Sugar Land police have planned a Child ID and Vehicle Burglary Prevention event on Aug. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the lobby near Amegy Bank, 2277 Plaza Drive, in Sugar Land Town Square.
The event will coincide with Town Square’s Movie Under the Moon, an outdoor family-oriented movie on an inflatable screen in the plaza near City Hall.
Crime Prevention officers will prepare Child ID cards for kids between the ages of 2-14 on a first-come, first-serve basis. The ink-free process creates no mess.
Complete with the child’s name, picture, thumb print and parent’s contact information, the IDs are meant to be ready for the worst case scenario. Child identification cards, when kept current, can be a valuable tool in assisting law enforcement officers in locating a missing child more quickly because all of the child’s vital information and photo is immediately available.
“If your child is missing, answering a series of questions about their physical appearance requires valuable time that could be better utilized to find your child,” said Officer Lauren Stockholm, of SLPD’s Crime Prevention Unit. “People in these situations are often frantic and confused, which is why having an easily accessible child ID can be a valuable tool. Law enforcement and others need proper identification that is immediately available before they can take action.”
The fingerprint cards are free and take about five minutes to complete. The cards are not considered official identification, no records are kept by SLPD and children must be accompanied by parents. During the crime prevention event, police officers will also share important information to help avoid vehicle burglaries, a crime that traditionally increases during summer months.
It’s a “smash and grab” crime that occurs quickly and is often difficult for police officers to prevent. SLPD is utilizing several tools to prevent this crime, include targeted patrols, surveillance, cameras and volunteer citizen patrols. Many arrests have been the result of alert citizens who immediately call 911 to report suspicious activity, including people and vehicles that seem out of place. However, public education remains one of the most effective deterrents. SLPD needs citizens to “Partner Against Crime.”
So what’s the answer? Simple — do not leave valuables in vehicles. Sounds easy, but people are not getting the message. The following tips can help prevent vehicle burglaries:
• Keep vehicles locked at all times.
• When parked overnight, remove all valuables from vehicles.
• If personal property must be left in a car, lock it in the trunk. Unfortunately, this option does not exist for pick-up trucks or SUVs. Thieves are aware that there is no secure place to store items in these types of vehicles.
• Finally, before leaving a vehicle, take a second to look inside and make sure nothing is visible from the outside that could attract a thief.
For more information on SLPD’s crime prevention event, contact Stockholm at (281) 275-2566 or Sgt. Mike Richards at (281) 275-2509.