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September 02, 2015

Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus activity reported to or observed by The University Police Department Patrol Officers between Tuesday, 09/01/15 and Wednesday, 09/02/15.

****Administrative Messages****

Have you ever thought of getting a hands free device for your vehicle? Such a device will not only make you a safer driver, it will also help keep you from getting a citation from the Austin Police Department’s Finest. On the first of January, a city ordinance took effect which prohibits the use of hand-held electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle. Any phone conversation you have while operating a car or bicycle must be hands free and there is absolutely no texting while driving or cycling. Don’t dedicate yourself to hands free no texting habits because of the law – do it to be a safer, more responsible driver. For more information about this ordinance, visit:
Pedestrians - don’t think for a second you don’t play a role in safe passage. Texting and walking has proven to be troublesome and dangerous as well. If you don’t believe me, spend a little time watching pedestrians on campus today. You will see texting pedestrians walk out into traffic, bump into fixed objects and walk right into other pedestrians. Save your text and voice conversations for a time when you can be in a safe, stationary place and commit yourself to the conversation that seems oh so important.

Citizen’s Police Academy Announcement

Every year, The University of Texas at Austin Police Department provides our UT Family the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of our department during a Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). Our next CPA is rapidly approaching. If you are interested in attending The University of Texas at Austin Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy, please see the attached documents.

Theft: A construction contractor reported he had placed a Dewalt circular saw on the ground next to his construction truck and stepped away to assist a truck that was entering a construction site. When the contractor returned to pick-up the saw, he discovered it had been stolen. Loss value: $50.00. Occurred on 09/01/15 between 8:30 AM and 8:35 AM.


Graffiti: Pink spray paint was used to write a word on a trash can located on the south side of the building. Removal cost: $50.00. Discovered on 09/01/15 at 7:48 AM.

GATEWAY APARTMENTS, 1600 West 6th Street

Theft: The mother of a resident witnessed a black male subject take an unsecured green Nikishi 21 speed bicycle from the resident’s front porch and ride away. The subject was described as being in his 20’s with a medium build and tall. The subject was last seen wearing a cinnamon brown colored t-shirt and black pants. Loss value: $150.00. Occurred on 09/01/15 at approximately 2:00 PM.


Criminal Trespass Warning: A non-UT subject was reported as sleeping by the entry door. The subject was located, awakened and issued a written criminal trespass warning. Occurred on 09/01/15 at 6:54 AM.


Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle / Burglary of Motor Vehicle: A Kawasaki Mule 550 work cart was driven from the ground floor of the parking garage to the intersection of 26th Street and Nueces without the permission of the owner. The keys to the vehicle and the garage access card for the vehicle had been stored in the glove compartment box. When the vehicle was located, the keys and a Dewalt tool box containing various tools were missing from the vehicle. Recovery value: $2,500.00. Loss value: $140.00. Occurred between 08/31/15 at 2:30 PM and 09/01/15 at 6:15 AM.
Crime Prevention Tip:
I would not be a very good crime prevention practitioner if I didn’t state the obvious – don’t leave your keys in your vehicle. That being said, I would like to make one more suggestions. If you park in a parking garage, do not leave the access card or pull ticket in the vehicle when you park. If a vehicle thief doesn’t possess the access card or pull ticket, he or she would need to force their way out of the garage or summon assistance from garage staff to exit the garage; either way, they would be less likely to want to steal your vehicle.


Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle: A UT student reported the left rear bumper of her green Toyota Highlander was struck while the vehicle was parked on the 3rd level of the garage. The student located a note on the windshield of her vehicle that provided a name and phone number of the driver of the striking vehicle. The student soon learned that the phone number was no longer in service. Repair cost: $500.00. Occurred on 08/31/15 between 7:45 AM and 6:15 PM.


Theft: A black GT Avalanche bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a cable lock to the bicycle racks locate don’t he ground floor of the parking garage. Loss value: $100.00. Occurred between 08/28/15 at 4:00 PM and 08/31/15 at 8:30 AM.

TOWNES HALL, 727 East Dean Keeton

Criminal Trespass Warning: A non-UT subject was reported as harassing a student in the building. The subject was located and issued a written criminal trespass warning. Occurred on 09/01/15 at 8:13 PM.

The University of Texas Police Department responded to 24 Alarm Reports, 1 Fire Alarm Activation, 1 “Police Help” Callbox Activation, 6 Traffic violations, 4 Suspicious Activity Reports, 1 Medical Emergency Assist Request, 5 Found Property Reports and 2 Public Assist Requests between 09/01/15 and 09/02/15.

Prepared by: Ofc. WR π/
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