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October 26, 2005

*****Crime Prevention Tip Clarification*****

Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised when I conducted an inspection of several bicycle racks located around the Jester and San Jacinto dormitories. I observed that many people are using two different locks to secure their bicycles. Unfortunately, some people are looping the ends of a cable to the shackle of a u-lock. In essence, this is not much better that just using a u-lock to secure your bicycle. All a thief would need to do is defeat the u-lock and simply unthread the cable from the broken u-lock. By securing the cable lock with an independent pad lock, a thief would need to use two different tools to defeat both locks and spend twice as long to defeat both locks. Most thieves are not that motivated.

Townes Hall, 727 East Dean Keeton

Occurred between 10-21-05 at 5:00 PM and 10-24-05 at 4:00 PM.

Theft: A silvered colored Jeep bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located on the south side of the building. Loss value: $100.00.

1900 Trinity

Discovered on 10-26-05 at 5:45 AM.

Graffiti: A white permanent marker was used to write an illegible word on a street light post located on the east side of the roadway. Removal cost: $35.00.

Trinity Garage, 1815 Trinity

Occurred between 10-24-05 at 12 noon and 10-25-05 at 3:00 PM.

Theft: A red and white Huffy bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located near the west exit of the parking garage. Loss value: $100.00.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred on 10-25-05 between 11:45 AM and 12:15 PM.

Theft: A grey sport bag containing a textbook, a 3-ring binder, two keys and a wallet with various identification cards and $20.00 cash was stolen from an unsecured 3rd floor room while the owner slept in the room. Loss value: $105.00.

100 West 21st Street

Discovered on 10-26-05 at 4:40 AM.

Graffiti: A white permanent marker was used to write a word on the base of a magazine vending machine located on the south side of the roadway. Removal cost: $35.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 12 alarm calls, 1 unsecured door, 1 suspicious activity report, 1 lighting survey, 3 medical emergency calls, and 2 requests for service between 10-25-05 and 10-26-05.