Today, Thursday, April 22, a burglary was reported from three storage sheds at Holmes Hall at UH Mānoa. The male suspect used a pry bar to break into the sheds between 7:11 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. this morning. It is unknown what items were taken, and the incident was reported to Honolulu Police. The incident was captured on nearby cameras – see image below:
Please notify the UH Mānoa Department of Public Safety (DPS) at (808) 956-6911 or the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) at 911 if you have any information regarding this incident, or if you recognize the suspect.
- Always ensure that your storage shed or room is locked, even if you only plan to be away for a few minutes. Never leave an unlocked storage area unattended.
- Install a locking bar to span the front of your storage shed, ensuring that it spans all doors on the shed. There are many locking bar options which are easy to install and can be found online.
- If your shed or storage area has windows with a screen or jealousies, consider installing a secure window that cannot easily be cut or removed.
- Use a high-quality lock that cannot easily be compromised by bolt cutters.
- Consider installing security cameras or alarms on any storage areas, especially if they are not visited or seen every day.
- Regularly check on storage areas – sometimes DPS receives reports of burglaries from sheds that have not been checked for several days or weeks, making the time of the burglary difficult to determine.
- If multiple people have access to a storage room or unit, ensure that everyone follows the same protocols for keeping the area secure.
- Keep an inventory of items in the storage unit and be sure to update the list each time something is removed or replaced.
- Keep serial numbers of any higher-priced items or equipment, to ensure that property can be returned to you if recovered. Avoid storing expensive items in an outdoor storage shed. If possible, store these items indoors in a secured room.
- Contact us if you observe suspicious people, vehicles, or activity on campus. While the term “suspicious” may mean different things to different people, we urge our community to contact us even if they aren’t sure whether or not something seems out of place. If you see something, say something by immediately calling DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911 so an officer can respond to check the location.