It is important to the Euless Police Department that citizens have the tools and information available to them to keep their homes safe and secure. Programs that facilitate this includes free home security inspections and your local neighborhood watch. A home alarm system can also keep your house safe. The Euless Police Department issues alarm permits for those who install one.
False alarms have become a great concern for law enforcement agencies everywhere. In 2008 the Euless Police Department responded to over 1,800 false alarms. While police are responding to alarms that turn out to be false, they are less available to respond to alarms that are valid.
In order to reduce the number of false alarms, the Euless City Council approved an ordinance in August of 2009 that requires anyone with an alarm (businesses and residences) to have a permit and spells out penalties for those who do not have a permit.
A yearly registration is required for alarm permit holders. The residential alarm fee is $30 (fee is waived if the permit holder is 65 or older) and the business alarm fee is $100. Applications can now be renewed online through PM/AM Corp by visiting www.famspermit.com/euless or by calling 888-387-7034.
Your Alarm Permit is good for one year and will expire on the last day of the month your permit was issued. If you already have an alarm permit in Euless, you will receive a letter in the mail with your renewal date. There is a fine for operating an alarm system without a permit.
We hope this ordinance will encourage alarm users to properly use and maintain their systems so they will reduce or eliminate false alarms. False alarms consume officer time, waste fuel, increase the risk of accidents and, over time, reduce the quality of police service to other areas with a greater need for officer presence. Our goal is to make Euless a safer place to live for all of our citizens.
Neighborhood Watch operates to educate participants in principles of crime deterrence. The program depends on a communication network, organized with three levels participants: The Residents, Block Captains and Local Law Enforcement Representatives.
By reducing opportunities for crime, looking out for your neighbors and acting as extra eyes and ears for the Police Department, you as a member of a Neighborhood Watch group, can improve the quality of life in your community.
Remember! Neighborhood Watch groups are not vigilantes and do not assume the role of the Police. They only ask citizens to be alert, observant, caring; and to serve as extra eyes and ears for the Police Department...for their own protection.
To report suspicious behavior, please call the Police Department at 817-685-1500.
The Euless Police Department currently offers free home security inspections upon request for residential/commercial properties. The purpose of these inspections is to help strengthen your defenses against criminals who may attempt to victimize your home/business. These free inspections are only one of many tools used to safeguard ourselves and property. Your local locksmiths, security companies and homebuilders may also provide further information that can help make your property more secure.
The Texas Department of Insurance also has an inspection certificate awarded to those homes passing a safety inspection (per Texas Insurance Code, Chapter 5: Article 5.33A). If your home passes the inspection, you may be able to get a small discount upon your homeowner's insurance premiums. The inspection is free and provided by appointment only. The inspections usually take about one hour to complete.
Security Inspection Officers
- White: 817-685-1536
- Gordon: 817-685-1686
- Fimbres: 817-685-1685
- Bryan: 817-685-1687
Homeowner's Safeguarding Tips
- Try to meet your neighbors and notify the police immediately of any suspicious people or vehicles in the neighborhood.
- Security systems should be installed by certified technicians and include a loud siren, sensors on doors and motion sensors throughout the home.
- Deadbolt locks can provide your best security. Using high quality, name-brand locks can be well worth your investment.
- Consider installing outdoor floodlights that are motion-activated. Make sure they are placed high enough so that burglars can't easily tamper with them.
- Keep valuables away from windows so burglars can't see them from outside.
- Use an etching tool to mark your valuables (use driver's license number and state abbreviation-not your social security number).
- Keep model/serial numbers of valuables in a secure location.
- Trim trees/bushes around the property so burglars have fewer places to hide.
- Install peepholes in your exterior doors, and don't open the door to someone you don't know.
- Don't trust a safety chain, which can easily be broken with force.
These tips are only a few suggestions to help protect persons and property from criminals.
These precautions may not be effective or appropriate to safeguard persons or property in all circumstances. The Euless Police Department appreciates your efforts in maintaining a Crime-Free community!