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620 W Division St
P.O. Box 1065
Arlington, TX 76004-1065

Phone: 817-459-5700

 
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Business Crime Watch Organization

Lincoln Square Joins Business Crime Watch:
Coalition Results in 50% Reduction in Crime

The Police Department welcomes a new Business Crime Watch member with a notable success story: Lincoln Square Shopping Center at
770 E. Road to Six Flags in Arlington.

 
In March 2001, Lincoln Square tenants met with managers of Dunhill Property Management to discuss crime problems at the shopping center, including:
 
  • Burglaries

  • Homeless people

  • Vandalism and graffiti

  • Illegal dumping

  • Soliciting

  • Skateboarding

Dunhill reviewed their private contract security service and found inconsistencies and omissions in the service's reporting. (One example: on the same night that Arlington Police arrested and jailed a burglar found breaking into the roof of one of the businesses, the security service report stated, “All was quiet.” )

Management then “connected” with the Arlington Police Department, with the following results:

  • A Business Crime Watch Program was started that required tenants to participate.

  • Window decals were posted in all storefronts announcing participation in the program.

  • Crime Watch Signs were placed at entrances around the property.

  • Meetings were (and continue to be) held with tenants, management, and officers from the Police Department.

  • An emergency call-up system was set up by tenants to communicate potential criminal problems to each other.

  • Tenants were required to report ANY suspicious activity to the Police Department and their own management.

  • Criminal trespass warnings were issued to homeless people on the property (and some arrests were made).

  • Trespass warning signs were posted along boundary fencing in parking lots.

  • Exterior lighting was improved.

  • Off-duty Arlington police officers were employed as security officers.

  • A “Cop Shop” was set up in management's offices, allowing officers to take short breaks and telephone in reports.

  • Mailers were used to inform all tenants of criminal problems on the property.

The program produced significant results at Lincoln Square:
a 50% reduction in reported crimes.

 
A final observation by property management: “You never know when you will become a victim of a crime. No one can ever be crime-proof, but knowing and understanding procedures and the awareness of the possibility greatly reduces the risk involved and provides for a secure and proactive tenancy within a shopping center.”
For further information, contact our department's Crime Prevention Unit at 817-459-5725.
 


 
June 2002
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