Bakersfield College issues warning on car thefts

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — On any given school day, there are 4,500 to 5,000 vehicles parked in various lots at Bakersfield College. The vehicles can be easy prey for thieves.

On Monday, one car was stolen from the southwest parking lot, another was stolen from the southeast lot, and there was an attempted third theft from the lot off Mt. Vernon Avenue. All of them happened during daylight hours.

The three incidents in one day prompted to the school to comply with federal law and issue what it calls a "timely warning" to the campus community about the thefts.

Under the Jeanne Clery Act Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act, colleges and universities are required to disclose certain information about campus crime and security policies.

"Grand theft auto is one of those types of crimes," said Bakersfield College spokeswoman Amber Chiang.

In all three cases on Monday, thieves targeted Honda Accords.

"It makes you kind of nervous a little bit," said student John Kimber who owns a Honda and leaves it parked at BC while he attends a night class.

Chiang said the public safety department at BC is working in cooperation with local law enforcement in the investigation.

There are no security cameras at any of the four major parking lots on campus. Students are urged not to leave valuables in plain sight and to report any suspicious activity to campus security.