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February 24, 2006

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

This week, the Student Government has invited a variety of University Departments, public safety agencies and private organizations to The University of Texas at Austin Campus to provide information, services and materials to campus community. This has been done in an effort to provide the safest possible environment for the educational process. Today, from 9 Am until 12 noon, representatives from the Austin Police Department will be in Parking Lot 115 to etch your vehicles VIN number into your car windows. This is an advantageous method of preventing the ever-growing auto theft rates.

Brackenridge Hall Dormitory, 207 East 21st Street

Discovered on 02-20-06.

Forgery: A UT student reported that another UT student, who is a former acquaintance of his, used his bank account information to make an unauthorized withdrawal from his account.

Crime Prevention Tip:

The victim in this case stated he had never provided his bank information to his former acquaintance and does not know how she obtained such information. This is a good opportunity to remind you that people who are close to you can find out information without your knowledge. Be mindful of your financial information like your bank statements, credit card statements and even your blank checks. If you need to keep old bank statements and credit card statements then keep them in a safe where you store your blank checkbooks. If you discard such statements, then make sure you shred them dont just throw them away.

E.P. Schoch Lab, #6 East Mall

Occurred on 02-23-06 between 8:45 PM and 9:45 PM.

Theft: A green J Crew purse containing a J. Crew wallet, a debit card, a credit card, a set of keys, a Best Buy gift card, an insurance card, two identification cards and $1.00 in cash was stolen after it was left on a table located inside a 2nd floor conference room. Loss value: $81.00.

Jester Center Academic, 201 East 21st Street

Occurred on 02-24-06 at 3:23 AM.

Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor / Public Intoxication / Resisting Arrest (Search) / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was stopped after being observed stumbling up the stairs to the building. The student was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages. The officer knew this student from a previous consumption of alcohol by a minor case. The officer turned the student over to a responsible adult who agreed to take care, custody and control of the student. After the student was released and left the building, another officer observed the student and his friend on the Gregory Gym Plaza arguing. That officer found that the student would not follow the direction of the one who agreed to care for him; this illustrated the student was a danger to himself and others. The student refused to comply with the officers instructions to the point he had to be physically restrained. The student was found to be in possession of a small glass pipe containing burned marijuana residue.

Crime Prevention Tip:

The offense of public intoxication requires an officer to prove that you are a danger to yourself or others while you are under the influence of alcohol or another substance and in a public place. This being said, you can see that the spirit of the law is not punitive; rather, the law has its backing I the interest of public safety. To that end, an officer has options to arrest of an intoxicated person. If the person is so intoxicated they are suffering from alcohol poisoning, then the subject can be turned over to Austin-Travis County EMS for transport to an emergency room. Another option is to turn an intoxicated subject over to an adult who agrees to take care, custody and control of the intoxicated person until such point that the person can care for themselves. If the responsible person can not care for the intoxicated subject, or if the intoxicated subject refuses care from the responsible party, then the subject can and will be arrested for public intoxication. Again, this is done with the care of the subject and others in mind. Lesson learned - if you know you will be drinking, bring a sober friend with you to keep you safe and out of trouble. Of course that means you need to listen to what that person tells you to do.

Parlin Hall, #2 South Mall

Discovered on 02-23-06 at 10:38 PM.

Criminal Mischief: An unidentified subject(s) used a rock to break out an exterior window to a 1st floor room. Evidence at the scene suggested entry was made into the room. At this time, it is unknown if any items were stolen from the room. Repair cost: $100.00.

1900 San Jacinto

Discovered on 02-23-06 at 9:00 PM.

Criminal Mischief: The right window and right opera window were broken out of a silver Pontiac Sunfire while it was parked on the side of the road. At this time, it is unknown if any items were stolen from the vehicle. 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, 1 unsecured door report, 1 medical emergency call, 3 public assist requests, 1 welfare concern report and 2 suspicious activity reports between 02-23-06 and 02-24-06.