String of Vehicle Thefts and Attempted Thefts at UH Mānoa

UH Mānoa has experienced a recent string of vehicle thefts and attempted vehicle thefts on campus.  In the past few weeks, a moped was stolen from lower campus near the athletic fields, and a golf cart was recently stolen from Zone 4 parking lot.

During the past month, three attempted vehicle thefts were also reported.  One incident involved a motorcycle parked at Waʻahila Faculty Apartments, and another incident involved a vehicle that was parked with the windows rolled down on Dole Street fronting the same apartment complex.  In both of these cases, the perpetrator tampered with the ignition but was unsuccessful.

The third theft attempt involved a moped parked at Hale Aloha Lokelani moped racks.  Officers caught the thief in the act of cutting a lock and he fled the scene.  The suspect in this incident is described as a Caucasian male, wearing a gray hooded jacket, dark pants, a light colored face mask, and a white backpack with a green and blue pattern.  Please see photo of suspect below:

Attempted Moped Theft Suspect

Photo of suspect from attempted moped theft on May 17, 2021

DPS would like to remind our community of tips for keeping your property safe.  Please continue reading for moped and motor vehicle theft prevention tips.  Contact DPS 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.  Please read below for more tips.

Moped and motor vehicle theft prevention tips:

  • Use a solid steel lock with a heavy chain that cannot easily be cut or removed from your moped (for bikes, we recommend at least two heavy locks on the frame, both tires, and seat). Be sure that locks or chains cannot be lifted over the seat or handlebar area when locked.  Remove any unsecured accessories and personal items from your bike or moped before leaving.
  • The bike or moped should be secured to an immovable object – they are light and easy to lift, so it is important that it is locked to a rack so it is not as easy to take.  Remember to do this even if you utilize bike cage parking.
  • Park your vehicle, bike or moped in a secured, well-lit, and legal area.  Always lock your vehicle, bike, or moped properly, even if leaving it unattended for just a few minutes.  Do not leave valuables inside a vehicle or unattended, especially if they are in open view.
  • Do not leave keys in or near your vehicle, or attach a spare key to the vehicle.  Do not tag your keys with your address or license plate number.  Lock your vehicle and close all windows every time you leave your vehicle.   Always double-check your door handle to ensure that it is locked before leaving.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm system, activate it each time you leave the vehicle unattended.
  • Don’t park your vehicle, bike or moped in the same location every time, or leave it unattended for days at a time – thieves notice patterns.  If you live on campus, DPS recommends checking in on your bike, moped, or vehicle daily.
  • To avoid a citation or tow on campus, park in a designated parking area and ensure that you have a current parking permit.
  • If you plan to be gone for an extended period of time and don’t have a secure area to park, ask a friend or family member if they would be willing to store it while you are away.
  • Register your bike or moped with the City & County of Honolulu.  Take a photo of your property, including the VIN or serial number, and keep it on your phone or in a safe place so you can find the information should your property be taken.
  • If you observe any suspicious activity or behavior such as an individual loitering around parking areas, tampering with vehicles, or wandering in an area without legitimate business, call DPS at (808) 956-6911 or HPD at 911.  For more information on how to properly secure your moped, vehicle or bike, visit https://manoa.hawaii.edu/dps/prevent-bike-vehicle-moped-theft/.