By Madeleine Thompson
An all-student email sent by Director of Campus Safety Bob Hooper on Monday warned students of a rise in vehicle break-ins in Gambier. According to Hooper, none of the cars were vandalized on College property — the targeted vehicles were on East Wiggin Street, Meadow Lane and Zion Road.
“It could just be kids getting their jollies out smashing windows,” Hooper said, adding that none of the electronics in the cars were stolen, though the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is still working with the victims to determine what is missing.
Hooper advised community members not to leave valuables in their cars. “Thefts in the county are up, so everybody do what they can to minimize it,” he said, noting that increasing theft is not uncommon after the snow starts to melt. “Once the weather breaks, you seem to get a little more of it,” he said.
In case of a break-in, Hooper said students should call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, though if the break-in occurs on campus, the Office of Campus Safety can assist with taking photos of damage and filing a report.