Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, May 19, 2011

GPS units targeted in recent vehicle break-ins

A series of vehicle break-ins at university parking facilities earlier this week points out the need for persons to secure valuables out of sight, a Department of Public Safety official says.

Three staff members and one visitor reported windows were broken and global-positioning system devices stolen while their vehicles were in carport M-18 at 1600 E. Medical Center Dr. on Monday afternoon, according to the DPS daily incident log.

Additionally, a patient reported that two windows were damaged on a vehicle in parking lot M-7 that same afternoon at 1504 E. Medical Center Dr. The vehicle was not entered and nothing was taken in that case.

On Tuesday morning, DPS received a report of a broken window and stolen GPS unit from a vehicle in the Hill carport at 1001 Hill St. The theft occurred sometime between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 a.m. Sunday.

The investigation into the incidents is pending, says Diane Brown, DPS public information officer.

Brown advised that people using U-M parking facilities should not leave valuables such as GPS units and other electronic devices in vehicles where they can be seen by passersby.