Story by Ellie Youngs, News Editor
Over the past few weeks, the number of car break-ins occurring on campus has increased. This has worried both students and staff alike, and rightfully so. Ryan Wendt, Campus Safety Supervisor, gave some insight on this issue, as well as offered some helpful tips on how to avoid it from happening to you in the future.
Wendt explained how this recent string of break-ins only affected Hruby lot, and it looked as though it was the same people who had also broken into cars in Fulton Heights a couple hours prior.
“While there is not a whole lot that can be done in the moment of a break-in, we are taking precautions to ensure that these don’t happen in the future,” Wendt said. “We have more people out patrolling every night between midnight and 4 A.M., and we are also working to replace and add more lights around the parking lots to deter people from breaking into vehicles.”
Fortunately, there was no major damage done to any of the cars. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that people’s possessions still went missing. Students are advised to make sure that any and all important and valuable items are taken out of their vehicles, or at least left out of plain sight. And, while it may seem obvious, it is easy to overlook the importance of locking all car doors as well.
There is a crime log on the campus safety website that keeps record of all incidents that have happened on campus over the past several years, and if people have any questions regarding these break-ins, or any other past incidents, the log is open for anyone to look at. Campus Safety is available 24/7 and people are welcome to reach out with any inquiries either through phone, email, or paying an in person visit.