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April 25, 2006

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I have received several inquiries from parents with regards to Identity Theft after the news story yesterday. The University will contact all of the students, former students, graduate students, and anyone else whose personal information was affected. For additional information go to: www.mccombs.utexas.edu/datatheft

For all of us there are a few things that we can do to prevent our identity from being stolen.

Start by restricting all of your personal information and the personal information of your high school and college age children. Your State issued driver's license or ID information can be restricted at the time of renewal or go online. You need to indicate on all credit card applications that your information is restricted. This will prevent the credit card company from selling your information.

When applying to the college or university of your choice, once again restrict all personal information. Current students, staff and faculty member can access their personal information online and restrict the use of this information.

There are several things to watch out for if you suspect that your identity might have been taken:

Monitor all of your financial accounts. You are looking for unexplained charges or withdrawals. Account for all of your monthly bills or other mail. This may indicate an address change made by the thief.

If you are notified that your personal information has been compromised notify one of the major credit reporting companies immediately. The three credit reporting companies are:
Equifax: www.equifax.com 1 800-685-1111
Experian: www.experian.com 1 800-experian (397-3742)
TransUnion: www.transunion.com 1 800-916-8800

A fraud alert will be place on your accounts.
For additional information you can contact the Federal Trade Commission:
www.consumer.gov/idtheft 1 877-id-theft (1 877-438-4338)

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 4-24-06 between 9:10 PM and 10:15 PM.

Theft: A red mesh backpack containing a silver Verizon flip cellular telephone was stolen from an unsecured day use locker located inside the weight room. Loss value: $100.00.

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 4-24-06 between 9:10 PM and 10:15 PM.

Theft: A black Jansport backpack containing a pair of Reebok high top basketball shoes, a silver Cingular cellular telephone, and several credit cards was stolen from an unsecured locker next to the entry above. Loss value: $190.00.

Gregory Gym, 2101 Speedway

Occurred on 4-24-06 between 10:14 PM and 10:30 PM.

Theft: A Cingular GE camera cellular telephone, along with $100.00 in cash were stolen from a secured locker located inside the first floor men's locker room. Loss value: $150.00.

Robert A. Welch Hall, 105 East 24th Street

Occurred between 4-17-06 at 2:00 PM and 4-18-06 at 2:00 AM.

Theft: A red Giant mountain bicycle was stolen from the bike racks located on the west side of the building after being secured with a U-shaped lock. Loss value: $200.00.

Crime Prevention Tip:

Many of the older U-shaped locks currently being used to secure bicycles can be easily defeated with the end of a Bic pen. The plastic pen will function as a skeleton key, opening the lock. The minimum recommendation for securing your bicycle is a U-shaped lock that uses a flat key. The best recommendation in securing your bicycle is incorporating a two lock locking system. This system consists of a U-shaped lock and a thick self locking cable lock.

FREE PIZZA

I would like to remind everyone that if you observe a suspicious person in a bicycle rack and you contact the UT police and that call leads to the apprehension of that individual, the UT police department will provide you a pizza of your choice.

Sutton Hall, 210 West 21st Street

Occurred on 4-25-06 at 2:50 AM.

Criminal Trespass: A non-UT subject was found sleeping inside a 4th floor studio. When awaken he wanted to know where everyone had gone. Subject stated that a UT student allows him to sleeping in Sutton Hall as well as his dormitory room. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning and escorted from the building.

University Teaching Center, 105 West 21st Street

Discovered on 4-24-06 at 8:00 AM.

Graffiti: Black magic marker was used to write words in several locations located on the send and third floors. Loss value: $150.00.

Winship Drama Building, 300 East 23rd Street

Occurred on 4-24-06 between 5:45 PM and 7:00 PM.

Theft: A red Guess wallet, containing $70.00 in cash, various personal identification cards, and several credit cards was stolen from the from the front pocket of an unsecured backpack inside a first floor dressing room. Loss value:$80.00.

Winship Drama Building, 300 East 23rd Street

Occurred on 4-24-06 between 5:45 PM and 7:00 PM.

Theft: A black leather wallet containing a checkbook, several credit cards, and personal identification cards were stolen from the main compartment of an unsecured backpack located inside a first floor dressing room. Loss value: $50.00.

2000 Block Speedway

Occurred on 4-24-06.

Leaving the Scene Collision: The right rear quarter panel and the bumper of a 2004 Mazda van was struck by a white 2002 Mazda sedan. The driver of the Mazda sedan drove away from the area without leaving any contact information. Loss value: $1,500.00.

2600 Block Whitis Ave.

Occurred on 4-24-06 between 6:30 PM and 11:30 PM.

Burglary of Motor Vehicle: The front license plate was stolen from 2001 Pontiac 4 door. Loss value: $5.00.

Campus Wide

Occurred at various times.

Non-Criminal Calls: In addition to the above criminal cases, The University of Texas Police Department responded to 15 alarm calls, 1 lighting survey report,1 reported collision, 5 unsecured door reports between 04-24-06 and 04-25-06.