Safety Tips from the Plano Police Department

December 1, 2016

Did you know that the police department suggests keeping your porch lights on from dusk until dawn?  Please take a look at the following brochures published by the Plano Police Department for a variety of safety concerns.  These tips can help you stay safe and protect your property during the Holidays – and every other day.  If you are a member of our Nextdoor community, Officer Tilley posts these items in the Crime and Safety section regularly.

Holiday Safety Flyer: http://www.plano.gov/DocumentCenter/View/11202

Preventing Vehicle Burglaries: http://www.plano.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3553

Home Security:
1)  http://www.plano.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3531
2) http://www.plano.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10594

To see all of the safety brochures and documents published by our Plano Police Department, please click here.

 

Crime Watch News Release!

January 25, 2015

Ridgeview Ranch Residents,

This was posted on our Nextdoor Community Website January 23.  This address/neighborhood is just 6.5 miles from Ridgeview Ranch!  Please watch for this vehicle and teach your children about Stranger Danger!

NEWS RELEASE

For More Information Contact: For Immediate Release:
David Tilley, PIO Date: January 23, 2015
Plano Police Department Time: 1:00 p.m.
972-941-2433 Incident: 15-13104

ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING
On January 22, 2015 at approximately 4:00 p.m., Officers responded to a report of an Attempted Kidnapping that had occurred in the 4500 block of Lorimar Drive.
It was reported that at approximately 3:30 p.m., a 9-year old male was walking home from school when a white male driving a white van pulled up to him and asked if he needed a ride. After the child did not accept the ride, the male allegedly exited the van and grabbed the child. The child indicated he was able to fend off the suspect and run home.
The suspect was described as a white male, average height, a thin to medium build, bald and had a thick black and gray mustache.
If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Plano Police Department Tip Line at 972-941-2148.

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Holiday Safety Tips

December 19, 2013

The Plano Police Department has recently published a number of crime and safety tips for the holidays on the private neighborhood network “Nextdoor.”  Our Ridgeview Ranch Crime Watch Coordinator, John McGraw, re-posted them on the Ridgeview Ranch Nextdoor network and I am posting them here for those of you who are not members. If you would like to join the newtork, you can go to https://nextdoor.com/invite/shtruxbfhrjzshwcxdyc  and sign up today.

Safe and Happy Holidays to you all!

‘Tis the season… that burglaries increase in cities across the area. Here are some simple tips to help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of this crime.

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR VEHICLE: 

1. LOCK your vehicle. Almost 25% of these thefts occur from unlocked vehicles.
2. Don’t leave any valuables in sight. Even an empty gym or duffle bag in the car can entice a criminal to break in to see if anything is inside.
3. Remove, or put away your accessories. Leaving a GPS, iPod, or even a charger plugged in are signs for a thief that something might be inside.
4. Set your car alarm. Don’t have an alarm? Well you might consider purchasing one as they are relatively inexpensive these days and the alarm activation will send a burglar running.
5. Park in well lit areas at night. This includes your house. Install lighting in your driveway if you leave your car out at night to illuminate the vehicle. Provide the thief as little cover as possible.
6. Don’t store a spare key on your car. The criminals know the most common hiding spots and will look for hidden keys.
7. If you have to store items in your vehicle rather than removing them, make sure you put them in the trunk or other hidden location BEFORE you arrive at your destination.
8. Common sense and instincts are the best crime prevention tool. I keep saying this over and over but I can’t stress it enough…REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY OR PERSONS! We have caught many criminals just off of someone thinking something didn’t look right and calling us.

HOLIDAY HOME SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR HOME: 

1. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a short period of time.
2. If you will be out of town for an extended time, have a neighbor, friend, or family member watch your house, pick up the newspapers, and mail. Another option is to have your mail delivery suspended during your absence from home.
3. Place automatic timers on your indoor light. Lights cycling on and off will give the perception that someone is home.
4. For short periods away from home, leave a TV or radio on inside the residence to make the house sound occupied.
5. Large holiday displays or gifts inside the residence should not be visible through the windows or doors.
6. When setting up a tree or other holiday decorations, make sure all passageways are clear inside your home.
7. If you put up a tree, ensure it is mounted on a sturdy base, make sure all wiring is not damaged, and keep it in water or wet sand to keep it green.
8. Never place gift wrapping paper in your fireplace.
9. Make sure you have adequate lighting both inside and outside your home as most home burglars do not like well lit areas.
10. Yes, here it comes…ALWAYS report suspicious activity or persons in your area. Remember, if you see something, say something! We are all in this together and we need you help in keeping Plano a safe community.

