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October 12, 2005

*****Crime Alert*****

The Austin Police Department has asked that The UT Police Department aid them with disseminating information pertaining to auto thefts around the UT campus. Of particular interest is the number of mid-1990s Honda and Acura vehicles that have been stolen in the West Campus Area. Students should be aware of the increase in auto thefts and are encouraged to invest in ignition kill switches, vehicle alarm systems and steering wheel locks. For more information, please feel free to contact William R. Pieper of the UT Police Department at 512-232-9638 or the Austin Police Department Auto Theft Interdiction Project at (512) 974-5713. Please see the attached document provided by Austin Police Department.

*****Administrative Message*****

The University Police Department is hosting a Defensive Driving class on November 5, 2005 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The classes meet in the University Police Building, Room 1.318, located at 2201 Robert Dedman Dr (east of Memorial Stadium). For more information including cost, needed documents, and registration, please visit the web site:

Brackenridge Apartments, 3350 Lake Austin Blvd

Reported on 10-11-05 at 10:55 PM.

Suspicious Activity: A resident reported seeing a subject looking into parked cars near the west end of the apartment complex. The subject was only described as an older male wearing glasses, a ball cap and a black and white striped shirt. The subject was not located and there was no evidence of criminal activity.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Reporting suspicious or criminal activity in a timely manner greatly enhances the police departments ability to prevent criminal activity and apprehend those responsible for committing criminal acts. To further aid law enforcement, do your best to provide a good description of suspicious people and vehicles. Descriptions of people should include the following:
Race, Gender, approximate age, approximate height, approximate weight, hair color / length, clothing, any noticeable or identifying characteristics like facial hair, scars or tattoos. You should also provide the last known location or direction of travel of the person. A vehicle description should include the make, model (2-door, 4-door, pick-up etc will suffice), color, license plate number, any identifying marks like vehicle damage, bumper stickers etc, and the direction of travel.

Colorado Building, 702 Colorado

Occurred between 10-10-05 at 6:00 PM and 10-11-05 at 6:00 PM.

Graffiti: A blue permanent marker was used to write a word on the cover to an air vent located on the northeast side of the building. Removal cost: $35.00.

Jester Center West, 201 East 21st Street

Discovered on 10-11-05 at 9:00 AM.

Criminal Mischief: An unknown subject dented the control panel and front cover of a washing machine located inside a 3rd floor laundry room. Repair cost: $50.00.

Robert Lee Moore Hall, 2515 Speedway

Occurred between 10-2-05 at 5:30 PM and 10-4-05 at 6:00 AM.

Theft: $150.00 cash was stolen from a secured refrigerator located inside a 4th floor coffee kiosk.

400 East 23rd Street

Occurred on 10-12-05 between 1:11 AM and 1:20 AM.

Silent or Abusive Call to 9-1-1 / Assist Outside Agency: After responding to a call box activation near Battle Hall, and a second call box activation in the 2300 block of Speedway, UT police officers observed three subjects walking away from the area of the call box in the 2300 block of Speedway. Within minutes, a third call box activation was made in the 400 block of 23rd Street. Officers responded and located the same three subjects walking away from that call box. After being stopped, one of the subjects pointed out one of his cohorts as the person who activated the call boxes and stated his friend activated the call boxes because he thought it was funny. The call box button pushing friend was found to have an outstanding outside agency arrest warrant for camping in a public area.

Crime Prevention Tip:

There are several Police Help emergency call boxes around campus. These devices generate a 9-1-1 telephone call to the UT Police Dispatcher. Activating one of these devices when you are not in need of police, fire or EMS assistance constitutes a crime.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 7 alarm calls, 2 unsecured door reports, 4 suspicious activity reports, 1 accidental damage report and 1 public assist request between 10-11-05 and 10-12-05.