Capital University and Bexley police departments are investigating several thefts from homes and vehicles in the area. Two incidents were reported Sunday, May 4, at Sheridan Avenue student housing. An arrest has been made in connection with one incident. According to police, Marcus A. Rowe, 31, of Columbus, was arrested on a charge of burglary in connection with an alleged burglary reported Sunday at Sheridan Avenue student housing, located in the 700 block of Sheridan Avenue.
According to the incident report, a student reported someone entered the unlocked apartment around 5 pm and stole a flat-screen TV, Xbox 360 and controllers for the game system. Losses were valued at approximately $325. No one was home at the time of the reported incident, and no one was injured.
Police are still investigating a second incident reported in the same area at about the time. According to a second police report, a student called Capital police after discovering someone entered his unlocked vehicle parked at Sheridan Avenue student housing and stole his iPod from the glove box. The theft occurred sometime between 5 and 7 pm Sunday, May 4. The loss is valued at approximately $200. The incident remains under investigation.
Remember to follow these tips to protect yourself and your property from crimes of opportunity.
Protect Your Property
- Keep doors and windows locked at all times. This applies to residence hall rooms, houses, apartments and vehicles.
- If you live in a building with multiple apartments, talk to your neighbors about making sure everyone keeps the building doors closed and locked at all times.
- Report defective campus locks on windows and doors immediately to the Office of Facilities Management at 614-236-6400.
- When entering a locked residence hall or campus building, make sure the door closes behind you completely.
- Do not let strangers follow you into residence halls. It's tempting to be polite and hold the door open for someone. But if you don't know them, or if they look out of place, direct them to the Department of Public Safety.
- If you notice suspicious activity, immediately contact campus police by using EyeWitness (see instructions below), or by calling 236-6666. Try to give a description. If a vehicle is involved, try to get the license plate number.
- Keep your vehicle locked and the windows rolled up tightly when you’re away from it.
- Never leave your vehicle running while unattended.
- Packages, purses, luggage, books, back pack, iPods, laptops and other valuables should be locked in a vehicle's trunk or taken to your room or office.
- Stereo and GPS equipment should be mounted either out of sight or with slide-out brackets. These brackets will permit the removal of the unit and allow you to take the unit with you or to put it in the trunk when the vehicle is unattended.
- Keep spare keys and remotes for garage door openers in your wallet or purse, not inside the vehicle where a thief can easily find them.
- Keep a record of your vehicle identification number (VIN), registration plate number, and title certificate number.
EyeWitness Crime Reporting System
Crime prevention at Capital University requires widespread involvement for it to succeed. Capital University recently added a new crime-prevention tool, called EyeWitness. EyeWitness is a free text-message crime reporting system connected directly to Capital University Police Dispatch. Standard text messaging rates apply, but there is no cost to use the system. Any time, day or night, you can use EyeWitness to text a crime tip or report suspicious activity to campus police. Here's how:
- Create a new contact on your mobile phone (“Capital EyeWitness,” for example) and enter the number 67283. Make it a Favorite for easy access if you want to.
- When sending a text message, start your message with "CUPD" and a space.
- After the space, type your text message.
- Hit "send" to send your text message directly to Capital police.
- Capital police may text back with a follow-up question to get more information.
You don't have to be on campus for it to work. Even if you live off campus and in Bexley, your crime tip will be shared with the appropriate police department. If you have any questions about EyeWitness and how it works, please call Capital police at 614-236-6666.