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August 12, 2005

Calhoun Hall, #4 South Mall

Occurred between 8-10-05 at 5:05 PM and 8-11-05 at 7:45 AM.

Criminal Mischief: An unknown subject(s) used a small flat object to pry on the side of a door to a 4th floor room. The pry marks were located around the doors locking mechanism. Repair cost: $20.00.

J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet

Occurred between 8-5-05 at 8:30 AM and 8-11-05 at 10:10 AM.

Theft: $207.30 was stolen from a cash box located in a secured wall cabinet inside a 1st floor room. During the time frame of the theft, the cash box's built-in combination lock was set to the access combination and the key to the wall cabinet was left on a table by the wall cabinet. Loss value: $207.30.

Crime Prevention Tip:

There are two tips I would like to point out with this case. First, you should always take full advantage of the security features available to you. In this case, the cash-boxs combination lock was not set-up to prevent someone from simply opening the cash box. If the cash box had been locked, it would have forced the thief to either break the box open, or steal the entire box which would have been more noticeable than simply stealing the money. Also, I would like to highlight the importance of key control. The use of a locked key cabinet to store spare keys in an office is a good way to maintain key control. To enhance your key control efforts, you should refrain from marking any check-out keys with information that illustrates what the key operates. You should also develop a sign-out procedure to regulate who may check-out keys. Finally, you need to be mindful of how you secure the key cabinet. Do not leave the key to the key cabinet in an unsecured desk drawer. If the key cabinet uses a combination lock, do not leave the combination written on a piece of paper in the office.

Robert A. Welch Hall, 105 East 24th Street

Occurred between 8-3-05 at 5:00 PM and 8-10-05 at 1:00 PM.

Theft: A classified organic chemistry glassware kit was stolen while it was left in a secured locker located in a 5th floor room. When the theft was discovered, the combination pad lock used to secure the locker was found unsecured. Loss value: $400.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Most combination pad locks can easily be defeated by a knowledgeable thief with the right tool. To better secure your locker, UTPD recommends the use of a keyed padlock. For enhanced security, use a guarded keyed padlock to secure your locker. A guarded padlock has a shroud around the locks shackle.

27th Street Garage, 109 West 27th Street

Discovered on 8-12-05 at 1:45 AM.

Graffiti / Criminal Mischief: White spray paint was used to write letters on a green electrical box located on the northwest side of the garage. White spray paint and silver spray paint were used to write words on the north exterior wall of the parking garage. Glue was used to affix paper fliers to the north exterior wall. Removal cost: $70.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 10 alarm calls, 1 unsecured door report, 2 suspicious activity reports and 1 call for service between 8-11-05 and 8-12-05.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Do not rely on the lock to your office door to secure your property. A door lock can be defeated, and in numerous cases on college campuses, key control is a concern. To protect your property, keep it secured in a lockable desk drawer or cabinet when you leave your office. Better yet, do not leave valuable and / or personal property in your office.