UTSA Police Department Awareness Alert
Date Issued: May 15, 2015
Crime Watch Alert - Burglary of Vehicles
Recently there have been eight reports of burglarized vehicles at the University Oaks Apartments. Between April 27, 2015 and May 11, 2015, resident vehicles were broken into while parked and unattended in the parking lots. In most cases the target was the vehicle stereo system, which was forcibly removed from the vehicle dashboard. Please be aware of these recent crimes and ensure that your vehicle is locked, secure and activate the alarm system if your vehicle is so equipped. If your vehicle stereo is equipped with a removable faceplate, ensure that the faceplate is removed before leaving your vehicle.
1. PROGRAM THE CAMPUS POLICE DISPATCH NUMBER INTO YOUR PHONE – Within the campus community our police department can respond to emergencies much faster than local law enforcement. (210-458-4911)
2. REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – Criminals do not want to be seen or heard. For that reason they rarely commit crime in front of police officers. We rely on the community to report suspicious activity. We would much rather respond and not be needed than to not be called when something could have been prevented or stopped. Trust your instincts; if something does not feel right, it probably isn’t.
3. BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS – Avoid going to secluded areas of the campus alone. If public restrooms are in a dark or concealed area of the campus, find a trusted classmate or colleague to go to these areas with you.
We strongly believe that awareness and personal responsibility for your safety and security are the most effective crime fighting tools. Please help us work together with our community to reduce and eliminate crime. Please notify UTSA PD immediately if you know of any suspects involved in any of the above crimes or to report any suspicious activity at (210) 458-4911.