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August 27, 2014

Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus activity reported to or observed by The University Police Department Patrol Officers between Tuesday, 08/26/14 and Wednesday, 08/27/14.

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Theft: A UT student reported an unidentified subject knocked on the door to his 1st floor residence hall. When the student answered the door the subject asked to borrow the student’s cell phone. The subject claimed to be an employee at Dobie Center and stated he was trying to contact the UT Housing and Food Office. The student allowed the subject to enter his room and allowed him to use his cell phone. The subject appeared to make a telephone call before handing the phone back to the student and leaving. Later in the day, the student noticed his Kindle E-Reader was missing from the room. The student stated he kept his dorm room door closed and locked during the time frame of the theft and that his roommate was out-of-town during the same period. The student described the subject as a black male in his 30’s or early 40’s with short black hair, dark eyes and was approximately 5’5” tall with a slim build. The subject was missing his two front teeth. Loss value: $130.00. Occurred on 08/25/14 between 2:00 PM and 10:00 PM.


Theft: A light grey Specialized bicycle was stolen while it was secured with a u-lock to the bicycle racks located on the west side of the dormitory. Loss value: $100.00. Occurred on 08/26/14 between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

JETSER WEST, 201 East 21st Street

Possession of Alcohol by a Minor: UT Police Officers were summoned to a 12th floor dormitory room to investigate a report of drug paraphernalia. The resident of the room was rather helpful in the investigation and showed the officers a bong, a pipe and an open bottle of vodka. Upon inspecting the items, it was determined the bong and the pipe had not been used to smoke, ingest, inhale or otherwise consume any illicit or illegal substances as they were both unused. Because the bottle of vodka was open and more than half empty, it was determined that the vodka had been, well, “otherwise consumed.” Occurred on 08/26/14 at 12:31 PM.

JOHN HARGIS HALL, 1811 Red River

Suspicious Activity: A UT staff member reported being contacted by a UT student who inquired about a suspicious telephone call the student had received. The staff member stated a caller, who claimed to be the staff member contacted a UT student to inform her she had received a scholarship and began to ask the student questions about her personal financial accounts. The student believed the call to be a prank and refused to provide her account information and discontinued the call. The student then contacted the staff member to determine if he was in fact the person who had called her – he was not. Reported on 08/26/14 at 4:37 PM.
Crime Prevention Tip:
Bravo to this student who recognized the call was suspicious and refused to provide personal account information. Once more, the student did just what law enforcement officers recommend when you receive an unsolicited call from someone who request personal identifying information or financial records – she disconnected the call and then looked up the contact information of the person or company who called her to confirm the veracity of the call.


Criminal Trespass Warning: A non-UT subject was reported as loitering around buildings on the Pickle Research Campus. The subject was seen taking photographs of various buildings prior to being stopped. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning citation and escorted form the campus. Occurred on 08/26/14 at 10:53 AM.


Theft: A pair of Beats audio speakers was stolen from a single occupant dormitory room while the owner was out of town. Loss value: $200.00. Occurred between 08/15/14 and 08/25/14.


Possession of Marijuana: UT Police Officers observed three UT students loitering in a dark, secluded area located by the southeast corner of the dormitory. The students began to stuff several plastic bags into a backpack after seeing the approaching officers. Initially, the students stated the backpack did not belong to them. Once officers initiated an inventory of the apparent “abandoned” property one of the students claimed ownership of the backpack. That student then produced a small plastic can from the backpack and offered it for inspection. The plastic can contained .06 ounces of marijuana. Occurred on 08/27/14 at 12:09 AM.


Criminal Trespass Warning: A non-UT subject was reported as acting strangely and yelling at staff members for no apparent reason. The subject was located near the football stadium. The subject stated he had been in Sid Richardson Hall as well as the Music recital Hall and the Performing Arts Center. The subject had no reason for his presence on campus or for his behavior. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning. Occurred on 08/26/14 at 3:14 PM.


