City News Briefs

March 22, 2017

Coffee with a Cop  - April 4

The University Park Police Department will host Coffee with a Cop on Tuesday, April 4 from 7 to 9 a.m at the Chick-fil-A at 6243 Hillcrest.  Residents are invited to stop by for conversation and a cup of coffee.  Officers will answer questions and address concerns.  

March Edition of UPdate

Catch up on City items of interest, department-by-department.  UPdate is a new online publication that is distributed mid-month.  Read the March 2017 version of UPdate.

Preventing third-row seat thefts

The University Park Police Department reminds SUV owners with 2014 and older models to continue to take precautions to prevent third-row seat thefts.
Thieves most often target GM products including Suburbans, Tahoes and Yukons.  The stolen seats are commonly sold on eBay, Craigslist, and at area swap meets.  Although 2015 and newer GM full-sized SUVs feature third-row seats that are bolted to the floor, earlier-models have seats that can be easily removed.  Here are a few preventive tips that residents can take to safeguard their vehicles:

  • Secure the third-row seat with a cable lock.  Although locks can be cut, this is a layer of protection to slow the thief down. 
  • Store the seat if it’s not being used. 
  • Park your vehicle in your garage.  If not, back the vehicle to the garage, a fence or wall to hinder thieves from entering the vehicle through the back glass. 
  • Etch your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the seat. The police department has an electric engraver available for resident use.

Report any suspicious activity to the University Park Police Department at 214-363-3000 or call 911 for an emergency.

Eggstravaganza 2017 - April 8

Celebrate spring and hop on over to Goar Park Saturday, April 8 for the City’s annual Easter egg hunt!  The event, designed for children up to 8 years old, gets underway at 9:30 a.m.  Participation is free of charge. 

Eggstravaganza activities

  • The Easter egg hunt begins at 10 a.m.  Remember to bring a basket for egg collection.  More   than 6,000 plastic eggs will be placed in the park. 
  • Event activities will also include photos with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, face painting, bounce houses, snacks and music. 
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 Park Cities recycling event - Saturday, April 22

The next Park Cities recycling event will take place at the Middle-Intermediate School parking lot on Saturday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Get a jump on spring cleaning and close out tax season by  clearing your garage, attic and closets of old financial and medical  documents, outdated or unused electronics, and even clothing, furniture and large appliances. 

Paper products and documents that can be disposed of include: Tax records, medical records, legal files, financial records, invoices, cancelled checks, blueprints, contracts, payroll records, company letterhead, junk mail containing personal information, and any information that contains credit card, social security, driver license and account numbers.

Accepted E-waste items include: computers, computer monitors, computer accessories, TV’s, printers, DVD/CD players, copiers, fax machines, scanners, cell phones and   chargers, external hard drives, video and camera equipment, video game systems, cables, power cords, powers strips and more.

Participating firms/organizations

Shred-it will collect and shred all documents on-site.

Global Asset - In addition to working with the City and other municipalities, the company currently supports over 150 clients in the public sector.   Global Asset removes data on all collected storage devices using Department of Defense security standards.

Goodwill Dallas will be on site to take donated items.  Their list includes: furniture, large and small appliances that are in working condition, and toys, shoes and clothing items that are not torn or stained.  All donors will be given a receipt for tax donation purposes.