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February 9, 2006

Frank Erwin Special Events Center, 1701 Red River

Occurred on 2-03-06.

Theft: A silver Verison camera cellular telephone was stolen from a purse that had been left in plain view while the former owner of the telephone stood 5 feet away at a table display. Loss value: $250.00.

Jester Center West, 201 East 21st Street

Occurred on 2-08-06 at 11:22 PM.

Criminal Trespass / Failure to Identify: A UT student and a non-UT subject were located inside the second floor television room asking students for money. During the investigation officers were able to determine that neither subject was a resident of Jester nor were they an invited guest of a resident. It was also learned that one of the subjects had provided false information. The UT student was released at the scene but was referred to the Dean of Students office. Officers took the non-UT subject into custody for Failure to ID and Criminal Trespass.

Crime Prevention Tip:

What was not stated in this case was that the UT student claimed that they were not asking for money only to use a student's UTID so that they could enter Jester Dining. What his true intent was I don't know. The Daily Texan had printed an article concerning Identify Theft in Texas. Austin is now ranked second in the State of Texas for reports involving new cases of Identity Theft. A UTID is not only an ID card but also a credit card as well as an access card. The UTID, just like a credit card contains more information then many students and staff members are aware of. By allowing someone access to your UTID information you are allowing that person the opportunity to steal your identity.

University Teaching Center, 105 West 21st Street

Occurred between 2-07-06 at 2:00 Pm and 2-08-06 at 12:30 PM.

Theft: A pink Magna mountain bicycle was reported stolen from the bike racks located on the north side of the building after being secured with cable lock. Loss value: $50.00.

Crime Prevention Tip of the Day:

Identity Theft is a huge problem in Texas. There are several things that can be done to help protect yourself from identity theft. Start by restricting all of your personal information. Companies along with colleges receive open records requests for all types of information. If your personal information is restricted then it cannot be given out. After restricting your information start protecting it. Never carry your Social Security card with you, secure it inside your residence. More importantly never give that number to anyone, unless if it a requirement for employment. Carry only one credit card and one gas credit card. On the signature line, located on the back of the credit card, write the acronym CID or simply write: Request ID. This will aid the clerk in making sure that the card presenter is the authorized card holder. Are you interested in seeing just how much of your personal information is accessible to everyone? Google / Yahoo your name, then your telephone number. Another interesting site that will make you fearful is ZabaSearch.com. For more information about Identity Theft contact UTPD Crime Prevention Officer Darrell Halstead at: Darrell.halstead@austin.utexas.edu Or Officer William R. Pieper at: photocop@mail.utexas.edu

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, 3 requests for service, 3 medical emergencies, 1 traffic accident, and 2 suspicious activity reports between 02-08-06 and 02-09-06.