Timely Warning (22-06)
Clery Crime: Motor Vehicle Theft
Under the Clery Act, the University of Florida issues Timely Warning messages regarding Clery Act crimes which pose a serious and continuing threat to the campus community.
Over the past few days, the University of Florida Police Department and local law enforcement have seen an increase in motor vehicle thefts and vehicle burglaries in the Gainesville area. UFPD was made aware of five separate motor vehicle thefts that occurred sometime between Nov. 17 and Nov. 30, 2022, around the time of Thanksgiving Break. Four of the thefts were Vespa-like scooters, and one was an e-bike. The thefts occurred at parking areas near Southwest 13th Street and Little Hall, Garage 5, Garage 8, and Constans Theatre. One scooter has been recovered.
Additionally, UFPD is actively investigating four vehicle burglary cases that occurred at the Frazier-Rogers parking lot located at 1741 Museum Road, Gainesville, Fla. 32611. The vehicles were burglarized between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. UFPD is also investigating a vehicle burglary that occurred near Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 2256 Museum Road Gainesville, Fla. 32611, in which a firearm was taken from the interior of the vehicle. Similar incidents have occurred near the UF campus within the jurisdiction of the Gainesville Police Department.
UFPD recommends Hide, Lock, and Take. Hide all valuables inside the vehicle, secure them inside the trunk, or take them with you. Lock your vehicle by securing all doors and ensuring the windows are closed. Take your vehicle keys with you. UFPD recommends these three steps regardless of where you are parking.
UFPD has increased patrols of all parking areas on campus. If you believe you have been a victim of a vehicle break-in or motor vehicle theft or have any information that may be helpful in these investigations, please contact UFPD at (352) 392-1111 or submit information through the Silent Witness link at https://police.ufl.edu/contact/silent-witness/ or through the GatorSafe app.
The University of Florida strongly believes that no person is responsible for harm inflicted by another person.
Criminal incidents can be reported to UF CSAs, who are designated, trained, and mandatory reporters under the Clery Act when victims choose not to report to law enforcement.
Reporting to law enforcement is encouraged by calling 9-1-1 or through the GatorSafe app.
Be sure to lock up your vehicles, residential hall rooms, and offices when you leave. Remove any valuables from sight or take them with you when you leave. Never leave keys or means to access your vehicle within the vehicle.
Information for support resources, services, and programs at the University of Florida can be found at: https://clery.compliance.ufl.edu/resources/victim-resources/