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Southwestern Community College Police Department Bulletin

Nov. 23, 2010

In the past couple of months, Southwestern College has encountered a rash of vehicle burglaries, vehicle vandalisms, and the removal of vehicle parts. With a little time and effort, you can reduce your probability of being a victim.

The increase in auto burglaries is part of a national trend around college campuses. This is because students leave their valuables in plain view while attending classes and/or using other College services, making it far too easy for a burglar to steal them.

Most burglars are targeting:

  • Electronics: laptops, CDs, iPods, cameras, cell phones
  • Equipment in your vehicle such as your GPS, and stereos
  • Purses, wallets, gym bags, and backpacks for cash, credit cards, ID cards, SWC parking permits, etc.

Prevention Tips

Keep your items out of sight – Take your valuables with you or place them in your trunk but before you arrive at a location where people might be watching.

ALWAYS close your car windows and lock your doors, even if you plan to be gone briefly. A partially open window makes the thief’s job easier.

Set the alarm – If your vehicle has an alarm system, take an extra 10 seconds and activate it.

Location – Thieves look for vehicles that they can enter with the least possibility of being seen or caught by students and authorities.

  • Try to park in well-lit areas, where your vehicle is visible to others, when attending evening classes.
  • Be aware of your surroundings prior to leaving your vehicle.
Be eyes and ears – With your help the SWCPD can apprehend the thieves.
  • Report suspicious people or vehicles in the parking lots or adjacent areas.
  • Report suspicious persons wandering around looking into vehicles as they walk through the parking lots.
Remember: Call the Southwestern College Police Department at (619) 482-6380, If the crime is "in progress," or the crime has already occurred.