Auto Burglaries
Posted: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 3:42 pm PDT

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) received over 20 reports of burglaries from vehicles between October 1st and October 10th, 2017. The crimes occurred throughout the main campus. SUDPS received reports of an additional 6 vehicle burglaries that took place today. These incidents occurred in the vicinity of the Track House parking lot (Campus Drive and Galvez Street) and the Cantor Arts Center (Roth Way and Lomita Drive). Other cities in the area have reported a similar rash of auto burglaries. SUDPS is working with these other local law enforcement agencies to identify those responsible for these crimes.

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety is encouraging individuals to engage in a few simple practices to help prevent from being victimized:

  • Do not leave valuables inside a vehicle.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, activate it each time you leave the vehicle unattended.
  • Most importantly, if you observe any suspicious activity or behavior, such as an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, trying  door handles, or wandering into an office area without legitimate business, immediately call 9-1-1 (or 9-9-1-1 from a campus phone).

Additionally, the university encourages individuals to encrypt their mobile devices. Information about ways to best protect your mobile devices can be found at

If you do become the victim of a crime, please report it immediately to the local law enforcement jurisdiction. If the property which has been stolen contains sensitive or confidential data, report the theft immediately to the University's Privacy Office at (650)725-1828 or

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like additional information about crime prevention, please call the Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

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