Safety Tip: Know your neighbors.

The importance of knowing your neighbors cannot be overstated.  Know whether they work during the day, whether they have children (and, if so, what they look like), and what their needs are. Do you live next to an elderly couple that stays home, but sometimes needs help? Or is there a teenage driver in the family? Are there small children you need to look out for? Knowing these things helps you be aware of who is in your neighborhood and what could be suspicious.

Have a enough of a relationship with your neighbors so you will know if they’re gone and something is wrong or unusual happening.  Be able to contact them if you see any out-of-ordinary or suspicious behavior around their home or if you’re gone and would like them to check up on your house.

Come the annual CANA National Night Out event and meet your neighbors on the 1st Tuesday of October. It’s the one time in the year we all get an opportunity to meet each other.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.

Safety Tip: Going out of town? Be Cautious.

Before you leave home for an extended period, talk to your neighbors and arrange for someone to mow your lawn, shovel your walks, or pick up your mail and newspapers. Use timers on your lights, or find a smart security system that will allow you to turn lamps off and on remotely.

Make sure someone is able to inform you if something happens while you’re away.

When leaving your home, don’t broadcast your leaving by showcasing luggage and packing efforts to the street.  No one should be able to tell you could be gone for a few days.  But if you have no other choice, WATCH WHO’S WATCHING YOU!

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.

Safety Tip: “Blind the House!”

A home media system is a less enticing steal if no one knows it’s there. Leaving your blinds open and lights on at night provides a free look into your house, its layout, and the habits of its occupants.   THEY CAN SEE YOU, BUT YOU CAN’T SEE THEM!

And keeping windows open at night or when you’re away is an invitation for an intruder to come in.

 

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.

Scammers Calling Citizens and Posing As Dallas Police Officers

The Dallas Police Department is aware that the public is receiving phone calls from suspects who pose as Dallas Police Officers. Suspects accuse the citizen of missing a required court date or jury duty and demand the citizen obtain pre-paid cards and give the card number to the suspect or face immediate arrest.

These calls can be alarming and are meant to intimidate the citizen to the point that they don’t realize it is a scam until it’s too late.

If you get one of these calls, hang up:
■The Dallas Police Department would never call or email you to demand payment for a fine you have never previously received a letter about.
■The Dallas Police Department would never demand that you wire them money or pay using a specific prepaid card.
■Never give out private information (your Social Security Number or account numbers) to any person who calls you.

If you are a victim of this crime, please contact the Dallas Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit at (214) 671-3517.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please CANA CrimeWatch.  If you have incidents to report, call 911.   Make sure you contact the police.

Please tell your neighbors.  Stay safe and look out for each other.