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CRIME PREVENTION INITIATIVES

It is the mission of the San Juan Police Department in utilizing the Crime Prevention Program to prevent and/ or significantly reduce the burglaries, theft, graffiti, and vandalism in our neighborhoods.

 

Our primary objective in accomplishing crime prevention is done through educating our citizens on what steps they can take to prevent them from becoming a victim. Any San Juan citizen who is willing to create a Neighborhood Watch Program or be part of a Citizen Patrol Program in their area is welcome to contact Sgt. Albino Rodriguez at the San Juan Police Department at (956) 787-9904 or e-mail arodriguez@sanjuanpolice.com for more information. Looking forward in seeing you in our meetings starting in the month of October.

         

    Home inspections service is provided by the San Juan Police Department. The officer will go through your home, complete a check list and point out certain areas that require additional or secondary security. Once the citizen completes and passes the inspection, they will receive a certificate. The certificate can be turn into your home insurance agency for a 5 to 15% deduction annually. A minimal fee will be charge for the service.

        

Help us help you in the prevention of someone stealing your vehicle. The San Juan Police Department with the Texas Department of Public Safety are working together to bring to you the H.E.A.T. Program “Help End Auto Theft”. https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/Heat/index.aspx   The H.E.A.T. Program is a free statewide vehicle registration program that helps law enforcement officials identify stolen vehicles. Any vehicle owner in Texas can obtain a special decal for the back window of his/her car or truck that authorizes law enforcement officers to stop the vehicle and verify ownership between 1:00 am thru 5:00 am anywhere in Texas.

 

Click on the link below to learn more about the H.E.A.T. program

 

 https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/Heat/index.aspx

 

Home Burglaries

There are generally three types of burglars: the professional, the semi-professional and the amateur. Although the average home owner will probably not have to face a professional thieves who focus on extremely valuable items, you need to be aware of the semi-professional and amateur burglars.

Residential burglars are often male teenagers who live near your home. They are opportunists who look for easy targets. If the risk of detection is too high, the average burglar will not attempt to enter your home.

How to Protect Your Home

Overgrown or extremely large trees or shrubs can hide burglary activity, especially around your home entry points. For security sake, have them trimmed or moved.

Fences can be as effective part of your security, but they may be a liability in hiding a burglar's privacy. Tall chain linked, fences provide security without sacrificing visibility.

Dogs can also be a valuable asset to home owners. Any dog that bark at strangers brings unwanted attention to a thief. Larger dogs can even discourage an intruder from entering your yard or home.

Street lights are another important crime deterrent for your neighborhood, but personal residence should be well lighted. Porch lights and motion-sensitive lighting are recommended for most homes.

You do not want to help a burglar break into your home, so watch what you leave in your yard. Be sure to put tools away after you are done. Your own ladders, screwdriver, hammers, or pliers can be used against you.

The average burglar has only two options for entering your residence: doors and windows. For external door frames, opt for solid wood or steel. Hinges should be positioned on the inside of the door so that a thief with screwdriver will be unable to remove the entire door. Dead bolt looks are a necessary investment. Sliding glass doors are a common entry point. For maximum security, use vertical bolts. Also, place a solid wood rod on the inside track to hold the door closed.

Garage doors are another frequent entry point. The door that connects your garage to your home should have solid wood or solid core construction. Secure it with a deadbolt lock. Don't rely on the electric garage door opener as your security measure. When you are leaving, take a few seconds to watch the door close completely.

Back doors are a popular target because they are offer concealment from the street and owners leave them unlocked. It's important to keep your door well lighted and install a deadbolt. These doors should have a solid core as well.

All ground windows should have key-operated sash locks. Keep your windows closed and locked when you are away. Screen and storm windows should be securely fastened to the structure.

Upper windows should be secured and locked. Keep your second floor secured by trimming tree branches away from the house to prevent climbing, and do not store ladders where burglars can use them.

When you move into a new house, apartment or condominium, change all of the locks immediately. Because keys have a tendency to multiply, you don't know who will have access to your home.

Talk to your neighbors about your concern about burglary. Ask them to report any suspicious persons or activities around your home to your law enforcement agency. Alarms on doors and windows are the surest way to detect a burglar, but watchful neighbors alert to unusual activity who will notify law enforcement authorities are an effective means of detection.

Vacationers provide burglars with plenty of time to enter your home, remove large items and search leisurely for hidden valuables. If you are planning a vacation, take precautions to protect your home. The key is to create an illusion of everyday activity. Ask the police to check your home and patrol your neighborhood while you are away. Stop the mail and newspaper deliveries, or have your neighbor collect them while you are away. Secure all doors and windows, pet entrances and garage doors. Transfer all valuables to a safety deposit's box. Place a timer on indoor and outdoor lamps to illuminate your home at night, and make sure that no blobs are burned out. Have a trusted friend or neighbor check your home each day. Never indicate on your phone answering machine that you are on vacation.

If you want advice or assistance for your home or your neighborhood, contact the Lafayette City Police Department. You don't have to be one of the more than 2 million residential burglary victims and neither do your neighbors. Remember. Crime prevention begins at home.

Auot Theft (H.E.A.T. Program)

click on the link below to learn more about this program

https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/Heat/index.aspx

H.E.A.T. is a statewide vehicle registration program administered by the Texas Department of Public Safety that helps law enforcement officials identify stolen vehicles.

 

 
 
 


Drug Use and Gang Activity

NEED ANSWERS? Below you will find information on Signs of Drug Use and Gang Activity

Do you suspect someone is selling drugs!  call San Juan Crime Stoppers! 

