U of M Police Report: Burglary, Theft Calls Rise in 2018

July 12, 2018 10:17 PM

University of Minnesota police have responded to more burglaries and thefts thus far in 2018 compared to the same time range in 2017, according to a crime report released by the department. 

According to the department's June crime summary, officers responded to 25 burglaries between January and June this year. Seven of the 25 burglaries occurred during the month of June, according to the report. 


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Between January and June of last year, the department responded to a total of 12 burglaries. 

The report also shows the department has responded to 281 calls for theft between January and June, a jump from 193 calls during the same timeframe a year ago. Forty-four of those calls occurred in June. 

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"Two days ago my roommate's car got broken into," University of Minnesota student Adam Wallace said.

Wallace said the car was parked in their driveway. The thieves took very little, but it marked the second time her car was hit.

"Two of my other roommates had their cars broken into once this year alone," Wallace added.

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Trevor Dosch, a junior on campus, has heard about some of the crimes, and is taking precautions.

"(You've) just got to make sure doors are locked when you leave, or when you're in the house, because you hear about people coming in through unlocked windows and doors when people are home," Dosch said.

Just off campus, Minneapolis police have posted crime alert signs letting people know about crime in the area. Police said unlocked doors during the day or night make it easy for thieves.

They're hoping the signs raise awareness.

Across the board, the department responded to more calls between January and June of 2018 than the same time period of 2017. During that time period in 2018, a total of 574 calls were made, up from 441 calls in 2017, according to the report.

The university did point out that violent crime is down on campus overall.


Jessica Miles and Ben Rodgers

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