Information Alert


December 5, 2018
In recent months the Department of Public Safety has received reports of several thefts from vehicles parked on Harewood Road and John McCormack Drive. Vehicles associated with members of the University community have been broken into and property was stolen. In each of the thefts items were left in plain sight.

Safety Tips for Theft from Auto:

  • The best way to prevent theft from your auto is to always keep valuables out of sight. Never leave cell phones, backpacks, briefcases, suitcases, or small electronic devices in your car in plain view.  Take these items with you, or secure them—all the time, every time.
  • If your car has a trunk, use it.  Put valuables in there or in a locked glove compartment. Hiding items under seats is better than leaving them in plain view, but securing them inside the glove compartment or trunk is a far better deterrent.
  • During the holiday season especially, or any time you’re shopping, place packages in the trunk, not on the passenger seats or floors.
  • Also, keep your car doors and windows locked—all the time!
  • Remember: "Out of sight, out of mind."

General Tips:

  • Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.
The Catholic University of America Department of Public Safety (DPS) notifies the University community when crimes are reported to DPS or the Metropolitan Police Department, or poses a threat to the CUA community, in a manner consistent with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.