Earlier this afternoon two unknown male suspects vandalized three vehicles. Between of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., three vehicles, located in the 3, 4 and 5 South parking lots were broken into, according to Lorain County Community College Director of Campus Security Keith Brown. Catalytic converters were stolen from all three vehicles. In light of these break-ins students should be aware of their belongings at all times.
“Most of the crimes that occur on campus are what we call crimes of opportunity – students leaving valuable items and book bags unattended in lounges and classrooms,” Brown said. Although Campus Security is able to resolve some of these thefts by identifying the suspect and bring the Code of Conduct charges brought against them, all persons on campus should be wary of their personal belongings.
“Our advice to campus community members is to never leave items unattended and mark or engrave your personal property with a name or number (ID, last four of your SSN, driver’s license number, etc.),” Brown said.
“We also encourage students to rent lockers from Commodore Books & More; they charge a nominal fee to rent a locker for the entire semester. Valuable items brought to campus can be stored in these units, which have combination locks to deter and prevent theft and break-ins.”
LCCC Campus Security advises all students and faculty to be alert and aware of their surroundings and to notify the security office of any suspicious activity they may witness on campus grounds at (440) 366-4053 or (440) 366-4444.
ADDED STATS: Thefts from vehicles: 2 in Spring of 2013, 1 in Fall of 2013, 4 in Fall of 2014 (so far).