. The University of Texas home page
UTPD logo

Campus Watch Archives

January 19, 2006

Colorado Apartments, 2501 Lake Austin

Occurred on 01-18-06 at 9:08 AM.

Assault (Family Violence) / Interference with an Emergency Call: A UT student and his wife began to engage in an argument. At one point, the student pushed his wife to the ground while she was holding their 10-month old child. As the wife attempted to make a 9-1-1 call to report the assault, the student disconnected the telephone line from the telephone.

Engineering Teaching Center, 204 East Dean Keeton

Occurred on 01-18-06 between 3:00 PM and 5:45 PM.

Theft: A silver colored Dawes 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: $150.00.

L. Theo Bellmont Hall, 2109 San Jacinto

Occurred on 01-18-06 between 2:30 PM and 7:20 PM.

Theft: A white Bianchi Brava bicycle with an on-board trip computer, headlamp, tail lamp and tool bag was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to a bicycle rack located on the southwest side of the building. Loss value: $350.00.

Living Learning Center, 2610 Whitis

Occurred between 01-13-06 and 01-15-06.

Theft: A maroon Mountain Trail bicycle was stolen from the bicycle racks located on the north side of the building. The bicycle frame had been secured with a cable lock to the bicycle rack. The front wheel of the bicycle had been secured to the bicycle rack with a u-lock. The u-lock and the front wheel of the bicycle were not stolen. Loss value: $125.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

I feel somewhat responsible for this theft. While I have harped on the need for using both a u-lock and a cable lock to secure your bicycle, I have not dedicated enough time pointing out how to secure your bicycle. In this case, if the owner of the bicycle secured the front wheel and the frame with both a u-lock and a cable lock, then he probably would have been able to ride his bicycle to class even today. This case also highlights the security offered by a u-lock. The only part of the bicycle that had been secured with a u-lock was left attached to the bicycle rack. Finally, while many bicycle thefts only take a few minutes to commit, this case shows that bicycle thieves do shop in the bicycle racks. They spend time looking at the bicycle racks to determine which bicycle they can steal with relative ease. Look at some of the times for these bicycle thefts, they are happening during daylight hours. Folks, I will still honor the pizza for a bicycle thief deal. If you report a bicycle thief or suspicious person which leads to the apprehension of a bicycle thief, I will purchase and have delivered a pizza of your choice.

2400 Whitis

Occurred on 01-18-06 at 4:55 PM.

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

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 5 alarm calls, 3 unsecured door reports, 1 request for assistance and 2 suspicious activity reports between 01-18-06 and 01-19-06.