Marquette University Police Department wants to make the campus community aware of a recent trend of vehicle break-ins and thefts on campus and encourages exercising basic precautions when leaving a car unattended.
Always be aware of surroundings and lock vehicles and residences — especially when unattended. To prevent a vehicle theft and reduce risks for a break-in, be sure to:
- Always lock vehicle doors when you are in the car and away from it
- Do not leave valuables—wallets, phones, personal identification, keys, checkbooks—in view
- Secure valuables and engrave expensive items with identifying information
- Consult with MUPD Crime Prevention about effective theft prevention devices
- Report any suspicious activity to MUPD
MUPD has noted an increase in thefts of Hyundai and Kia models, most often Hyundai Sonatas and Elantras, as well as Kia Souls and Sportages. The vehicle years are 2012-20.
Individuals with these cars should be particularly vigilant and should consider purchasing a club anti-theft device to install on the car’s steering wheel as an added layer of security.
If you observe any suspicious behavior or fear for your safety at any time, contact MUPD at (414) 288-1911 or through one of the more than 450 blue light phones on and near campus.
The university encourages all students, faculty and staff to download MUPD’s free safety app EagleEye.
The app features a mobile Blue Light feature, which allows users to press a button in the app to connect directly to MUPD and send the device’s location in real-time, as long as location services are turned on.
More information is available on the MUPD website.