Community alert: Seeking assistance with burglaries, fraud, and 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 crimes that began Jan. 8, 2020.
In the past three weeks, the department has received four reports related to stolen laptops and bikes as well as monetary losses.
The crimes include:
  • Noon to 12:40 p.m., Jan. 8, 2020: Theft of an unlocked bicycle from OPERS bike racks (500 block Mclaughlin Drive).
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jan. 17, 2020: Burglary from vehicle parked in lot 130 (400 block Hagar Drive). Stolen property includes a laptop, textbook, backpack, camera, and other electronics.
  • 6 a.m. Jan. 22, 2020: Fraudulent use of a credit card by phone. Monetary loss. (100 block Carriage House Road)
  • Midnight to 7 a.m. Jan. 25, 2020: Burglary from a carport in the 900 block of Ranch View Terrace. A locked bicycle was stolen.
Anyone who has information regarding these incidents is asked to call the campus dispatch center at 831-459-2231, Ext. 1. All suspicious activities should be reported as soon as possible to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. Timely reporting allows the department to keep the campus safe, take precautions for personal safety, and to help locate those responsible.
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.