Police

  Larry Mahan, Jr., Police Chief
     
   

 

Breckenridge Police Department

Shanon Herring, Records Manager

210 E Dyer Street
Breckenridge, TX 76424
(254) 559-2211

911 (Emergency)

Only  to be used if there may be a reason to believe someone’s life is in danger or someone’s property is in the process of being stolen or damaged.

254-559-2211 (Non-Emergency)

To be used for everyday type of complaints ranging from complaints about neighbors to loose dogs to any other non-life threatening incident.

 

Information that should be provided to the agency:

  • Address
  • Name of caller
  • Phone number from where they are calling
  • Description of what is happening
  • Description of any persons at the location involved in the incident
  • Description of any vehicles involved
    • Once the law enforcement officer arrives at the scene inform him/her of the incident.  At this time the officer will make any arrests if necessary and if there is an opportunity to make that arrest. The officer will then make a full report and submit that report to the investigators.
    • It is important to note that the more information provided, the faster a case can be resolved.  A lack of evidence or leads may slow down any investigation.
    • The dire need for law enforcement in general leaves agencies overwhelmed with criminal cases, so patience is important.  Remember that even though a case may take a long time, your local law  enforcement agency is always on the job.

TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY SAFE

If you are traveling:

  • Get an automatic timer for your lights in your home.
  • Ask a neighbor to watch your home.
  • Don’t forget to have your mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign that you are away.
  • If you are out for the evening:
  • Turn on lights and a radio or television so that it appears someone is home.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside of your home during the holidays.

If you are shopping:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Park in a well-lighted area.
  • Lock your vehicle doors.
  • If you have an alarm, use it.
  • If possible, return to your vehicle in groups.
  • When returning to your vehicle, have your keys out and ready.
  • Check the front and back floor areas of your vehicle before entering.
  • If you have packages stored in your vehicle, make sure that they are hidden.
  • If you see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 or return to the store and call for security.
  • Shopping with children? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.

The following tips can help prevent you from becoming a victim of a crime:

  • Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for just a minute.
  • Always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it is in front of your home or if you are just running into the store for a minute.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if your car is locked. Put them in the trunk or at least out of sight. Park in busy, well-lighted areas.
  • Consider installing an alarm system. You may be able to get a discount on your auto insurance.
  • Install a mechanical locking device that locks into the steering wheel, column or brake to prevent the wheel from being turned more than a few degrees. If you own a locking device, USE IT!
  • Etch the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid.
  • Copy the VIN and your license plate number on a card and keep it in a safe place. If your vehicle is stolen, the police need this information.
  • If your car is stolen or burglarized, report it to the police immediately.

Use the following to help safeguard your home:

  • 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 that they are placed high enough so that they cannot easily be tampered with.
  • Keep valuables away from view of windows so that they cannot be seen from the outside.
  • Use an etching tool to mark your valuables. Be sure to use your driver’s license number and not your Social Security Number.
  • Keep model and serial numbers of valuables and keep them in a secure location.
  • Trim trees and bushes around the property so that burglars have fewer places to hide.
  • Keep grass cut and landscaping manicured.
  • Keep the garage door closed whether you are at home or not. Thieves love to steal lawn mowers and tools from garages.
  • Install peepholes in your exterior doors and do not open the door to someone you do not know.
  • Do not trust a safety chain. They can easily be broken with force.

Use the following suggestion to help prevent mail theft:

  • Remove mail from mailbox as soon as possible after delivery.
  • Never leave mail in mailbox overnight. The US Postal Service will hold mail for you at no charge when you are away.
  • If you travel frequently, consider the security of renting a post office box.
  • Deposit outgoing mail only in blue US Postal Service collection boxes or at your local post office. Do not place outgoing mail, especially checks, in your personal mailbox or in your apartment complex outgoing mail slot.
  • Do not use the red flag on your mailbox… It flags thieves too!
  • Have boxes of checks mailed to your bank branch for pick-up.
  • Keep track of monthly financial statements.
  • If you do not receive an expected financial statement, credit card or check, report it promptly to the issuing entity.
  • Purchase a paper shredder or otherwise destroy any unwanted mail that contains financial or personal identifier information.
  • Use a gel-type ink to write checks. It is much more difficult to chemically remove and alter.
  • If your mail is stolen, report it immediately your local post office.

If you become a victim of identity theft:

  • Contact your local Police Department and file a report. A police report is critical in helping victims get rid of fraudulent debts and clear up their credit reports.
  • Notify banks, creditors and utilities. Close accounts that have been used by thieves. Choose new passwords and PINs for all of your accounts and don’t use your Mother’s maiden name as a password. Notify merchants that issued credit or accepted bad checks in your name. Use your police report or FTC affidavit as a backup.
  • Call the toll-free number of any one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit report. Fraud alerts can help prevent an identity thief from opening additional accounts in the victim’s name. As soon as the credit bureau confirms the fraud alert, the other two credit bureaus will automatically be notified to place fraud alerts, and all three credit reports will be sent to the victim free of charge.
Equifax
PO Box 74024
Atlanta, GA 30374
800-525-6285
  Experian
PO Box 9532
Allen, TX 75013
888-397-3742
  TransUnion Corp.
PO Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
800-680-7289
  • Close accounts that you know or believe to have been tampered with or opened fraudulently. When disputing new unauthorized accounts, many banks and creditors will accept the ID Theft Affidavit provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which will save you valuable time in the recovery process.
  • File a complaint with the FTC at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or call 877-IDTHEFT (877-438-4338). Consumer complaints help make a database a better resource for law enforcement officers.
  • Download a copy of Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity Theft, from the FTC Website that tells you how to minimize the risk of, and recover from, identity theft.
  • For fraud involving stolen mail, also file a complaint with the US Postal Service here
  • Order your credit report each year. Get credit reports from all three credit bureaus and study them closely. Some victims say that it took them years to clear their credit files and that new credit was sometimes granted in their names without their permission even after fraud alerts were placed on their accounts.