Motorists issued report cards to promote vehicle burglary prevention
January, members of the University of Houston Police Department
walked parking lots and garages inspecting vehicles and leaving
“Report Cards” indicating if the driver passed or failed at
vehicle burglary prevention.
Officers inspected vehicles looking for valuables left within
plain view, unlocked doors, and anything else that would draw
the attention of criminals.
Of the 1,079 vehicles assessed, 23 percent failed. When the
totals were broken down by shifts, the failure rates varied
dramatically. Of the vehicles inspected between 7 a.m. and 3
p.m., 52 percent failed. From 3 to 11 p.m, 47 percent failed.
The lowest failure rate was observed between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
at 16 percent.
The most common reason for vehicle failure was drivers leaving
valuables in plain view. Students are asked to do their part in
reducing the number of offenses by locking their cars, taking
the keys, and hiding or removing items. Items such as cash, CDs,
credit cards, hand bags, wallets, checkbooks, clothing, golf
clubs, laptop computers, brief cases, tools and shopping bags
are all invitations to thieves.
“When it comes to crime prevention, taking simple precautions
against becoming a victim of crime is both smart and effective.
We need everyone to understand we all have a role to play when
it comes to crime prevention and community safety,” said UHPD
Patrol Lt. Walter Lucas.
UHPD reminds everyone that if you observe any suspicious
activity in parking lots to report it to the police immediately.
Also, if you have been a victim of vehicle-related theft, report
it. This enables UHPD to track patterns of criminal behavior and
better deploy police resources in an effort to resolve a broader
For more information, contact the UHPD Crime Prevention Unit at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the department