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January 17, 2006

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

UTPD is interested in knowing how we are doing as an agency. If you have had the opportunity to interact with a representative of UTPD; whether it was as a victim, a complainant, a person in need of assistance or even a suspect, please log onto the UTPD webpages on-line survey form at http://www.utexas.edu/admin/utpd/forms/survey.html
Please take the time to let us know what we are doing right and what we can improve upon to make UT the safest campus in the nation.

Ashbell Smith Hall, 201 West 7th Street

Occurred on 01-15-06 at 5:08 PM.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was found sleeping on the southwest side of the west parking garage. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Ashbell Smith Hall, 201 West 7th Street

Occurred on 01-17-06 at 1:23 AM.

Public Intoxication: A non-UT subject was reported as stumbling into traffic. The responding officer found the subject laying down in the vehicular entranceway to a parking garage. The subject initially refused to provide her identification and simply told the officer to go ahead and take me to jail. The subject was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point she was a physical endangerment to herself. For that reason, her request was granted.

Centennial Park, 1620 Red River

Occurred on 01-14-06 at 9:19 PM.

Criminal Trespass (2 counts): Two non-UT subjects were found soliciting the sale of t-shirts on the east side of the park. Both subjects were issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Claudia Taylor Johnson, 210 West 6th Street

Occurred on 01-15-06 at 10:34 PM.

Criminal Trespass / Assist Outside Agency / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: A non-UT subject was found soliciting money on the plaza located on the east side of the building. The subject was found to have five, count them five, outstanding outside agency arrest warrants for Manifesting Drugs, Consuming Alcohol on a Public Street, Camping in Public (2) and theft. The subject was found to be in possession of a small glass pipe containing burned crack cocaine residue. In addition to other law enforcement action taken, the subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 405 East 23rd Street

Occurred on 01-15-06 at 4:57 PM.

Public Intoxication / Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor: A patron at the 2005 National Championship Football team Celebration reported a UT student, who was under the age of 21, in section 29. The patron advised the student appeared to be intoxicated and had been using several profanities in his cheers while bumping into other patrons. The patron also advised the student threw an empty dip can into the crowded stands. The student was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages. The student was ejected from the stadium and turned over to a friend with instructions that the student was not to return to the stadium. Approximately a half hour later, the patron reported the student had returned to the same seat he had previously been occupying. By this time, the student was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point he was a physical endangerment to himself or others and beyond the point he could be cared for by another.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Keeping a sober buddy with you is always a wise idea. Often times that buddy can keep you out of trouble. Make sure that you select your sober buddy wisely. If the sober buddy in this case merely followed the officers direction and taken the student home, then the student would not have been taken into custody.

Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 405 East 23rd Street

Occurred on 01-15-06 at 5:00 PM.

Assist Outside Agency: Several patrons at the 2005 National Championship Football team Celebration reported a belligerent non-UT subject in section 5 of the stadium. The subject continued being belligerent during the police officers interview. The subject increased his level of belligerence when it was determined had an outstanding outside agency arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for the charge of aggressive solicitation.

East Mall Fountain

Reported on 01-13-06 at 8:20 PM.

Criminal Mischief: An unknown subject placed detergent into the fountain causing soap bubbles. Removal cost: $100.00.

Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, 2504-A Whitis

Occurred on 01-13-06 between 9:00 AM and 1:45 PM.

Theft: A red, white and black Raleigh M80 bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located on the east side of the building. Loss value: $375.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

The first day of classes are today, which of course means its already too late to remind students about bicycle security. UTPDs minimum recommendation for bicycle security is to use a quality u-lock (a u-lock that uses a standard key, not a barrel key). Our maximum recommendation is to use a quality u-lock and an independently locking cable lock at the same time. For further protection, make sure you register your bicycle at: http://www.utexas.edu/parking/transportation/biking/bicycle_register.html

Parking Lot 92, 108 East Dean Keeton

Occurred on 01-14-06 between 10:00 AM and 4:22 PM.

Leaving the Scene Collision: An unknown vehicle struck the left rear door and quarter-panel of a parked 1994 Toyota Avalon while the Avalon was parked in the Parking Lot. The driver of the striking vehicle left the scene without leaving driver information. Repair cost: $1,500.00.

