Community Crime Bulletin: Recent burglaries and thefts

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is investigating a rash of burglaries and thefts, and is seeking the community's help.
The department has received several reports of burglaries from residents at The Villages and on Hagar Court. A suspect is described as a 5-foot, 10-inch, white man with short blond hair who is between 25 and 30 years old He was wearing shorts and carrying a large backpack.
These reports coincided with a series of auto burglaries at The Villages.
Additionally, campus police officers are investigating two thefts reported this morning. Between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., a backpack was stolen from the College 9 R5 office building, and just after 8 a.m., a bicycle was stolen from a porch at Family Student Housing.
Anyone with information regarding any of these cases is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department immediately. The community is also encouraged to report all crimes and suspicious activity or persons by dialing 911 or 831-459-2231, ext. 1.
Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911 from any landline or cell phone. Reports may also be made by using one of the many "blue light," emergency or elevator phones located throughout the campus, or in person at the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.
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.
  • Report all suspicious persons, in-progress crimes, and emergencies to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 911. 
  • 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 your vehicle and residence doors. 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. 
Campus Resources
For students, a range of support services is also 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.
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).