Photo: Dallas Police This porch thief last year was caught thanks to security cameras.

Photo: Dallas Police
This porch thief last year was caught thanks to security cameras.

Noelle Dixon is already down a couple of gifts thanks to package thieves that hit her Lakewood-area home last night and absconded with a shirt for her and a shirt for her daughter. Last year, thieves hit several locations, including homes in Midway Hollow, where two thieves were caught after they tried to pawn the items they stole.

“It happened tonight around 8:30 p.m.,” she told me last night. “We are filing a police report and posting a sign for all deliveries to ring the doorbell.”

And that’s a good idea, according to most every expert I’ve asked this week.  For instance, University Park’s Crime Prevention Officer Lita Snellgrove said that while they have not had any reports of package thefts so far, “many cities are already having problems.” An ounce of prevention, Snellgrove explained, can really lessen your chances of having those holiday gifts stolen off your porch. (more…)

University Park Police released this sketch, which is a likeness of the rapist accused of attacking an SMU student.

University Park Police released this sketch, which is a likeness of the rapist accused of attacking an SMU student.

Is the “bubble” all that safe anymore?

University Park Police have released a sketch of a man that is wanted in connection to the rape of an SMU student, according to this report from Channel 5 (KXAS). The attack, which happened at around 11 p.m. Sept. 7 in UP’s Walt Humann Park, was hidden by a small planter in the 6700 block of Willard Dr.

The (extremely brave) victim described her assailant as a 6-foot-tall black man with the build of a “football player,” who was wearing a Los Angeles baseball jersey. The attacker also had a crown tattoo on his neck with some script or lettering below it. I am amazed at her presence of mind to absorb all of these details.

UPPD spokesperson Lita Snellgrove said that with all of the details the victim was able to give, “We’re hoping that we’re gonna get calls on who this suspect is.”

Still, it makes you wonder that the illusion of safety is a dangerous part of life in the Park Cities. While attacks like this seem rare in University Park and Highland Park, when it does happen it definitely bursts the “bubble.” Still, it looks like city crews are trying to increase visibility in the park, trimming bushes and trees to remove blind spots.

Until we live in a society where some men no longer feel entitled to women’s bodies, perhaps we should take some measures to ensure our personal safety. I know I’m considering one of these. What about you?