Don’t forget, we offer FREE Home Security Assessments to our citizens. Call 972-941-2431 today to schedule yours.

Volunteer Opportunities in Ridgeview Ranch

June 1, 2013

Volunteering.  No matter what you think about it – love it or hate it – the word means something to almost everyone.  Dictionary.com defines the word volunteer as, “a person who offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.”  Well to me the word means SOOOO much more.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of organizations.  Many can not survive without them.  In many cases, there are a small number of volunteers doing a large chunk of work and when they burn out or need to stop volunteering, the areas in which they volunteered tend to end somewhat abruptly.  These people typically have a passion for what they are doing or for the organization they support.  More than passion – maybe even a drive to give something back or make a difference in the world.

Well, outside of my family, there’s not much I am passionate about.  So, I choose to spend my time volunteering for places, organizations and issues that directly affect my family.  Our community, neighborhood, individual homes are closest to that passion.  That is why I volunteer to serve in Ridgeview Ranch.  I began in playgroups for my kids and moved onto the board several years later.  Your passion may be different, but there are so many opportunities to make a difference right here in the community where you live, I feel sure we can find an area for you to serve.  Take a moment to look at the document linked to below and see if something speaks to you!

Volunteer Opportunities – June 2013

I hope to be welcoming you as a Ridgeview Ranch volunteer soon!
Lisa Coppinger
President, Ridgeview Ranch HOA

Plano Crimewatch Update – 2013-57194

April 2, 2013

The following event was reported to the Plano Police Department.

OFFENSE NUMBER: 2013-57194
OFFENSE TYPE: Suspicious Person
LOCATION/STREET: McDermott Road (McDermott Rd/Hedgcoxe Rd, Mapsco 557G)
DATE: 3/29/13 (Friday) TIME: 7:00 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: The driver of the van drove around Russell Creek Park several times.  He attempted to talk to young girls (mid teens) while doing so.  At one point he stopped the van and got out to talk with the girls which caused them to run away and report the incident.

SUSPECT INFORMATION: White male, no other description.

VEHICLE INFORMATION: White van with a bubble top.  Tinted windows.

Residents are urged to immediately call 911 upon observing any suspicious person, vehicle, or circumstance.

If you have any information regarding suspicious persons or activity in your area, please call the Plano Police Department at (972) 424-5678.

Plano Crimewatch Update – 2013-56203

April 2, 2013

The following event was reported to the Plano Police Department.

OFFENSE NUMBER: 2013-56203
OFFENSE TYPE: Burglary – Habitation
LOCATION/STREET: Tuscany Drive (S. of Spring Creek Pkwy between Coit Rd/Preston Rd, Mapsco 656H)
BLOCK NUMBER: 4500
DATE: 3/28/13 (Thursday)TIME:1:00 p.m.

DESCRIPTION: The homeowner came home for lunch and stumbled into a burglary in progress. Upon being discovered the suspect ran away on foot.

SUSPECT INFORMATION: Male, early 20’s to mid 20’s, 5’6”-5’8”, 200-220 lbs, heavy build. Last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and pajama style pants what were red and white in color.

VEHICLE INFORMATION: On foot.

Residents are urged to immediately call 911 upon observing any suspicious person, vehicle, or circumstance.

If you have any information regarding suspicious persons or activity in your area, please call the Plano Police Department at (972) 424-5678.

Beware of a DISH Network Scam

March 11, 2013

man forbidsRecently several DISH customers have reported that people claiming to be representatives of DISH have contacted them in an attempt to collect money for special promotions or upgrades. We have discovered that these callers are often asking for credit card numbers or requesting payments via Western Union or Green Dot.

