Retired Dallas Cop Sticks it to Criminals

Neighborhood uses car decals to distinguish neighbors from strangers

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    TK
    NBCDFW.com
    A North Texas neighborhood is using car stickers to distinguish neighbors from strangers.

    A North Texas neighborhood fed up with crime is trying something new to keep criminal minds at bay.

    Jim Hughes, a retired Dallas police officer, came up with idea to ask residents to put stickers on their cars to distinguish people who belong in the neighborhood from those who don't.

    "We have a lot of petty thefts, burglary of motor vehicles, people stealing things out of neighbors' front yards," Hughes said.

    The Casa Linda Estates Neighborhood Association has sent two security decals to the more than 400 homes in Casa Linda Estates.

    "If someone is in the neighborhood cruising around looking suspicious, and they don't have one of these, we know they are somebody to look at," Hughes said.

    People who live in the area seem to like the idea.

    "You got to keep an eye on your neighborhood one way or the other," East Dallas resident Jake Fruth said. "It seems like a pretty good idea."

    But Hannah Phillips, who lives in Mesquite but frequents the Casa Linda Shopping Plaza, said she had some concerns about the stickers.

    "You might have people like myself passing through coming to Starbucks or visiting another friend," she said.

    But Hughes said neighbors can distinguish people who are visiting from those who are casing the neighborhood.