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July 29, 2014

Campus Watch: Below is a summary of campus activity reported to or observed by The University Police Department Patrol Officers between Monday, 07/28/14 and Tuesday, 07/29/14.


Public Intoxication: A non-UT subject was reported as being intoxicated on the west side of the building. Responding officers found the slumbering subject perched atop a retaining wall. When awakened, the subject stated he was in Houston, Texas before changing his geographical assessment and exclaimed he was in Dallas, Texas. The subject was found to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage to the point EMS needed to transport him to a local hospital for the treatment of alcohol poisoning. Occurred on 07/28/14 10:57 AM.

HOMER RAINEY HALL, 200 West 21st Street

Criminal Mischief: An unknown subject broke a window located in an exterior door on the northeast side of the building. There were no indications that unauthorized entry was made into the building. Repair cost: $100.00. Reported on 07/29/14 at 4:34 AM.

JESSE H. JONES HALL, 721 East Dean Keeton

Theft / Credit Card Abuse: Two credit cards were stolen from a wallet that was left in a bag behind a desk in a 6th floor office. The victim left the office unsecured several times throughout the day. The discovery of the theft occurred when a suspicious charge alert was sent to the victim by one of her credit card companies. Upon checking the histories of both cards, a total of 10 unauthorized charges were made on the two cards since the time of the theft. Other staff members in the building reported seeing a subject loitering and wandering around the building earlier in the day. That subject told some staff members he was looking for a restroom. That subject was described as a tall, thin black male. A similar description was given of a subject who was seen inside offices at Sid Richardson Hall earlier in the day. Occurred on 07/28/14 between 9:00 Am and 3:26 AM.
Crime Prevention Tip:
We often see thefts from offices in which a subject simply walks around a building looking for an unsecured or open office door. The thief would then walk into the office, rummage around for a few seconds to see what he or she could take. If the subject is confronted by a staff member, he or she will give a simple excuse for being there – like looking for a restroom or someone’s office and then leave the area. If you see someone loitering or wandering around your work place then offer them good customer service with a simple question – “May I help you?” When the person replies to your inquiry; continue your good customer service by offering to escort them to their intended destination. At that point, most thieves will give an excuse to leave the area. If that happens, let them go and call the police department to provide as detailed of a description as you can about the subject and where you last saw him or her.
To protect your office, never leave your office unsecured. Close and lock your office door anytime you step out of the office – even if it is just for a few seconds.


Theft: A black camera bag containing a Nikon D5000 DSLR camera was stolen when the bag was left inside an unsecured 5th floor group study room. A student, who was studying in the area reported seeing a subject enter the room and quickly exit during the time frame of the theft. That person was described as a heavy set male or female subject of medium height with shoulder length dark hair and wearing a green t-shirt. Loss value: $750.00. Occurred on 07/28/14 between 6:00 PM and 6:40 PM.
Crime Prevention Tip:
Aside from never leaving your property unattended, there is another crime prevention tip I want to mention here. Just about every piece of electronic equipment has a serial number. Locating lost or stolen property without a serial number is next to impossible. Make sure you know the serial numbers to your property. To help you with this, the UT Police Department offers a free, on-line, property registration program. To capture the make, model and serial number of your property, log onto: http://www.utexas.edu/police/


Theft: A silver and blue colored Trek 4300 bicycle was stolen while it was “secured” with a cable lock to the bicycle racks located on the north side of the library. Loss value: $400.00. Occurred on 07/28/14 between 6:45 PM and 8:50 PM.


Graffiti: A black indelible marker was used to draw an image on a 5th floor wall. The same image was drawn on a wall inside elevator #2. Removal cost: $50.00. Reported on 07/29/14 at 12:37 AM.


Graffiti: White and turquoise colored paints were used to draw an image on the north exterior doors to the garage. Removal cost: $50.00. Discovered on 07/28/14 at 10:10 AM.

The University of Texas Police Department responded to 14 Alarm Reports, 2 Fire Alarm Activations, 6 Traffic Violations, 2 Collisions, 1 Stuck Elevator Report, 4 Public Assist Requests, 1 Unsecured Door Report, 1 Medical Emergency Report, 1 Found Property Report and 3 Suspicious Activity Reports between 07/28/14 and 07/29/14.

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

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