Police: Car crimes on the rise

by News Editor Ashley Remkus

Vehicles have become targets for campus crime since the beginning of 2015.

UNA police officials said they have received multiple reports of theft, criminal mischief and burglary involving vehicles.

“This has really been a high-priority crime here lately,” said Interim UNA Police Chief Mark Parker. “We’re doing everything we can here. I’ve even called in volunteer reserve officers to help with extra patrol.”

Parker said the most recent crime involving a vehicle occurred March 3 when a car was stolen from Grandview Apartments.

The owner found the vehicle later that day on Nance Street, according to reports.

Parker said police have made no arrests.

At least six vehicle burglaries have occurred since the beginning of 2015, and five of those crimes included theft, according to the UNA police crime logs.

Parker said criminal mischief involving vehicles has spiked this year as well.

Police received six reports of vehicle damage during January and February, including a tire being slashed Feb. 19.

No arrests have been made in those incidents, but a suspect has been identified, Parker said.

“We’re pretty sure at least some of these crimes are related,” he said. “We’re going to continue investigating.”

He said police are conducting extra patrols in the on-campus parking deck and in the surrounding areas.