Tips for Holiday Package Deliveries

Online shopping has made life easy for all of us, including package thieves! As we all prepare for the holiday season and do our shopping, we would like to give you some safety tips for package deliveries. These tips will help keep your packages out of the hands of those sneaky porch pirates.

1. Don’t let your packages sit. Monitor when your packages are expected to arrive. Leaving your packages on your porch or in your mailbox for a long period of time is an open invitation to thieves.

2. Ship to an alternate address. Depending on where you work, your company may allow you to ship your packages directly to your place of business. Check with management to see if this is acceptable. In addition, consider shipping your packages to a friend or relative’s home.

3. Signature on delivery. Consider having your packages delivered only when someone is available to sign for them.

4. Ship to your local pack and ship store. If you have a UPS, FedEx, or other locally-owned packing and shipping store nearby, consider sending your packages there.

5. Talk to your neighbors. If you have neighbors who are home during the day, consider asking them to collect your packages on the delivery date. More than likely, they’ll be willing to help which can eliminate some holiday stress for you.

6. Insure your holiday packages. Package thefts increases around the holiday season, it may be wise to place insurance on your packages. This way, if your package is stolen, you can be reimbursed for your loss.

7. Use a wireless home monitoring system. Use a wireless monitor that allows you to see your porch. You’ll know when packages are being delivered and see visitors, even when you are not at home. Some devices will allow you to set off alarms for snoopers, as well as ask questions to those approaching.

8. Ship to the store. Some retailers allow you to ship to a store near you. While this isn’t as convenient, it does provide security and helps avoid long lines at the register. Some stores even offer special parking near the entrance.

9. Install a package lockbox. If you have deliveries showing up daily, you may want to consider installing a lockbox. These boxes can be bolted to your front porch. Once installed, share your code with your delivery service and you should be good to go.

10. Use a temporary P.O. Box. Many delivery services such as UPS or FedEx will not deliver to a traditional P.O. Box address but will deliver to a street address that just happens to be in a Postal Delivery Service Office. Many of those offices will even call you when you have a package arrives and take a photo of it for you to see ahead of time. The UPS Store has this service, as well as many privately-owned companies. Check your local listings to find a location near you and perhaps rent the P.O. Box through the season. Be mindful of contract terms and fees.

11. Use Smart Package Lockers or Convenience Store. To avoid your Amazon package being stolen from your front porch, use an Amazon Locker. Amazon allows you to pick up your delivery in an Amazon Locker at selected locations across the country. Amazon provides a unique code that you can punch into the machine to retrieve your package.

12. Reroute or Reschedule Deliveries to Prevent Package Theft. If you are not sure whether or not you will be home for the holidays to receive your package(s) when it arrives at your front door, you can track your shipment either on a package tracking app or by requesting the tracking information in advance. As a reminder, make a phone call to the delivery man or call your neighbors or friends to help receive the package when it arrives.

Please be vigilant not only during the holiday season but all year round. If you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1.

 

 

 

 

 

Homicide on Malcolm X Boulevard

On Sunday, November 7, 2021, at approximately 2:48 p.m., Dallas Police responded to a shooting call at 3400 S. Malcolm X Boulevard.  Officers observed the victim, James Arthur Davis, a 51-year old black male, lying on the ground in the parking lot of a business unresponsive with gunshot wounds.  Dallas Fire-Rescue transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Through the course of the investigation, Homicide detectives determined that suspect Kerry Lamont Webb, a 51-year old black male, was responsible for the murder of the victim.  Suspect Webb is currently in the Dallas County Jail for murder, and a magistrate will set his bond. The incident has been documented under case number 202378-2021.

 

Grand Opening of White Rock Hills Park

On November 6, 2021, City and Community leaders joined together as they officially opened the White Rock Hills Park. It began with a parade filled with mariachis, superheroes, and dance performances. It ended with smiles, laughter, and joy. Friends and families were invited to enjoy the new amenities including two playgrounds, a quarter-mile walking loop, a pavilion for large gatherings, and a flexible athletic field that can be used for multiple sports.

Previously the site of an apartment complex with high crime, White Rock Hills Park is the latest accomplishment in a 20-year effort by the Ferguson Road Initiative (FRI) to improve the neighborhoods and commercial areas of the Ferguson Corridor. “To have a park such as this isn’t just a beautiful sight to look at, but will definitely provide an informal surveillance for the area,” a Dallas Police Officer stated.

The White Rock Hills Park is the perfect example of what can happen when a community and city put their minds together in creating a little piece of happieness.

 

Celebrating Our Veterans With Added Military Epaulets!!!!

Veterans Day, November 11th, is nationally known or recognized as a day that we set aside to honor America’s brave men and women for their patriotism, love of their country, and their willingness to selflessly serve and sacrifice for the greater good of our country. These courageous individuals have risked their lives to ensure that every American citizen lives out the rights afforded to them.

Back in 2019, Central Neighborhood Police Officer Unit Sergeant Derrick Wright had the idea to honor our veterans in this small yet impactful manner. He worked tirelessly and stayed the course to bring this once conceptualized idea to life. When asked why this was significant to him, Sergeant Wright expressed, “This is a vision that God gave me to honor our veterans who do so much for our country.  Now I know that I could leave a mark when I leave the department and this will be my mark, my legacy.”

For the month of November, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia has approved officers to wear the military camouflage epaulets to signify the uniformity that exists among law enforcement and the Armed Forces of the United States. Since our inception, the Dallas Police Department has had a substantial number of officers and employees that have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States.  Currently, there are over 650 employees on the department who are active, reserved and retired military veterans.

