The University of St. Thomas Department of Public Safety on Friday issued an advisory concerning a dramatic increase in thefts from motor vehicles in Minneapolis’ 1st Precinct. The 1st Precinct encompasses the downtown Minneapolis area.

Thieves are primarily targeting cars containing electronic items. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is urged to call the Minneapolis Police Department or UST’s Public Safety, (651) 962-5100.

Report crime confidentially or anonymously by e-mailing PSTIPS@stthomas.edu, or calling 96(2-TIPS).