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April 11, 2006

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 4-10-06 between 11:00 PM and 11:30 PM.

Theft: A black leather bi-fold wallet, containing a Texas Driver's license, UTID, Chase debit bank card, and four dollars in US currency was stolen after it was left in plain view on top of a bleacher bench inside third floor basketball court. Loss value: $ 24.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

As many of you have seen Gregory Gym has become popular with the thieves. I have spoken to many students who use this gym before class, after class, and during long breaks between classes. Two ideas ran through these discussions. The first idea was not many students want to pay .25 cents to use the day use lockers in the gym. The second surrounds a very important point. Not many people are familiar with how the coin operated lockers function. To that I am sorry for not realizing this sooner. The locker operation is simple. After placing all of your belongings inside the locker insert a quarter into the money slot located on the inside of the locker. After closing the locker turn the key to lock the locker and remove the key. (Similar to the lockers that you would find at a bus station or public swimming pool.) When you are ready to retrieve your property simply put the key back into the locker's lock cylinder and turn the key. The key is then locked back into place until another .25 is used to remove the key. Now with that said, you and I are encouraging these ongoing thefts by providing an opportunity for these thieves to continue to apply their trade. Let's work together to eliminating their opportunity!

Peter T. Flawn Academic Center, #2 West Mall

Occurred on 4-11-06.

Theft / Credit Card Abuse: A wallet containing several credit cards, insurance card, Texas Driver's license and a UTID was reported stolen after being left in the front pocket of a backpack. Prior to the discovery of the stolen wallet several unauthorized purchases were made at local businesses. Loss value: Unknown at this time.

Crime Prevention Tip:

This is a topic that has been addressed before here on the Campus Watch. Texas is rated second in the country for reported cases of Identify Theft and Credit Card Abuse, right behind California. There are several things that we can do to fight back against this crime. First limit the number of credit cards you carry. Carry only one gas credit card and one bank credit cards on the back of these cards, along the signature line write "Request ID or CID." This will reinforce with the merchant to verify the name on the credit card to the name on the driver's license as well as match the face on the ID to the person presenting the credit card. I know that not many merchants are currently doing this but more and more are.

Sutton Hall, 210 WEST 21st Street

Occurred between 4-07-06 and 4-10-06.

Criminal Mischief: An unknown object was dropped onto the tile floor breaking eight ceramic tiles. Loss value: $100.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 9 alarm calls, 1 suspicious activity report, 2 unsecured door reports, 2 medical emergencies, 2 lighting surveys and 4 requests for public assistance between 04-010-06 and 04-11-06.