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TIMELY NOTICE 1/28/2024: Motor Vehicle Theft

 In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 Augsburg University Department of Public Safety is giving notice of a concerning incident that occurred in Mortensen Hall on the Minneapolis campus.

REPORTED OFFENSE:  Motor Vehicle Theft

On January 28, 2024 at approximately 10:00 a.m. the Augsburg the Department of Public Safety was notified of a vehicle that was stolen from Lot B.  The vehicle owner stated they parked their vehicle in Lot B around 7:30 p.m. on January 27, and when they returned to their vehicle the morning of January 28 their vehicle was missing.  The victim’s vehicle was described as a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe with Minnesota license plate number 9RH-305.  The stolen vehicle was reported to the Minneapolis Police.

The vehicle that was reported as stolen is part of the group of vehicles with missing software that allow the vehicle to be started without using the vehicle’s key.  Affected vehicles include 2017-2020 Hyundai Elantras, 2015-2019 Hyundai Sonatas, 2020-2021 Hyundai Venues.  If you own a Hyundai or Kia vehicle, it is recommended that you contact a dealership to determine if any security updates are available for your vehicle.

STATUS:  Augsburg Public Safety and the Minneapolis Police (MPD) are currently investigating this incident. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is urged to contact MPD or Augsburg DPS at 612-330-1717.

Please report any and all concerns that may impact our campus community. If You See Something – Say Something (x1717). We also encourage you to utilize the resources available on our website: www.augsburg.edu/dps and in the CampusShield safety app (available for free download on Google Play and iTunes app store).

SAFETY TIPS: These are general safety tips and may not be related to this specific incident.

  1. Hyundai and Kia owners should call the respective number below, or check with a local dealership to see if their vehicle is eligible for a software update (Hyundai – 800-633-5151; Kia – 800-333-4542)
  2. Hyundai and Kia owners are encouraged to get a steering wheel lock, and may be eligible to receive a free one from area Police Departments
  3. Be aware of your surroundings
  4. Report any suspicious activity to DPS as soon as safely possible

Augsburg University believes that physical descriptors alone are not a valid reason to profile or cast suspicion on any individual.  When physical descriptors are included in communication to the Augsburg community, it is done so because they may reasonably assist in identifying the perpetrator of the incident.  Augsburg University uses perceived race and gender descriptors that are provided about a suspect only when additional characteristics (beyond clothing) are also available.  Such descriptors are used in an attempt to provide the campus community with important information.  However, the University recognizes that race and gender are personal identity attributes that cannot always be accurately perceived by others, and that any reported information may not be accurate.