Community Crime Alerts

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Community Crime Alerts are reports of major criminal incidents on the campus that could potentially affect the larger Stanford community. While such crimes are not indicative of life on campus, it is important to be aware of them when they do occur and to take the appropriate precautions.

The following crime alerts were put out by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety during the academic year of 2006-2007. Crime Alerts are listed according to the most recent incident.

Summer 2007 | Spring 2007 | Winter 2007

Auto Burglaries - February

On Sunday, February 3rd, there were several auto burglaries that occurred in and around the parking lot behind the Row Houses between about 9:30pm and 11:30pm. GPS devices appear to have been the main target, however, various other items have also been taken.

Posted 02/04/08

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Burglaries - August 2007

On Monday, August 20th, there were two burglaries on the Stanford Campus that targeted computers. Sometime between 1:39am and 6:30am, the 655 Serra building was entered and seven laptops were taken. Stanford Police are following leads on a possible suspect (White male) in connection with that case. In a separate but possibly related incident, three Apple I-Mac computers were noticed missing at about 7:10pm on the same date from the Escondido Elementary School.

This is a sketch of the burglary suspect.

On Thursday, August 23rd, in a separate incident, a laptop was taken from an office in the Graduate School of Business. A suspicious person (Black male, 5-9, middle aged, thin build, short black hair) was reported in the area. Stanford Police are following all leads.

Posted 8/24/07

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Robbery - July 2007

On Monday night, July 30th at approximately 11:40pm, an armed robbery occurred on the Stanford Campus. The suspect was armed with knife. The robbery occurred on Palm Drive near Campus Drive. The victim, a female Stanford student, was walking on the sidewalk when the suspect approached her, brandished a knife and demanded her money. The victim was not injured. Later that night, in a combined effort with Stanford Police, Palo Alto officers arrested the suspect.

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Robbery - April 2007

On Sunday morning April 8, 2007 at 1:45am, a strong arm robbery occurred on the Stanford campus. The suspects were not armed. The robbery occurred on the dirt path /service road that leads from the 680 Lomita basketball court to the paved pedestrian / bike path that leads into the K.A. house parking lot. The male student victim was walking alone along the dirt path approaching the paved path, when he was pushed down from behind and confronted by two suspects. The suspect demanded the victim's cash and watch. The victim was not injured in the assault. The suspects remain at large.

Suspect # 1Suspect # 2
  • Black male, approximately 20 years of age
  • 5'11, weight approx. 175 lbs
  • medium build, a one inch wide short trim beard from ear to ear without a mustache
  • Last seen wearing: a black baseball cap. a black "hoody" sweatshirt, LRG brand with a skeleton on the back, light blue jeans
  • Black male, approximately 20 years of age
  • 6', weight approx. 175 lbs
  • medium build, a short trim beared and mustache around the chin and mouth
  • Last seen wearing: a brown shot billed cap, white T-shirt, brown jacket ( same color as cap), and dark blue jeans.

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Vehicle Burglaries - March 2007

Recently there has been an increase in auto burglaries on the Stanford Campus. GPS devices have been the targets for these auto burglaries in several particular cases. It is not uncommon for suspects to walk down a row of vehicles and check vehicle doors to see if they are unlocked. Suspects have been targeting vehicles parked in campus parking structures, as well as those near residential dormitories.

The Stanford campus is a safe community and sometimes community members take personal safety concerns for granted. Victims of auto burglaries will often tell police, "This is Stanford, I didn't think I needed to lock my car!" or "I thought since this was Stanford, my laptop was safe in my car!"

The Stanford Police Department would like to remind residents about the following safety tips:

  • REMEMBER to lock your vehicle. It is not uncommon for vehicles to be burglarized in broad daylight.
  • Do NOT leave items of value in your vehicle (i.e. cell phones, briefcases, laptops, loose change.)
  • Do NOT try to conceal items under seats or in glove compartments. Suspects know these tactics and they will sometimes wait in parking lots of gyms, schools, parks etc. to watch where victims hide their belongings.
  • If you have a vehicle alarm, use it.
  • If you have a pull out radio, take it with you.
  • If you hear glass breaking, a vehicle alarm going off or any other suspicious noises, immediately report it to the police department. Most suspects are apprehended as a result of alert citizens calling the police on a timely manner.

The Stanford Police Department is currently taking a proactive approach to apprehending suspects connected with Auto Burglaries. We are asking citizens to remain alert and contact police with any suspicious activity at 650-329-2413. As always, if there is a crime in progress and/or an emergency call 911.

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Prowler - February 2007

Residents of dorms in the Cowell Cluster have recently reported seeing an unidentified male peering into windows on the first floor. At this time there has been no positive identification of the person; however, the suspect has been described as being male, 6 foot tall, with a thin build, and of unknown race. The incidents have been reported between the hours of 7pm and 3am. In the event that you notice someone suspicious in or around a residence or other building, do not attempt to detain the individual. Try to obtain descriptive information, including the direction in which the individual may be travelling. Immediately report the individual to the Stanford Department of Public Safety by calling "9-911" from a University phone or "911" from a cell or off-campus phone.

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Identity Theft - February 2007

There has been a recent rise in the reporting of identity theft known as "phishing" in the Stanford community. Please read the following documents on identity theft prevention and what to do if you have been victimized by identity theft. If you have further questions, please contact the Stanford University Department of Public Safety.

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Vehicle Burglaries - January 2007

The Stanford Department of Public Safety would like to alert the Stanford Community to recent increases in vehicle burglaries. The vehicle burglaries are occurring both day and night. Vehicle burglars are using physical force to gain entry into vehicles, which only takes a matter of seconds. Once inside the vehicle, thieves take in-dash stereos and personal belongings such as laptop computers, backpacks, purses, etc. From the start of the academic school year to present there have been 21 reported vehicle burglary cases. During the 2005-2006 academic school year there were 79 reported vehicle burglaries. At this time there are no suspects connected with the crimes, but detectives are working to generate leads and identify potential suspects in these cases.

We encourage the Stanford Community to help reduce the risk of becoming a victim of a vehicle burglary by following some easy tips:

  • ALWAYS close your windows and lock your car doors. An open window or unlocked door is an invitation to a criminal.
  • Park in well lit areas close to the building. While parking in an isolated spot may reduce the risk of door dings, a criminal looks for cars parked out of the way in order to help ensure less attention is drawn to them.
  • ALWAYS remove loose valuables from your vehicle. This includes, purses, wallets, cellular phones, laptop computers, and briefcases. A car burglar loves to see items that can be grabbed easily and carried away without much effort. A brick through the window is all it takes to gain access to those loose items.
  • Keep a list of serial numbers for your commonly used electronic equipment. Even if you plan on never leaving a cellular phone or laptop computer in your car, you should record all of the following information:
    • Make of Item: (Motorola, Ericson, Compaq, etc.)
    • Model Number
    • Serial Number

    Having this information available is necessary in order to enter the items into police computer databases. This will aid the police in trying to locate the items if the offender(s) are found with them or if they are pawned. This will also ensure the property is returned to the rightful owner.

These simple steps should be used whenever you park your car, whether you are just "running in for a minute" or parking for the evening. The Stanford Department of Public Safety asks for your help by reporting any suspicious activity in or about vehicle parking areas by dialing, "9-911" from a campus phone or "911" from your cell phone or off campus phone line. If you witness a vehicle burglary in-progress, do not risk physical harm and contact the police immediately. If you would like any more information on vehicle burglaries or other police matters, please contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety at (650) 723-9633 or at our website:

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