Parking Lot 102, 2200 Comal

Occurred on 01-15-06 at 7:15 PM.

Criminal Trespass (2 counts): Two non-UT subjects were found soliciting the sale of bottled water in the Parking Lot. Both subjects were issued a written criminal trespass warning.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred between 01-12-06 at 3:30 PM and 01-13-06 at 6:45 AM.

Burglary: $495.00 in cash was stolen from a cash drawer that was left inside a secured 2nd floor office. The door to the office is equipped with a deadbolt type lock, as well as, a knob lock. The last person out of the office the previous day secured the knob lock but left the deadbolt lock unsecured. Loss value: $495.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

I never understood why people do not take full advantage of the security features available to them. Door knob locks offer very little protection. A quality deadbolt offers a substantially greater level of protection. Furthermore, you should look at the security of your office or room as a set of concentric circles; a perimeter ring such as the buildings exterior doors and alarms, an exterior ring such as your offices door locks and alarms and an interior ring such as a locking desk drawer or safe. In this case, the cash drawer was not secured inside a safe or desk drawer. This fact reduced the thief's time and skill level needed to commit the theft.

Union Building, #4 West Mall

Occurred on 01-14-06 at 12:21 AM.

An unknown subject used a 6 pound bowling ball to strike a fire protection sprinkler head located above one of the bowling lanes. The sprinkler head was damaged to the point it began spraying water onto the bowling alley lanes. The extent of the damaged has not yet been determined.

Walter Webb Hall, 2500 Guadalupe

Discovered on 01-15-06 at 4:55 AM.

Graffiti: White spray paint was used to write a letter and a symbol on the east exterior wall of the building. Removal cost: $40.00.

1900 San Jacinto

Occurred on 01-13-06 at 2:05 PM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: A rock was used to break out the left front window of a white 1994 Chevrolet extended cab pick-up truck. A silver coin container holding approximately $3.00 in change was stolen from the vehicles floorboard. Witnesses reported seeing a Hispanic male wearing a white t-shirt break the window out of the pick-up truck and enter the vehicle. Upon seeing this, the witnesses walked to a nearby traffic control building to report the burglary. Loss value: $13.00. Repair cost: $150.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Did you know that the average response time by a UTPD police officer to a crime in progress is under three minutes. Often times this is just enough time for a thief to commit the theft and leave the area. That being said, I can not stress enough the importance of carrying a cell phone with you at all times. You should report suspicious or criminal activity as soon as you become aware of it. To further increase the chances of UTPD successfully locating a criminal, program the UTPD dispatcher telephone number into your cell phone. This is important as dialing 9-1-1 on campus will connect you to the Austin Police Department. Their dispatcher would then need to transfer your call to the UTPD dispatcher which increases our response time. The UTPD Dispatcher telephone number is 512-471-4441.

2400 San Antonio

Occurred on 01-14-06 at 11:37 PM.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by a Minor / Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Possession of Marijuana: A non-UT subject, who was under the age of 21, was stopped for driving a 1995 Toyota 4-door the wrong way on a one way roadway. The driver was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages but not to the point he was driving while intoxicated. The driver was found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and a ceramic pipe with burned marijuana residue. A non-UT passenger inside the vehicle, who was also under the age of 21, was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages.

200 West 24th Street

Occurred on 01-15-06 at 8:55 PM.

Public Intoxication: A UT student, who was under the age of 21, was found lying on the ground. The student was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages to the point Austin-Travis County EMS needed to transport the student to a local hospital for the treatment of alcohol poisoning.

400 West 24th Street

Occurred on 01-15-06 at 2:21 AM.

Driving While Intoxicated: A non-UT subject was stopped after being observed staggering to a parked 1998 Chrysler 4-door, entering the vehicle and violating a traffic control sign as she drove away. The subject was found to have consumed alcoholic beverages to the point she was driving while intoxicated.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 43 alarm calls, 14 unsecured door reports, 2 public assist requests, 4 medical emergency calls, 1 accidental fire, 1 motor vehicle collision, and 10 suspicious activity reports between 01-13-06 and 01-17-06.