Monday, September 16, 2019

Southlake Police Step Up Patrols Following Mail Thefts

police badgeThe Southlake Police Department has stepped up patrols in area neighborhoods following reports of thefts from residential mailboxes. Our Criminal Investigative Division immediately began gathering information and leads as soon as the first theft was reported. CID detectives continue to work each case and gather new information and leads to help locate the person or persons responsible.

The police department wants Southlake residents to know that it is standard practice for officers to patrol area neighborhoods and shopping centers on each shift 24/7. For example in March alone, officers made routine patrols of 77 homes where residents signed up to be on the ‘House Watch” program while they out of town. The forms and information about our “House Watch” program can be found on our City of Southlake Police Department website page under Community Services or at CityofSouthlake.com/HouseWatch.

Southlake police officers also conducted 1,627 patrols in neighborhoods throughout the City; made 132 community policing contacts; and 2,007 security checks of local businesses. “The Southlake Police Department is committed to our community policing strategy.  That mission drives our efforts to prevent crime in the City and provide the highest standards of safety and security for our citizens,” said Assistant Chief James Brandon.

Community Policing Efforts  (March 2014)

Neighborhood Patrols                     1,627

Community Policing Contacts        132                                                                                                             (Including presentations and meetings with Home Owners Associations (HOAs)

Business Security Checks              2,007

House Watch Patrols                       77

Residents are encouraged to retrieve your mail at every opportunity, limiting the time mail is left in your mailbox. If you are going to be out of town be sure to arrange to have someone collect it for you and keep it in a safe place until your return.

If you feel that you have been a victim of mail theft you can report it directly to the US Postal Service at 1-877-876-2455 or www.USPS.com. If your identity has been stolen, you may report it to Southlake Police at 817-743-4522.

If you would like to learn more about the services the Southlake Police Department provides, please visit CityofSouthlake.com/PoliceDepartment where you will also find information about our District Sergeant Program.  This program identifies each Sergeant in your district including contact information for any specific police related concerns that you may have.  Sergeants are also available to speak to your HOA or organization about ways to help ensure that you do not become a victim of mail theft as well as other safety tips for your home and family.

The Southlake Police Department would like to encourage residents to become familiar with the Sergeant responsible for policing efforts in your neighborhood and please report any suspicious activity to the numbers listed for your District Sergeant or call SLPD at (817) 743-4522.