U of H students furious after rash of winter-break dormitory burglaries


by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News


Posted on January 17, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 17 at 7:21 PM

HOUSTON – There were numerous break-ins at two University of Houston dormitories over winter break, and now some students are demanding answers.

When the students came back for their second semester, they quickly realized that some of their belongings had been moved out by thieves.

"I came back here, walked into my dorm, noticed my roommate lost his 32-inch TV. I lost a broken Xbox, ironically, and my suitemate lost his TV," Evan Gouveia, a U of H student, said.

"My guitar and my roommate’s refrigerator just got stolen. Like, I’m so mad right now," student Steven Providence said.

It happened in the quad area of campus. Thieves hit multiple rooms in Taub and Settegast halls, which are supposed to be secured 24 hours a day.

"People were opening up the vents on the doors, and they came inside, unlocked the door and stole stuff," U of H sophomore Rosilyn Baah said.

The university said security typically patrols the buildings on foot at night, except during winter break.

U of H officials declined an on-camera interview, but they did release a written statement to KHOU 11 News that said they were concerned with the crimes and that they take safety and security very seriously.

"Really, people are just outraged. We trusted on-campus living to be secure with our stuff while we went back home to be with our family and friends, and for us to come back and see that our stuff was gone – security might not have been taking it as seriously as we thought it was," U of H senior Elliot Wright said.

The university said they’ve since stepped up security measures, with updated card-access systems and an increased security-camera presence, among other things.