WARNING: LCD Projector Theft
Numerous thefts of LCD projectors from the ceilings of classrooms and laboratories have been reported by university and college campuses throughout Indiana.
Recently, nine LCD projectors were stolen from classrooms on the Butler University campus. The projectors were carefully dismantled and removed, leading police to believe "professionals" were responsible for the thefts. The replacement cost of each of the projectors may be as much as $8,000.
Just last week the television program "Americas Most Wanted" featured surveillance video of two men and a woman stealing LCD projectors from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The suspects stole approximately $100,000 worth of equipment from classrooms, about half that amount in LCD projectors alone. The police believe the thieves actually had a list of items they wanted to steal. The suspects remain at large; only one suspect was depicted clearly in the video.
Purdue has a large number of high-tech pieces of equipment within campus buildings. Therefore, all faculty, staff, and students are asked to be vigilant so we don't fall victim to the monetary loss and inconvenience associated with these types of thefts.
To help avoid such loss, please take these preventative measures:
- Secure all equipment when not in use.
- Secure rooms, laboratories, and offices when not in use.
Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to the Purdue University Police Department by dialing 911. Anyone with information regarding any type of crime is encouraged to contact Lt. Fred Davis or the Purdue Police Department's non-emergency number, 494-8221.