Frisco police fight traffic issues, break-ins
Following a slew of vehicle break-ins and speeding problems, Frisco police are looking for new ways to respond.
Three vehicle break-ins were reported this month, a significant increase for the town. In all three cases, thieves targeted cars left unlocked by their owners.
“That’s typically how people are victimized,” Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman said. “Most crimes are born of opportunity, so if you take away an easy opportunity like an unlocked car or home, you are very likely to deter a crime and save yourself some serious heartache and time.”
Homeowners also filed complaints as traffic diverted from Main Street construction rushed through neighborhoods. Robert Cook, president of the Village Homeowners Association of Frisco Inc., expressed concerns that speeding cars might harm children or cyclists along the bike paths.
“As it’s getting warmer, we have concerns about people hitting kids who are playing outside,” Cook said. “The police department had been extremely responsive in putting out signs. That worked to a certain extent.”
A sign posted in the center of Creekside Drive that read “please drive slowly” was completely destroyed, Frisco Marketing and Communications director Vanessa Agee said.
KIDS ON THE STREET
“There are so many kids on those side streets; they can be unpredictable and you need to drive slowly,” Agee said. “It’s just not worth speeding.”
Cook added police also tried putting a cruiser in the neighborhood.
“That worked until people realized the car was empty,” Cook said.
Police — and a few homeowners — are looking to mark more signs along the heavily trafficked neighborhood roads of Creekside Drive and Galena and Granite streets, all of which are posted at 20 miles per hour. Speed-monitoring devices and patrollers will also be stationed on side streets.
“We recognize that people have busy lives and are often in a hurry, but we want people to understand that saving a minute or two could result in hitting a child on a bike. It happens fast,” Wickman said in a statement. “At the end of the day, I’m appealing to this community and asking folks to please slow down before they cause a tragedy.”
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