Dallas: Police set up to stop looters before they start

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 4 at 4:48 PM

DALLAS - Security was the concern Tuesday night after tornadoes tore apart homes and businesses in several parts of North Texas.
 
There were a lot of neighborhoods without power, and a lot of homes completely exposed. Dallas Police Chief David Brown told News 8 he was worried about looting.

DPD set up a command post at the Tommie Allen Recreation Center in South Dallas. It's close to where about 50 homes were damaged.

The chief was worried that with street lights out, criminals may try to sneak in and loot damaged homes. So Dallas police brought in flood lights, along with extra officers, so they can patrol the damaged areas around-the-clock.

They put roadblocks in place in some areas, and police tried to restrict access to devastated neighborhoods to residents.

Officers realize disaster victims can be tempting targets to criminals.

As we move into the recovery, the Dallas police had a quick reminders.

Of course, they warned to avoid downed power lines, but also urged people to be careful with generators and power tools during the clean-up. Make sure generators are outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, and when you start cleaning up Wednesday, use common sense with power tools.

But the big concern Tuesday night was the lack of power in many neighborhoods.

If driving around in areas where street lights and traffic lights are out, police urge you to slow down and watch out for pedestrians or other cars.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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