Community Crime Alert - Theft of Vehicle Parts (catalytic Converters)
Posted: Friday, April 10th, 2020, 6:05 pm PDT

Type of Incident Reported: Thefts of Vehicle Part (catalytic converters)

Date/Time of Incident: April 8 – April 10, 2020

Location: Pearce Mitchell Complex parking area and Salvatierra St.

Additional Details: Unknown suspect(s) removed the catatylic converter from a vehicle parked in the Pierce Mitchell Complex and a vehicle parked on Salvatierra St. In both cases, the targeted vehicle was a Toyota Prius. Since March 13, 2020, there have been 7 other thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles parked on campus. The targeted vehicles in those thefts were parked in the Wilbur parking garage, the Wilbur parking lot and Angel Court in Escondido Village

The Department of Public Safety encourages members of our community to be attentive to suspicious activity. Examples of potentially suspicious activity includes:

· People loitering around vehicles, looking underneath or into parked vehicles

· Vehicles stopped behind or nearby parked vehicles in a way that could conceal criminal activity

· Vehicles raised up on a jack or hydraulic lift

· Activated car alarms

Call 9-1-1 immediately to report suspicious activity.

We recognize that students who are attending the university remotely from other states and other countries are not in a position to be able to take steps to protect themselves from being the victim of crimes occurring on campus, which is the underlying purpose behind sending Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications. DPS is in the process of implementing a modification to the AlertSU system that will allow notifications to be sent to only those students who are believed to be living on campus and who would be in a position to take steps to prevent being the victim of crimes on campus. We expect to have this option in place soon. Depending on the situation, AlertSUs may be sent to all faculty, staff and students or it may be limited to faculty, staff and those students who are currently residing on campus.

This Timely Warning message is being sent in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.