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September 20, 2005

Graduate School of Business, 100 West 21st Street

Occurred on 9-15-05 between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Theft / Credit Card Abuse: Two credit cards were stolen from a wallet left in an unsecured 5th floor office. Before the credit cards were discovered stolen, unauthorized charges, totaling over $9,800.00, were made at three different stores.

Crime Prevention Tip:

In the two days that the victims credit cards were in the hands of a thief, nearly $10,000 was charged to the victims credit card accounts. Credit card thieves will steal credit cards and will make unauthorized charges until the credit card is cancelled. Of course there is also the possibility of the thief using your information to obtain other credit card accounts. Protect yourself, and your financial reputation. To do this, consider this:

  • Never leave your wallet, purse, credit cards, identification cards etc unsecured.
  • Only carry the number of credit cards you actually need.
  • Conduct an inventory of your wallet or purse at regular intervals.
  • Keep a copy of the customer service telephone numbers for your credit card companies in your car, your office, your home, and your wallet. Do not keep your credit card information (account numbers, expiration date etc) with the telephone numbers. By having these customer service numbers available, you can cancel your credit cards as soon as you discover them missing or stolen.
  • Review your credit card statements monthly and your credit history statement at least twice a year. Investigate any suspicious charges.
  • Contact your credit card companies to see what security services they offer and utilize those services.
  • Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Write Check Photo Id in the signature block on the back of your credit and debit cards.

San Antonio Garage, 2420 San Antonio

Occurred on 9-19-05 at 9:20 PM.

Public Intoxication (3 counts): A UT staff member reported three non-UT subjects in the alley on the south side of the garage. The staff member advised one of the subjects was lying on the ground while the other two were engaged in an argument. Once the two that were arguing walked away from each other, one of the subjects pulled out a small knife and began stabbing into thin air. When the police officers arrived, all three subjects were lying on the ground. All three subjects were found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point they were all a physical endangerment to themselves and others. One of the three subjects was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services needed to transport the subject to a local hospital for the treatment of alcohol poisoning.

Crime Prevention Tip:

The importance of having a cell phone can not be overstated. In this case, the reporting person was able to recognize the suspicious activity and had the ability to report the activity while it was still occurring. If you do not have a cell phone, then get one. It is well worth it. If you own a cell phone, program the UT Police Departments dispatch number (512-471-4441) into your phones phonebook. When you see suspicious or criminal activity on campus, you will have the ability to call UT PD without having to remember the number. If you dial 9-1-1 on your cell phone when you are on campus, you will be connected to the city of Austin Police Department.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 6 alarm calls, 4 unsecured door reports, 2 suspicious activity reports, 1 welfare concern report, 1 motor vehicle collision and 3 calls for service between 9-19-05 and 9-20-05.