To:  University Community

From:  Department of Public Safety; Office of the University Dean of Student Affairs

Date:  October 19, 2018

Subject:  Recent vehicle break-ins

As first reported to the community one month ago, since the beginning of the academic year, the Department of Public Safety has been notified of the theft of six cars on or in close proximity to the Redlands campus. We know that two San Bernardino schools have also seen an increase in car thefts and have asked for assistance from the Redlands Police Department. Hondas and Acuras (mostly Hondas), especially of model years in the 1990s and early 2000s, are known to be some of the most targeted vehicles for theft in the Inland Empire, and this was the case in the recent incidents. While all car owners should take precautions, Honda owners should be especially careful to secure their vehicles.

Public Safety is working with law enforcement, has increased patrol efforts around the residence halls and parking facilities, and continues to actively monitor the security cameras located throughout the campus. To assist in deterring auto theft, Student Affairs and Associated Students of the University of Redlands have partnered to offer Club-type locking devices to students for $10 – a substantial discount from the retail price. University employees can get the device for $16. The devices have been ordered and should arrive on campus in seven to ten days. Interested community members should contact Public Safety at the number given below.

As a reminder, all members of the University community are encouraged to take the follow precautions:

  • Close the windows and lock the doors of your vehicle when leaving it unattended.
  • Park in well-lit areas, to the best extent possible.
  • Use anti-theft systems such as alarms, ignition immobilizers, and Club-type locking devices, if possible.
  • Refrain from leaving items of real or perceived value in plain sight in your vehicle; lock items in the trunk or take them with you when you exit.
  • Utilize the “buddy system” when walking on or off campus, and stay in well-lighted areas as much as possible during darkness.
  • Avoid and immediately report any suspicious individual or activity to Public Safety.

Our highest priority remains the safety and security of our campus community members. If you have any questions or information, please contact Public Safety at (909) 748-8888 or ext. 8888 from any campus phone.