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October 18, 2005

*****Scam Alert*****

Yesterday, the police department received a report of someone attempting to sell stereo speakers from the back of a blue Ford sport utility vehicle in Parking Lot 37. Not only is this a violation of UT Regents Rules and Regulations for soliciting on campus, but it is also a scam. This is a bait and switch scam in which you are shown a good set of speakers and told that the company the scam artist works for has too many of that type of speaker. The scam artists talks you into buying a set of high dollar speakers at low prices then sends you home with either empty speaker boxes or speakers that do not work. Students, lets show these scam artists that we are so easily fooled. If a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

East Mall

Occurred between 10-14-05 at 10:00 PM and 10-17-05 at 12 noon.

Graffiti: Green paint was used to write words on the pavement near the 200 block of west 22nd street. Removal cost: $50.00.

Gateway Apartments, 1618 West 6th Street

Occurred on 10-17-05 between 12:50 AM and 7:40 AM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The right front window was broken out of a 1996 Acura 2-door while it was parked by building # 1624. A JVC AM / FM / CD stereo system was stolen from the vehicles dashboard. Repair cost: $150.00. Loss value: $150.00.

Gateway Apartments, 1618 West 6th Street

Occurred between 10-16-05 at 4:00 PM and 10-17-05 at 8:15 AM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: Two air conditioning control knobs, a Sony portable CD player, a red Adidas gym bag and the two taillight assemblies were stolen from a 1994 Toyota Camry while the vehicle was parked by building #1620. Loss value: $230.00.

Gateway Apartments, 1618 West 6th Street

Occurred between 10-16-05 at midnight and 10-17-05 at 8:15 AM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The right rear opera window was broken out of a 1999 Nissan Altima while it was parked near building #1624. An X-treme AM / FM / CD stereo, four pens, a compact disc case containing 50 compact discs, a cosmetic case and a Skin Analyzer Machine (SAM) were stolen from the vehicle. Repair cost: $150.00. Loss value: $1,555.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

In two of the above auto burglary cases, entry was made into the vehicles trunk. This is becoming more and more commonplace as vehicles are equipped with trunk release switches inside the passenger compartment. To lessen the cost of a vehicle burglary, do not hide your property inside your trunk. If the property can be removed altogether then do so. Items that can not be removed, like your cars stereo system, should be concealed as best as possible. A beach towel on your dashboard that drapes over your stereo will serve this purpose.

Graduate School of Business, 100 West 21st Street

Occurred on 10-17-05 at 6:45 PM.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was reported as bathing in a 5th floor womens restroom. The subject was later found loitering in a 3rd floor area reserved for faculty, staff and students. The subject was found to have previously been issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Jester Center West, 201 East 21st Street

Occurred on 10-18-05 between 12 midnight and 2:00 AM.

Theft: A black Jansport backpack containing a book and a Compaq Presario laptop computer and a Samsung cell phone were stolen when they were left on a table in the 1st floor game room. The owner of the property was in the room during the time frame of the theft, but was not in sight of his property the entire time. Loss value: $1,120.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Often times, the victims of theft believed their property was protected because they never left the room where the theft occurred. Unfortunately, many people do not realize how easily a theft can be committed. Property can be stolen in a matter of seconds. As soon as you turn your back to your property it can be stolen. Be diligent and keep your property with you.

Parking Lot 37, 2200 Red River

Occurred between 10-14-05 at 5:00 PM and 10-17-05 at 9:00 AM.

Theft: An EZ-Go golf cart was stolen while it was parked in the northwest side of the Parking Lot. The golf cart was later located by the northwest side of the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Recovery cost: $4,000.00.

Robert A. Welch Hall, 105 East 24th Street

Occurred between 10-14-05 at 8:00 Am and 10-15-05 at 8:00 AM.

Theft: A brown leather wallet containing $8.00 cash, credit cards, a debit card and various identification cards including a social security card was stolen when it was left in an unsecured 1st floor office. Loss value: $28.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

In this case, the office door was left unlocked during the day even when the owner left the room. To protect your property, never leave your room unlocked. You should also refrain from keeping your social security card in your wallet or purse. Numerous identity thefts start with a simple wallet theft.

2300 San Jacinto

Occurred on 10-14-05 between 6:50 AM and 4:30 PM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The faceplate to a Sony AM / FM / CD stereo system was stolen from a 1992 GMC sport utility vehicle while the vehicle was parked on the west side of the roadway. Loss value: $15.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

If your vehicles stereo has a removable face-plate, then take the faceplate with you when you park. Do not hide it in the vehicle take it with you. Taking the face-plate with you discourages a thief from breaking into your vehicle.

Trinity Garage, 1815 Trinity

Occurred between 10-14-05 at 12:30 PM and 10-17-05 at 8:00 AM.

Theft: A Giant bicycle (Giant being the brand name not a description of bikes size) was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located in the northwest corner of level 1. Loss value: $300.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Cable locks provide very little security when it comes to protecting your bicycle. Most bicycle thieves carry one of two tools which can cut through cable locks in a matter of seconds. The UT Police Departments minimum recommendation for bicycle security is a u-lock with a flat key or combination lock. Our maximum recommendation is to use a u-lock and an independently locking cable lock. This will force a thief to carry two different tools. In this case, the owner of the bicycle did not know the serial number to the bicycle this is not uncommon I havent memorized the serial to my bicycle either. Without the serial number, recovering the stolen bicycle becomes difficult. To aid the police department in the investigation and recovery of your stolen bicycle register your bicycle with UT Parking and Transportation. By registering your bicycle you will make the serial number available to the police department in the event your bicycle is stolen. Registration is mandatory and free of charge. You can register your bicycle at:

100 West 24th Street

Occurred on 10-17-05 at 4:15 PM.

Leaving the Scene Collision: While driving a grey Dodge RAM (no pun intended) pick-up truck, a non-UT subject entered the on-coming lane of traffic to avoid striking a legally parked car on the side of the roadway. In doing this, the Dodges left mirror struck the left mirror of a tan Ford pick-up truck that was being driven in the opposite direction by a second non-UT subject. The collision caused the mirror of the Ford pick-up to break free from the truck. The driver of the Dodge left the scene without leaving driver information. The driver of the Ford followed the Dodge for several blocks before he was able to get the driver to stop. Repair cost: $300.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 4 alarm calls, 8 unsecured doors, 4 suspicious activity reports, 1 motor vehicle collision and 1 medical emergency between 10-17-05 and 10-18-05.