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September 30, 2014

Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus activity reported to or observed by The University Police Department Patrol Officers between Monday, 09/29/14 and Tuesday, 09/30/14.

****Administrative Messages****
It is time for the 12th session of UTPD’s Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy begins on Monday, October 6, 2014, and continues every Monday night from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for seven weeks concluding on November 17, 2014. In these classes you will learn many of the inner operations of the police department and be introduced to all the services this agency provides.
Attendance at six of the seven nights is required for graduation. The classes will be held in the UT Police Building at 2201 Robert Dedman in Austin, Texas. Applicants are subject to a criminal background check prior to admittance in the class. For more information, please contact Lt. G. Stephenson at 512-232-9629 or by e-mail at Gregory.Stephenson@austin.utexas.edu
From the Austin Police Department: Attention West and North Campus area:
There has been an increase in the number of day time residential burglaries in the West and North Campus area. There have been 6 residential burglaries between 8/24/14 and 9/23/14 in this area alone. They are occurring mainly between 10 am and 3 pm. In each case, the thief made entry through an unlocked door or window. The Austin Police Department asks that you please make sure that you keep your doors and windows closed and locked.

BELO CENTER OF NEW MEDIA, 300 West Dean Keeton

Theft: A UT student reported his wallet containing two identification cards and a credit card was stolen from his back pocket while he was in the building. The student believes the wallet was stolen while he rode on a crowded elevator. Loss value: $10.00. Occurred on 09/29/14 between 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM.

BLANTON DORMITORY, 2500 University

Attempted Theft / Harassment: A UT student reported receiving a telephone call from a subject who purported himself to be a police officer. The caller provided the student with information about her that could have been derived from the UT directory. The caller told the student she was behind on her taxes and would be arrested if she did not make a payment. The caller directed the student to withdrawal $500 from an ATM and place the cash on a Green Dot Debit Card. The caller remained on the phone with the student as she and a friend walked to a near-by pharmacy where the student planned to make the withdrawal from an ATM. Before the student withdrew the money, a little sleuth work revealed this was a common scam. After the student disconnected the call, the caller called the student back four times. Occurred on 09/29/14 at 5:06 PM.
Crime Prevention Tip:
I would like to start by encouraging everyone to restrict the information listed in the directory. For more information on restricting your information, visit: http://registrar.utexas.edu/students/records/restrictmyinfo
In this case, the student was suspicious of the call from the beginning. The caller’s persistent, authoritative and threatening comments nearly had the student following through with the withdrawal and payment via a debit card. If you receive such a call, ask for a call back number from the caller and disconnect the call. Contact the police department to verify the veracity of the caller and to report the scam.

2100 San Jacinto

Driving While Intoxicated: A non-UT subject was stopped for disregarding a stop sign and driving at a rate higher than the posted speed limit while driving a black Toyota truck. The subject stated he was “probably” okay to drive. The subject’s self-assessment turned out to false as the standardized field sobriety tests illustrated the effect of three pints of beer on the body’s ability to operate a vehicle. Occurred on 09/30/14 at 2:19 AM.

The University of Texas Police Department responded to 24 Alarm Reports, 1 “Police Help” Callbox Activation, 1 Fire Alarm Activation, 1 Suspicious Activity Report, 12 Traffic Violations, 2 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 2 Welfare Concern Reports, 3 Medical Emergency Reports, 3 Found Property Reports, 2 Unsecured Door Reports and 6 Public Assist Reports between 09/29/14 and 09/30/14.

Prepared by: Ofc. WR π/
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