MRHS Parking Lot Thief

Madison Costigan -Staff Writer

Many students at Marriotts Ridge choose to drive to school, but leaving their cars vulnerable during the day may be a problem.

Many students at Marriotts Ridge choose to drive to school, but leaving their cars vulnerable during the day may be a problem.

Students have reported missing items from their cars, as well as seeing someone in the parking lot that they do not recognize. Marriotts Ridge staff have warned students to stay vigilant and lock their cars, so that no one has access to the belongings inside.

In an interview with Marriotts Ridge School Resource Officer, Officer Willingham, he warned students to “always lock and secure your vehicle and do not leave your belongings in plain sight.” Students need to be conscious of how they are leaving their car for the day. “If you take away the opportunity for a crime to be committed, you will not be a target of a crime,” explained Officer Willingham. So by locking cars and putting things away so that no one can see them, students can decrease their chances of being a victim to a thief. And this vigilance can stand for any situation of crime, so students should always be careful and protect themselves and their property to their best ability. Officer Willingham also claimed that the investigation is ongoing, and if any students have any information or see anything unusual, they should tell him or a staff member.

Junior Megan Hughes had a story regarding the thief in the parking lot. “I had left school early one day, and a few days later I was called down to the office, and they asked if I had seen someone in the parking lot,” recalled Hughes. “I had not, but they showed me a video of someone getting into a random car when I came outside, and then getting out and leaving in another car.” It is nerve-wracking to think of a strange person on school property, especially if they have access to students’ cars. Students should be sure to secure their cars and follow the directions of Officer Willingham in order to keep their cars and belonging safe in the parking lot.