The Holidays are upon us once again and the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is making every effort to provide the safest atmosphere possible for the citizens of Texarkana, Arkansas. Throughout this effort, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will have ZERO tolerance for any felony crime committed in Texarkana, Arkansas and will be implementing high bonds, seizing vehicles, and seeking maximum penalties.
We will be increasing patrols of business and residential areas through the use of marked and unmarked vehicles. Foot patrols and bicycle patrols will also begin in all shopping areas through the Holidays. Added personnel from the Patrol Division, Services Division, and Special Operations will supplement daily patrol activities in order to sufficiently provide for the safety of the citizens of Texarkana.
Unfortunately there has been a recent increase in robberies and burglaries in the Texarkana area. Many of theses crimes will begin with a stranger knocking on the door of a residence in order to see if someone is home. Once it is verified by the suspect that the home is vacant, the home is then victimized. You can help police catch these criminals by calling 911 to report any suspicious people in or around your neighborhood.
In addition, much of the recently stolen property will end up on the street by criminals who will make a quick sale. This type of property becomes a hot commodity because average citizens will purchase the equipment, thinking it is simply just a good deal. Purchasing stolen property is a felony crime. If you have recently purchased an item which you feel might have been stolen, contact a Detective at 903-798-3130. There will not be any consequences to individuals who voluntarily inquire about property that could have been possibly stolen.
Together we can reduce these types of crimes. We ask for all citizens of Texarkana, Arkansas to be aware of their surroundings and to be good neighbors, by keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in their neighborhood. What may appear to citizens as insignificant and meaningless may be the one small piece of evidence or information that can solve these crimes. We encourage anyone with information to call 911 if they see anyone or anything out of the ordinary. If you have any additional questions regarding holiday safety feel free to contact the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department at (903)798-3130.
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer
903-798-3187 (office) 903-824-4199 (cell)