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Let's lock up to reduce crime and protect property!

October 1, 2021

Crimes of opportunity are occurring in neighborhoods throughout North Texas. In late September, UP residents, living blocks apart, reported four separate early morning incidents. Occurring during a span of 30 minutes, the crimes involved a stolen vehicle, three burglarized vehicles and an unsuccessful home invasion. It is quite likely these crimes would not have taken place had the vehicles involved been secured.
     
Here are some simple steps you and your family members can take to make things tougher for thieves:
 
  • Lock your vehicle
  • Use your garage when you can
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle
  • Take your keys or key fob with you
 
Pickup taillight thefts
 
For years, two states have led the nation in total pickup owners - California and Texas. Not surprisingly, in both states, taillight thefts are a popular way for criminals to make money gaining parts that aren’t numbered and can’t be traced. Ford F-150 and F-250 trucks, model years 2015 and newer, are especially popular targets because of the sensory equipment located inside the taillight. To avoid becoming a victim of this crime that takes only seconds to accomplish, it’s best to park your locked truck in your garage, inside a gated area of your property, or parked with the tailgate close to a garage door or wall.
 
UPPD now has a supply of special taillight screws. Once in place, these screws make it difficult for these truck taillights to be removed without the use of a special tool. UPPD will install these screws for UP F-150 and F-250 owners while supplies last. To arrange for an installation, email UPPD Detective Schellinger at jschellinger@uptexas.org.
 
Pickup truck tailgate thefts
 
Not too many years ago, a stolen tailgate could be replaced for a relatively small amount of money. Because of backup cameras, built-in steps, and other unique features, tailgates can now cost a few thousand dollars to replace. Because tailgates can be removed in seconds, again, it’s a good idea to park your pickup in the garage, inside a gated area or parked with the tailgate close to a garage door or wall. That’s also the best way to avoid the thriving “used market” full of people who are selling stolen tailgates to those who have already been victimized.
 
Bike thefts
 
Keeping with our overall theme, most bikes are stolen because they are easy to take. U-shaped locks are best for keeping bikes secure when they are in public view. Once you are back home, don't leave your bike in plain sight. Take a few moments to place it in the garage or inside your house. If the garage is where you park your bike, don't forget to close the garage door and to lock up. Parents - this is a good conversation to have with your kids!
 
Package thefts
 
Package thefts occur year-round, but they are more common during the holiday season with the rush of online gift buying. Here are tips to prevent package thefts and to keep your orders safe:
 
  • Use smart package lockers (such as Amazon locker) or convenience stores like the UPS store
  • Have packages delivered to your workplace or office 
  • Install security cameras 
  • Require signature on delivery 
  • Require a vacation package hold if you are out of town 
  • Sign up for tracking alerts so you can arrange to be home when the package is scheduled to be delivered
 
Stolen vehicles
 
During the first eight months of 2021, 16 vehicles have been reported stolen in University Park. For all of 2020, 35 vehicles were stolen. Repeatedly, victims tell our officers that the key fob or ignition key was left inside the vehicle.
 
Burglary of motor vehicles
 
Year after year, this crime is the most reported in University Park. In 2020, there were 101 reported cases. Most of the items taken, including purses, wallets and jewelry were left in plain sight, from vehicles that were often unlocked. Reported cases so far this year are tracking about the same.
 
Thank you for helping to keep University Park a safe place to live and work. UPPD officers are watching for all of these crimes as they patrol our neighborhoods. This vigilance is supported by a network of license plate reader cameras. Installed in locations throughout the city, these cameras are in constant use to track stolen vehicles and help our investigators pinpoint potential suspect vehicles and their proximity to reported crimes. We are grateful for your partnership and for your diligence in reporting suspicious activity. If you see something suspicious, call us at 214-363-3000 or call 911 when you need emergency assistance.
 
Have You Locked UP?
 
Over the next few months, especially during overnight hours, UPPD officers will be leaving note cards on vehicle windshields. The Department’s brief message ends with the phrase, “Lock your residence, set your alarm, and enjoy your night!”