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*Car prowls prompt call for vigilance

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An increase in the number of car prowls on campus has Shoreline Community College officials warning students, staff and faculty to exercise caution, keep a watchful eye and report suspicious activity.


“We had four vehicle prowls (Monday, Nov. 2, 2009),” said Director of Safety and Security, Robin Heslop. “Two were in the west ‘event lot’ and two were north of the 2500 building, near the track.”


Heslop said she suspects that those doing the break-ins were paying close attention to where, when and how.


“They picked lots that are more difficult to see from the main part of campus, they did them during class times, not during breaks and they did not force locks or break glass,” Heslop said. “They may have used a slim jim or flat bar or something to wedge a window open.


Heslop said she believes the thieves were going for stereos. “My guess would be that in order to do this during the day while classes were going on, they may have had a look-out/accomplice helping them,” she said.


“I want to remind folks not to leave anything of value in sight,” Heslop said. “‘Temptations’ left out in clear view may be the difference between being a victim and not. I like the old adage "Out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to leaving stuff in your car. If you have to leave something behind, put it in the trunk before arriving at your location.”


Heslop said campus security officers regularly patrol the lots as well as main campus locations such as the PUB and library. Still, it is difficult to be everywhere at all times so having the college community help by reporting any suspicious activity is helpful. “If you see something, give us call,” Heslop said.
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