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October 19, 2005


Several people responded to yesterdays Campus Watch to advise me of vehicle features which aid in the prevention of a thief accessing your trunk. I would like to share some of that information with all of you. Many vehicles have fold down rear seats which allow access to the trunk. If your car has this feature, check inside the trunk to see if the seats can be lock from inside the trunk. Some vehicles with trunk release switches inside the passenger compartment have an override feature that can be activated in the trunk. This override feature stops the automatic trunk release features from working. Consult your vehicles owners manual for more information on this feature.

Development Office Building, 2901 North IH 35

Occurred on 10-18-05 at 6:30 PM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: A UT staff member reported seeing a white Dodge van circling the Parking Lot before backing up next to another parked vehicle. The reporting person advised the white van had no license plates displayed. Upon arrival, police officers observed the van parked next to a blue Ford van. The officers determined the occupants of the white Dodge van had been siphoning gasoline out of the Ford van. Loss value: $10.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Kudos are in order. In this case, a witness recognized suspicious activity and reported it promptly to the police department. The quick recognition, reporting and response to the activity led to the identification and apprehension of a thief. Keep this in mid the next time you see something that appears to be suspicious to you and then take action call the police.

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 10-18-05 between 11:20 and 11:40 AM.

Theft: A black and purple backpack containing a cell phone, sunglasses, three sets of keys, a black leather wallet, various identification cards, various credit / debit cards and a text book was stolen when it was left beside the 4th floor indoor track as the owner ran on the track. Loss value: $300.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

This is an easy score for a thief. Many people will leave their property next to the track or basketball court believing their property will not be stolen as they are in the same room. A thief does not care that you are in close proximity to your property all a thief needs is for your to take your eyes off of your property for a second or two. Do not give a thief the opportunity. When visiting the gym, secure your property in a locker.

San Jacinto Residence Hall, 309 East 21st Street

Occurred on 10-18-05 at 11:00 PM.

Assault / Interference with an Emergency Telephone Call: Two UT students began to argue in one of the students 4th floor dormitory room. When the resident entered the dormitory rooms bathroom, the other student followed her and wrapped his arms around her to keep her from moving before he pushed her to the floor. When the resident attempted to call 9-1-1, the student disconnected the telephone call and pushed the resident against a wall. Neighbors of the resident knocked on the door and convinced the student to leave.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 13 alarm calls, 1 suspicious activity report, 1 motor vehicle collision, 2 medical emergency calls and 3 request for service between 10-17-05 and 10-18-05.