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Thieves steal another UAB student’s car from on-campus parking deck

UAB student’s car stolen from on-campus parking deck

By Lauren Harksen Published: Apr. 24, 2024 at 10:51 PM CDT|Updated: 13 hours ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Another UAB student is feeling frustrated after his car was stolen from an on-campus parking deck. We shared a similar theft story back in January.

This time, the student found his missing car, but says because of slow police response time, he was unable to get it back. “I was devastated. I was at a loss for words.”

Miguel Cansaco said he was speechless when he realized his 2016 Dodge Challenger was stolen out of UAB’s parking deck H last week, but it was hit once before then.

“Wednesday the 17th, it was actually broken into,” said Cansaco. “My passenger window was broken, alongside my tint of course and then two days later, about 1 a.m. I believe, it was stolen.”


He said all that remained in his parking spot was the plastic bag he put over his broken window. Cansaco said he filed a report with UAB police and was told there were cameras inside the deck.

“Sunday night, we actually spotted the car in front of a bar and I had my keyfob,” he explained. “We were able to click on it and it was locking and unlocking so we knew it was mine.”

He said at one point, there were five to ten people surrounding the car so he didn’t want to risk approaching the group. “We weren’t too sure if one of them was the one that stole it or if they had any weapons. I was with my girl so I didn’t want to put her safety in jeopardy as well.”

He and his girlfriend called UAB police and Birmingham police but said it took more than 15 minutes for them to arrive. The car drove off, they followed it for a bit, but eventually had to let it go.

“It is finals week. I got to move out this weekend and I don’t have a car,” said Cansaco. “I guess I would say your car’s not as safe as it seems. Try to put a tracker in there. That’s something I wish I had.”

He also wishes UAB had more precautions set in place: “I know UAB’s an open campus. That’s something it prides itself on being. Gates could be nice. More police on scene would be nice. More of them scouting the area. If there’s a lot of cars being broken into, they need more eyes in the area.”

WBRC requested to sit down with UAB Police Chief Daryl Green but was told he was unavailable. This statement was sent instead:

While vehicle thefts increased nationally year-over-year, vehicle thefts on UAB’s more than 105 city block campus dropped from 21 in 2022 to 17 in 2023. UAB continues to invest in people and technology to prevent and respond to incidents; we have more than 6,000 security cameras, a recently installed Flock Safety system and more than 100 police officers to assist in investigations and maintain campus safety. We also have increased patrols in all UAB parking decks. Safety is our top priority, and UAB continues to have relatively low rates of crime on campus compared to urban and non-urban universities.

UAB Public Relations Representative