Auto Theft Prevention

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Prevent Auto Theft and Burglary!!!

As the holiday season ends and cold weather sets in the Dallas Police Auto Theft Unit and ABTPA wants to remind everyone to protect your property, lock your vehicle and tailgate to prevent theft and burglaries and to NEVER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE UNATTENDED WHILE RUNNING.  

The Auto Burglary Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA) and the Dallas Police Department recommends the following tips to prevent citizens from becoming victims of auto theft and break-ins.

  • Never leave your vehicle unattended with keys in the ignition
  • Lock your doors and keep the windows closed, even when parked in front of your home
  • Do Not Leave Extra Keys in the Vehicle.
  • Park in busy and well-lit areas
  • Do not leave valuables (GPS, GPS holder, cell phone, iPads, etc.) in view
  • Equip your vehicle with an alarm or other anti-theft devices
  • Never leave your vehicle registration or other personal documents in your vehicle

Following these safety tips should help prevent you from becoming a victim of auto theft and/or break-ins.  But if you do become a victim of auto theft, report it immediately. Provide local authorities with the make/model/license plate and vehicle ID number (VIN). A good idea is to keep a photo of your vehicle with the license plate number on your smartphone so that you can show officers. This will help get your vehicle information into the National Database faster.

Dallas Police Department 2017 Uniform Crime Report

The Dallas Police Department has reported the 2017 year-end crime statistics to the FBI for the Uniform Crime Report. The department is pleased to announce that Dallas ended 2017 with an overall crime reduction of -3.60%. This is the lowest per capita crime rate since 1964. Also, in 2017 the total number of offenses reported was 53,001, making it the lowest number of total offenses in Dallas since 1968.

Property crimes were down -5.10% compared to last year. However, burglary, theft, and auto theft (property crimes) accounted for 80.5% of overall crime. We want to remind everyone to lock, take, and hide your valuables. If you can’t take them with you, at least lock the items in your glove compartment or your trunk. Leave nothing in “plain sight” that might make your vehicle worth “investigating” by a thief.

  • Try to park in busy, well-lit areas
  • Lock ALL your vehicle’s doors even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device
  • Don’t hesitate to call DPD to report ANY suspicious activities, persons or vehicles.

In 2017, homicides were down -4.1% and robberies were down -4.9%, however, there was a slight increase in overall violent crime 2.9% compared to last  year. Remember, if you see something, say something. Please do not walk alone, stay in groups, and park in well-lit areas. Always be aware of your surroundings. Keeping yourself safe means being aware of your surroundings at all times. If you see any suspicious persons or activity, please call 9-1-1. 


Community Awareness Bulletin: Home Invasion Sexual Assault


On January 12, 2018 at about 6:00 p.m., a female victim reported she was sexually assaulted in her residence located at the 6200 block of Melody Lane in Northeast Dallas. At around 5:00 a.m., the suspect entered her home through unknown means and sexually assaulted her while threatening her with a knife for an extended period of time.  The suspect remained in the victim’s residence and held her there. 

Immediately after the offense, patrol officers were provided with a detailed description of the suspect, to include reddish-orange hair color, tattoos and the type of weapon used.

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, officers canvased local businesses for video evidence. Less than a mile from the offense location, patrol officers found video of a person fitting the suspect description who was previously involved in a disturbance at that business. The person involved in the disturbance was identified as Dewayne Turner B/M/32.

On January 15, 2018, patrol officers found Turner walking in the 6100 block of Ridgecrest and detained him.  During a pat down search of Turner, officers located a pocket knife in his pants pocket which matched the description of the weapon used in this offense. The tattoos and other marks on the suspect matched the complainant’s description.  Detective Haecker obtained an arrest warrant for Turner and he has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault. 

He is in jail with a $50,000 bond.  Turner has a prior arrest for Theft and Failure to Identify.  Turner’s full criminal history is not available at the time of this report, so it is not known whether he has other convictions in any other jurisdictions. The suspect’s DNA profile has been submitted for comparison to other sexual assault cases.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of sexual assault by a suspect fitting Turner’s description is asked to come forward and contact Detective Haecker at 214-671-3584.


Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses. Call Crime Stoppers at: (214) 373-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Critical Missing Person: Laurel Cox

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Mr. Cox has been located and is safe.

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The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating critical missing person Laurel Cox. 

On January 16, 2018 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Mr. Cox is described as a white male, 86 years old, 6’00” tall, weighing 200 lbs, with gray hair and blue eyes, last seen in the 6200 Prestondell Drive leaving in a white 2010 Nissan Altima Texas license plate BW7V667. Mr. Cox last seen wearing denim long sleeve shirt, navy blue vest, khaki pants and may be lost and confused.

If you see this person please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-4268.

Homicide on Webb Chapel Ext.

On January 15, 2018, at approximately 7:20 p.m., Dallas police were called to 3320 Webb Chapel Ext. regarding the shooting of an unidentified Black male in the rear parking lot.  He was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.  Anyone with information regarding this offense or the identity of the victim is encouraged to contact Detective White at 214-283-4825 or  Please refer to case #011034-2018.


Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses. Call Crime Stoppers at: (214)373-TIPS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chief Hall Makes Ayodeji Augustine Adekilekum Chief for the Day!

Update January 12, 2018 @ 9:30 a.m.:

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our “Chief for a Day” Ayodeji Augustine Adekilekum passed away last night from his illness.   On January 11, 2018, Ayodeji was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was stabilized and then care flighted to Children’s Hospital.  After several attempts to revive him, a decision was made to let him go.  He fought the good fight with his mother there by his side.  Please keep Ayodeji’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time. “This is Chief for a Day Ayodeji, and I’m on a double six.”    

Original Post dated January 5, 2018:

A few months ago, Officer Rashid Brown met Ayodeji while conducting foot patrol at Dan F. Long Middle School.  Shortly after meeting Ayodeji, Officer Brown was informed that Ayodeji was suffering from a brain tumor.  Unfortunately, doctors have recently told Ayodeji’s family that they have done all they can do for Ayodeji and placed him in hospice care.  Officer Brown wanted to do his best to ensure that Adojeji and his family felt love and support during the holiday season.  On Christmas Day, Officer Brown was able to bless the family with two hams and a donation of $300.00.

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Officer Brown and his partner Officer Lamar Glass contacted Chief Hall about making Ayodeji an “Officer for the day.”  After hearing Ayodeji’s story, Chief Hall decided to make him, “Chief for the Day!” 

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This morning, January 5, 2018, Chief Hall arrived at Ayodeji’s apartment bringing gifts and prayers. The family was very thankful and overwhelmed with all the love and support they received from the Dallas Police Department.  During the emotional visit, Chief Hall declared Ayodeji the official Dallas Police Department “Chief for the Day.”  

Police Alumni Connecting with Students

The Dallas Police Department is embarking on an exciting mentoring venture with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD).  Dallas police officers that are an Alumni of DISD is connecting with students and building bridges in the community.



This new partnership is named PACS (Police Alumni Connecting with Students).   PACS provides a great opportunity for students to know that the Dallas Police Department is here to support the students through there educational journey of success.  Today, PACS began their partnership by helping the students and staff of South Oak Cliff (SOC) High School move into their new interim location.  This is historic because SOC has been plagued with a series of problems with their facility.  While the school is being renovated, the students will be housed at a temporary campus located at 4949 Village Fair.  The officers assisted the students with decorating classrooms, moving furniture, and providing officer presence to the students.  The officers that participate in this program are genuinely concerned and care about the students’ well-being and are here to offer a helping hand in any way they can!    

If you’re interested in joining PACS, please contact Sergeant Debra Thomas at 214-670-4415 or


CAPTURED: Information Needed in Homicide Investigation – 4300 Malcolm X Boulevard

UPDATE: Jeremy Demond Ward, Black/male 28 years old has been arrested for the below offense and charged with Murder.

Original Post: January 7, 2018 @15:52

The Dallas Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance for information needed in a homicide investigation.

On January 7, 2018, at approximately 4:08 A.M., officers responded to a shooting call in the 4300 block of Malcolm X Boulevard.  Upon arrival, officers observed the victim, an unidentified Black male being transported to Baylor Hospital by Dallas Fire Rescue with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim died as a result of his injuries. Detectives responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses. Witnesses told investigators that there was a physical altercation between the victim and an unknown Black male suspect. The suspect walked away after the fight, returned with a gun and shot the victim multiple times. The victim has not been identified at this time. A murder offense will be documented on case number 004683-2018. The investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has information regarding this offense contact Dallas Homicide Detective Montenegro at 214-671-3624. If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at (214)373-TIPS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses.  

Aggravated Assault Suspect At Large

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in this case. 

On Sunday, December 31, 2017 at approximately 8:00 a.m., at 1004 West Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas, TX., at the intersection of Camp Wisdom Rd and Polk St, an unknown suspect shot the the victim, striking him in the abdomen. The suspect is described as a Black male, between the ages of 25-35 years old, standing between 5’07 -5’10” weighing at about 220 lbs. The suspect was wearing a black jacket, black jeans with red pockets, red/black shoes with a black/brown fur hat. 

 If you have any additional information or possibly came into contact with the suspect, please contact Detective B. Billings #7626, (214) 671-3083 at the Dallas Police Department Assaults Unit.


Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this felony offense and other felony offenses. Call Crime Stoppers at:  (214)373-TIPS, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

One Year Ago: Homicide Investigation On Going

Victim: Grady Dunn

A year ago on January 4, 2017, at approximately 9:49 P.M., the victim Grady Dunn was shot at 9556 Brewster Street after the suspect collided into the victim’s vehicle and tried to rob him and another witness. The victim was transported to an area hospital and later died from his injuries. Anyone with information regarding this offense should contact Detective C. Walton, #8479, with the Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 214-671-3632 or by email Please refer to Dallas Police Case number 003344-2017.