Crime Prevention tips
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Police in Plano report the total number of burglaries and thefts went down from 2016 to 2017, but 15 people were killed in Plano in 2017.
Police report that five were killed in crimes in 2016.
The worse day was during a football watching party in Plano when eight were killed by one man. That means that there were seven other homicides during 2017, which is still more than the total in 201, according to police reports.
How many murders involved strangers? One, according to police reports.
Other crime numbers of note:
Robberies in 2016 numbered 112; in 2017 the total was 119
Aggravated assaulted in 2016 were 205, total in 2017 was 224
Rapes – 71 in 2016, 80 in 2017
Traffic deaths in 2017: Thirty six. That doubled.
What can we do?
Follow the local police reports each week on Collin County Magazine. Report crimes near you faster. Get involved by picking up that smart phone a little quicker. Most of us don’t want to get involved but there’s nothing wrong with involving the police if you see something. You may be the one who prevents a crime of convenience.
Police say if you see anything out of the ordinary, it may be something. Report it. Don’t wait until the next day. And give police a good description of what is happening or different because when police drive into your street they don’t see it every day like you do. Let them know what to look for, what vehicles are not normally there, and so on.
Call the local police and ask for a crime prevention officer to come out to talk with you and your friends every year. If you are going on vacation, find out if police can watch your house for a few days.
LOCK, TAKE, HIDE: Ana Shelley of the McKinney Police Department wants you to keep your valuables safe when you leave your vehicle. Lock your car, take your valuables with you, or hide them out of sight.
The Plano Police Department shows how easy it is for a burglar to know what gifts you received.
Prevent crime: “Be wise, Don’t Advertise.”
Special thanks to David Tilley and the Plano Police.
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The Collin County Sheriff’s Office is opening its doors for the 22nd time as the annual citizen’s academy kicks off Jan 26.
The 14-week course is designed to give residents an idea of the internal- operations of the department. The class is open to anyone 18 years and older who works or resides in Collin County.
Interested candidates are required to complete an application and background check to determine if they are eligible for the program.
Each week will feature a different aspect of the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, including tours of the award-winning detention facility, demonstrations by the tactical team, dive team and K-9 unit, and presented by a wide range of speakers.
Topics include narcotics and crime scene investigation, traffic enforcement, homeland security and school resource programs.
“The academy is a great opportunity for the citizens to see how the Sheriff’s Office functions,” Crime Prevention Deputy Brent Collins said. “The students enjoy learning how the law enforcement side works, including everything from how we train officers to use their firearms to the inmate work program that grows its own food served in the jail.”
The goal of the academy is to inform the citizens by increasing law enforcement awareness while dispelling misconceptions.
“A lot of people know we have an award-winning detention facility to house the inmates in Collin County,” Collins said. “What they might not know is that we are different from a regular jail where offenders are locked in a cell. We utilize the direct supervision method of incarceration. Entities from around the state and country tour our jail to learn how it operates.
In addition to educating the citizens, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office benefits from the academy, as well. Through the feedback and interaction with the students in the citizen’s academy, CCSO becomes more aware of the concerns of the community. It is a two-way learning experience.
Classes are held every Tuesday from 7-10 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office, 4300 Community Ave., in McKinney. The cost is $48.
For more information about the Collin County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy, contact Deputy Brent Collins at 972-547-5184, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Deputy Stefanie Foster, 972-547-5185, email@example.com.
Those interested can get a copy of the application here.