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September 28, 2005

Art Building and Museum, 2301 San Jacinto

Occurred between 1-20-05 and 5-6-05.

Theft: A Sony TRV 900 digital camcorder and a Nikon 4300 digital camera were stolen from a metal cabinet located inside an unsecured 1st floor computer lab. A key to the locked metal cabinet is kept inside an unsecured key box that is kept inside an unsecured desk located in the room. Loss value: $1,400.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

The locked metal cabinet in this case is only effective if the key used to lock the cabinet is secured. Key security is essential in protecting your property and the property of The University of Texas. In addition to keeping spare keys secured, your department should have a key sign-out log to maintain the integrity of the key security.

Littlefield Home, 302 West 24th Street

Occurred on 9-28-05 at 3:05 AM.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was found sleeping on the west patio of the building. The subject was found to have previously been issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Main Mall

Discovered on 9-28-05 at 2:40 AM.

Criminal Mischief: Various colors of chalk were used to write an advertisement on the pavement in the Main Mall area. Removal cost: $25.00.

Perry-Castañeda Library, 101 East 21st Street

Occurred on 927-05 between 12:15 AM and 1:00 PM.

Theft: A Dell 700M laptop computer was stolen when it was left on a table located on the first floor. Loss value: $1,200.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Laptop theft is a recurring issue on this campus and other campuses. To that end, please consider the following recommendations:

  • Never leave your personal property unattended; not even for a minute. All it takes to commit a theft is a second or two.
  • Mark your personal property with your state issued driver license number or state issued identification card number. UTPD will loan you an electric engraver free of charge. You use the engraver to etch your laptop computer with your driver license / identification card number.
  • Use passwords for your computers start-up. This will aid in prevention someone from using your laptop computer if they do steal it. In the past, we have recovered stolen computers when the thief brings the computer to a service center to have the passwords removed from the computer.
  • Place your valuable property on your homeowners insurance. If your computer Is stolen, you can pay the deductible and get a new computer.
  • Back your computer files up at least weekly. If your computer is stolen, then you won't lose all of your work.
  • Consider purchasing a laptop computer tracking program that will alert a monitoring company when your stolen laptop is used on-line.
  • Do not place trust in a laptop computer security cable. These devices can be easily defeated and tend to give the owner a false sense of security which leads them to leaving their computer unattended.

San Antonio Garage, 2420 San Antonio

Occurred on 9-27-05 between 10:45 AM and 6:45 PM.

Criminal Mischief: An unknown subject smeared a red paste, believed to be ketchup, on the drivers door handle to a grey Chevrolet pick-up truck while the truck was parked on the 5th level. Two empty ketchup packets were found on the ground near the vehicle. Removal cost: $2.00.

Sanchez Building, 1912 Speedway

Occurred on 9-27-05 at 11:50 AM.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was found on the 4th floor soliciting people for money in violation of UT Regents Rules and Regulations pertaining to solicitation. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred on 9-28-05 between 2:30 AM and 2:40 AM.

Graffiti: White paint was used to write words on a 1st floor womens restroom door and on the exterior door of a locker located inside a 1st floor mens restroom. Three unidentified subjects were seen loitering in the area during the time frame of the graffiti. The three subjects were described as a white female with blonde hair, and two white males both with blonde hair. All three subjects were described as transient in appearance. Removal cots: $40.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 8 alarm calls, 1 suspicious activity report, 4 medical emergency reports, and 2 public assist requests between 9-27-05 and 9-28-05.