Burleson police to step up holiday enforcement
Special to the Connection
Nov 9, 2009, 12:43

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The Burleson Police Department’s sworn bicycle officer unit, police traffic unit, and members of the Citizens On Patrol will be out in force the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, the busiest shopping day of the year.
The focus will be on the major shopping areas. The traffic unit — motorcycles and Dodge Chargers — will be on the lookout for unsafe driving to prevent some crashes.
That enforcement includes drivers who fail to yield right-of-way to drivers exiting the highway. Vehicles on a road that parallels a highway must yield right-of-way to a vehicle exiting the highway or a vehicle entering the highway.
The sworn bicycle officer unit and teams of Citizens on Patrol members will watch retail parking lots.
COPs team members wear light blue uniform shirts with light blue COP jackets and ball caps that are marked Citizens On Patrol.
Team members in vehicles will be identified with magnetic signs that say Burleson Citizens On Patrol. Some COPs members may be on bicycles.
The sworn officer bicycle unit will wear the standard dark blue uniforms.
To make vehicles less enticing to thieves and burglars, police urge drivers to keep their valuables out of sight
CD players, car stereos, GPS navigation systems, purses, wallets, cellular telephones, loose change and tools are the top items recently stolen from vehicles in Burleson.
Other prime targets are iPods, CDs, radar detectors, briefcases or work bags, computers, jewelry, guns and garage door openers.
Unlocked vehicles, or vehicles with valuables in plain sight, are an open, and easy, invitation for a criminal.
Police also advise drivers to park their vehicles in busy, well-lighted and well-traveled areas. If a vehicle has an alarm or anti-theft device, use it.
And report people who look suspicious. Have a good description of what the they look like, what they are driving, and their location, when calling 911.