Category Archives: Crime Prevention

Scam Alert from Grapevine PD

46511086_2226451650699649_8035687122788679680_nBurglars are getting crafty trying to get into homes, and we want to make sure your loved ones don’t fall victim to a scam that reached a Grapevine couple in their 70’s.

A man came to the front door and told the homeowner he was there to fix her fence. She met him in the backyard, and he proceeded to talk to her for the next 15 minutes outside. Then he suddenly said he was at the wrong home and was picked up by someone in a van.

A short time later the woman’s husband came home, and discovered several things were missing from inside their house (a gun safe, firearms, and jewelry). Detectives believe the man lured the woman outside so another thief could break in and steal their valuables. The theft happened just after lunchtime, and the woman did not feel threatened at the time.

Please remind loved ones, especially if they are older, to watch out for this kind of scam. When victims are not suspicious, they are not paying attention to features that may help identify the thieves or their vehicle, making it easy for criminals to get away undetected.

Pearland Police seek community’s help in identifying theft suspect

PRESS RELEASE

NailSuspectThe Pearland Police Department needs the public’s help to identify a suspect that is wanted in several thefts from nail salon employees in the Pearland area.

The suspect will enter a salon posing as a customer. She then asks to use the restroom, which is typically located in the back of the business, in or near the storeroom. The suspect then steals items out of the employees’ purses and leaves the business.

The suspect may be driving a black Mercedes.

Please contact Det. McGuire at (281) 997-4236 or email jmcguire@pearlandtx.gov with any information.

Register Your Security Camera and Help Pearland PD Fight Crime

12065913_890536167666590_4978084334421026202_nHelp Pearland Police Department fight crime. With your expressed permission, the police department can access and view security footage, helping to solve crimes and suppress criminal activity. Participating citizens have no obligation to turn over footage and can choose whether or not to give police access to their camera feed. Additionally, you can unregister at any time.

Participants are required to submit their name and location of the device and will only be contacted in the event of a crime near their area. Visit pearlandtx.gov/surveillance to register.

Wal-Mart on Main Suspected of Tampering with Food Bank Bags

A Pearland resident made some disturbing discoveries on Sunday, May 24 at the Wal-Mart located at 1919 Main St.

The bags of food that were assembled for sale to benefit the Pearland Food Bank had been tampered with by parties unknown, but the changes made to the bags would profit Wal-Mart.

The resident’s attention was drawn to the bags because they were torn. As she investigated further, she noticed that some of the contents had been replaced by expired or soon-to-expire food items and high-priced, hard-to-sell items such as organic rice, Gluten free salad dressing and holiday cake frosting.

We will be following up on this story after the holiday. If you happen to be in any Pearland-area Wal-Mart, please take a look at the food donation bags. If you notice anything like this, please contact us and let us know which location you were at and what you saw.

Vehicle Break-Ins Reported in Silvercreek

Silvercreek residents, take heed. Several residents have reported that their vehicles have been broken into at night and various items taken.

If you experience theft or witness anything suspicious, call Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office at 281-756-2392.

The best way to prevent this is to park your vehicles in the garage. If this is not possible, please follow these vehicle safety tips:

  • Lock your doors

While this piece of advice should be a no-brainer, up to a quarter of vehicle thefts are from unlocked cars, according to some law enforcement agencies. Even if you’re running into the store for a Coke, that’s too long to leave your vehicle’s contents open for the taking. Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be waiting around for an easy target.

  • Keep it tidy

Almost any worthless personal item that’s visible from the outside — even an empty shopping bag — could be seen as a valuable or a carrier of valuables. If you have a wagon or SUV that leaves your cargo area on display, consider getting a cover. Most of these vehicles can be fitted with inexpensive retractable covers to help keep shopping bags or other belongings out of sight.

  • Conceal all the evidence

Don’t leave any bait out for thieves; stow your electronics and accessories well out of sight-or better yet, bring it with you. The evidence alone might be enough to pique the interest of thieves, so hide that too, including power plugs, telltale iPod adapters, or nav-system windshield suction-cup mounts, and even put the cigarette lighter back in place.

  • Stash before — not after — you park

Get in the habit of putting shopping bags in the trunk right when you return to the vehicle, rather than after you park at the next place. According to National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) spokesman Frank Scafidi, thieves sometimes linger in busy parking lots looking for valuables being moved out of sight. Don’t display to them what you have.

  • Completely close windows and sunroofs

No, it’s not just because thieves might reach in through the gap and open your locks with a coat hanger. Open windows will disable the pressure sensor in some car alarms, leaving the vehicle more vulnerable to break-in and potentially giving thieves more time before the alarm sounds.

  • Get an alarm

If you don’t have an alarm system, get one. The noise alone may be enough to scare away an inexperienced thief and prevent the break-in. Factory-option alarm systems are generally best, but a carefully installed, properly calibrated aftermarket system can provide just as much safety. Beware, many less-expensive new cars have remote entry but not a true alarm.

  • Stick with the original audio system

Thefts of car audio components are on the decline, but having an aftermarket system still makes a car more attractive to thieves thinking of breaking in. There’s no black market to speak of for factory stereos, and they’ve become much better sounding in recent years.

  • Park for visibility

Park in a busy, well-lit area, and avoid concealment from larger vehicles, fences, or foliage. Except for the most brazen thieves, the greater the chances are that someone might see a crime in progress, the lower the chances are that the potential thief will attempt it.

  • Get physical

A significant portion of vehicles are broken into with the intent of stealing the vehicle itself, so combining several visible simple, inexpensive physical theft deterrents like steering wheel locks (The Club), steering column collars, or brake pedal locks may discourage the would-be thief from breaking in and trying.

  • Layer your defenses

That’s the strategy recommended by the NICB; layers include warning devices such as alarms, wheel etching, or decals; immobilizers; and even tracking systems (LoJack is one). “None of them are foolproof, but if they’re used in tandem they can really keep the chances down,” agrees Loretta Worters, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute.

Source: CNN

Pearland Participates in Great Texas Warrant Round-Up

The Round-Up officially begins March 7

Pearland Citizens Police Academy Celebrates 20 Years of Education

54e759c4c855a.imageThe Pearland Citizens Police Academy (CPA) started its 20th anniversary celebration by kicking off Class 40 on Feb. 5. The largest class to date, Class 40 will receive 14 weeks of instruction instead of the traditional 12.

“We wanted to do something special since this is our 40th class and 20th year,” said Community Services Officer Daniel Hamminga. “We have a new logo and a new class schedule.”

FINAL CPAAA LOGO with 20th banner

Texas Department of Public Safety and Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office representatives will speak during the extra two classes, widening the focus of community/law enforcement relationships to the county and state levels.

According to the Pearland Police Dept. website, “The original concept of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) came from Great Britain, where the UK Constabulary designed a program to give citizens an overview of British law enforcement operations. Known as ‘police night school’ when it began in 1977, the program was an immediate success.

“The idea spread to the United States via the Orlando (Florida) Police Department soon thereafter. The CPA concept can now be found in large and small law enforcement agencies across the USA and Canada.

“The purpose of the program is to allow citizens to meet the men and women who serve them, to educate citizens in the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of law enforcement, and to provide Police Officers the opportunity to meet and hear from the citizens they serve.

“The first Citizens Police Academy in Pearland was started in the spring of 1995. There are now over 600 graduates of the Pearland CPA program.

“The CPA curriculum has become a major focus of job responsibility for the Crime Prevention Officer. The academy is held each spring and fall and stretches for twelve weeks of instruction in the various tasks associated with law enforcement.”

While Class 40 is well underway and full, Class 41 will begin on Aug. 6. For more information or to register for Class 41, visit PearlandPD.com.

Police on Alert After Alleged Gun Threat at Pearland High School

Pearland Police were on alert following a rumor that a Pearland High School student planned to bring a gun to school Thursday (Jan. 30).

Pearland Police were on alert following a rumor that a Pearland High School student planned to bring a gun to school Thursday (Jan. 30). (Photo: Kristi Nix)

Pearland Police are on alert after a student allegedly threatened to bring a gun to Pearland High School Wednesday (Jan. 29). According to a media statement released by Pearland ISD spokesperson Kim Hocott, school administrators received a tip involving social media activity that included inappropriate student photos. The gun threat was directed toward the student involved with the account.

“PHS administrators immediately worked with school resource officers to conduct an investigation. During the investigation, administrators also learned of an alleged threat toward a student rumored to have been involved with the account. This has caused a rumor to spread that a gun will be brought to school tomorrow,” Hocott wrote. “While we have nothing to substantiate this rumor, we take the safety of our students very seriously in Pearland ISD and will continue to closely monitor the campus along with the Pearland Police Dept.”

As a result of the gun threat, extra Pearland Police officers were sent to the school as a precaution Thursday (Jan. 30).

Beware of Holiday Scams

Holiday Scams Texans Should Avoid
With Texans across the state preparing holiday meals and shopping for gifts, a few con artists are dusting off old scams and looking for new victims. Law enforcement can help Texans by spreading the word about how to avoid five popular holiday scams: gift card scams; online shopping schemes; phony charities; credit repair scams; and spam e-mail and other unsolicited offers.

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Pearland Citizens Police Academy Elects Officers

The Pearland Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (PCPAAA) held its annual elections for officers and board members for the upcoming year on Monday (Nov. 17).

Bill Pyeatt, the current treasurer, will serve as the president in 2015. Cheryl Weaver, who was also recently appointed to the City of Pearland Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board, was elected to another term as First VP. Newcomer to the Board, Steve Broeder, will serve as Second VP. Pam McDonald, who is the current Second VP, will switch to Secretary. Current Board member and City of Pearland Planning & Zoning Committee member Daniel Tunstall was elected Treasurer.

Leo Foisner, Walter Pasciak and Bob Fawcett will take on their first terms as Board members and Linda Broeder will continue to serve on the Board.

Outgoing President Larry Berkowitz poses with Mayor Tom Reid at Class 39 graduation.

Outgoing President Larry Berkowitz poses with Mayor Tom Reid at Class 39 graduation.

Outgoing three-term President Larry Berkowitz was pleased with the outcome of the election. “We have great incoming officers and board members. I think we’ll see great things next year,” he said.

The audience enjoyed speaker Joe Johnson with the Texas Senior Medicare Patrol, who explained how the organization helps prevent and prosecute Medicare and other healthcare fraud.

The PCPAAA is comprised of “professional volunteers,” who are dedicated to community involvement and helping to make the City of Pearland a better and safer place to live. The organization’s mission is, “To assist and support the Pearland Police Department exclusively in developing and maintaining a positive relationship between the department and Pearland citizens,” according to the website.

The PCPAAA is currently selling tickets for a 10-gun raffle. They will be at Bass Pro Shops (1000 Bass Pro Dr.) on December 14 and 20. The drawing will be held on December 20 at 3 p.m. at Bass Pro.

This and the annual Pear Run, which will be held on May 9, 2015, are the two major fundraisers that the organization holds yearly.

Funds raised go toward assisting the Pearland Police Department purchase extra equipment that the city budget doesn’t cover. Past purchases include a T-Rex off-road vehicle, SWAT phones, K9’s, raincoats and a robot for firearms training.

Members of the PCPAAA also assist in SWAT, CIT and K9 training, along with patrolling the city for handicap parking violators. They are also called upon to assist with traffic control for city events. Look for them in the orange vests along the Hometown Christmas Parade route on December 6.

To become a member of the PCPAAA, an applicant must graduate from the 12-week Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class, which is held twice a year, from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday nights.

The Pearland CPA, “…is a free community-oriented policing program designed for the citizens of Pearland. The class is open to all residents that live or work in the Pearland area. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, except an applicant who is 17 may attend with an adult family member. All applicants must pass a background investigation and complete an application,” according to the website.

Completing the class will not certify participants as licensed peace officers.

The next class will begin on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Applications are now being accepted online or by contacting Officer Daniel Hamminga at 281-997-4171 or dhamminga@pearlandtx.gov.

Online applications may be found at HERE.

For more information about the Senior Medicare Patrol, visit TexasSMP.org. To learn more about the PCPAAA, visit PCPAAA.com.