03/15/2022 at 1:00 AM
The Washington University Police Department is issuing a Crime Alert due to a pattern of recent burglaries at off-campus, private apartments over the past week. All reported burglaries involved unlocked or improperly functioning windows.
Most recently, three students reported that between 03/07/22 and 03/15/22, their private apartment in the 6000 block of Pershing Ave., had been burglarized. The students indicated the incident had occurred while they were away on vacation. It appears that entry was gained through an unsecured bathroom window. Several personal effects and other miscellaneous items were taken.
The St. Louis City Police Department is investigating.
Report suspicious activity immediately to Police at 911 or go to the nearest emergency blue light telephone.
• Lock your door, even when you are at home.
• Lock the windows to your apartment when closed, even if you are home. Close and lock windows when you leave your apartment.
• Remove objects such as coolers, chairs and small tables from outside your apartment. These objects may assist someone to easily access windows.
• If you have a sliding glass door, secure it further by placing a piece of wood in the track to prevent it from opening.
• Never prop open exterior doors or gates. If you see a door propped, close it.
• Don’t allow people you do not know to “tailgate” behind you into the building.
• When someone knocks at your door, don’t open it unless you know your visitor or you can confirm that the person should be in the building.
• If you arrive home to find your door ajar, hear unusual sounds or believe your apartment has been broken into, DON’T GO IN! Go to a telephone and call the Police.
• If you have security or safety concerns about your apartment or building facilities, discuss this information with your landlord.
• Consider installing a personal surveillance monitoring device on the entrance to your apartment.
• When you are away from your residence, leave your interior lights on.