Saturday, September 26, 2020

Southlake Police Kick Off Holiday Safety Initiative

The Southlake Police Department’s Holiday Safety Initiative is kicking off next week to help keep residents and shoppers from becoming victims of theft or other crimes during the busiest shopping time of the year!

The Southlake Police Department will have additional officers patrolling Town Square and other shopping areas to watch for would-be thieves.  The Holiday Safety Initiative will include a combined used of:  police motorcycles, patrol officers, bike and foot patrols, DPS Southlake Citizens on Patrol (COP’s), and other volunteers who serve us well as extra eyes and ears for potential criminal activity.  In addition, the mobile Sky Watch Tower will be placed in strategic locations throughout the City to discourage criminals.  Assistant Police Chief James Brandon, who is in charge of overseeing the Holiday Safety Initiative says, “Our goal is to reduce crime and reduce the threat of crime and protect our citizens.  We want ensure that everyone has a safe and happy Holiday.”

Southlake citizens can do their part by following several simple anti-theft and anti-crime tips:  Think…HIDE, LOCK, TAKE. Hide your things, Lock your car, Take your keys. Many thieves are just waiting and watching for you to go from store to store and leave packages in your car… leaving them with an opportunity to rob you of your holiday spirit.  Look for the HIDE, LOCK, TAKE signs in shopping areas as a helpful reminder. Also, report any suspicious activity to the Southlake Police Department. You can call the non-emergency number at 817-743-4522 or 911.

The safety initiative also includes the return of the “Santa-themed Grinch” with a
message; “Don’t let the Grinch Steal Your Christmas.”  The costumed Grinch will greet families and kids in Town Square throughout the weekends at Town Square (Watch for times to be posted weekly on our Facebook page.) Kids love getting their picture taken with The Grinch but he will also serve as another important reminder to play it safe while shopping.

Vehicle burglaries increase during the Holiday season and that’s why this initiative is so important. Our COP’s volunteers will be distributing a Vehicle Report Card to shoppers. This brochure will help shoppers make their vehicle less attractive to thieves. Always remember to hide your valuables even if you are just making a quick stop into another store.  It only takes seconds for you to become a victim.

Last year’s Holiday Safety Initiative helped reduce crime in the City during the peak shopping season. Let’s all do our part to help reduce theft and crime this year and make it a great Christmas!