Seeking help in rash of thefts

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Nader Oweis, Chief of Police

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the community’s help in investigating a rash of thefts that began on June 30.

In the past week, the department has received seven reports from people who lost laptops, cell phones, and bikes.

The thefts include:

  • 10:30–11 p.m. June 30—Bike theft at Family Student Housing

  • 10:20–10:40 a.m. July 1—Laptop from office at Physical Sciences Building

  • 11:45 a.m.–12:20 p.m. July 1—Laptop from Merrill Cultural Center

  • 12:15–12:45 p.m. July 1—Cell phone from OPERS

  • 12:50–1:20 p.m. July 3—Laptop and backpack from vehicle parked at East Remote Parking Lot

  • July 2-3—Bike theft from The Village

  • 5:30–6 p.m. July 5—Cell phone taken from room in Physical Sciences Building

The campus community is encouraged to be vigilant, and to let campus police know immediately if they know anything about the thefts. Call 831-459-2231, ext. 1

All crimes should be reported as soon as possible to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. Timely reporting allows campus community members to secure their property and to take precautions for personal safety.

Safety Tips

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

  • Report all in-progress crimes, or suspected crimes, by calling 911 from any landline or cell phone. Reports may also be made by utilizing one of the several "blue light," emergency or elevator phones located throughout campus.

  • Suspicious people or activity also should be reported to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department by calling 911, when it is safe to do so.

  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers.

  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.

  • Do not leave valuable items unsecured and unattended.

Campus Resources

UC Santa Cruz is a community committed to being inclusive and welcoming of all people. We strive to provide a safe place for everyone to work and learn.

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.

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.