Community crime bulletin: Multiple auto burglaries

To: UC Santa Cruz Campus Community

From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the public's help with its investigation into several reported auto burglaries that have occurred since December 26. The burglaries appear to have occurred in the evening or early morning hours. Items taken include money, clothing, laptops, tablets, GPS, and other personal items.

The following is a summary of the incidents:

  • Case 14-1213 occurred between 5 p.m. on December 26 and 10:50 a.m. on December 27 at Family Student Housing
  • Case 15-008 occurred between 11 p.m. on January 5 and 8 a.m. on January 6 at Cowell College
  • Case 15-010 occurred between 6:30 p.m. on January 5 and 10:30 a.m. on January 6 at Kresge College
  • Case 15-015 occurred between 10 p.m. on January 6 and 7 p.m. on January 7 at Kresge College

There is no suspect(s) information at this time.
Anyone who may be a witness or has information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1.

Safety Tips

No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects.

If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911.

  • Immediately report all crimes, suspicious people, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
  • Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers.
  • Whenever possible, please remember to lock you vehicle.
  • Keep valuables secured and out of sight.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.
  • Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
  • Use the Night Safety Escort Program, Monday through Thursday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. by calling 831-459-2231. More information can be found online.

Campus Resources

For students, a range of support services is available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate. More information can be found online.

For student and employees, the Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can provide assistance and can be reached at 831-459-2462.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.
Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911.

This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).