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May 10, 2006

Performing Arts Center, 510 East 23rd Street

Occurred between 5-08-06, at 7:00 PM and 5-09-06, at 8:00 AM.

Theft: A black Jansport backpack was stolen after being left unattended on top of a table. When the former owner returned to collect her backpack and its contents, she discovered the contents of her backpack dumped out onto the floor and her backpack gone. Loss value: $40.00.

Perry-Castañeda Library, 101 East 21st Street

Occurred on 5-09-06, at 11:42 AM.

Suspicious Activity: A UT staff member reported observing a known offender wandering the 6th floor. The staff member remembered the subject from an arrest a few years ago when he was stealing backpacks and textbooks from PCL. When the offender recognized the staff member he attempted to conceal his face. The subject is described as: Asian male, 5'09", stocky build with round cheeks. The staff member stated the subject had changed his hair style and was now sporting a "long crew cut."

Crime Prevention Tip:

It is not uncommon for a known thief to return to his old hunting grounds. When this subject was arrested several years ago, 11 theft cases were cleared. Many of the victims had marked their textbooks and personal property with their state issued driver's license number and were able to get the majority of their property back.

Rec Sports Center, 2001 San Jacinto

Occurred on 5-09-06, between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Theft: A Cingular cellular telephone was stolen from an unsecured pay locker located inside the second floor weight room. Loss value: $50.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

To prevent your property from being stolen by securing it inside a pay as you go locker: $.25 cents. Paying the deductible to replace your stolen cellular telephone: $50.00. Savings: $49.75

Townes Hall, 727 East Dean Keeton

Occurred between 5-08-06, at 1:10 PM and 5-09-06, at 11:00 AM.

Theft: A UT student reported the theft of $1,100.00, in cash, from a secured second floor office and secured cash box. Loss value: $1,100.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

This year we have seen a sharp increase in the number of thefts from various student groups around campus. There are two common factors with all of these thefts. The first factor is key control. Many of the newly elected officers for these groups simply inherit the office key from the person that they are replacing. The key is not returned to Locks and Keys and officially re-issued to the authorized person. The second factor surrounds the cash box used to secure the deposits, membership dues, or petty cash. Many of these cash boxes create problems for the users. Since many of these cash boxes are portable you need to look at different ways in which to secure the box inside a desk. Not just simply locking the desk drawer. The second problem with cash boxes is that many of these boxes are equipped with a simply combination lock. The combination is never changed. In the above case I did a quick check on just one of the factors. I contacted Locks and Keys and discovered that at one point there were 72 authorized keys issued for this student group. Currently there are 14 authorized keys issued after having the room re-keyed.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 9 alarm calls, 5 unsecured door reports, and 1 suspicious activity report between 05-09-06, and 05-10-06.


As we are all aware finals are here. There are a number of students scrambling to "cram" for these exams. Security and theft prevention is probably the last thing that the students are thinking about right now. As we saw in the PCL entry a staff member recognized a known thief and contacted the police. Lets all step up and lend the students a watchful eye. Good Luck on your tests everyone.