Public Safety Advisory - Oct. 26, 2015

To: University Community

From: Jeff Talbott, Director of Public Safety

Date: October 26, 2015

Subject: Security Advisory - Recent Automobile Thefts On and Near Campus

Over the past several weeks, the University community has experienced a number of incidents of vehicle theft from parking lots on campus, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. A common element in the most recent thefts is the make of the vehicles: all Honda Civics or Accords. This pattern is consistent with national vehicle theft crime data which indicates the Honda automobile is one of the vehicles with the highest frequency of theft in the United States.

During this same period, several vehicles on or near campus have been broken into and had contents removed. In each of these incidents of vehicle theft and vehicle burglary, the owners had locked their cars and maintained possession of the keys.

As a reminder, the University Community is urged to secure parked vehicles:

• Double-check that all doors are locked.

• Do not leave valuable items inside in plain sight.

• Park in well-lighted areas whenever possible.

• Install and set alarms, ignition immobilizers, and anti-theft devices.

• Immediately report suspicious persons 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 from any campus phone.