Protect Your Valuables with ‘Report It’

reportitThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a great tool available to them free of charge: Report It.

Report It is a proactive tool that allows you to easily catalog information about your valuables. This includes serial numbers, owner applied numbers, photos of property and scans of receipts. It’s completely internet based, so you never have to worry about losing the data you have saved.

Nobody expects to have their property lost, stolen or damaged, but if it does happen, you’ll need to be able to provide the information to law enforcement and your insurance provider.

You can use Report It to store identifying information of anything of value – think about collectibles, jewelry, electronics, machinery, lawn equipment, and even designer clothes and handbags.

 

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Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

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SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS

Texas is always susceptible to severe weather and damaging storms that threaten lives and property. Whether its tornados, severe thunderstorms, lightning, or floods, stay informed and protect yourself against potential severe weather threats in your area.

 

OUTDOOR WARNING SYSTEM

Wichita Falls has 53 Outdoor Warning Sirens. These sirens are used to warn people who are outside during an event. This system is activated when:

1. There is a verified report of a tornado within the City limits or a verified report of a tornado that will be entering the City limits.

2. There is a verified report of sustained winds at or in excess of 58 mph. The term “sustained” is defined as three minutes long.

NOTE:  It is possible that sirens may not be heard while indoors or in loud environments. If there is a threat of severe weather, please monitor local media coverage.

TESTING AND USE

The Outdoor Warning System is tested with an audible signal and silently on the first Monday of each month to ensure that they are working properly. If the weather appears threatening, this monthly test will be canceled.

The sirens can also be used as a public address system to provide a verbal message such as the status of an event or an all clear. This feature is only utilized on an incident by incident basis.

When the sirens are used, residents and visitors are advised to take shelter immediately and tune into the local TV or radio station for additional information.

MONITOR LOCAL TV AND RADIO WEATHER REPORTING

Residents and visitors should monitor weather forecasts so they know when severe weather is expected and how to plan accordingly. Weather forecasts for tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, flooding, snow, ice and high winds require preparation and knowledge.

NOAA weather radios and apps are also available for purchase that will alert you of severe weather. However, before making a purchase, please research the item/app and make sure that it will meet your needs.

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TORNADO SAFETY TIPS

More tornadoes strike Texas than any other state. They can occur at any time of year, including winter, but are most frequent from mid-March through May. Tornados are also a common occurrence during hurricanes. Take the following precautions during tornadic activity:

  • Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of your home, such as a bathroom, closet or room without windows. Cover yourself with a mattress or cushions.
  • In an office building, go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and take shelter in a nearby building. If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch or ravine.
  • Never stay inside a car! Get out and lie flat in a ditch or a ravine. If a building is nearby, take shelter inside. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car.
  • At school, follow plans and go to a designated shelter area, usually interior hallways on the lowest floor. Avoid auditoriums, gyms and areas with wide, free-span roofs.
  • In a shopping center, move towards the interior away from exterior glass walls.
  • If you are in open country, take cover in a low spot away from trees.
  • Remember there is a difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar, and you must seek shelter immediately!

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS

Texas ranks among the top states for lightning fatalities each year. Lightning can occur up to 10 miles away from a storm, and may be conducted through a number of surfaces including the ground. A direct strike is not necessary for severe injury or death to occur. Individuals in the general vicinity of a strike may experience minor to significant side effects from a strike, such as brain or cardiac damage. Always seek immediate shelter when storms approach. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Take the following precautions during thunderstorm and lightening activity:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a home, large building or automobile. Do not take shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, dugouts, or other small, open sided buildings.
  • Do not take shelter under isolated trees, cliffs, or rocky overhangs.
  • If you are in a vehicle roll up your windows.
  • Avoid high objects that may attract lightning. Stay away from tall isolated trees, telephone poles, or communications antennas.
  • Avoid being taller than your surroundings by standing on an open hilltop.
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks and faucets. Do not take a shower or bath during a lightning storm.
  • Stay away from concrete floors and walls.
  • Do not use the telephone unless you have a true emergency.
  • If lightning begins while you are swimming or boating, get out of the water.
  • If outdoors, avoid contact with metal surfaces and do not carry anything made of metal. Stay away from metal fencing and pipes, as these objects are conductors of electricity. Also, avoid contact with metal farm equipment or small metal vehicles (such as golf carts).

FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS

Flash flooding is the number one weather-related killer in Texas. Nearly 50 percent of all flash flood fatalities nationwide involve vehicles. Saving your life can be as easy as turning your car around when you see water on the road. Never attempt to drive through flooded roadways – Turn Around Don’t Drown (TADD).

Remember:

  • Even in relatively shallow water, tires can act as flotation devices, lifting up big vehicles and sending them downstream. It takes only two feet of water to float a 3,000-pound car.
  • Beware that water covering roadways may hide washed-out bridges or gouged-out roadbeds. If you attempt to drive across, you may not be driving on a road.
  • In rainy weather, be alert and stay tuned to local radio or TV.
  • If you are in a low-lying area when flooding is occurring, get to higher ground quickly. Be sure to avoid canyons and washes that can channel swift water.
  • Do not attempt to cross-flooded roads or streams on foot. It can take as little as six inches of water to knock an adult off his or her feet. Furthermore, water may be flowing more rapidly than it appears.
  • Never allow children to play near ditches and storm drains.
  • During stormy weather, do not camp or park vehicles along streams or washes.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to see flood dangers.

ALWAYS BE PREPARED

Always be prepared for any severe weather or emergency that may arise. Preparing and maintaining an emergency supply kit is a simple and effective way to sustain you and your family following a disaster. Developing an emergency plan for you and your family is another way to protect yourself should a disaster occur.

More information about TADD can be found at: www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/

For more information on emergency supply kits visit:www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/Preparedness/emerSupplyKits.htm.

Additional information on emergency planning is available at:www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/Preparedness/emerPlanningTips.htm.

For more information about severe weather awareness and building community resiliency, you can visit NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation website:www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/.

WFPD Provides Vacation Patrol Check

vacation-circled-on-calendar-jpgWith Spring Break getting closer and the increase in homes being left unattended due to families going on vacation the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind the public of a free vacation patrol check service that is available to them.

The WFPD offers Vacation Home Checks to all Wichita Falls residents.  While you are away on vacation, Sentinels from the Wichita Falls Police Department will periodically stop by your home to check for open doors, broken windows or any other suspicious circumstances.  In the event that something out of the ordinary is discovered, you or your listed emergency contact will be contacted immediately.  This is another added security precaution you can utilize to safeguard your possessions and assure your peace of mind while you are on vacation.  This is a free, but invaluable service provided by the Wichita Falls Police Department.  Please fill in the form below to request a vacation check.

Click here to request your Vacation Patrol Check

Homeowner realizes that the Police Department and the City do not assume any liability for loss or damage to property during specified dates. Homeowner understands there is no guarantee that vacation checks will be done daily, only when Sentinels are available.

Local Campus Crime Stoppers Program Wins Big at State Conference

IMG_2725Twenty three individuals representing the Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers Campus programs attended the 23rd Annual Texas Campus Crime Stoppers Conference held in Houston on February 26-28.

Campus Crime Stopper Programs from around the state attended the event which was led by the Crime Stoppers of Houston Safe School Program team and provided an interactive and fun learning environment for both students and adults who care about keeping their schools safe.

Middle and high students, as well as adults, from across Texas were invited to attend this three-day educational conference that addressed common school concerns. Participants had the opportunity to learn new skills in hopes that they can take back the knowledge and safety information learned and implement at their home campuses.

During the awards ceremony portion of the conference local Wichita Falls Campus Crime Stoppers programs won the following awards for “Crime of the Week”, “Best General Newsprint” and “Greatest Dollar Recovery & Most Cases Cleared with a Student Population 8,001 – 10,000”.

