The Bakersfield Campus community is resting a little easier as police increase patrol in the area around the school. This, after a string of car thefts and now word of two arrests.
Although steps have been made to keep the campus safe from car thieves, many people are staying vigilant and taking extra steps so they don’t become targets.
Fernando Muneton has spent a lot of money just to keep his vehicle safe.
“I need it for work, especially around here. I need to drive around, I mean I need it,” said Muneton.
As the owner of a 1994 Honda Civic hatchback, Muneton parks close to buildings, under plenty of lights and makes sure his safety equipment is all working.
“I have a good alarm. When I turn on my alarm, when you try and turn on the alarm, even with the key it doesn’t turn on unless you turn off the alarm,” he said.
In recent weeks, the number of car thefts taking place on Bakesfield College parking lots have gone up, keeping public safety officers busy and a community on alert.
“Just try to keep my stuff out of sight that could possibly be a target to get stolen and just lock my doors,” said Brock Hallum who uses Bakersfield College’s parking lot.
School leaders continue working with police, students and campus visitors about safety on campus.
“You don’t want to be out and about in the outskirts of the parking lot or nothing like that, you want to be as close as you can be and feel safer,” said Greg Moore, who uses the Bakersfield College parking lot.
Bakersfield College officials are advising drivers to keep their car doors locked; windows all the way up and not have any valuables in plain sight. It’s a common practice that’s already being followed by many people.
“I’m not that concerned about it because I make sure I park up closer and in between the cars. I haven’t had a problem with it so I’m okay with that,” said Karen Galindo, who uses the Bakersfield College parking lot.
Public safety officers continue to patrol campus as usual and ask that you report any suspicious activity.