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August 30, 2019 12:00 AM


  • One laptop was stolen from a secured vehicle in the Holliston Parking Structure;

  • Two laptops were stolen from public areas, including a public event held in Cahill; and

  • Two laptop were stolen from offices.

The incidents appear to be occurring primarily during the week, in the late afternoon and evening hours. Currently we have no suspect description, however Caltech Security is working with Pasadena Police Department to locate the stolen items and to reduce the occurrences on and around campus.  

While bicycle thefts have decreased on our campus, bicycles continue to be a target of thieves, not only on our campus, but also around the City of Pasadena. We are working with Pasadena City College Police and Pasadena Police Department to address the increase in thefts.
Caltech Security has increased both foot and vehicle patrols around our campus. 

Please contact Security, at 626 395 5000 (x5000) to report any suspicious activity. Do not confront anyone on campus, instead, call us immediately. Your safety is our primary concern. Items can be replaced, so DO NOT attempt to contact or confront anyone you suspect is engaging in suspicious or criminal activity.

As a community we share the responsibility of securing property, doors, and reporting suspicious activity.

We are asking for your help in making the campus as safe as possible by taking the following steps:


  • Report suspicious activity to Security immediately.


  • Secure your valuables in locked compartments.


  • Lock your office doors when leaving for any amount of time.


  • Do not leave personal items unattended.


  • Report individuals who “tailgate” or enter secure buildings and restricted areas without keys or the proper credentials.


    • Tailgating is defined as slipping in behind someone else and entering a building without the proper credentials or authorization.


  • Do not prop exterior doors open.


  • Trust your instincts.  If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, get out or get away and CALL SECURITY IMMEDIATELY.

 If you need emergency help, call x5000 on campus (626-395-5000 if you are off campus), or call 911.