Football fans should lock car doors, secure valuables

October 14, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Fans attending upcoming Penn State home football games, including Saturday's Homecoming contest with Michigan, are reminded to make sure that they properly secure their valuables and lock the  vehicles prior to attending all football games.

University Police have responded to several incidents of theft and criminal mischief this season of tailgate party associated items.

"We have a police presence in the parking lots prior to, during and after all home football games, but by taking the simple step of making sure that personal property  is secured and vehicle doors are locked, fans can greatly reduce the theft and or destruction of their valuables," said Tom Sowerby, assistant director of University Police. "As in any public situation, fans should be sure never to leave personal items unattended."

Police also remind fans to tailgate responsibly and respect other people and property. Responsible tailgating includes careful use of alcohol by tailgaters and their guests, being mindful of the size and noise of a tailgate and obeying all laws and regulations.

University Police can help fans in need of assistance. A large number of police patrol parking lots and the grounds around Beaver Stadium, and visitors also may seek assistance at the Beaver Stadium Police Station located on the east side of the stadium.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009