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WFPD Releases 2018 1st Quarter TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats

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The largest portion of traffic safety funding from TxDOT is used for the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) projects, which pay for overtime activities by local law enforcement to reduce the incidence of speeding, driving while intoxicated, failure to use occupant restraint systems, and intersection traffic control violations. Organizations eligible for STEP funds include the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS), sheriff’s offices, constable’s offices and community police departments.

The Wichita Falls Police Department has finalized the 1st Quarter FY 2018 (October-December 2017) TxDOT Comprehensive STEP Grant Stats:

Adult Seatbelt Citations – 70
Child Safety Seats – 3
Intersection Violations – 126
Speeding – 445
Other Violations – 123
Arrests – 2
Vehicles Impounded – 10
Hours Worked – 317.1
Miles Driven – 2,856.5

UPDATE: Missing Child

Update: At approximately 9:15 am, Friday January 12th, officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to an address in the 3100 block of Hollywood in reference to the missing child.

Officers were able to locate and recover both Nikki Hill and another male juvenile.
Both subjects were safe and had left on their own accord.
They have both been released to family members.
This case is being investigated as a runaway and CPS has been notified.

 

Screenshot_2018-01-12-08-10-46Update:  The WFPD has reason to believe that Nikki may be in the company of this individual.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of either Nikki or the male subject you are encouraged to contact police at (940) 720-5000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0144The Wichita Falls Police Department are investigating a missing child, 12 year old Nikki Hill.

She is a white female, with brown hair, brown eyes, 4 foot 10 inches weighing 84 pounds.

She was last seen at approximately 9:30 pm on Thursday, January 11 in the 6600 block of Southwest Pky wearing a yellow hoodie, black running pants that have a white stripe down the leg and grey Nike running shoes.

If you have any information of her whereabouts you are encouraged to call the WFPD at (940) 720-5000.

Know What’s Going on Around You: RAIDSONLINE

unnamedThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind everyone of a free program that is designed to keep you, the citizen, informed of what’s going on around you as it relates to police activity; RAIDSONLINE.

RAIDSONLINE  is an analytical information system.  The WFPD keeps records about incidents that occur within the jurisdiction. When an incident happens, the responding officer  writes a report with information about the event including the location, people, related vehicles and other useful information.  The information is then shared at www.raidsonline.com and is updated on a regular basis for accuracy.

You can easily search for information on nearby criminal activity.

Analytical layers show how crime relates to other factors such as date, time, location type of crime, etc .

RAIDSONLINE helps the public get a better idea of the crime activity in their area so they can make more informed decisions about how to stay safe. RAIDS crime map  connects law enforcement with the community to help reduce crime and improve public safety.

RAIDSONLINE is a web based program but it is also available as a free app download.

Stay Safe This Holiday Season

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Happy Holidays!

To ensure your safety this holiday season, please consider the following safety tips. We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with your friends, family, and neighbors.

-Let a trustworthy neighbor know if you’re planning to go out of town for the holidays so that they can keep an eye on your home. Don’t hide a key outside the house!

-Stop your mail and newspaper delivery. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re not home.

-Park in well-lit and high activity areas close to store entrances during your last minute holiday shopping. Keep all windows closed and doors locked. Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle! If you need to return to your car while shopping, place your bags in the trunk and move your car to another safe location.

-Add Emergency Contacts to Nextdoor to provide your neighbors with another way to help out in case a safety concern arises. Go to your profile and select Add Emergency Contacts. If you are not already a member of Nextdoor you can join free by going to Nextdoor.com.

-Arm your security system to protect your home. While it may seem obvious, your mind is distracted when you’re rushing out the door. Don’t forget this simple step to ensure your home stays protected.

Enjoy a Safe Holiday Season

getty_rm_photo_of_traffic_jam_in_snowHoliday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.

 Traveling for the Holidays? Be Prepared

Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2015, 355 people died on New Year’s Day, 386 on Thanksgiving Day and 273 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2017. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represent about one-third of the totals.

  • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
  • Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled
  • Put that cell phone away; many distractions can occur while driving, but cell phones are the main culprit
  • Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow

Information provided by the National Safety Council