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									Carrollton, Texas Police Department
Community Problem Oriented Policing Team:

Reducing Vehicle Burglaries

City of Carrollton
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Dallas area suburb (North Dallas Area) Approximately 116,500 residents and 37 square miles Primarily single and multifamily residences Some light industry and warehouse

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Police Department
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Sworn Officers: 157 Non-Sworn Personnel: 73 Operations Bureau, Patrol Division:
– Authorized 80 officers – Usually staffed with 68-70 officers

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Coordinating Problem Solving

Patrol Division
Day Shift (North/South) Day Shift (North/South) Night Shift (North/South) Night Shift (North/South) Power Shift Power Shift
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Problem Solving Guidelines
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Is it ethical? Is it legal? Is it the right thing for the community? Is it the right thing for the Carrollton Police Department? Is it within our policies and values? Is it something you can take responsibility for and be proud of? If the team’s answer to all of these questions is “yes,” then plan the implementation and do it!

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Vehicle Burglaries in Carrollton: 64 % Increase from 2000 to 2003
1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 939 1543 1347 1132

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Reported Vehicle Burglaries
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Damages and Losses to Vehicle Owners
1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 2000 2001 U.S. Dollars
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$1,269,221 $1,032,058 $915,039 $620,876

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Officer Hours: Investigating Vehicle Burglaries and Taking Reports
1000 900 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 889 785 946 984

Patrol Hours

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2003
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Damages and Losses to Vehicle Owners
1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 2000 2001 U.S. Dollars
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$1,269,221 $1,032,058 $915,039 $620,876

2002

2003

Vehicle Burglaries in Carrollton: 64 % Increase from 2000 to 2003
1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 939 1543 1347 1132

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2001

2002

2003

Reported Vehicle Burglaries
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Vehicle Burglary Sequence
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Victim parks car outside, accessible to others Victim leaves the vehicle, often unsecured Victim leaves property of value in the vehicle, unsecured and in plain-view Offender enters area, looking into vehicles Offender sees property and enters the vehicle (by force or through open door/window)
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Vehicle Burglary Sequence
Offender flees the area, usually unapprehended 7) Victim discovers burglary and reports offense 8) Officer responds, searches for physical evidence, completes a police report 9) Detective examines the report and followsup on rare instances in which physical evidence or a suspect description exists
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Analysis of Offender
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Mostly young (under 25 years old) Many offenders are school age since vehicle burglaries typically spike during school breaks Offenses committed during the nighttime Varying methods of entry, but offenders usually use one consistent method Offenses committed for personal gain
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Analysis of Location
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Vehicle burglaries reported citywide, but some areas are consistently hit harder than others Target Areas:
– Consistently burglarized over long term (as compared to surrounding areas) – Offenses currently being reported (as compared to surrounding areas)
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Analysis of Victim
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Victim owns or drives a vehicle Vehicle parked accessible to offender Property of value left in vehicle In many cases, victim does not lock or secure vehicle Victim can only give wide time gap during which offense occurred (usually 6-8 hours)

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Communication Campaign
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City of Carrollton Reader Boards “Vehicle Burglary Rising Lock Doors/Secure Valuables Don’t be a Victim”

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Immediate Media Response

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Report Cards
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All vehicles in target area evaluated
First Wave July 2004 – Over 600 vehicles evaluated – 55 % vehicles failing (easy targets)

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Carrollton Police Department

T

he information in this pamphlet lists some of the common items, and locations of vehicle

methods burglaries.

You may be a potential

victim if you often leave valuable items in your vehicle or park in high risk areas. Reduce your chance of being a victim of vehicle burglary—become familiar with this information, and practice the behavior found on the deterrents list.

DID YOU KNOW… * Vehicle burglaries occur most often on
Holidays, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving. * The hours between 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. account for the majority of vehicle burglaries in apartment complexes and single family residences.

