Crime Prevention

The following tips help prevent and discourage burglary.

Most people find themselves wondering what exactly is Crime Prevention and what does it mean to them.

Crime prevention is the process of protecting yourself, your family, your residence and your property from crime and the fear of crime.  This page will show you different ways of doing this, as well as notify you of classes, seminars or web enabled training for your safety and well being.

The department understands that a well informed community is a well protected community and that crime trends in the Trophy Club area has dictated the need for a full time Crime Prevention Officer solely dedicated to inform and educate the public and business stakeholders in personal safety. Crime prevention, identity theft, fraud, and other serious crime as well as to collaborate with other agencies and community groups and to develop programs designed to foster community involvement in deterring and preventing crime. 

People need to be empowered with the knowledge and tools to protect their families by deterring crime and having a readily identifiable resource to address their concerns and to assist them in taking realistic measures to ensure the safety of their families and security of their property.

“It takes a village to raise a child” is a popular proverb with a clear message: the whole community has an essential role to play in the growth and development of its young people. Much like this, it takes a community to have an effect on crime in that crime prevention is everyone’s business from Children, youth and adults to the Criminal Justice Community and Business Leaders. Each person has a stake in the prevention of crime and each person can help. 

In the coming months this webpage will be developed to include information from avoiding specific fraud schemes to how to secure your home and vehicles.

Programs and Services

The Crime Prevention Officer is a readily accessible resource for the public. Services include: 

Home Security Inspections  Home Vacation Watch Program  Safety Fairs 
Business Security Inspections Neighborhood Watch National Night out
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Crime Prevention Education Bicycle Safety
Identity Theft Strategies and Reporting Packages Citizens Police Academy  
Silver Alert Packages Citizens on Patrol  

Contact Information

Officer Scott Voigt
Crime Prevention Officer
Office: 682-831-4651
Fax: 817-491-9886

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  • Lock all doors and windows: Invest in good locks. Deadbolt locks with long bolts that terminate in a good, solid door frame makes breaking down a door a chore. Also invest in good, solid core doors.

  • Keep shrubs trimmed back: If windows are visible, it is easier for neighbors or police to spot a broken window. Consider “thorny” shrubs, as they can be deterrents, as it can be painful to access windows over them.

  • Keep your garage door closed at all times: Not only does this prevent items from being stolen, it also takes away another sign that you’re home or away.

  • Store vehicles in your garage: Vehicles in garages make it harder for crooks to determine if you are away and prevents them from burglarizing your vehicle.

  • Get to know your neighbors: Knowing your neighbors is a great crime deterrent. Extra sets of eyes keeping watch on your property, reporting suspicious activity, and helping keep you safe. Be sure to return the favor and keep an eye on their home too.

  • Consider an alarm system: Most insurance companies offer discounts for alarms, and some system also monitor fire.
  • Watch what you throw out in the trash: If you’ve purchased a new TV, computer, or other expensive item, consider another way to dispose of the box. Will the store dispose of it in their trash? Can you cut it up to put inside garbage bags?

  • Use light timers when you are gone for long period: Light timers give the appearance of being lived in. Leave a radio or TV on at a conversational volume level. Have a neighbor pick up your paper and mail and accept packages. Have a neighbor remove door hangers and other advertisements that pile up at your door.

  • Consider a safety deposit box for jewelry: This can be especially useful for expensive jewelry or jewelry that you do not wear often.

  • Join or form a crime watch group: Getting to know a lot of your neighbors, and inviting the police to your meetings are powerful tools in your arsenal against crime.

  • Turn on exterior lights after dark: Use the same schedule for lighting when you are away that you do when you are at home. Consider timers for exterior lights.

  • Think like a burglar: Ask yourself, “What would a burglar find when he looks at my house that would be inviting?” Remember that you are an important partner in the fight against crime.