1. What should I do if I am a victim of a crime?

    • Call 911 to report the crime
      • The more crime is reported in Winnetka Heights, the better our chances of getting an increased police presence in our neighborhood
    • For non-violent crime (e.g., theft, burglary, etc.)
      • As noted above, please report the crime
      • If you are a NOCUPP subscriber, you may also call to report the crime to help their officers learn of potential trends or patterns
        • Our experience is that NOCUPP officers tend to do a more thorough job of preparing a detailed crime report, which is another reason to reach out to them for help
      • You may want to call your insurance company if the crime involved items that were insured
    • For violent crime
      • DPD has a Department of Victim Services to help both the victims of such crimes and the detectives who are working to investigate the crimes
    • For more details go to http://www.dallaspolice.net/divisions/crimeagainstpersons/victimservices.html

2. What should I do if I see a suspicious person or car?

    • See Something, Say Something
    • One of the most important aspects of a good crime watch program is neighbors who recognize and report suspicious activity. Anything that seems “out-of-place” or is occurring at an unusual time could be criminal activity.
    • Call 911 and provide a detailed description
      • What did you see? >> Be specific
      • Where was it, and when?
      • Why was it suspicious?
      • Details helpful to the police include:
        • Race/Sex/Age
        • Height/Weight/Hair color
        • Peculiarities (Scars-tattoos—noticeable features)
        • Weapons (if any)
        • Clothing description
        • Method/Direction of travel

 

    • If you are a NOCUPP subscriber, you can also call them
    • Suspicious persons include:
      • Strangers in the neighborhood
      • Anyone in an alley
      • Cars driving slowly
      • A person on a bicycle who looks out of place
    • For more details go to …http://www.dallaspolice.net/community/rsa.html

 

3. How can I report suspicious activity?

4. How can I reduce the risk of burglary at my home?

    • According to the Dallas Police Department the key to burglary prevention is ‘target hardening’.  Basically, you want to make your home a more difficult target for criminals.  Methods to do so include:
      • Make it appear as if someone is home:
        • Park a car in the driveway
        • Use a timer to turn lights on & off
        • Leave a TV turned on
      • Install deadbolts on all exterior doors
      • Replace the screws on door jamb strike plates with extra-long screws (3 inches)
      • Lock all exterior doors & windows, even 2nd floor
      • Install a security system
      • Install security cameras
      • Keep garage door closed, even if doing yard work
      • If a stranger knocks on the front door, go to the door so he can see someone is home but don’t open it; Call 911 to report him as a suspicious person
      • Have a dog
      • Trim shrubs near your home below the window level
      • Make sure the exterior of your home is well lighted
      • Keep shades drawn and valuables hidden from view through all windows
      • For more details go to …http://www.dallaspolice.net/divisions/northwest/crimeprevention.html

 

5. What is the difference in theft, burglary, and robbery?

    • Theft occurs when an item is stolen from outside your home, such as a plant or bicycle left outside
    • Burglary (AKA breaking and entering) occurs when a criminal steals an item from inside your home, such as a TV that is stolen while you are at work.  Burglary also occurs when items are stolen from a garage or shed.
    • Robbery occurs when there is an interaction between the criminal and homeowner during a crime.  Typically the criminal threatens the homeowner with a weapon as part of the interaction
    • For more details go to …http://blogs.lawyers.com/2011/07/demystifying-the-law-theft-burglary-robbery/

6. What is Operation ID?

    • Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a program to help prevent burglary, and aid police should a burglary occur.  Homeowners permanently mark their valuables with an identification number, generally a Texas Driver’s License number. The program involves four steps:
      1. Make an inventory of all property, including the make, model, serial number, date of purchase and value.
      2. Marking the property, with an electric engraver or Black-light pen.  NOTE: WHNA has a Black-light pen which you can borrow to mark your items.
      3. A registration card is recorded by the Dallas Police Department.
      4. Operation ID decals are placed on your doors and windows.

7. How does the Crime Watch Program work in Winnetka Heights?

    • The WH Crime Watch Committee meets monthly to:
      • Discuss trends / specific events in crime in WH
      • Implement strategies to prevent / reduce crime
    • This committee meets with a Dallas Police Officer each month to get updates on crime in our area
    • The committee includes a chairman, and a Section Coordinator for the four areas in WH: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest.  Others serve on an ad hoc basis.
    • A person is designated as a Block Captain on each block in WH to serve as a point-of-contact for neighbors to report crime on the block, and to share trends/news from the CW Committee.
    • The Section Coordinator works with the Block Captain to check for crime in their area, and communicate incidents to the CW Committee
    • Interested in serving as a Block Captain, or becoming involved in the Crime Watch Program? Please contact us at crimewatch@winnetkaheights.org

8. What is NOCUPP?

    • NOCUPP is the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol. It is a volunteer-based organization which oversees a neighborhood patrol by off-duty members of the Dallas Police Department.  Each officer has an area of specialization such as narcotics, gang, vice, burglary, etc.   Winnetka Heights has participated in NOCUPP since 2008, and we have experienced a drop in crime since that time. 
    • Benefits of subscribing to the NOCUPP Program include:
      • More patrol hours for our neighborhood
      • Suspicious Activity – You can call the NOCUPP officer to report activity which seems suspicious
      • Vacation Watch – Officers will stop by your home while you are away
      • Construction Watch – Officers will stop by your home to check on building materials during construction
      • Crime Reports – If you are a victim of a crime, NOCUPP officers will meet with you to prepare a detailed report
      • For more details go to … http://www.northoakcliffpatrol.org/

 

9. What should I do if I see a stray dog?

    1. If the dog is behaving in an aggressive manner, call 911.  The police will respond in this situation.  Do not call 911 for a dog that is a stray, but not aggressive.
    2. If the dog is not aggressive, then you have two options:

10. What if I see a pack of dogs?

    • Immediately call 311 and report the pack, its location, and description
    • Also let us know at crimewatch@winnetkaheights.org
    • In the past we have worked with Dallas Animal Services to set a trap for dogs in a pack.  If you see a trap set, please leave it alone.  If a dog is caught in the trap, call 311 to report it.
    • To insure the safety of your pets:
      • Dogs: If walking your dog, remember that prevention is the key to keeping your pet safe.  Walk with mace or a citronella spray in case you encounter the pack.
      • Cats: Please watch your porch kitties eat their food and then take any remaining cat food into your house
      • For more details go to …http://www.gypsydogops.com/?p=2802

 

11. What is National Night Out?

    • This annual community event serves as a show of support for crime prevention activities in cities and towns all over the United States.  It was started in 1984 as part of the National Association of Town Watch program.
    • Winnetka Heights holds our NNO the first Tuesday in the month of October.  We have been celebrating NNO since at least the 1990s.
    • WHNA provides food & drink, music, and the opportunity to learn about crime prevention, meet members of the Dallas Police Department, Dallas Fire & Rescue, etc. 
    • This is a great chance to learn the best methods to prevent crime on your block, and to meet members of the Crime Watch Program for WH
    • This is also a great opportunity to meet new and reconnect with existing neighbors.

12. What should I do if I see graffiti?

    • Graffiti is defined by City of Dallas as the personal act of marking or etching on someone’s property without their effective consent.  It is a crime, and is handled in City of Dallas under Code Enforcement.
    • The best thing to do is to cover up the graffiti AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
    • You can call 311 or 214-670-5708 to report graffiti.
    • For more information on types of graffiti and what can be done about it go to: