Category Archives: Safety Tips

It’s that time again: School’s in session

Many local ISDs are going back to school today, so please mind your speed and driving behaviors in and around school zones. Keep an eye out for students walking or riding bikes. 

Also, be aware of the rules in and around school buses, and if a bus stops in front of you…STOP!

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Courtesy of the Grapevine Police Dept.

WITH SERIAL GROPER STILL ON THE RUN IN GRAPEVINE, MORE WOMEN LEARNING SELF-DEFENSE

Author: Bradley Blackburn

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Police rendering of suspect (Courtesy Grapevine PD)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — A suspected serial groper remains on the run in Grapevine, and more women are trying to protect themselves through self defense. 

At least five attacks have occurred since April at a Grapevine apartment complex, most of them clustered along Mustang Avenue. The encounters have included physical assault, indecent exposure and one instance when a woman was left with a broken collar bone after she tried to fight her attacker off.

Read more from WFAA…

Editor’s Corner: So, I witnessed a robbery…

By Stacey Doud

XchangeI was driving to the store this afternoon and passed two cars parked next to a curb, one behind the other. I thought nothing of it until the front car sped off, tires screeching, passing me up illegally in my lane. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw the driver of the other car, who was obviously agitated, hitting the car hood with his fist. The driver looked to be no more than 16 or 17 years old.

Concerned, I backed up until I was close to the young man’s vehicle. He started flagging me down, so I rolled down my window.”Did you see that?” he asked me.”Yeah…what the heck?” I said.”I was buying a Playstation 4 from this chick and she just totally ripped me off! I gave her the money and she drove off!” he said. “I feel like an idiot!”I found out his name was Zane.* He asked if he should call 9-1-1, which I encouraged him to do, and then tried to talk him down out of his anxiety. It turns out the girl got away with $180. “I feel so stupid!” Zane kept saying. “My dad is going to kill me!”

Pretty soon, three Grapevine Police Department units showed up, and one stayed to take Zane’s statement. Amazingly, Zane remembered the license plate number of the thief’s car. And unsurprisingly, this thief already had an established police record. This was definitely not her first time to rob someone.The officer and I ended up telling Zane basically the same things: the chances of getting his money back was slim, though if the girl was caught, she’d end up serving some time in jail; he’d done everything right as far as getting the license plate number and calling the police; and the next time he meets someone to exchange money for items, he needs to insist on meeting in a “Safe Exchange Zone.”

Zane, like many people, wasn’t aware of “Safe Exchange Zones.” These designated areas were first implemented in Texas in 2016 for the purpose of providing a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet. In Grapevine, there are zones at the QuikTrip gas station, located at 801 Ira E. Woods, and the Public Safety Building, located at 1027 Ira E. Woods.The Grapevine Police Department suggests the following for anyone conducting these kinds of transactions (Craigslist, eBay, etc.): 

  • Be very suspicious of a buyer or seller who changes the agreed upon location;
  • Always meet the buyer or seller in a public place and with plenty of people around;
  • Avoid meeting on side streets or places that are not well lit;
  • Always take someone with you and inform the buyer / seller that you will not be alone;
  • Strongly consider conducting transactions in E-Commerce Exchange Zones;
  • Trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam it probably is; and
  • Complete the transaction during daylight hours.

Zane finished giving the Officer his report and got a business card with his case number written on the back. I doubt that Zane will see his money again (I hope I’m wrong), but he did learn a valuable lesson, and I hope he passes it on to his young friends. I gave him a much-needed hug, assured him that he wasn’t an idiot and told him that he wasn’t the first person for this to happen to and he won’t be the last. I left knowing that he learned something, even though he lost a good bit of money. The bottom line is to be safe and smart out there!

To learn more about E-Commerce Exchange Zones, click HERE.

*Zane is not the young man’s real name.

Officials: Beware Sierra Leone ‘one ring’ robocallers

By FOX4News.com Staff

 – If you are one of the many people who has gotten a late-night call from Sierra Leone, don’t be tempted to call the number back.

The Federal Communications Commission is warning people about a reported wave of the so-called “one ring” or “Wangiri” scam.

Robocallers allegedly target specific area codes in bursts and often call multiple times in the middle of the night. They hang up after one or two rings.

Read more from FOX 4…

Grapevine PD Blotter 1/14/19

Looks like the theme for this blotter is alcohol offenses! Please don’t drink and drive. Have a designated driver or call for a ride:

  1. Grapevine Taxi Cab: (817) 501-2675 or http://www.grapevinetaxicab.com/
  2. Uber/Lyft: https://uphail.com/us/tx/grapevine/

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  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (WALLET): 3000 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$2,500<$30K; STOLEN BAG FROM GREAT WOLF LODGE): 100 GREAT WOLF DR
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, 2ND OFFENSE: 500 E SH 114
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$30K<$150K; THEFT OF VEHICLE): 2200 BASS PRO CT
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY (>=$100<$750; CELL PHONE / WALLET STOLEN): 1200 WILLIAM D TATE AVE
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED/OPEN ALCOHOL CONTAINER/UNLICENSED TO CARRY HANDGUN (MAJOR CRASH LEADS TO DWI AND UCW ARREST): 1800 S SH 121
  • FRAUD USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFO (# ITEMS < 5; CREDIT CARD USED WITHOUT CONSENT): 1700 W SH 114
  • BURGLARY OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING: 1200 HURON DR
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 1500 N SH 121
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED: 1700 N SH 121
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED (TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DWI): 500 S DOOLEY ST
  • DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, 2ND OFFENSE: 1900 S MAIN ST
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 3900 GRAPEVINE MILLS PKWY
  • ASSAULT-PHYSICAL CONTACT: 1500 GAYLORD TRL
  • THEFT OF PROPERTY ($1600 CASH): 1200 TEXAN TRL
  • POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE (PG 2 < 1G; MARIJUANA): 800 S DOOLEY ST
  • THEFT UNDER $100.00 (THEFT OF LICENSE PLATE): 2400 BASS PRO DR
  • PUBLIC INTOXICATION-ALCOHOL: 2200 E GRAPEVINE MILLS CIR

Dad makes app that locks your teen’s phone until they answer your text messages

By Doug Delony

screen shot 2019-01-15 at 12.01.42 pmThe app ReplyASAP makes text messages, “unmissable between people that matter, since important messages shouldn’t be missed,” says its creator, Nick Hebert.

The app can freeze your child’s phone and even sound an alarm in silent mode. It essentially forces teenagers to stop what they are doing and reply to their worried parents, reports PureWow.

Read more from KHOU11…

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.

Black Friday safety tips

Here are some tips from the Harris County Constable’s Office. Be safe this “Black Friday.”

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Download and print the .pdf

Self-driving cars roll into Frisco: 7 things to know about Drive.ai’s autonomous ride-hailing service

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Drive.ai launched its self-driving car service in Frisco this week. The six-month pilot program will transport passengers within a geofenced area.

Here are seven facts you need to know about this program:

Read more from Community Impact…

FDA warns there could be more salmonella-related recalls

By: FOX 13 News staff

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 – There has been a string of voluntary recalls due to salmonella fears recently, and while federal officials have identified the possible source, they say it could mean future recalls.

After recalls for Ritz crackersGoldfish crackersSwiss rolls and Hungry-Man frozen dinners, the Food and Drug Administration is warning that more recalls for possible salmonella contamination could be ahead.

The FDA says they believe the recalled product contain a common ingredient supplied by Associated Milk Producers. Officials said it is likely that other food products containing the same ingredient could be recalled in the coming days.

Read more from FOX 4 News…