Community Crime Bulletin - Bicycle thefts

March 21, 2015

To: UC Santa Cruz Community
From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police 
Re: Community Crime Bulletin - Bicycle thefts

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the public's help with its investigation into nearly two dozen reported bicycle thefts since February 24. The thefts appear to have been mostly during the day from bike racks throughout the campus with most of the thefts being in the Porter College area. The suspect has used bolt cutters to cut off or pry open the locks. In one case, the suspect was seen after cutting a lock and fleeing on the stolen bicycle. 

The suspect was described as a 5-foot, 8-inch Hispanic male with short hair and a medium build. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and carrying a sling-style backpack with yellow straps. 

Anyone who may be a witness or has information regarding these crimes is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext. 1. Bicyclists are encouraged to use strong locks when securing their bikes to campus racks.

Safety Tips
No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. 
  • If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911.
  • Immediately report all crimes, suspicious people, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers.
  • Whenever possible, please remember to lock you vehicle.  Keep valuables secured and out of sight.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area.
  • Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas.
  • Use the Night Safety Escort Program, Monday through Thursday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. by calling 831-459-2231. More information can be found online.
Campus Resources
For students, a range of support services is also available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate. More information can be found online.

For student and employees, the Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can provide assistance and can be reached at 831-459-2462.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911. 

This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).