Signs of Drug Use

Methamphetamines: "Wired," sleeplessness for days and weeks at a time, total loss of appetite, extreme weight loss, dialated pupils, excited, talkative, deluded sense of power, paranoia, depression, loss of control, nervousness, unusual sweating, shaking, anxiety, hallucinations, aggression, violence, dizziness, mood changes, blurred vision, mental confusion, agitation.

Cocaine: Impaired thinking, confused, anxious, depressed, short tempered, panic attacks, suspiciousness, dilated pupils, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, decreased sexual drive, restlessness, irritability, very talkative, scratching, hallucinations, paranoia.

LSD (Acid): Dilated pupils, skin discoloration, loss of coordination, false sense of power, euphoria, distortion of time and space, hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, nausea, vomiting, loss of control, anxiety, panic, helplessness, and self destructive behavior.

PCP: Sometimes violent or bizarre behavior, suicide has often occurred, paranoia, fearfulness, anxiety, aggressive or withdrawn, skin flushing, sweating, dizziness, total numbness, and impaired perceptions.

Inhalants: Short-lasting euphoria, giggling, silliness, dizziness. Then come the headaches and full-blown "faintings" or going unconscious. Longterm Use: Short-term memory loss, emotional instability, impairment of reasoning, slurred speech, clumsy staggering gait, eye flutter, tremors, hearing loss, loss of sense of smell, and escalating stages of brain atrophy. Sometimes these serious longterm effects are reversible with body detoxification and nutritional therapy; sometimes the brain damage is irreversible or only partially reversible.

Heroin: Chemically enforced euphoria. "Nodding," which is a dreamlike state, near sleep, drifting off for minutes or hours. For long time abusers heroin may act like a stimulant and they can do a normal daily routine; however, for others, it leaves them completely powerless to do anything.

Marijuana: Compulsive eating, bloodshot red eyes that are squinty (they may have trouble keeping them open), dry mouth, excessive and uncontrollable laughter, forgetfulness, short term memory loss, extreme lethargy, delayed motor skills, occasional paranoia, hallucinations, laziness, lack of motivation, stupidity, sickly sweet smell on body, hair, and clothes, and strong mood changes and behaviors when the person is "high".

Depressants (Tranquilizers and Barbituates): Decreased inhibition, slowed motor coordination, lethargy, relaxed muscles, staggering gait, poor judgement, slow, uncertain reflexes, disorientation, and slurred speech.


What is a Gang?

A gang is defined as an organization, association or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, which has a common name and/or common identifying signs or symbols, whose members individually and/or collectively engage in criminal activity.

 

Why Do Kids Join Gangs?

  • Identity through recognition
  • Perception of belonging
  • Peer pressure
  • Intimidation
  • Protection (real or perceived)
  • Lack of family life
  • Family ties to gangs (it is expected or acceptable to join a gang)
  • Brotherhood/interpersonal bonding
  • Low self-esteem 

How Do Gangs Recruit Members?

Gangs influence youths into joining by using the following methods:

  • Peer pressure, offers protection
  • Monetary enticements
  • Challenging kids to take risks
  • Invitations to parties where gang-related activities are occurring
  • Family members already belong
  • Affection and attention shown to the youths by gang members that may not be given at home

 

What Are The Consequences of Gang Involvement?

Short Term Consequences

  • In trouble with law enforcement
  • Drop in performance at school
  • Withdrawal from family
  • Drug and alcohol involvement
  • “Dirty work” for the gang, earning their “bones” or “stripes”

Long Term Consequences

  • Loss of opportunities for education/employment due to criminal record
  • Time spent in jail or prison
  • Possibility of losing family or friends
  • Risk of personal injury or death
  • Risk of family members’ lives
  • Increased risk of violence in criminal activity

 

What Are Signs of a Gang in My Neighborhood?

Graffiti

Youths hanging out

Increase in crime- Gang-related acts such as burglary, vandalism and assaults.

 

 

How Can Neighbors Help?

You and your neighbors can work to eliminate gangs and drugs from your community and neighborhoods. They key is organization:

1)      Get to know the neighbors on your block.

2)      Contact your local law enforcement agency for advice and assistance for organization tips.

3)      Contact Crime Stoppers

 

What Are Signs of Gang Involvement?

Changes in attitude or behavior

Openly admits gang affiliation

Showing colors (bandanas, t-shirts, jackets, shoes, ball caps)

Association with known gang members

Unwillingness to discuss their activities

Loss of family interest

Reluctance to be seen with other family members

Unexplained injuries (cuts and bruises)

Trouble with law enforcement or at school

Has unexplained cash or goods (clothing, jewelry, electronics)

New Friends

Tattoos or graffiti-style writing on clothing or books

Disregard for persons or property

Exhibiting signs of alcohol and drug use

 

How Can Parents Intervene?

  • Spend quality time with your child.
  • Encourage your child to become involved in athletics or other group activities that have adult supervision.
  • Set reasonable rules and enforce them consistently.
  • Demonstrate how to set goals.
  • Monitor and support child’s progress.
  • Teach social skills that enhance self-esteem and how to cope with peer pressure.
  • Educate the teen or child about the dangers of gang involvement.
  • Provide strong religious background.
  • Keep an open line of communication with your child.
  • Know your child’s friends and where they hang out.
  • Keep track of your child’s work at school.
  • Teens and children need to be involved with positive activities without a lot of leisure time.
  • Keep them involved in after-school activities, athletics or a job along with family time.

 

 

 

 


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