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Happy New Year Everyone! 2015 is here and you probably have already set your goals and resolutions! Was increasing your awareness for Safety on your list? Below you will find several items that all involve Safety. Take a moment to read through the below and do your part to make Telfair a safe place to live.

Daily Crime Report - City of Sugar Land Police Department
The Daily Crime Report consists of an easy-to-use online tool for residents and visitors to access crime and police report information within Sugar Land. It also provides the option to sign up for a daily crime update which you can receive by email.

Online Tool Update
The Sugar Land Police Department is in the process of updating its crime-reporting software. As part of this process, a more robust crime map will be launched online. The new map will improve usability and allow visitors to see crime information for Sugar Land and other jurisdictions like Missouri City and Fort Bend County. Thank you for your patience while we make this switch. During this short transition, you can stay up to date with what’s going on in our City by subscribing to our Daily Crime Report.

Sugar Land Crime Reports
The Daily Crime Report represents basic data of part one crimes as well as criminal mischief occurring within Sugar Land city limits. Users are reminded of the following online tool limitations:
  • Data retrieval is available for crimes occurring as early as April 2004 or the date of annexation into city jurisdiction if later
  • Information listed may not yet be verified by further investigation
  • Preliminary crime classifications may be changed at a later date based upon further investigation
  • Crime dot locations are approximate, due to automated location methods and address inconsistencies. All addresses are rounded to the hundred block
  • Information may include mechanical or human error. This data is not intended as a representation of official crime statistics and is inappropriate for use in litigation or any other legal or court proceeding
For questions about the information provided on the crime map, please call the Crime Prevention Unit at 281-275-2500.

Important: the Daily Crime Report does not include call types listed as attempted crimes. In addition, changes to call types after the officer's initial report (i.e., further investigation may result in a lesser or more serious offense) are not reflected in the Daily Crime Report.

Is Your Section a "Neighborhood Watch" section? The City of Sugar Land Police Department strives to keep the City of Sugar Land one of the safest in the area. Nevertheless, however little, crime still does take place. Don't wait to become a victim - be proactive! Isn't now the time to get a Neighborhood Watch Program started on your own block?

How Neighborhood Watch Works
Neighborhood Watch is a Community Policing partnership program that rapidly expanded nation-wide in the 1970's to combat significant increases in residential crime. This program depends on citizen involvement to prevent and discourage crime and reduce fear by taking certain home, property, and personal self-protection precautions, really getting to know and look out for neighbors, and reporting crimes and suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch in the City of Sugar Land is a Sugar Land Police Department program and the department determines its policy.

Getting Started
Visit your block neighbors with this page or have a get-together to promote it, stimulate interest, and enlist helpers, and gather program support from them. Call the phone number below for police information and assistance on your questions. Once you have the active support from half of your block, designate a block captain and co-captain to serve as block coordinators and liaisons with the police for information and educational literature. Establish a means to keep all your residents informed of these communications.

Organizing & Maintaining Neighborhood Watch
When committed, schedule a "start-up" meeting with a police officer at a date and time convenient to your block. At that time, the officer will walk everyone through all elements of the program:

  • Neighborhood Watch rules and duties
  • Telephone Tree Block Map for quick contact with your neighbors
  • Street signs and window stickers
  • Home security surveys and participation in Operation I.D.
  • Flexible get-togethers that focus on residents' needs, concerns, and interests

Within parameters, your block decides how to run its own program thereafter keeping your crime prevention officer informed. Your block captain will coordinate block Neighborhood Watch activities, disseminate crime prevention information and educational literature, and bring new neighbors into the program.

Costs & Benefits
Costs are minimal investment of some time to get started, subsequent participation by neighbors at get-togethers, and street signs (at $35 each). The city installs signs on standing poles and police supply window stickers to all participating neighbors at no cost.

Benefits are many; beyond preventing crime and reducing fear, the Neighborhood Watch builds pride, forges bonds among block residents, improves citizen-police relations, and can address other block issues and concerns like child safety, youth development, senior citizen welfare, and quality-of-life. Participants receive an excellent, on-going education from police on many topics including:

  • Basic crime prevention measures to safeguard you, your home, and valuables
  • Being vigilant, cooperative surveillance, and recognizing suspicious activity
  • Direct telephone contacts to crime prevention officer
  • Experts to speak, instruct, or train at your block get-together
  • How to deal with suspected drug activity
  • How to handle city ordinance nuisance violations

Please Remember
You are not being asked to take personal risks, only to serve as extra eyes and ears and to report information on crimes and suspicious activities promptly to 9-1-1 for emergencies (crimes in progress or life-threatening situations), or 281-275-2020 for non-emergencies. The police will take action on those reports.

Your Direct Police Contact
For any additional information on this program or to start one up now, contact your Crime Prevention Officer for your city area - Beat 5: 281-275-2956.

The City of Sugar Land has a House Watch program that is available for every resident in Sugar Land. This program is intended to be a deterrent to illegal entry of the residence. They will keep an eye out while you are out!

Notice: Online registration must be sent at least three days before departure. Information submitted through the form is hosted on a secure website. Click here to register: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/FormCenter/Police-Department-10/House-Watch-Request-Form-71

The House Watch Program is designed to provide homeowners a means of having their residence checked periodically by an officer when they are away from home on vacation or an extended weekend. In order to participate in the program, the homeowner either calls, comes by the Police Department, or completes the on-line form.

In order for a residence to be placed on a house watch , the following criteria should be met:

  • The residence must be vacated for more than 72 hours
  • No other people may be going into or around the residence while it is unoccupied
  • The occupant must have established residency at the location
  • The residence may not remain on the watch for more than three weeks

The program is intended to be a deterrent to illegal entry of the residence. It is a good crime prevention tool. The department cannot, however, place homes which are vacant or are subject to be shown by a real estate agent on house watch.

Dana P. Rowe’s and John Dempsey’s camp musical, Zombie Prom, will make its way to the Stephen F. Austin High School stage (3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land 77498), just in time to get you in the spirit for Valentine’s Day (or a super early Halloween treat). This throwback to the low-budget horror movies of the 1950’s will play at 7:00pm on Friday, January 30th & Saturday, January 31st, as well as Friday, February 6th & Saturday, February 7th, 2015.

This girl loves ghoul rock and roll Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. The principal orders him to drop dead while a scandal reporter seizes on him as the freak du jour. History comes to his rescue while a tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage.

Tickets can be purchased at an advance sale price of $8.00 for students and $12.00 for adults. At the door, tickets can be purchased at $10.00 for students and $15.00 for adults.

For more information, go to www.theaustinplayhouse.com, or e-mail Cory Kelley (cory.kelley@fortbendisd.com).



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