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.
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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