Color-coded epaulets are worn on the shoulders of various police uniforms which represent the officers’ assignment. For example, patrol officers wear green epaulets and traffic officers wear red epaulets. However, this November, officers have the option to wear military camouflage epaulets to show their solidarity with our veterans.

This will mark the first year Dallas officers will wear military camouflage epaulets during the month of November, with hopes of making this an annual event.

To our veterans, we salute you all, in the words of Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA, “And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today ’cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God bless the USA”

GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS AND OUR DALLAS POLICE OFFICERS!

Homicide on 1615 Marburg Street

On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at approximately 4:44 p.m., officers responded to a shooting call at 1615 Marburg Street.  The victim, Irish Jimmy Booker, a 30-year-old black male, was transported to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries.  The motive and circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.  The Homicide Unit is urging anyone with information to contact Detective Christopher Anderson at 214-671-3616 or c.anderson@dallascityhall.com.  Please refer to case number 199892-2021.

     Crime Stopper Information

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 (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Detectives Still Seeking Assistance in Homicide Investigation

Capture

Marco Clewis                                                                Buris Clewis

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at approximately 12:30 a.m., Dallas Police responded to a shooting call at 4215 Copeland St. The victim, Marco Clewis, was found shot inside his residence and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The brother of the victim, Buris Clewis, got into his vehicle and chased after suspects. The suspects were driving a small white four-door vehicle, possibly a Nissan Sentra. During the chase, the victim’s brother crashed his vehicle at 3600 Elsie Faye Heggins St., and died of his injuries.

If anyone has any information regarding either incident, please contact Detective Tonya McDaniel, #8890, at 214-671-4236 or tonya.mcdaniel@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us.

CRIME STOPPER REWARD INFORMATION

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.

 

Critical Missing Person-Martha Ware

Update: November 4, 2021, 12:58 AM:

Ms. Ware has been located and is safe.

Original Post:

The Dallas Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the above individual, Ms. Martha Ware.  Ms. Ware is described as a 70-year old, brown-haired, brown-eyed, Black female, standing at approximately 5’1” and weighing approximately 130lbs.

On November 2, 2021, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Ms. Ware was last seen in the 9900 block of Scyene Road.  Ms. Ware left the location in a 2021 red Mitsubishi Outlander with Texas license plate number PNJ4780.  Ms. Ware may be in need of assistance.  

Persons with information are asked to call the Police Department at 911 or (214) 671-4268.  Please reference case number 199356-2021.  

Homicide on 2900 Holmes St.

Update: November 4, 2021

The victim in this homicide has been identified as  39-year-old Leslie Glen Jones. The detective is asking family members or anyone who knows the victim to please contact Detective Cody Clark at 469-849-3761 or cody.clark@dallascityhall.com. Please refer to case number 199485-2021.

Original Post: November 3, 2021

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Dallas Police responded to a call for service at 2906 Holmes Street regarding a body being dragged from the apartment complex to a dumpster. The officers found an adult black male unresponsive, covered with tires and trash. Dallas Fire-Rescue observed multiple gunshot wounds to his body and pronounced him dead at the scene. The motive and circumstances surrounding this murder are under investigation. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office will attempt to identify the unknown victim through fingerprints analysis. 

The Homicide Unit urges anyone with information regarding this murder to contact Detective Cody Clark at 469-849-3761 or cody.clark@dallascityhall.com. Please refer to case number 199485-2021.

     Crime Stopper Information

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 (8477), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Citizens Police Academy 48th Class Kick-Off

On Tuesday, November 2, 2021, the Dallas Police Citizens Police Academy (CPA) began its 48th class since the program’s inception.   The 30 participants will complete a 6-week academy program at the Bachman Recreation Center. Chief Martinez along with Community Affairs Manager Munoz welcomed the first class of this year (2021) and expressed appreciation for their time and commitment to this program. “This class is a great opportunity for our department to show you, how your investment into us has paid off,” Executive Assistant Chief Martinez. During the academy, the class members will be educated about the various functions of a patrol officer, the use of force, the role of the Internal Affairs Unit, tactical units, and the investigations of crimes. What they will learn will not only benefit the participants, but, once shared with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, it could have a significant impact on police and community relations. Officers and citizens untied for the good of all!

For information regarding the next Citizens Police Academy, call (214) 670-9557 or visit http://www.DallasPolice.net.

Homicide on N. Jim Miller Road

On Sunday, October 31, 2021, at approximately 1:15 am, Dallas Police and Dallas Fire and Rescue responded to a shooting call at the Jack in the Box located at 5757 N. Jim Miller Rd.  Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim, an adult male of the offense was on the adjacent street at 2700 Highland Road where he had driven his vehicle and succumbed to his injuries as he tried to get away from the offense location.

The complainant was shot while he waited in the drive-thru line at the Jack in the Box by an unknown Black male approximately 20 years old, slim build, and short afro styled hair.  He was the passenger in a late model four (4) door Nissan, possibly an Altima, dark grey with dark tinted windows.  The suspects fled the scene before the arrival of the police.

The Homicide Unit is asking for the public’s assistance regarding the murder and is encouraging anyone with information to contact Detective Jacob White, #7682, or via email:  jacob.white@dallacityhall.com.  Please reference case number 197574-2021.

 Crime Stoppers

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 (8477), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

 

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