Poor lighting, valuables in plain view help thieves, UAPD says
The recent rise in car thefts and break-ins on campus should prompt UA students to be more aware of their cars' security, a UAPD officer said.
Since January, there have been 52 break-ins and 13 stolen cars reported to the University of Arizona Police Department. Between Feb. 20 and 26 alone, 23 thefts from parked cars and seven car thefts - as well as one attempt - were reported.
UAPD spokesman Sgt. Mike Smith said figures like these should motivate students to take precautions.
Smith said valuables such as CDs and stereos - which are the target of many of the thefts - should not be kept in the car.