To: University Community
From: Jeff Talbott, Chief of Public Safety
Date: December 4, 2015
Subject: Security Advisory - Recent Thefts On and Around Campus
This time of year, it is quite common for incidents of theft and crimes of opportunity to significantly increase. Unfortunately, this holiday season has thus far proven to be no exception. During the Thanksgiving holiday break, the Department of Public Safety investigated four instances of theft or attempted theft from campus property; as well as two occurrences of suspicious individuals unlawfully loitering on campus. In similar fashion, the Redlands Police Department has responded to seven reports of residential burglaries within a two mile radius of the University and 51 stolen vehicles throughout the city of Redlands in the past 30 days.
In response to this trend, the Department of Public Safety has increased patrol efforts around the residential communities and parking facilities of the University. These enhanced patrols have been effective in the identification and arrest of eight separate individuals who had stolen property on campus during the past 60 days. The Department of Public Safety also continues to actively monitor the security cameras located throughout the campus, which has resulted in preventing and solving numerous crimes in our community this academic year. In addition, the Redlands Police Department has been requested to provide an increased patrol presence around our University community.
As a reminder, the University community is urged to take the following precautions to protect their belongings:
• Lock the doors to your residence hall room or off-campus house when they are unoccupied, even if only leaving for brief periods of time. Utilize security door locks and burglar alarm systems if the residence is equipped with such devices.
• Park your vehicles in well lighted areas to the greatest extent possible.
• Ensure vehicles are locked and utilize anti-theft systems such as alarms, ignition immobilizers, and Club type locking devices if available. Refrain from leaving any items of value in plain sight within your vehicle.
• Immediately report any suspicious persons or activities to Public Safety.
Our highest priority remains the safety and security of our campus community members. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Public Safety at (909) 748-8888 or ext. 8888 from any campus phone.