Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention

University Park Police badgeThe University Park Police Department believes that Crime Prevention is one of the foremost responsibilities of the law enforcement profession. The Department recognizes the need for open communication with and education of the public we serve. The University Park Police Department strives to involve all personnel in our crime prevention and community service functions.  We wish to develop a partnership with the community and recognize that citizen participation and interaction with the department are necessary to achieve and maintain a safe environment.


For more information contact, Crime Prevention Officer Lita Snellgrove at 214-987-5374.
 

Community Camera Program
House Watch
National Crime Prevention Commission
Tips

 


COMMUNITY CAMERA PROGRAM

Do you currently utilize private video surveillance at your home or business? If you do, we'd like to hear from you. 

Video surveillance is one of the best methods for apprehending criminals and convicting suspects who are caught in the act of committing a crime. Installing video surveillance is a great example of community-police partnerships and is something UPPD values highly.


How Does it Work?

The Community Camera Program allows residents and business owners to register locations and capabilities of their security camera systems with the University Park Police Department. Using this information, when a crime occurs, UPPD will know the locations of nearby video cameras and be able to collect video evidence and follow up on leads. 

What are the Benefits of Registering your Camera?

Because they are caught in the act of committing the crime, video surveillance is one of the best methods to catch suspects and convict them.  As crimes occur nearby, many residents and business owners are unaware that their camera systems may have captured information that could help solve a  crime.  Likewise, police are not always aware of who may have potentially vital video evidence.  By registering your camera, officers can quickly identify nearby cameras that may have captured criminal activity. After registering your camera, you will only be contacted by UPPD if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security camera and police personnel believe viewing  your video footage will assist in the investigation. 

Registration

If you would like to register your security camera system and allow officers to contact you should a crime occur in or near where your cameras are installed, please fill out the online form here:

Register Your Camera Here

The information you provide regarding your camera systems will be for official use only. Your personal information will remain confidential and not be distributed except as required by law or court order.  This program is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw consent to view video footage from your camera system at any time.


HOUSE WATCH



If you are going to be away from home for an extended period, you can have your home checked daily by a UPPD officer.  
The process is simple.  You can make the request online, or you can download and complete the form below, and return it to the City's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.

Online House Watch Request

Click on the Resident Online Center.  If this is the first time you have entered a request for service using the Resident Online Center, you must create an account.  You will be asked to provide your name, address and email.

Download House Watch Form

HOUSE WATCH FORM

Return the completed form to the City's 9-1-1 Dispatch Center (3800 University Blvd.). Or fax it to 214-987-5364.


TIPS



Are you a target for a break-in? 

By following some basic crime prevention tips, you can help to reduce your chance of becoming a crime statistic.

  • Are all doors and windows to your home locked?
  • Are valuables in plain sight or easily accessible?
  • Do you have an alarm system, and if so, do you use it every time you leave?
  • If you are out of town, is a friend or neighbor picking up your mail and newspapers?

Although you cannot completely crime-proof your home, you can make it more uninviting for the would-be burglar, who may decide your home is not worth his time to break into.

How to prevent car burglariesclick here.

How to avoid becoming a carjack victimclick here.

How to prevent identity theft, click here.