Start Your Own #9PMROUTINE

Have you seen or heard about the 9PM Routine on social media? It’s become a popular — and simple — way for citizens to protect their home and property. Every night at 9:00PM, we encourage the community to lock up property, turn on lights and bring in valuables to reduce the likelihood of falling victim to property crimes. Please take a moment to set a daily reminder on your cell phone, or other digital device, for 9pm and begin your own #9PMRoutine.

FREE Active Shooter Training

ATTENTION CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, CIVIC GROUPS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AND MORE:

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active attack situation? How would you respond?

The Wichita Falls Police Department offers free CRASE training to citizens, businesses, and organizations. CRASE stands for Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events. The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

Here is what past attendees are saying about the course:

“This is an amazing program that so many need to know.” – Michelle

“The class was very informative. It has made me be more aware of my surroundings while I’m out in public.” – Teresa

“We are all much more aware of our surroundings at work, at home, or anywhere we go and we know how to plan and how better to respond in any emergency.” – Sherry

“Very good content and we feel much better equipped.” – Jimmy

If you would like this FREE training brought to your church, business, group, or organization please respond by submitting the following form and our CRASE Trainer will contact you for scheduling:

https://forms.gle/L8GMqQniyBMda5Tn9

Questions? Please contact our C.R.A.S.E. Instructor, Officer Jeff Hughes at jeff.hughes@wfpd.net

BEWARE – PHONE PHISHING SCAM ALERT

We have been made aware of a phone scam that has made it’s way to our city. During this scam, the caller states that they are calling from ONCOR and threatening to turn off the victims power within the hour for non-payment if the bill is not immediately paid over the phone. Please do not fall for this scam. This is not ONCOR.

If you have billing questions or disputes with ONCOR, or any other utility company, always reach out to them yourself to ensure that you are speaking to the correct people.

If you feel that you have already been a victim of this scam, please call our front desk at 940-761-7792 to file a report over the phone.

FREE CRASE Training

ATTENTION CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, CIVIC GROUPS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, AND MORE:

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in an active attack situation? How would you respond?

The Wichita Falls Police Department offers free CRASE training to citizens, businesses, and organizations. CRASE stands for Civilian Response To Active Shooter Events. The CRASE course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

If you would like this FREE training brought to your church, business, group, or organization please respond by submitting the following form and our CRASE Trainer will contact you for scheduling:

https://forms.gle/gWvHUkSwnxKZWs7U7

Protect Your Lawn Equipment

This time of year, lawn mowers and other yard tools are prime targets for thieves. For that reason, detectives in our Crimes Against Property section would like to remind you to take precautions to protect your belongings.

Here are a few tips to consider:

Keep an eye on things. Theft is often a crime of opportunity. So make sure to never leave your lawn equipment out in clear view when you’re not around.

Secure your equipment with chains and padlocks. Options are available for everything from lawn mowers to leaf blowers to chain saws.

Consider GPS tracking devices. This is a good option for larger, more expensive pieces of lawn equipment like a riding lawn mower. A tracking device will let you monitor the location of stolen equipment.

Identify your equipment. Etching your name and contact information into your equipment makes thieves less likely to target your equipment since they can’t sell it as easily.Register your equipment with the manufacturer for documentation and keep a running inventory of ALL of your belongings by using this free service: https://reportit.leadsonline.com/

In addition to protecting your property, we would also like to encourage you to report any criminal or suspicious activity by calling 911 (emergency) or 940-720-5000 (non-emergency).

For more tips, our Crime Prevention office can be reached by calling 940-720-5019.

Local SCAM Alert

We have been made aware of a phone phishing scam that is affecting our community and wanted to get the word out as soon as possible!

Please be aware that someone has been calling local Wichita Falls residents posing as a WFPD officer and demanding warrant payment in the form of iTunes gift cards.

Please do not fall this scam! We DO NOT call and ask for phone payment from our citizens for any reason.

If you get this call, please hang up and do not give them any financial information.

If you feel that you have already been a victim, please call our front desk at 940-761-7792 and file a report.

Lock, Take, & Hide – Don’t Be a Victim

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The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you to please LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE – LOCK your car, TAKE your keys, and HIDE (or remove) your belongings.

Criminals are notorious for targeting unlocked cars that have items such as purses/wallets, electronics, and weapons sitting out in plain view.

LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE only takes a few extra seconds and could save you a lot of money and headache later.

Don’t be a victim!

Don’t Be a Victim – Lock Your Car

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The Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you to please LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE – LOCK your car, TAKE your keys, and HIDE (or remove) your belongings.

Criminals are notorious for targeting unlocked cars that have items such as purses/wallets, electronics, and weapons sitting out in plain view.

LOCK, TAKE, and HIDE only takes a few extra seconds and could save you a lot of money and headache later.

Don’t be a victim!

WFPD COVID-19 Update

As you know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting all of us in some way, either directly or indirectly. That being said, the Wichita Falls Police Department wants you to know that we are still here for you!

Within the last several days there was a report of someone trying to steal a customer’s grocery items in a food outlet parking lot, and a report of a person selling toilet paper at a very high price out of his vehicle in another parking lot.

In our continual effort to keep our citizens safe, WFPD will step up patrol of retail food outlet parking lots during this time of COVID-19 emergency, similar to the holiday season patrols by our Motor Unit of the shopping areas.

Additionally, we are paying heightened attention to local businesses that were mandated to close during this time, particularly those located downtown. Our normal Patrol duties regarding calls for service will continue with no change.

Please report any suspicious activity in the noted areas to WFPD and allow us to keep you safe. If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you have a non-emergency, please call 940-720-5000.

We are all going through this together and will get through this TOGETHER!

Information on COVID-19 is updated continually at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

and locally at:

https://tx-wichitafalls3.civicplus.com/2088/COVID-19

Planning to Travel this Holiday Season? WFPD Offers Free Patrol Checks

shutterstock_668174545With many people going out of town for the holidays the Wichita Falls Police Department would like to remind you that you can set your residence up for a vacation home check.

While you are away on vacation, Sentinels from the WFPD 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 WFPD.

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.