According to TCU Police Sergeant Kelly Ham, two car burglaries in one month is very unusual for the GrandMarc parking garage. Ham also said he believes the perpetrators are not GrandMarc residents.
“They were probably just randomly looking for cars that had property in it,” Ham said.
Although TCU Police have access to parking garage surveillance cameras, they have not proven useful in follow-up investigations and "aren't very well-situated," Ham said.
GrandMarc resident and sophomore studio art major Lexie Lancaster said her car was involved in a hit-and-run in late November, and she was told by GrandMarc officials that there are not cameras positioned for them to see who scratched the side of her car, breaking the taillight and denting the bumper.
A visual inspection of the GrandMarc parking garage showed what appeared to be two security cameras per floor that point toward the elevators and away from the parking area. One camera was observed to be pointing toward the ceiling.
GrandMarc management was contacted to discuss parking garage security and declined to give an interview.
“I was under the impression when I moved in, you have your own microchip key for the garage doors, that it's safe and there must be surveillance cameras covering the majority of the garage,” Lancaster said.
TCU Crime Prevention Officer Pamela Christian’s advice to students who have vehicles on campus as well as those who park in the private and gated garage of the GrandMarc, is to not leave any visible property in their cars.
“Vehicle burglary is a crime of opportunity, and if they see a bag that maybe has nothing of value in it, that's enough to grab their attention,” she said. “As long as you take everything out of your vehicle, you are less likely to be burglarized."