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Base law enforcement asks Team V for help to curb vandalism

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - -- Historical sites located on Vandenberg have been the target of increasing vandalism and theft recently.

Due to the recent increased activity, base law enforcement is now seeking the help of Team V to put an end to the crimes.

"Protecting Vandenberg's historically significant sites is everyone's job," said Staff Sgt. Andrew Cox, the 30th Security Forces Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge of resource protection. "All members of the base can do their part in thwarting site vandalism by remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious activity."

Vandenberg is home to more than 2,500 archaeological and historical sites important to local culture. The sites which are located in remote areas of the base have been entered unlawfully by people jumping and even crawling under the fence to gain access. Crimes such as graffiti, theft and damage have all been recently documented.

"The criminal desecration and theft of property at Vandenberg's historical sites are serious offenses," said Col. Steve Winters, 30th Space Wing vice commander. "Any willful act that contributes to the defacement or destruction of government property, facilities, and equipment - whether active, inactive, or historical - will receive the full and appropriate punishment."

Vandenberg members are urged to call the law enforcement desk at 606-3911 if they see anything suspicious. To report vandalism anonymously, Team V is advised to call the Crime Stop Hotline at 606-2677.