Vehicle Theft Advisory

Public Safety Advisory.

Republished February 16, 2024


There continues to be a trend throughout the country, including the Buffalo/Amherst area, regarding the thefts of vehicles, especially the 2011 to 2021 Hyundai or Kia models.

Recommendations for Affected Vehicle Owners

Last night, Monday, Feb. 12, University Police took three reports from the university’s South Campus where vehicles were damaged in possible attempts to steal them. It is recommended that owners of these particular vehicles consider utilizing a steering wheel locking device to deter thefts.

UPDATE: University Police distributed its remaining steering wheel locks to UB students and employees on Wednesday morning. UPD is looking into acquiring additional locking devices for distribution to students and employees, but unfortunately, no locks are available in Bissell Hall at this time.

Auto Theft Prevention Tips

It is also recommended that all vehicle owners, regardless of make and model, follow good safety habits to prevent auto theft. 

  • Always turn off the ignition and remove your keys.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Activate your vehicle alarm system.
  •  Park in high-traffic or well-lit areas when possible.
  • Utilize a vehicle steering wheel lock.
  • Remove all valuables from the vehicle.

Members of the community are urged to be vigilant at all times. Report any unusual circumstances or suspicious persons and activities to the University Police at (716) 645-2222 as soon as possible.

Contact Us for Comments or Questions

Bissell Hall, North Campus

Phone: 716-645-2222