WFPD Seeing Increase in Counterfeit Currency

downloadOver the past couple of weeks The Wichita Falls Police Department has seen an increase in counterfeit bills being reported in the local area. The majority of the bills are 100’s. At this time there are little leads on suspect(s).

A way to prevent from becoming a victim is to gain knowledge. You can do that by learning what security features are incorporated into each bill. The following link is a PDF describing security features on various bills: (https://www.secretservice.gov/data/KnowYourMoney.pdf).

You can also take a free online training course at https://www.uscurrency.gov/training-course and learn more about the money you handle.

If you have any information on this crime you can contact the WFPD at 940-761-7792 or if you want to remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 322-9888.

Ticket Scam Alert

scam-alertThe Wichita Falls Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit would like to remind people to be cautious when purchasing tickets to special events and recreational parks online.  The old adage, ‘If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” is always a good reminder.

When purchasing tickets online from a third party and not an official vendor it is a case of “Buyer beware.”  The tickets may be fraudulent and you run the risk of the tickets not being accepted by the venue you are trying to enter.

If you do decide to purchase a ticket from a third party remember that a physical ticket is always better than a digital one.  Fraudulent digital tickets and codes can be easily reproduced.

Be careful in how you make any purchase from an unauthorized ticket seller.  Never give the seller access to your personal financial account information.  And, if you meet in person do so in a public place and bring a friend with you.

WFPD Continues to Encourage Citizens to Lock Their Vehicles

tlhThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles.

Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.

  • Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
  • Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
  • Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
  • Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
  • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

WFPD Make Arrest In Faith Village Vehicle Burglaries

Generic handcuffOn June 19th at approximately 10:45 am Detectives with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to the 500 block of Lamar at the Juvenile Detention Center where they served arrest warrants for theft of a firearm on two juvenile males that were currently in custody.  The juveniles were in custody on other unrelated charges.

The theft of a firearm charge stemmed from a vehicle that was broken into in the 4500 block of McNiel between the evening of June 6 and the morning of June 7th.  During that same time frame there were multiple vehicles broken into in and around the 4500 block of McNiel.

Detectives are still investigating and further charges are possible.

The WFPD would like to remind everyone to “Lock, Take, Hide.”  Lock your car, Take your keys and Hide your belongings.

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WFPD Offers Free Vacation Patrol Checks

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The Wichita Falls Police Department 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.   If you have any questions please contact the Community Services Section at 940-720-5019.

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.

WFPD Continues to Encourage Citizens to Lock Their Vehicles

tlhThe Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind people that one of the best ways to help prevent from becoming a victim of vehicle burglary is to simply lock your vehicles.

Take, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.

  • Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
  • Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
  • Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
  • Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
  • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

Help reduce the risk of a vehicle burglary.

tlhTake, Lock, Hide. The basic crime fighting tool to help reduces vehicle burglaries.

  • Lock your vehicle. It takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise – and criminals hate making noise.
  • Hide valuables from sight, or take items with you. If a criminal doesn’t see anything, they’re less likely to break in, and will move on.
  • Park in areas that are not secluded. Well lit parking lots, with good “sight lines”, make it more likely your vehicle is visible to the general public.
  • Aftermarket car stereos; consider models with removable face plates. Take the face plate with you when your leave your vehicle.
  • Record serial numbers of property you may leave inside your vehicle. If stolen, it makes it more likely the suspect, if he tries to pawn, will be identified.

There is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can make yourself less likely to be a victim of a burglary. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

Tips to help prevent mail thieves from striking.

mail theftIt’s tax time again.  With that in mind, mail thieves will be out looking to take advantage of the situation this time of year.  Checks are being received and mailed everyday. Incidents of mail theft are on the rise and here are some tips to protect yourself –

  1. If possible drop your mail at  the local post office or hand it personally to your letter carrier.
  2. Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.
  3. If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.
  4. If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.
  5. Don’t send cash in the mail.
  6. Tell your post office when you’ll be out-of-town, so they can hold your mail until you return.
  7. Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.
  8. Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes).
  9. Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes
  10. Avoid using dumpsters to dispose of sensitive personal information.  Mail thieves will sometimes pilfer a dumpster looking for information they can use.

If you see suspicious people and/or vehicles in your neighborhood or if you see someone you don’t know removing mail from a mailbox, call the police

WFPD Supports Nextdoor.com as Virtual Neighborhhood Watch Platform

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So far, over 5,000 Wichita Falls residents have joined the Wichita Falls Police Department on Nextdoor.com to get to know their neighbors and to take a stand against crime.  Are you one of them?  If not, please visit http://www.nextdoor.com and sign up.  It’s free and simple.  Iphone and Android apps are also available.

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Here is what Nextdoor.com is all about:

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.

Thousands of neighborhoods nationwide are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.

People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in.
  • Organize a neighborhood watch group.
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter.
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town.
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog.
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike.
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name.

Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.

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Forward to Police Feature

As Wichita Falls residents continue to use technology to communicate and
collaborate with each other, we are always looking for ways to innovate and make our relationship even stronger and Nextdoor helps facilitate that.  As a proactive and innovative agency, we are constantly finding ways to help make Wichita Falls’ neighborhoods even stronger and safer places to call home for our
residents.
A few months ago, we were excited to announce that we launched “Forward to Police”, a new feature on Nextdoor that allowed residents to send crime and safety information directly to the police department with a click of a button.  This new feature is allowing our department to better communicate with residents about topics of concern in their neighborhood on Nextdoor:
  • Forward to Police is an excellent way to help our department continue to stay informed
  • about the things that matter most to Wichita Falls neighborhoods and work more closely with our residents.
  • With Forward to Police, Wichita Falls residents are able to forward their Crime & Safety posts and Urgent Alerts on Nextdoor directly to the Wichita Falls Police Department.
  • It’s important to note that the Wichita Falls Police Department cannot access residents’ websites, contact information, or content, unless it is a Crime and Safety post or Urgent Alert that is forwarded to them via Forward to Police.
  • The Forward to Police feature is not an emergency reporting system. Residents are encouraged to call 911 in the case of an emergency.
Nextdoor has already been a successful communications tool for the Wichita Falls Police
Department. We look forward to our residents using Forward to Police as yet another tool
to connect with us and work together to make Wichita Falls an even better place to call home.
We partnered with Nextdoor in 2015 to help improve city-wide and
neighbor-to-neighbor communications. This is yet another way to use Nextdoor to
garner valuable feedback from our residents. We have always invested in crime prevention efforts and we are excited that Nextdoor will enable more residents across Wichita Falls to easily participate in a modern,virtual neighborhood watch. Forward to Police will help us identify residents’ concerns around crime and safety across Wichita Falls and work with residents to address them.
Join Nextdoor Today!!!

Protect Yourself Against Mail Theives


Be on the lookout for mail thieves! It is that time of year when checks are being received and mailed. Incidents of mail theft are on the rise, and here are some tips to protect yourself –

PROTECTING YOUR MAIL

1. Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.

2. Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don’t leave it in your mailbox overnight. If you’re expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.

3. If you don’t receive a check or other valuable mail you’re expecting, contact the issuing agency immediately.

4. If you change your address, immediately notify your Post Office and anyone with whom you do business via the mail.

5. Don’t send cash in the mail.

6. Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

7. Report all suspected mail theft to a Postal Inspector.

8. Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes).

9. Consult with your local Postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

If you see a mail thief at work, or if you believe your mail was stolen, call police immediately, then call Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455 (press 3).