An office located on the second floor of building 4, which is located at 182 Memorial Drive, was burglarized twice between Friday, August 4, 2018 and Tuesday, August 7, 2018. According to the reporting party, sometime between 3:45 PM on Friday and 8:00 AM on Monday, an unknown person entered the office area and stole an electronic track pad.
When staff left the office on Monday at 5:00 PM, no other items were missing. On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 8:00 AM, when staff entered the same office, staff discovered a recently purchased desktop computer missing. In its place was an older, less valuable computer, which had previously been installed in another area in the office.
There were no signs of forced entry and the office door had been locked during both intrusions.
There is no suspect description at this time.
Suggestions: While victims of crime are never to blame for criminal activity, there are some precautions that can be taken. In order to protect yourself and your belongings from theft and/or facilitate the recovery of your stolen property, MIT Police encourage you to follow these tips:
• See Something – Say Something: Immediately notify the MIT Police at 617-253-1212 or 100 from any campus phone if you believe a crime is occurring, has occurred, or is about to occur.
• Take easily portable valuables with you if you leave for an extended period of time or take additional safety measures to secure items.
• Keep doors and windows locked. Assure that the locks are in good working order.
• Report all tailgaters, report suspicious people/activity.
• Document serial numbers of your electronics and take pictures of your valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
• Register your laptop computer. Laptop tagging is now free for the MIT community, and is offered at the IS&T Service Desk in E17-106.
The MIT Police want to remind the MIT community that we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city.
The MIT Police are investigating this crime and request the assistance from the MIT community. If you wish to leave an anonymous tip please call 617-258-TIPS (8-8477).
Sgt. Andrew Turco
MIT Police Department