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October 4, 2005

*****SCAM ALERT*****

Recently, I have been provided information pertaining to an identity theft scam that is beginning to occur in various locations. In this scam, a person calls you and presents, him or herself as an employee of the courts and advises you that a bench warrant has been issued for your arrest as you failed to show up for jury duty. Upon contesting the issue, the person advises you there may have been a mistake and that he / she can remove the warrant if you can provide enough identity information to prove you were not summoned for jury duty. The caller then begins to ask for a variety of information; including your name, your date of birth, your social security number etc, etc, etc. Do not fall for this. If you receive such a call, contact the Travis County District Clerk, Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza
Travis County Courthouse
1000 Guadalupe St., 3rd Floor
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 854-9457

Benedict Hall, #7 South Mall

Occurred on 10-3-05 at 10:00 AM.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was reported as loitering inside a 4th floor office. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Graduate School of Business, 100 West 21st Street

Occurred between 10-3-05 at 9:00 PM and 10-4-05 at 12:15 AM.

Theft: A light blue colored Trek bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a handrail located on the south side of the building. Loss value: $200.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Cable locks provide very little protection for bicycles. The UT Police Departments minimum recommendation for bicycle security is the use of a quality u-lock. The use of both a u-lock and a cable lock provides maximum protection. To increase the chances of your bicycle being recovered if it is stolen, make sure you register your bicycle with UT Parking and Transportation. Bicycle registration is required, free and can be done on-line at:

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, 2504 Whitis

Discovered on 10-4-05 at 12:05 AM.

Criminal Mischief: Chalk was used to write words on the concrete plaza located between building B and Building C. Removal cost: $20.00.

2100 San Jacinto

Occurred on 10-4-05 at 1:45 AM.

Driving Under the Influence by a Minor / Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was stopped for driving in excess of the posted speed limit while passing a marked police vehicle / officer that was engaged in a separate traffic stop. The student and a passenger, who was also a UT student that was under the age of 21, were both found to have consumed alcoholic beverages.

Crime Prevention Tip:

The Texas Transportation Code; section 545.157, stipulates that while passing an emergency vehicle, you must:
(1) vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle when driving on a highway with two or more lanes traveling in the direction of the emergency vehicle; or
(2) slow to a speed not to exceed: (A) 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or more; or (B) five miles per hour when the posted speed limit is less than 25 miles per hour.
This is a safety issue for you, the police officer and the person the police officer has stopped.

Whitaker Field, 51st Street and Guadalupe

Discovered on 10-3-05 at 9:15 AM.

Graffiti: Green paint was used to write a word on a sign posted on the south fence to the property. Removal cost: $35.00.

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, 1 suspicious activity report, 2 motor vehicle collisions, 1 suspicious activity report and 5 public assist requests between 10-03-05 and 10-04-05.