Citizens Police Academy Application Deadline is 12/16/13
The deadline to submit an application for the 2014 Citizens Police Academy is December 16th.
So if you live or work in Richardson, this is a great opportunity to learn more about our police department.
For more information and to apply, visit out CPA webpage. http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=48
REDUCE PACKAGE DELIVERY THEFT!
Various news reports suggest that this year FedEx will ship 22 million packages on December 2nd (Cyber Monday), Amazon (the online shopping site) is expected to hire an additional 70,000 workers for the holidays. With the continued growth of online shopping, especially during the holidays, more purchases are being shipped. This brings with it another opportunity for criminals to commit theft. Each year residents report packages being stolen from front porches after being delivered through the mail. Consider alternate delivery options to reduce your chances of being victimized this holiday season and year round when having items sent to you.
The easiest and most common suggestion is to have the package shipped to a location where someone will be there to receive it, such as where you work or a trusted neighbor or family member who is regularly home.
Many options are now offered by FedEx and UPS. FedEx has a “Delivery Manager” with choices that include delivery by appointment or evening hours, signature options, alerts to notify you when a package has arrived, FedEx locations that will hold your package for you. Similar options are offered by UPS with the “My Choice” program that include alerts the day before a package is scheduled for delivery so you can reschedule or reroute the package or use a UPS Store as the destination. For those that order from Amazon, look into “Amazon Locker”, the package can be delivered to locations that have secured lockers and when it arrives, you are sent a code that is used to retrieve your package. Most retailers with an online site will have an option to deliver to one of their retail locations for pickup. You can also check with your credit card company to find out if you have purchase protection that will reimburse you for stolen purchases.
If you have video surveillance at your home, check to make sure your camera is positioned at the front door to capture a clear facial image and possibly the street area in front of your home for a vehicle image.
Report any theft immediately to Police.
Crime Prevention Tips
Tires/Wheels are a popular theft item across the DFW area. The thieves are mainly targeting the 20 inch (and up) wheels on SUV’s or pickups.
Park your vehicle in a garage if you can.
Thieves usually prefer to operate by using the cover of darkness (lessens the chance of being seen) so installing motion activated lights over your driveway may help. Be sure to install the lights high enough off of the ground or inside of a housing that will protect the bulb from being unscrewed or vandalized.
You can buy locking lug nuts to place on the wheels (hide the locking lug key as they may break into the vehicle to look for it). Locking lugs will slow down/deter the inexperienced thief however your more experienced thief knows how to remove them.
Unless your vehicle is equipped with a vehicle perimeter alarm your car alarm probably won’t go off. When someone is attempting to steal the tires/wheels off your vehicle the suspects merely jack up the vehicle one area at a time and remove the tire/wheel. Some dealerships sell tilt sensors so if your car alarm is set and the vehicle changes angle (being jacked up) the alarm will sound.
Some residents in Richardson have driveway motion sensors or motion activated cameras in place. So if someone walks on their driveway the sensor detects it and sends an alert to a receiver in your house. The receiver then makes noise and lets you know someone is on your driveway. If you have one of these devices I would not suggest that you run out and scare the burglar/thief off (not advisable for safety reasons). My preference would be is if it goes off and you are able to quietly see if someone is on your driveway you should notify the police “911” and we can try and catch them in the act.
I hope these few suggestions help.
Also, do you have a home video surveillance system? If so please consider enrolling in our “Neighborhood Video Crime Watch program. Go to http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1670 for more information.
Contact the Richardson Police Department immediately should you see or hear anything suspicious in your neighborhood, non-emergency 972-744-4800, emergency 911.
Join Crime Watch Patrol
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community as a volunteer?
If you can spare an hour or two per month for your Richardson neighborhood then Crime Watch Patrol might be the opportunity you are seeking.
Our next training class will be held in the evening on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm.
So if interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.
To get started go to http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?recordid=155&page=68 and complete the online application.
For more information contact the Richardson Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.
Officer Tommy Davis ID #647
Crime Prevention Unit
Richardson Police Department
140 N. Greenville Avenue
Richardson, Texas 75081