Archive for “Safety”

Home Security Systems

January 22, 2015

By Danny Oberst

Home Security

As homeowners, we all have to make a decision on whether or not to purchase a home security system. Does the peace‐of‐mind and added safety offset the cost and inconvenience of installing a home security system and if so, what should be included in that system? My wife and I recently moved to the Bryan Place community and determining the appropriate home security system was one of many important decisions we had to make. Hopefully, what we learned in this process will help otherRead more

Safe Holiday Tips

December 6, 2014

Holiday Safety

Remember to be especially vigilant during this holiday season. Here are some things to be aware of in the coming weeks: Cut up those big TV and computer boxes so as not to alert thieves that you have great new “stuff.” If you are not going to be at home, ask a neighbor to watch for package deliveries so they don’t remain unattended too long on the stoop. When shopping, lock you packages in the trunk if possible so they are notRead more

Pause (Paws!) to Keep Pets Safe

December 6, 2014

By Linda Collins (Additional tips by Miriam Raftery)

East County Magazine
Pets and Strays and Safety

Every year thousands of pets around the country are given as gifts during the holiday season. If you are thinking about joining the tradition, please “paws” to prepare your home before bringing a furry friend home for the holidays. Puppies and kittens are naturally curious and can turn unexpected household items – not to mention shiny, dangling ornaments – into toys. To keep your new pet and your family safe, follow this safety check list: Keep electrified cords away fromRead more

Safety in the Home – Space Heater Use

December 6, 2014

Safety and Fire Prevention

As Temperatures drop this winter, many will look to supplemental heating sources for their homes. Space heaters are a good option for those wanting to warm a small area. However, space heaters are responsible for 32 percent of house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. If you are planning to use a space heater in your home this winter, use these tips to keep you, your family and your property safe. Materials – Make sure you purchase a heaterRead more

New Crime Information from Dallas Police Department

November 10, 2014

Crime Prevention

If you are accustomed to scanning the Dallas crime statistics for neighborhood information, you have noticed that for the last couple of months no information was available. That is because the Dallas Police Department was updating its crime records and database and was updating its software. The site is now up and running and offers information through a number of analyses and reports, including the City Council’s Weekly Crime Briefing and an interactive crime map. The Weekly Crime Briefing isRead more

Travel Safety Tips

September 8, 2014

By Linda Collins

A blog by the National Crime Prevention Council
Crime Watch

From the National Crime Prevention Council & McGruff the Crime Dog Many of you are familiar with the image of McGruff the Crime Dog. This month’s crime prevention tips come to you from the National Crime Prevention Council, the home of McGruff. For a safe and happy trip, observe the following travel tips: Pack the least possible amount, and be sure your luggage stays under your control (or that of authorized personnel) at all times. Carry only the credit cardsRead more

McGuff Mobile alerts you to crimes in the Neighborhood

September 8, 2014

By A blog by the National Crime Prevention Council

McGruff Goes Mobile
Crime Watch and Mobile App

McGuff has gone mobile! Have there been burglaries near your home? Do you know if there are any sex offenders on your street? Now there’s an app for that! Download the McGuff Mobile smartphone app and enroll for free membership. Once enrolled, you’ll be able to view an interactive map displaying crimes and sex offenders in your neighborhood. You will be able to receive alerts and information via email or mobile device for as many addresses as you like, andRead more

West Nile Virus – What You Need to Know

August 4, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
West Nile Virus

What are the symptoms? Most people infected with West Nile virus will not have any signs of illness. Twenty percent of people who become infected will have mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands. The symptoms of severe infection (West Nile neuroinvasive disease) include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis. Only about one out of 150 (0.6%) peopleRead more

3 Easy Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re Away

June 3, 2014


Reprint of article by: Brittany Ritchey Remember the scene in Home Alone where Kevin rigs his house with every booby trap imaginable to foil two burglars? Good news: You can “defend” your house just as well, with a lot less effort. (A major “yay!”)  These simple strategies will give you peace‐of‐mind when you’re away—and, hey, if you want to leave glass ornaments under a windowsill, too, go for it. Discretion is advised A full mailbox, Facebook updates from the airport,Read more

Bothered by Solicitors?

May 5, 2014

By Linda Collins


Recently a neighbor called me with concern about a solicitor in the area going house to house.  I got the scoop on solicitation regulation in Dallas.  Here are the facts. In Dallas, solicitation is prohibited on Sunday, New Year’s Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Monday through Saturday, solicitation is not allowed before 9:00 a.m. or 30 minutes after sunset. The ordinance exempts a person holding a charitable solicitation permit. However, if you want to prohibitRead more

Make Your Home Less Appealing to Burglars

April 11, 2014

By Linda Collins


There are a number of thing you can do to make your own property safe and less appealing to burglars.  Here are some commonsense, inexpensive tips to make yourself more secure. Close the garage door even when you are at home to prevent tools and equipment from disappearing in a crime of convenience Add deadbolt locks if you do not already have them Trim shrubs if they hide windows and can obscure someone breaking in. Plant low, prickly plants that willRead more

Flooding Season calls for Careful Parking

April 2, 2014


Just a reminder, the picture below shows the areas within Bryan Place that are most prone to flooding.  As severe weather season is upon us, be careful not to park cars on low‐lying streets in these areas when storms are forecast. The storm drain upgrades originally approved in the 2006 bond election are still several years from completion. New residents should check with their surrounding neighbors about high‐water levels that were seen in previous years, especially in 2006, when floodingRead more