Community encouraged to take precautions following a string of burglaries

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is encouraging the campus community to take extra precautions following an attempted burglary and completed burglary of a campus mailroom and a string of car break-ins.

The mailroom at Merrill College was broken into on March 6 and a prior attempt to break in occurred on Feb. 22. Throughout winter quarter, the police also responded to and investigated several incidents of vehicle burglaries.

Anyone with more information about these crimes 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.

Everyone in the campus community should try to protect their valuable belongings by not leaving them in cars, unattended, unsecured, or places visible to others.

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 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.

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.