This message is to remind you that DISH will never call you asking for this or any other personal information or information related to your DISH account. If you receive a call requesting a payment in exchange for a promotion or upgrade, we encourage you to disconnect the call and contact us directly at 800-333-DISH (800-333-3474).

Source: CCMC

October Community Events

September 17, 2012

October is one of my favorite months of the year.  It typically signals the begining of fall type weather here in Texas which means people feel more like leaving the comfort of their air-conditioned homes to mix, mingle, and celebrate the cooler weather outdoors…well at least slightly cooler!  Ridgeview Ranch is no exception and there are a number of events and activities for you to participate in or even help to organize if you are so inclined.

National Night Out Against Crime – Although the rest of the country celebrates this event in August, Texas residents get a reprieve because of the typically brutal temperatures during that month.   So, our chance to meet each other, learn about crime watch programs and how to safeguard our families and homes is Tuesday, October 2, 2012.  Crime Watch Coordinator John McGraw would like to get homeowners together to organize one or more block parties in the neighborhood.  If you would like to help him make this dream a reality, please contact him at johnmcgrawtexas@gmail.com or give him a call at 972-727-3582.

Fall Garage Sale – This semi-annual event is scheduled for the first Saturday in October (October 6) and takes place from 8am to 2pm.  Any resident participating in the sale must register and get a permit with the City of Plano.  You can find all of the city information at the link below.

http://www.plano.gov/DEPARTMENTS/BUILDING%20INSPECTIONS/GARAGE%20SALES/Pages/default.aspx

Event Coordinator Lori Ward is also looking for someoone to help execute the details of the event including finding charity pickup/delivery service, creating participant lists or maps, organizing a balloon pickup for participants and more.  If you can help, please contact Lori at loriwardrealtor@yahoo.com

Fall Golf Scramble – The 2012 Fall RVR HOA Golf Scramble will be held on Saturday, October 6th with a 1:30 pm shotgun start. The registration fee for RVR residents is ONLY $40. One guest per RVR resident will be allowed to play with each guest paying the full fee of $60. Registration is limited to the first 72 players. Register now…before the tournament is sold-out.

Tournament details:
  • Date: Saturday, October 6th
  • Event Day Registration – 12:00 pm, shotgun start – 1:30 pm
  • Price: $40 for RVR residents; $60 for RVR resident’s guests (limited to 1 per resident)
  • Price includes: greens & cart fee, practice balls, 2 drink tickets PLUS a $5 Golf Shop Gift Card and a free green fee pass to both Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club and Riverchase Golf Club
  • Registration & payment due by Friday, September 28th
  • Make checks payable to Ray Strickland and mail/drop off at 2721 Royal Troon Drive
  • Trophies will be awarded for closest to the pin & longest drive for BOTH men & women as well as winning foursomes
  • After the tournament enjoy beverage & hot dog specials in the banquet room
For more information, please contact Ray Strickland at strickland4some@yahoo.com, or by phone at 972-978-6895.

Halloween Decorating Contest – This just-for-fun contest hosted by the Ridgeview Ranch Beautification Committee pitts neighbor against neighbor to see who can dress their house in the best Halloween “costume”.  More details including contest awards and judging dates to come.

We are always looking for additional volunteers and sponsors for these events.  If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering an event in our neighborhood, please contact Board President Lisa Coppinger at lisa_coppinger@yahoo.com.

Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Sellers Beware!

May 5, 2012

Door Knocker

I received a call this evening from one of my sellers. A potential buyer had showed up at her home, rang the doorbell, and asked to see the home. While this raised red flags for her, she let him into her home and showed him around.

The good news is that nothing happened.

It’s one thing to allow an agent with a keycard and who has scheduled an appointment into your home, but allowing a stranger off the street to do so could be a recipe for disaster.

Buyers off the street should always be referred to your agent. Agents generally qualify potential buyers before showing homes to them. This process tends to weed out unqualified or “buyers” with other motives.

Sellers, I know you want to sell your home, but please do not forfeit your safety in the process.

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