Please send in your NOCUPP membership renewal now to ensure we have your renewal is processed in time.
For just $1 per day we can continue NOCUPP patrol in your neighborhood and keep our area safe and secure with this very effective crime reduction program. Remember, a benefit of NOCUPP membership is access to the NOCUPP patrol officer’s direct cell phone and you can have vacation watches done for you, but our officers only provide these special services to our current members, not to past members. Renew now before you might need their services during the holidays!
Pay now via PayPal or a credit card via the NOCUPP web site (note PayPal adds a small fee for credit card payments) and if needed update your information using our online form.
NOCUPP Alert: Recent Garage Burglaries in Kessler Park and Kings Highway – Edgefield, Winnetka, Clinton and Turner
There have been a number of garage break in the last several weeks in both Kessler Park and Kings Highway. These have occurred in the 900 to 1100 blocks of Turner, Clinton, Winnetka and Edgefield since the beginning of September and much more activity has occurred recently. Quite a few of these have happened at night. In one case the garage was not locked (or the door was not forced open), but in others the lock was cut off or the door forced. Make sure your garages and storage shed are secure as possible because until caught, this person will come back and hit other house in the area. Please also keep lights on in the backyard and alley areas.
The best thing that can be done is for people to report anything suspicious. If you hear a break in noise or see someone in your neighbor’s driveway who you have not seen before and they are not home, please report it. If it is at night and it is any where near suspicious report it to 911. The police officers love to respond to this type of incident because they like to catch people in the act an we would rather have a couple of false alarm calls and catch the person then let them run amuck for two months.
In the past, when this has happened we had a month or more of incidents and the suspects get bolder each time, so we need to act now.
Please be on the lookout for people near garages and storage sheds and report any suspicious activity to 911 immediately!!! Let’s catch this person quickly, and to do so we need everyone on alert.
Information Meeting and Fall Renewal Drive
We will be holding an open house information meeting on NOCUPP Tuesday October 28th at Turner House, 401 N. Rosemont Av. starting at 7 pm where you can learn more about NOCUPP and crime issues in our neighborhood. It is also a good place to learn about preventing crime in your area.
Come early as wine and cheese will be served beginning at 6:30 pm and you can meet other NOCUPP members and the NOCUPP board.
The fall membership drive is now underway. Please be on the lookout for your renewal letter, and and if needed update your property information form with any changes. We really would like to get email addresses for all members, since most of our communications go out by email. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Members/New Members can also create a new Property Information Form now using PDF Property Information Form
A NOCUPP officer caught a burglar in the act in Stevens Park Village while on NOCUPP patrol yesterday. The man was arrested and already on probation for aggravated robbery, and taken back into jail. Hopefully his probation will be permanently revoked now.
Wednesday October 15th
Please be on Alert for People Posing as Utility Employees
There has been several reports lately of a burglar going around to North Oak Cliff homes posing as a utility company employee. The clipboard toting suspect in his 40s or 50s knocked on the door and asks questions, and then in one case asked the residents to evacuate the home so he could turn off their gas line. In the one case he was pretending to work for Oncor and the resident told him they were leaving soon, and he said he would come back. He did come back when they were gone and robbed their house. A legitimate employee would have had an Oncor or Atmos truck and he would have been in full uniform with a photo id badge showing the company logo.
We have also had reports of people posing as AT&T or Cable or security alarm company employees and asking inappropriate questions, which we believe was a chance to determine if the house was worth robbing at a future date. The security alarm scammers offer a “free inspection” of your house to “show you” where you have security issues while they are finding your weak points and checking out your valuable so they can come back. These burglars and scam artist particularly pray on the elderly, but they can scam anyone. Legitimate employees will be wearing uniforms with the utility logo on them, and should always have a id badge showing their picture and the company logo and should be driving trucks marked clearly with the utility company brand logo. Don’t be fooled, and please be extra cautious of any people coming to your door or walking door to door in your neighborhood. It is VERY rare for legitimate businesses to do this, and people soliciting for curb painting and other things have been known to come back and rob houses later on.
Please report all suspicious people to the Dallas Police by calling 911 immediately. If people call 911 we can get these people out of our neighborhood as the officer will respond and find the people, check id’s, etc. and either arrest them or get them out of our area for other reasons.
President, North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol, July 2014
The success of what NOCUPP has done to reduce crime in our area can be seen quickly in how property crime has fallen since NOCUPP started. Overall crime has dropped by at least 50% in the neighborhoods patrolled by NOCUPP (burglaries down 70%, theft down 51%, vandalism down 42%, car theft down 60%). The neighborhoods just outside of our patrol area have actually seen some increases in crime during the same period, so the membership supported NOCUPP patrols most likely are the only reason crime has gone down in our neighborhoods.
