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(September 1, 2023)

Steering Wheel Locks for Students

Message from the Chief:

To those who have emailed us about the steering wheel locks, the message sent on 08/31 was to let everyone know we have ordered the items, but they have not arrived. Another message will be sent when they are available.

In the meantime, you can check with your local police departments, including the Memphis Police Department, to see if they have any available. Also, Kia and Hyundai have been giving away the same items to customers, so you can check with a dealership. Additionally, make certain you check with the dealership or look for notices they mailed to customers regarding software upgrades that can be installed for free to make the vehicle more difficult to steal.

Again, thanks for the responses we have received and we will send another email once we receive the locks, if you cannot obtain one at the other sources.

Derek Myers

Chief of Police

Dear Campus Community:

While we go to great lengths to ensure our University is safe and secure, we are not immune from problems, including crime, that affect other universities and cities.  
Nationally, there has been a surge in catalytic converter thefts over the last two years and we have seen a few thefts on campus. Locally there has been a surge in car break-ins, with thieves smashing windows and taking some items, but generally these thieves are searching for weapons. Remember that weapons are prohibited on campus and should never be left in vehicles in general. In addition, vehicle thefts have started to rise with thieves using code programmers (which usually resemble a computer tablet) to program key fobs to start and operate the vehicles they are stealing.

We are working with the Memphis Police Department and other agencies as similar suspects and suspect vehicles have been seen in multiple locations across the metro area in relation to thefts. 

Suspects have been seen operating stolen vehicles and using tags stolen from other vehicles. Please check and make sure your vehicle tags have not been switched. Report your tags as stolen if they are missing or have been switched.

Additionally, please secure all items out of plan view in your vehicle:

  • Phone 
  • Purse or wallet 
  • Laptop (or its bag)
  • A briefcase or backpack 
  • Shopping bags 
  • Cash – yes, even loose change/coins

We ask that you call Police Services at 901.678.4357: 

  • you hear glass breaking;
  • you hear any cutting or tool/mechanical noises in the parking lots;
  • you see anyone with a floor jack or other means to lift vehicles in the parking lots;
  • if you notice any group loitering in the parking lots;
  • or you see suspicious vehicles circling through lots, bypassing open parking spaces 

Remember the three A's of crime prevention:

  • Be Aware of your surroundings.
  • Be Alert to suspicious people and vehicles.
  • Avoid situations you perceive as dangerous.

Utilize Campus Resources:

  • Log in to Everbridge and update your information including your preferred method of communication, quiet hours, weather alerts, and more! You may also download Everbridge (Apple or Android) for app notifications. 
  • Utilize the Tiger Patrol/Police Services on-campus escort program by calling 901.678.4663 (678.HOME) for an escort anywhere on campus available from sunset to sunrise. At Lambuth, call 731.412.9413 for police or an escort.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of campus emergency telephones, both indoor and outdoor. View the emergency/safety phone map >
  • Utilize the Blue Line shuttle in the evening. The Blue Line operates from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Mon – Thurs, and from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays. Learn more and view the routes >