Unconfirmed Home Burglary!

Now Confirmed with exception to the pet.  See Officer Foreman’s comment for more information.

There is an UNCONFIRMED report of a home burglary in the 2500 block of Westridge on Monday, Sept. 29. It occurred in the early afternoon right after the homeowners had left their home. The burglar gained entry through a high bathroom window between the houses. The PPD think pepper spray may have been used to neutralize their unharmed dogs. The burglar appeared to be interested in jewelry, but may have been interrupted & fled the scene, fortunately, with little property.

Since we are coming into the Holiday season, it is important to be extremely aware that THIS IS PRIME TIME FOR HOME BURGLARIES!! We MUST BE EXTRA VIGILANT about watching for any suspicious activity in our neighborhood! Burglars ARE watching our every move so they can take advantage of when we leave our homes so they can burglarize them! This is why I cannot stress enough the importance of watching your surroundings when you come & go for ANYTHING suspicious. If you observe anything out of the ordinary or just something that doesn’t “FEEL” right..PLEASE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY & let the PPD come & check it out. You will NOT be bothering the PPD, they encourage all homeowners to CALL 911 when they observe anything suspicious.

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF THINGS THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS & WOULD BE A REASON TO CALL 911:

1. An UNFAMILIAR  vehicle driving slowly through the alley.

2. An UNFAMILIAR vehicle driving slowly down the street.

3. An  UNFAMILIAR vehicle parked in your neighbor’s driveway when they are not home.

4. An UNFAMILIAR vehicle parked  in your driveway or near your home or in the neighborhood with or without someone inside.

5. An UNFAMILIAR person walking slowly through the alley or down the sidewalk (if that person seems to be “out of place” in our neighborhood).

6. Anyone ringing your bell who gives you a “bad” feeling.

7. Anyone ringing your bell & asking “odd” questions at your door like…”Can you give me directions to a certain destination?” or “Does John Doe live here?”.  It could be a burglar trying to determine if someone is home. Do not open your door to strangers but do acknowledge that someone is home – see # 8 below in the Safety Recommendations.

8. All commercial business solicitors MUST have a Plano permit. Charitable, political & religious solicitors DO NOT have to have a permit. Business solicitors MUST be able to show you their permit & if they cannot..CALL 911! We don’t want people soliciting in our neighborhood who are not authorized to do so!

9. Anyone on or near your property, looking in your windows or your vehicles or trying to tell if someone is home or just giving you a “bad” feeling.

It is better to be safe than sorry…DON’T HESITATE TO CALL 911 IF YOU FEEL SOMETHING IS “OUT OF PLACE”…calling 911 long after a suspicious event has taken place only reduces the chance to prevent a crime.

If you are able, Please try to keep an eye on your neighbor’s home if you know they are gone during the day (without leaving the safety of your home).

If we all keep our eyes peeled we can make things very uncomfortable for potential burglars. They DO NOT like neighborhoods where the homeowners are watching THEM!!

Remember these PPD Safety Recommendations:

IF YOU SEE ANYONE or ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS…DO NOT HESITATE…CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!!

  1. USE YOUR BURGLAR ALARM if you have one.
  1. If you have outdoor surveillance cameras make sure they are working, the PPD encourages all homeowners with outside cameras to register them with the PPD as they can help them solve crimes committed in the nearby area.
  1. Keep your doors, windows and fences locked.
  1. Keep your garage door closed.
  1. Park your vehicles in the garage, if possible.
  1. Keep your vehicles locked if they are not in the garage.
  1. DON’T OPEN YOUR DOOR TO STRANGERS! If someone knocks, approach the door WITHOUT OPENING IT and say loudly “I’ll get it” or “Who is it” to let the person at the door know that someone is home (burglars prefer to burglarize an unoccupied home which is why you always want to let the person at your door know that someone is home).BUT DON’T OPEN YOUR DOOR TO STRANGERS!
  1. Keep outside lights on at night.
  1. Keep your valuables in your home and vehicles out of clear view day and night.
  1. Close your blinds at night.
  1. IF YOU SEE ANYONE or ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS…DO NOT HESITATE…CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!!

I do want to tell you that Will Alt is our new Crime Watch Coordinator and will take over Crime Watch duties from Lisa Bloomfield who had scheduling conflicts. Will has registered with the Plano Police Dept. & was previously on the DNE HOA Board for many years. Please contact Will with any Crime Watch information or questions you may have as he will be coordinating our Crime Watch. His contact email is…crimewatch@dnehoa.org

Please don’t forget to tell & encourage your neighbors, particularly the many new homeowners in our neighborhood, to sign up on the DNE HOA website  www.dnehoa.org  if they have not done so, so they can receive all Crime Watch & DNE Neighborhood emails.

Thank you for being very vigilant & continuing to help keep our DNE Neighborhood safe!

If you have any questions, please contact me president@dnehoa.org

Wishing all of you a very Happy & Safe Fall!  Go Rangers!!! Go Cowboys!!!

Robert

Comments

  1. I can confirm that there was a Burglary in that block of Westridge but I am not certain on how accurate the information about the dog and pepper spray is. Thank you for posting all of these reminders! These are some very good suggestions and I do know that we would always rather respond to something or someone suspicous and it turn out to be nothing — than to never get a call and wish later that we had that information. Please feel free to call or email me any time if you have any questions or concerns! ~ Officer Foreman (972)816-8226