Welcome to our Crime Prevention and Safety tips page. On this page you will find information on several different programs the Maypearl Police Department offers, in addition to some good safety and crime prevention tips. Click on the links below to read more about the programs MPD offers, and don't forget to share the information & this website with your neighbors and friends!
The Maypearl Police Department offers several programs for our citizens to help prevent theft, or in the event of a burglary to help in getting your property back. One of the programs we offer is the Serial Number Registry. We have a template that you can download below and fill out and return to the Police Department. Once your information is submitted it will be maintained in a database at the Maypearl Police Department. This information will be kept on file so that if you become the victim of a burglary or theft the information will be available to enter into TCIC/NCIC as stolen once a report is taken by an officer.
Serial numbers can be found on televisions, stereos, game systems, computers, firearms, kitchen appliances, camcorders, air conditioners, cell phones, cameras, IPODs, and numerous other items.
Finding one stolen item with a recorded serial number can sometimes help detectives solve multiple burglaries. It is important to take photographs of jewelry and other items that do not have serial numbers. Also use a permanent marker to place your initials on CD', videos, DVD's and game cartridges for identification purposes.
Download and Complete the form below and submit it to the Maypearl Police Department by email, fax or US Postal mail to have your property entered into the Maypearl Police Department's Serial Number Registry Database. Also remember to tell your friends and neighbors so they can register their serial numbers too.
Another program that the Department offers is the Project ID program. If you have something of value, such as a TV, computer, DVD player, expensive power tools, bicycles or other items you can call the Maypearl Police Department and schedule a time for an officer to come out to your residence and engrave your items with your Drivers License number. This can be extremely helpful in the recovery of stolen property from Pawn shops and other places.
In addition to these programs we also offer these basic safety tips for your person, home & vehicle.
1. The old saying, safety in numbers has never been truer. Statistics show that walking with two people reduces your chances of being a victim by 90%, one person reduces your chances by 70%
2. While walking, walk assertively, in familiar locations. Regularly change your route and walking times. Walk only in well-lit areas
3. While shopping, only take what you can afford to lose. Keep unnecessary cash, credit cards at home.
4. Guard your checks as if they were cash. Your checkbook is a valuable item to a criminal. It not only contains your personal information, but also can be used to obtain cash while ruining your good name and credit.
5. Don't allow your purse to hang by the strap. Wear the strap across your body or hold the purse close to your body like a football.
6. Avoid giving out personal information about yourself, your money, or credit cards over the phone.
7. Avoid using outside ATM's at night. If it is necessary to use an ATM at night, use an ATM located inside a busy and will-lit convenience store or supermarket.
8. Be aware of your surroundings. If you are being followed, don't return home. Go to a occupied business where you can call for assistance or to a police substation.
9. If you carry weapons, make sure your weapon is legal. Practice with your weapon. Know the effects and be prepared to use it. Pepper spray is the most effective and legal way to repel an attacker.
10. Above all, trust your instincts about dangerous situations. If your instincts are telling you that you could be putting yourself in a vulnerable situation, you're most likely right!
Recently there has been an increase in Burglaries in the area surrounding Maypearl, here are a few basic tips to help make sure YOUR home isn't a target.
1. Burglars look for homes that give the appearance that the homeowner is away for a extended period of time, such as a vacation. The following tips are designed to help reduce the chances of your residence being burglarized while you are away from your home.
2. Discontinue any deliveries to the home by phone or in person ahead of time. Avoid leaving notes.
3. Either discontinue mail and newspaper delivery or have a neighbor or friend pick them up daily.
4. Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so the house can be inspected. Tell them where you will be so you can be contacted in the event of an emergency while you are away.
5. If you have a motor vehicle that is not garaged, arrange for it to be moved from time to time while you are away.
6. Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to give the home a lived in look.
7. Leave your blinds, shades and curtains in a normal position. Don't close them unless it is normally what you do when you are at home.
8. Have a neighbor place your garbage cans at the curb on your normal pickup day(s) and return them after the garbage pickup is made.
9. Plug in timers to turn lights, radio and television on and off at appropriate times.
10. Stop by the Maypearl Police Department and fill out a Vacation Check form so that we know your out of town and can keep an eye on your house for you. Or you can download the form from the Police Departments page.,
There has been an increase in burglaries and theft from motor vehicles in the Ellis county areas surrounding Maypearl. Here are a few tips you can use to help make sure your vehicle isn't a target.
1. Never leave a vehicle unattended while it is running, or with the keys in the ignition.
2. If you travel as part of your job, or are required to be out late at night, carry a cell phone so you can call for help.
3. Do not leave valuables, such a purses, CD's, sports equipment, and brief cases, in plain view inside of your vehicle. Place those items under a seat or in the trunk, or take them inside.
4. Don't leave your garage door opener inside of your vehicle if it is parked outside of your house at night.
5. Keep your vehicle in good working order.
6. If possible, keep windows up and doors locked while driving.