University of Georgia Police Department
February 18, 2014
Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813
Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813
Theft Advisory Update
Since the beginning of the calendar year the University of Georgia Police Department has received 40 reports of theft and/or burglary on campus. Fourteen of these thefts were from motor vehicles, 17 were from rooms or offices and 9 were in public areas. These numbers represent an approximately 52% increase compared to the same time period for the previous year.
Of these thefts:
- 11 of the 14 thefts from vehicles involved the theft of valuables left in plain view;
- 5 of the 14 thefts from vehicles were confirmed to be from unsecured vehicles;
- 15 of 17 thefts from offices/rooms involved unsecured and unattended items;
- All 9 thefts from public areas involved items left unattended.
These thefts are preventable!
If you leave your laptop or phone plugged in to charge in a common area unattended, there is a good chance your items will get stolen. If you leave your purse next to your desk in an unsecured and unattended office, it is likely that someone will take advantage of the opportunity and take your property. If you leave your laptop and/or other valuables in your book bag in plain view within your vehicle, the chances of someone pulling on your door handle to find an unsecured vehicle or entering your vehicle by breaking your window are considerably high.
University of Georgia Police Department officers make considerable efforts to assist in making the campus as safe as possible, but to be truly successful requires a partnership with everyone who visits, works or attends classes on our campus. Just by taking a few simple steps, such as locking doors and storing items out of sight, many thefts of the types mentioned above can easily be prevented. Safety and security does present a degree of inconvenience, but taking the time to keep your property safe is well worth the effort.
We continue to encourage everyone to contact the University of Georgia Police Department immediately at 911 or 706-542-2200 if you become aware of suspicious individuals or circumstances on campus. Please do not wait until later to give us a call.