair of dress pants for work.

    Maybe I should take a stroll through the FitRec locker room to see if any of these young adults who don’t appreciate what they have have left a nice pair of size 10 dress pants lying around. Consider it a life lesson, something that doesn’t seem to be valued in our educational system today. They could just get their parents to put more money into their account for a new pair, anyway.

    • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 10:11 pm

      I’m really confused as to why leaving the coat “lying around” is so offensive. These are coats, and according to the article they were either on hangers or in a cubby. The orientation of the property is, in fact, an irrelevant defense for stealing it.

      This comment, and many others like it are so eager to justify these thefts based on an unfounded belief that the victims “deserved it.” Do you actually think that’s fair, let alone accurate?

      I hate to break it to you, but stealing a pair of pants isn’t going to reduce income inequality in this country. In fact, almost every single comment on this article is so envious of a piece of merchandise that people aren’t even awake to the real issues underlying their own discontent. This entire spectacle is consumerism as its very best.

    • Aninimouse on 02.15.2016 at 12:45 pm

      There’s probably a reason why you are just a BU employee.

  • Samantha Khosla on 02.10.2016 at 11:02 am

    That ordinary looking jacket is $900-$1300? Does it do something special? Does it turn into a flying squirrel suit? Does it make toast?

    • CG Owner on 02.10.2016 at 6:09 pm

      Its expensive becuase of the materials used. It’s not a fashionable garment. Its a utility garment. It is designed to last for years and years. Consider it an investment.

      • Anon on 02.10.2016 at 8:54 pm

        It’s expensive for marketing purposes. The quality will allow it to last for years, but that is not the reason for the price tag

      • Student on 02.10.2016 at 9:26 pm

        False. It was originally designed as a utility garment for people who worked in the out-of-doors during the harsh Canadian winter. It is still marketed towards such people and, sure, it may be made of good materials and designed to last. But it’s also become marketed towards celebrities and the wealthier, trend following buyers of more temperate cities such as Boston. You can buy a great winter coat from REI for just over $200 that is designed to keep you very warm in a NH winter and you can expect to get at least a decade out of it. Wearing a Canada Goose coat in a city like this is meant to send a message to others: “Look, I have so much money that I can buy this expensive coat that explorers wear to the Arctic even though it’s completely unnecessary for where I live.”

  • Shen-Huey Wang on 02.10.2016 at 11:12 am

    I am an Evergreen program participant who has been taking studio classes at BU College of Fine Art. Last semester I took a painting class. One day I found, to my surprise and dismay, my glass palette was stolen from the studio. I was so surprised because it was such a small item (with cost of $6) and yet it was stolen. I was dismayed because it caused great inconvenience for me. My take is that one can be good at making art, but it means nothing if one thinks s/he can steal. This is basic ethics that a college student should have – do not steal.

  • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 11:27 am

    It made my day! LOL! just warm jacket.hahahaha

  • David on 02.10.2016 at 12:16 pm

    So much for the attention getting “Egotism”.. hope it helped..(BTW my 180 Lands End is just as good or better than the Goose honking)..

  • Someone Somewhere on 02.10.2016 at 1:13 pm

    There are much hostility to people who can afford a jacket that is just a little expensive in the comments. I can’t believe this is the common state of mind students from a top college would have. Anything you can’t afford deserve to be stolen? What kind of logic is that?

    • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 3:57 pm

      Found the SMG alum!

    • Anonymous on 02.10.2016 at 10:14 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • JJ on 02.10.2016 at 1:22 pm

    That’s the thing about conspicuous consumption: it’s conspicuous!

  • Vegan on 02.10.2016 at 4:08 pm

    As a vegan I socially support these acts of social activism against clothing made out of animals. This should not be considered theft because the feathers and fur were stolen from the geese and whatever the thing is that they kill for the fur. When a bear kills a person as nature intended do you think it is theft when they go out and get the body back. Actually that is theft against the bear because it needed that food to hibernate but they never report it that way in the newspapers, they just shoot the bear which is wrong and turn it into boots and those horrible fur caps with the raccoon tails. Wait maybe those are made from raccoons. That is TWICE as many animal deaths.

  • S on 02.10.2016 at 4:43 pm

    Here’s a thought. Take the “Canada Goose” patch off the sleeve and your jacket won’t be stolen…

  • George on 02.10.2016 at 4:53 pm

    Every time I come to B.U., I see multiple examples of these high-priced and apparently high-status winter coats. It’s quite a conspicuous contrast from the regional public university where I teach, where students facing severe financial constraints often forego buying textbooks in order to save money.

    After last winter, and a protracted search for a warm winter coat that was also a good value, I bought L. L. Bean’s Baxter State Parka for a fraction of the price of a Canada Goose coat. I think it keeps me just as warm -

  • Tom on 02.10.2016 at 8:14 pm

    I wonder if any of these jacket owners are receiving financial aid??

  • Robert Carroll on 02.11.2016 at 12:09 pm

    They don’t buy these jackets because they are warm, or made with whatever, it’s the label, and the sheep mentality of our society, it’s the same with north face, most people wearing one of these has no idea were the north face is, they just see everyone else wearing it, so they want it, I’m not saying it was right to take something that doesn’t belong to you, however, wake up! none of this stuff is worth $900, what ever happened to originality? why would you want to look like everyone else, their supposed to be smart, it’s BU, paying all that money for something that cost $50 to make, clothing manufacturing companies are laughing all the way to the bank, don’t be a sheep!!

  • dan on 02.15.2016 at 8:28 am

    Am I the only one who feels that the fur was stolen from foxes likely skinned alive in the first place?

  • A on 02.15.2016 at 2:17 pm

    I see all the people arguing how wrong the purpose are for people consuming Canada Goose. The same argument always goes around for MacBook, iPhone, Wholefoods, calling them “showing off” “overpriced” “spoiled”. The one cruel truth that college student have to learn is, that the world is not fair. Not assuming that everyone has a 7 digit income, but what worth $800 to you might be someone else’s pocket money. Their parents do not care what they spend the money on, better than drug or alcohol anyway. $20 might be a huge amount for a hobo, but what would you think if the hobo forces you to have the same life standard with him and call you spoiled if you bought a burger at McDs? Wake up, this is not a communist country. I am not here to jealously pick on other’s clothes, but rather working towards a degree that guarantees I could buy what I want in the future. This is pathetic.

  • Student on 02.16.2016 at 11:00 am

    idk honestly I have some pretty top notch patagonia coats (I got as a gift) but still find myself uncomfortably cold in boston. If these canada goose jackets actually had the effect of keeping you perfectly warm I really don’t understand the resentment toward people just for having/buying them for $800. It seems like there is excessive hate toward canada goose jackets on here considering that by my estimates 70-80% of students have both a macbook and an iphone that could be replaced with a lenova and a samsung. I always thought people snickering at these jackets were kind of a joke…didn’t realize there was actual resentment toward people who buy expensive things.

  • DC on 03.08.2016 at 9:06 pm

    whatever happened to the beauty of layering. it keeps you warms, while still showing you care about your appearance, more so than just a single expensive item. (and you dont look like your blindly following the herd of sheep)

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