Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Police warn North Campus about thefts from vehicles

The Department of Public Safety is alerting students, staff, faculty and residents of North Campus that several thefts from vehicles recently have been reported.

In all cases, global positioning systems and other small electronic devices had been left in view, then side windows were smashed and the belongings removed. Since January a total of 13 larcenies from vehicles on North Campus have been reported, police officials say.

Four theft reports were made for incidents that occurred March 10 in lot NW51 on Stone Drive. A possible suspect has been described as a white male about 25-30 years old and 5 feet, 8 inches with a stocky build. He has short hair or possibly is bald and was wearing a dark coat and dark pants. He left the area in a dark-colored, compact car.

Community members are urged to immediately call DPS (911 from a campus phone or (734) 763-1131 from a cell phone) if they observe anyone acting suspiciously around parked vehicles. Report the parking lot number and a description of the individual(s). Anyone with information about any of the recent thefts is asked to contact the DPS Criminal Investigations Unit at (734) 764-8559.

Additionally, police encourage people to practice these safety precautions when parking their vehicles:

• Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, particularly in view

• Lock all vehicle doors and take your keys with you when leaving the vehicle, even for a few minutes

• Report any suspicious activity to DPS immediately

For status updates, go to the DPS Web site at police.umich.edu.