Published June 6, 2013
By Frances Watson, KEPR TV
Where you may want to think twice about parking your car on the CBC campus. Car prowls are jumping off the charts and not just your average break-ins.
Thieves are punching out locks to get what they want, leaving many to wonder just how safe the campus is.
The parking lot at CBC seems safe. There's nothing but students filing in and out going to and from class. It's not necessarily a breeding ground for crime, until recently.
Student Jacob Melton said, "They took my radio and they took my CDs and my bass guitar."
He is one out of at least 24 victims. School officials and police tell me that's their official number of car prowls. Jacob says there's been more.
"I actually spoke to the police officer and he's the one that told me that they've been having 2 every day for the past month, so they've had 60 in a month," he said.
You may not be surprised to hear that most of the cases involved cars with doors that were left unlocked, giving thieves easy access to steal what's inside.
There have been a few other cases reported where the door lock mechanism itself was punched out, giving thieves another way in.
That's how thieves ripped-off Jacob. Campus security took Jacob's information and gave it to police.
KEPR found out patrolling the parking lot is not a top priority. Security officers focus more on what happens in the buildings.
We asked Frank Murray, with CBC, "Would the school be considering changing their policy to have more security out roaming the parking lots?"
He said, "Well, and actually, we do give more light to things that are in the present tense like this, so we are increasing as I said the vigilance in the parking lots right now."
School officials also plan to get the word out through e-mail and other notices reminding students to keep their eyes peeled for any suspicious activity.
Jacob said, "I'm kind of traumatized about parking here now so."
It's enough to leave a lot of students thinking twice about what they leave behind when heading to class.
Police don't have any leads in these cases.
School officials are asking anyone with information to contact the school office or police.
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