Spate of burglaries hits Stanford campus

Laptops, electronics stolen from four buildings

Four burglaries took place over a four-day period on the Stanford University campus, including three that targeted academic or institutional buildings, the Stanford Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Laptops and other electronic devices were stolen between Sept. 8 and 12. Police did not immediately say how many devices were taken nor specifically where the thefts occurred.

One burglary took place in a student residence, according to Stanford police.

The burglar or burglars entered through unlocked doors and windows and forced entry by prying a door and breaking a window.

Stanford police are asking the public to report suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around vehicles, peering into vehicles, and/or trying door handles, or wandering in an office area without legitimate business, by calling 911.

The university has a requirement for all employees on the campus network to verifiably encrypt all Windows and Mac computers and Apple and Android mobile devices. Information about ways to best protect mobile devices can be found at

Police said that if someone is a victim of a crime, they should report it immediately to local law enforcement. If the stolen property contains sensitive or confidential data, victims should report the theft immediately to the university's Privacy Office at 650-725-1828 or

Additional information about crime prevention is available by calling the Department of Public Safety at 650-723-9633.


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3 people like this
Posted by FMIP
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 21, 2016 at 9:17 am

Many computers can be located via Find My iPhone. Hopefully that will shed light on the thieves.

4 people like this
Posted by Carelessness
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

Carelessness is a registered user.

The burglars have figured out that young, wealthy students have a lot of stuff worth stealing, and that they are incredibly careless with it-- unlocked doors, laptops left unattended in community areas, etc.

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