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April 17, 2014

Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus activity reported to or observed by The University Police Department Patrol Officers between Wednesday, 04/16/14 and Thursday, 04/17/14.

****Austin Police Department Crime Alert****
The Baker Sector of the Austin Police Department (a police district that includes the areas west and north of the UT Campus) is experiencing an increase in auto thefts. 16 out of the 41 auto thefts in Baker this year have been mopeds or scooters. Suspects are likely loading them onto trucks and driving away. The problem area is all around UT Campus and west towards MOPAC in public areas and apartment complexes. It is recommended that owners of these types of vehicles begin locking them up to something just like they would a bicycle if they are going to leave them outside overnight. In 45% of all the auto thefts in Baker sector, keys were used to steal the vehicles. The Austin Police Department would like to remind everyone to never leave your keys in your vehicle and never leave a running vehicle unattended.

****Design Competition****
Okay all of you creative, artistic thinkers – all of you graphic design, advertising and art majors – it’s time to put your iPad mini where your mouth is – oh you don’t have an iPad mini? Here is your chance to add to your resume while winning an Apple iPad mini. The UT Wellness Network is hosting a logo competition for its new BeVocal Program.
See attached rules and flyer for the competition.
Visit http://www.wellnessnetwork.utexas.edu/wg_bystander.html for more information about the program.


Theft / Criminal Trespass / Evading Arrest: A UT staff member reported seeing a non-UT subject walking around the bicycle racks and pulling on bicycles. Responding officers observed the subject walking a bicycle down a flight of stairs when they attempted to stop the subject. The subject felt it was not in his best interest to be stopped and took flight. Officers literally chased the subject on foot over the hill and through the woods before losing sight of the subject who had taken refuge on a city bus. Officers learned the subject was on the bus and were able to make a traffic stop on the bus further down the road. Once the bus stopped, the subject took flight again as he jumped over two privacy fences of area resident’s back yards before being apprehended. Two bicycles and two cut locks were found in the area the subject was seen walking one of the bicycles. The subject was found to be in possession of cutting tools commonly used to cut bike locks. The subject was also found to have previously been issued a written criminal trespass warning. Occurred on 04/16/14 at 2:58 PM.

The University of Texas Police Department responded to 21 Alarm Reports, 1 Fire Alarm Activation, 9 Traffic Violations, 1 Collision Report, 7 Public Assist Requests, 1 Welfare Concern Report, 3 Unsecured Door Reports, 3 Medical Emergencies, 4 Found Property Reports, 1 Suspicious Odor Report, 1 Gasoline Spill and 5 Suspicious Activity Reports between 04/16/14 and 04/17/14.

Contact UT Police at 471-4441 if you have any information regarding any of the above incidents or call 911 regarding suspicious persons, suspicious activities or crime. Your call may help solve or prevent a crime.
Campus Watch comments should be directed to Officer William R. Pieper at 512-232-9634 or via e-mail to photocop@mail.utexas.edu

Prepared by: Ofc. WR Pieper

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