From a West Kessler resident June 11, 2014:
We just recently joined North Oak Cliff Police Patrol and have already utilized them once. It was very convenient. We notice what appeared to be a homeless person camping out in our front yard. He did not seem dangerous, nor did it warrant a call to 911 or to 311 for that fact. Instead I called the direct number for NOCUPP and within minutes a uniformed officer arrived in a squad car and asked our “visitor” to leave. Well worth the money in my humble opinion.
Residents of Kings Highway Conservation District are considering joining into the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol. NOCUPP is very excited about this possibility as it would link our neighborhoods together and help reduce crime for the entire area.
If you live in Kings Highway and are interested in joining NOCUPP, please contact Jason Melton firstname.lastname@example.org who is coordinating the effort.
There has been a very large number reports of packages being stolen in North Oak Cliff recently from homes after UPS/FedEx and the USPS leave them at the door step . Unfortunately some people are willing to spoil the holidays by taking packages off of door steps. With so many people ordering online, criminals have figured out this is an easy way to make a few bucks. I have even heard that people may be following the delivery trucks (and the golf carts) UPS and FedEx use during the holidays around the neighborhood and grabbing things packages right after they get delivered. Whenever possible please have packages shipped to your office instead of your home, especially for the next few weeks. The more it happens successfully the more it is going to encourage others to do the same thing.
If a theft of a package occurs to you please report thefts both to the police and to whichever delivery company made the delivery. Let the delivery company know several items have been taken from the area so they start taking extra precautions. NOCUPP and Dallas police are taking these thefts very seriously and are trying to catch all the people doing this. We are looking for any security camera footage of the potential thieves showing their faces and we want to provide the pictures to both the Dallas Police Department and to the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol officers so they can try to apprehend the people doing this. So far we have not gotten good face pictures, so if you have a camera setup and something is stolen, please check your footage and let me know if you have a good face photo.
In the meantime, please be extra diligent and report any suspicious people to DPD using 911. NOCUPP members should also call it into the patrol cell phone and leave any information they can about the thefts so our officers know where this is happening and when, but please call 911 first if you see something suspicious. As is typical of this time of year there is always an increase in property thefts and break ins. If you see anyone lurking in alleys, or checking out homes, please report it. Anyone going door to door should be considered suspicious, as people offering curb painting or selling magazines door to door are often scoping out houses theft. There are very few legitimate businesses doing this. Burglaries and break ins are extremely common before the holidays. Be sure to keep outside lights on at night, doors locked and secured, and lock your garage and storage buildings (and be sure your garage door is both closed and locked). Anything easy to steal in a yard is going to be stolen eventually. Unfortunate, but true. Holiday decorations and lights are also a new favorite, so use common sense if these need to be secured to a tree or something.
Finally, we all know better than to keep valuables in our vehicles, but particularly during this time of year use common sense and do not leave anything of value in your vehicle EVER — we typically see a large increase in vehicle break ins at this time of year and it only occurs because people leave valuables in their car. Please don’t use your car to store Christmas presents or you may have a very un-merry Christmas.
Two last tips, please don’t put old electronics or the boxes for expensive electronics on your curb, this just gives criminals a signal of what you just bought. Large boxes can be broken down and taken to recycling centers and be wary of parking lots scam artists. It seems every parking lot I go to lately has someone or multiple people hitting me up for money, but some of these people are criminals and at best giving them money makes them stay in the neighborhood and at worse they may break in to cars or assault someone.
Thank you and please be extra careful so that we can all have a safe and secure holiday.
Posted October 16th, by Jerry Beech, NOCUPP President:
The fall membership drive is now underway. Please be on the lookout for your renewal letter, and and if needed update your property information form with any changes. We really would like to get email addreses for all members, since most of our communications go out by email. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thank you for your continuing support.
Posted November 14th by Jerry Beech, NOCUPP President:
Please keep those alleys clear
Some of the alleys in in our area are getting overgrown. It’s not just an aesthetic issue. Officers of the North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol (NOCUPP) say that criminals can easily hide in the bushes, waiting for an opportunity to commit a crime or safely escape afterward. Not only that, in a few alleys police patrol cars have a hard time getting through the alley to do their patrols. If they cannot drive the alley it does not get patrolled. Since a lot of people NOCUPP has encountered in the past in alley have been found with flashlight and screwdriver in hand (hmm…) or a long rap sheet of past theft and burglary convictions, we definitely want the squad car to pass through. Keeping our alleys clear helps prevent crime on your block and keep burglars and auto thieves out of our area.
Fire trucks, utility vehicles and other emergency vehicles also need access to the alley even when it is not used by most residents, andthe City of Dallas occasionally decides to stop garbage pickups in a particular alley if there trucks don’t have enough clearance to pass through without touching vegetation. Once they City decides to stop trash pickups in an alley, it is a very hard process to get them to agree to do it again, even after your block cleans up the alley.
Cleaning up alleys is entirely the responsibility of the residents, whether you have a garage on it or not, so please take a moment to check out back, and if your shrubs need a trim, put it on your To Do list for this weekend! It is a nice time of year to do a little trimming out back and next week (11/18) happens to be bulk trash pickup week.