8 Hyundais Broken IntoBy Eva Moy
Eight Hyundai motor vehicles were broken into between Jan. 1 and Feb. 9, according to a bulletin distributed by the Campus Police. The incidents occurred in parking facilities across campus. Most of the break-ins happened during the day.
Six of the eight vehicles had their stereos stolen. The other two were only vandalized, said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin. The burglars broke into the vehicles through the vent windows.
"Sometimes there's a particular attraction to a particular [automobile] model" for some reason, such as its value and attractiveness, Glavin said.
In comparison, between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5, 20 cars were broken into and three were reported stolen, according to Campus Police Sergeant Cheryl Vossmer.
On Jan. 21 Campus Police and state police arrested three individuals on Memorial Drive for breaking and entering and attempted larceny of a Hyundai, Glavin said. The three were taken into custody by state police. None of them were affiliated with MIT, she added.
Increased security measures planned
Campus Police erected a new fence around the Westgate parking lot and instituted plainclothes officers, in response to a rash of auto thefts and break-ins last November. Fences will be built around other parking sites pending the success of Westgate's fence.
In addition, the Campus Police are currently working out the technical aspects of a program with the Department of Housing and Food Services. They are working to create one card to be used for identification, the purchase of meals, entry into dormitories, and entry into parking facilities.
The number of stolen vehicles has risen significantly in the past few years, according to the 1991 Campus Police annual report. In the report, statistics show that the number of motor vehicle thefts has increased from 21 in 1985 to 66 in 1991