VEHICLE BURGLARIES
For more information please contact the Carrollton Police Department Crime Prevention Unit (972)466-3330

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Follow these Suggestions to Help Deter Vehicle Burglaries
Take keys out Lock your car Park in well-lit areas Park in attended lots Leave only ignition/door key with lot attendant Completely close car windows when parking Don't leave valuables in plain view (remove valuables at night; place in trunk during the day if items must be left in vehicle) Use your garage Lock garage door and vehicle inside Replace T-shaped door locks with straight locks Engrave expensive accessories a Use tire/wheel locks Install an audible alarm Take out removable radios and face plates Avoid parking between large vehicles (they provide cover) Do not approach your vehicle when a stranger is near it; call 9-1-1 or security for escort.

What is a Vehicle Burglary?
State of Texas Penal Code: 30.04
A. A persons commits an offense if, w ithout the effective consent of the owner, he breaks into or enters a vehicle or any part of a vehicle with intent to commit any felony or theft. B. For the purposes of this section, “enter” means to intrude. 1. Any part of the body; or 2. Any physical object connected with the body. 3. An offense under this section is a Class A Misdemeanor

Be Aware of Burglary Methods and Locations
Entry methods:
Break glass Left unlocked Pried/Jimmied Windows rolled down or half -rolled down Window vents Sliding windows (mainly trucks) Sunroofs Convertibles

Most common Points of Entry:
Side and rear window Side door

High Risk Areas:
Apartments Single family residences Auto parts/dealers/repair shops Shopping centers Restaurants Parks Bars

Items to Avoid Leaving in View
Phones Clothing Pagers Laptop computers Cigarettes Weapons Money (loose change) Cassette tapes CD’s Address books Briefcases Credit cards Purses Console visors Wallets Radar detectors Sports equipment(golf and baseball bags) Removable radios (including removable face plates for radios)

Suspicious Actions:
Pulling door handles Looking in windows Odd clothing for the time for the year( e.g., long coats or gloves being worn in the summer) Lookouts Nervous looking (looking all around, moving slowly or quickly) Checking for alarms by bumping or hitting the window or bumpers for sensitivity.

H.E.A.T. (Help End Auto Theft in Texas) Texas is the first state to implement a program where vehicle owners sign an agreement allowing Police officers to verify ownership if the vehicle is observed during the HEAT hours of 1 a.m. -5 a.m.

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Tri-Fold Pamphlets
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More personal communication Door-to-door campaign throughout target area Personal contact and engagement with residents of the area

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Immediate Media Response

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Environmental Responses
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Canvassed target area, documenting dark areas Identified overgrown vegetation and non-functioning street lights Partnered with City of Carrollton Code Enforcement to hold property owners, utility companies, and even the City accountable
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Report Cards
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Second Wave September 2004 – Over 600 vehicles evaluated – 28 % vehicles failing (easy targets) – Significant reduction of easy targets
Similar deployments throughout the City to prevent displacement
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5.8 per Month Average

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1.00 per Month Average

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.33 per Month Average

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.64 per Month Average

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Average Monthly Vehicle Burglaries in Target Area
8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Average Monthly Vehicle Burlgaries
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Citywide 2004 Results: 13 % Reduction in Reported Vehicle Burglaries
1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 2000

+15% +19% +21%

-13%

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Citywide 2004 Results: 23 % Reduction in Damages and Losses to Owners
1,400,000 1,200,000 1,000,000 800,000 600,000 400,000 200,000 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
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+39% +66% -11% -23%

Citywide 2004 Results: 10 % Reduction in Officer Hours
1200 1000 800 600 400 200 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
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+13%

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-11%

Contact Information
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Officer Travis Johnston T.Johnston@cityofcarrollton.com
Officer Christopher Rosipal Christopher.Rosipal@cityofcarrollton.com Lieutenant Matthew Kosec Matthew.Kosec@cityofcarrollton.com
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Contact Information
Carrollton, Texas Police Dept.
2025 E. Jackson Rd. Carrollton, TX 75006 972-466-3290

www.cityofcarrollton.com
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