Five vehicle batteries were stolen from students and faculty on Monday, Sept. 17.

An email sent by University Police on Wednesday, Sept. 19, alerted students and faculty that multiple vehicle batteries were stolen from vehicles parked in lots E1 and F4. The incidents occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 17. The suspects have not yet been apprehended.

After reading the email, Bommy Eun, a fourth-year civil engineering major, said, “I was shocked when I learned about this because I thought the school was safe, and that people were paying the school to park and not be robbed.”

She said she wished the school had cameras in the parking lots to prevent things of this sort from happening.

Vehicle battery thefts have occurred in campus parking lots E1 and F4, as well as an in neighboring cities. (Isac Kim | The Poly Post)

The email also noted that there has recently been an increase in thefts of batteries around neighboring cities.

Vehicle battery thefts also happened three times in August.

Cal Poly Pomona Lt. Aaron J. Eaton said the large number of cars in the lots may be a reason for the uptick in battery thefts.

“Any time you have a large volume of cars in an area, then there are opportunities that they can be taken,” he said. “But our campus isn’t being targeted unlike any other large campus.”

Eaton shared some tips for students to help protect themselves against theft.

“Look for locks that secure the car batteries and secure the car hood to the car frame so it’s more difficult to pry open,” he said.

More information on the vehicle battery thefts can be found in the email University Police sent on Wednesday.

Students, staff and faculty should call the police department’s anonymous tip line at (909) 869-3399 if they see any suspicious activity.

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  • Daan Pan

    Thank you so much for the front-page coverage of this incident. Your report is a wakeup call to the CPP community about the increasing threat of campus crimes. As a faculty member, I am deeply concerned about the lack of sufficient police presence in the campus parking lots, where students, faculty, and staff, along with our vehicles, are rendered vulnerable to crimes. Every time after teaching an evening class, I had to enter uneasily a dimly lit parking lot with no police presence in sight. I was especially worried about the personal safety of those students who were standing there in the dim light waiting for pickup. It’s time this university seriously considered increased police presence in all campus parking lots, especially during night hours. 

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