Harassment: A UT student came to the police department to report receiving several unwanted communications and visits from another UT student who she had previously dated. The reporting person stated her ex-boyfriend has repeatedly come to her off-campus residence, shown up at various events in her life and made numerous communications after she had expressly stated she no longer wanted any contact with him. Occurred between January of 2014 and August of 2014.


Criminal Trespass Warning: A non-UT subject was reported as sleeping under a table located in a 4th floor hallway. When awakened, the subject stated he just happened to have fallen asleep under the table. The subject was issued a written criminal trespass warning and escorted from the building. Occurred on 08/26/14 at 8:56 PM.

The University of Texas Police Department responded to 31 Alarm Reports, 4 Suspicious Activity Reports, 2 Suspicious Odor Reports, 2 Unsecured Door Reports, 3 Traffic Violations, 1 Medical Emergency Report, 3 Found Property Reports, 1 Accidental Damage Report and 8 Public Assist Reports between 08/26/14 and 08/27/14.


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Online property registration
Items with a serial number such as laptops, MP3 players, cell phones, electronics, and bikes are eligible. Registering your property is very helpful in theft investigations and in returning lost property to its rightful owner. Without identifying information, recovering stolen property is virtually impossible. Logon to https://www.utexas.edu/police/property/ to register your property today.

SURE Walk is a student-run volunteer group that provides walks to and from campus to UT students, faculty, and staff, with the help of student volunteers. Volunteers are gathered from trusted organizations from around campus, such as Orange Jackets and APO, and include both males and females.
An agency of Student Government, SURE Walk is in service Monday through Thursday from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. To order a walk, call (512) 232-9255 or email orderasurewalk@gmail.com, and two volunteers, one male and one female, will meet you at your current location and walk you to your destination, whether it be on campus or in the greater campus neighborhoods. If you have any questions, concerns, or if your organization is interested in volunteering, please e-mail: texassurewalk@gmail.com.

Lost and Found Property
Did you lose something on campus? Please report your missing property to UTPD Lost and Found at http://www.utexas.edu/police/lostandfound. Or call 512-232-9619 and describe your item to us. If we have your item, we’ll contact you as quickly as possible to arrange its return to you. UTPD handles over 5000 lost and found items each year from campus departments, although we cannot accept clothing, food or drink containers, toiletries, broken or soiled property.
Campus departments are encouraged to call 471-4441 to have UTPD pick up lost and found items that are unclaimed after one week.

Emergency Text Message Service
The University of Texas at Austin and its police department are responsible for notifying faculty, staff, and students of emergency situations (e.g., inclement weather, building evacuations, campus closures, etc.). The University employs a wide variety of tools to make sure everyone on campus is informed during an emergency event—including text messaging. In order to accomplish emergency text messaging more effectively, the University is collecting cell phone numbers from members of our campus community. Effective August 26, 2009, this database of cell phone numbers will be used for emergency text messages.
Please complete the form at http://www.utexas.edu/cellphonealert so you will become an integral part of this important emergency notification system and help the university to achieve the highest standards of campus and community safety.
Campus Safety and Security at (512) 471-5767

The RAD program is a 12-hour course of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women that cover assault prevention and risk reduction while progressing on to basic hands-on defense training.

Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL)
The Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) is a partnership among the Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC), Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD). BCAL provides a central resource for UT faculty, students, and staff who may have concerns about the behavior or well-being of another member of the campus community. By calling BCAL at 512-232-5050, callers may talk with trained staff members who will assist the caller in exploring available options and strategies as well as referrals to appropriate campus support networks. For more information on BCAL, visit the BCAL Web site at www.utexas.edu/safety/bcal or call 512-232-5050.

If you are a faculty or staff member who has been affected by a crime, the UT Employee Assistance Program (471-3366) is available for counseling and referrals to other appropriate services. http://www.utexas.edu/hr/eap/

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