Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety

The holiday season is a busy time of year with the hustle and bustle of work and shopping, family coming to visit or going out of town to visit friends and family.

Unfortunately, there are criminals who use the holidays to target victims who may be distracted by the busy season. The holidays present special challenges to safety and security. Be aware of the dangers and takes steps to keep your holidays happy.

Home Safety:

Don’t let the rush and excitement of the holiday season make you careless in protecting your home from potential criminals.

The holiday season is a time when busy people can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crimes. Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes.

  • When leaving home for an extended time, have a neighbor or family member watch your house and pick up your newspapers and mail.
  • Be sure someone is home if you have packages delivered to your home.  Don’t leave them sitting on your front porch, since criminals sometimes follow delivery trucks and steal packages after they are delivered.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Be sure to do a property inventory and record serial numbers.  On new gifts, be sure to keep receipts and any documentation that has model and serial numbers before they are wrapped.
  • Large displays of holiday gifts should not be visible through the windows and doors of your home.
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other holiday display, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base, so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree, ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Never place wrapping paper in your fireplace.

Personal Safety:

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger. Taking a few prevention measurers can help keep your holiday season joyous.

The following tips from the Duncanville Department Crime Prevention Division can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Fanny sacks work great to keep your identification and money in while shopping.
  • Always carry your Driver License or Identification Card along with necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  • Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

Extra Precaution Needed:

Driving on shopping trips during the holidays requires some extra safety precautions. Avoid driving alone or at night.

  • Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car.
  • Do not leave your purse or valuables sitting in the passenger seat of your car while pumping gas.
  • Set your alarm or use an anti-theft device.
  • If you must shop at night, park in a well-lighted area.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.

This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.

  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.

Beware of Strangers:

Criminals take advantage of the holiday season to prey on those who are unsuspecting and generous. Be careful when someone you do not know comes to your door during the holiday season. Be aware that criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.

  • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
  • Ask for their identification and find out how the donated funds will be used.

If you are not satisfied, do not donate.

  • Donate to a recognized charitable organization.

Also be sure to keep you pets safe and watch what you feed them.

If you need more information contact Officer Doug Sisk with the Duncanville Police Department, Crime Prevention / Community Relations Division.  (972) 780 – 5027 or dsisk@duncanvillepd.com  

Finance Department Wins 2019 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

GFOA CAFR Award

Due to the ongoing efforts of the Finance Department team, the City of Duncanville has earned the 2019 Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The achievement recognizes outstanding work on the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and Duncanville has earned this award for 24 consecutive years. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

View the City of Duncanville FY17-18 CAFR

The GFOA established the CAFR Program in 1945 to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of accounting principles and prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that display the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 22, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, November 22, 2019



Fraud & Identity Theft Awareness: Understanding the Dangers

At the Town Hall meeting on November 14, 2019 the Duncanville Police Department presented information regarding fraud and identity theft. A variety of topics were covered and the presentation was recorded for those who could not attend. Please be proactive about protecting yourself, and your information, from becoming a victim of crime.

Duncanville Police Santa Cop Progam

Thank you to Diamond Wished for your donations to start off our 2019 Santa Cop Toy Drive Program.  The Santa Cop program is funded entirely by local donations and the Duncanville Police Association and Duncanville Police Employees and families.  It is organized by the Duncanville Police Association, and supported by members of the Duncanville Police Department, their families, Ebby Halliday, Realtors’ Southwest Dallas/Ellis Counties office, Duncanville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Diamond Wishes, Duncanville Chamber of Commerce, Champion Cove, Inwood Bank, Assured Self Storage, Champions Cove, Inwood Bank, Duncanville Senior Citizens Center, and community volunteers.

New unwrapped toys or cash donations can be dropped off at:

Duncanville Police Department 203 E. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, Texas 75116

City Manager Kevin Hugman Announces Retirement Effective May 31, 2020

Kevin Hugman

Duncanville City Manager Kevin Hugman will retire from the city effective May 31, 2020 after serving five years in the position. Hugman formally announced his retirement to City Council at the November 19, 2019 Council meeting. He has served as City Manager since March 2, 2015.

“This decision has not been easy as I have enjoyed my time in Duncanville working alongside dedicated city council members and an outstanding staff of professionals,” said City Manager Kevin Hugman. “I am excited about the progress the city has made and the numerous infrastructure improvements that will improve the quality of life for Duncanville residents for years to come. Many projects contribute to the betterment of our community, including the new Kidsville/Splashpad, new park pavilions and restroom/concession buildings, street reconstruction projects, added emphasis on street maintenance, and a significant increase in capital replacement of aging water and wastewater lines”.

Notable accomplishments during Hugman’s tenure in Duncanville include tackling various infrastructure-related assets and projects, updating the city’s Comprehensive Plan, adoption of a new city logo and the passage of all four propositions during the 2018 Bond Election, including projects related to parks & recreation facilities, street improvements, firefighting facilities and municipal building improvements.  

Barry Gordon, Mayor for the City of Duncanville, said, “Kevin has been a huge asset to the Duncanville community, and over the years provided great experience, professionalism and stability to our city. We wish him and Susan the very best and that they may enjoy the fruits of retirement”. Mayor Gordon went on to say, “Regarding filling the City Manager position, the City Council agrees that undergoing a professional process and hiring a dedicated search firm will result in the most qualified candidate who will fit our community’s needs and its culture so that Duncanville’s progressive growth may be sustained in the future”.  

Kevin Hugman previously worked as the Assistant City Manager for the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as in a variety of capacities at the city of Southlake, Texas, including Director of Community Services (parks, recreation, library services) and Director of Human Resources. Prior to that Kevin worked in the private sector for a few years before earning his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Hugman also holds a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines. Hugman retired from the US Navy Reserves in 2007 at the rank of Captain after serving 26 years active and Reserve duty. He is married and has two adult children and six grandchildren.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 15, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, November 15, 2019



2019 Holiday Schedule for Trash, Recycling & City Facilities

​​Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Year’s 2020

Duncanville city facilities will be closed on:

  • Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday
  • Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 in observance of the New Year’s holiday

Holiday hours (other closures and holiday hours):

  • Duncanville Public Library – Closed Saturday, November 30. Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27 and Tuesday, December 31.
  • Duncanville Recreation & Senior Centers – Closes early at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27, Monday, December 23 and Tuesday, December 31.

Trash, recycling and bulk collection service will not run on:

  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • New Year’s Day – Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Refuse collection will resume on the following regularly scheduled pick up day.

Live Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Duncanville provides Christmas tree recycling through January 10 at the Service Center located at 330 Shady Trail. Residents may drop off their trees in the grassy area by the existing mulch pile on Shady Trail near Main Street (there will be signage to direct you to the area). Christmas trees must be free of lights and decorations and cannot be in any type of wrap, especially plastic. The mulch is provided free to residents. For more information contact the Service Center at 972-780-4900.

City of Duncanville Weekly Update: November 8, 2019

The City welcomes and encourages community members to stay up-to-date on City activities and projects, while increasing public awareness of the things the City does on a daily basis.

The City Manager provides a weekly update to City Council of departmental activities and other significant items of interest, and that in the interest of also keeping the public better informed, the City is pleased to make those updates available to the citizens.

Weekly Update for Week Ending: Friday, November 8, 2019



Veterans in the Duncanville Police Department: Sgt Adrian Tijerina

Sergeant Adrian Tijerina has been employed with the Duncanville Police Department since September 11, 2006 and has been a Texas Peace Officer since December 15, 1999.  The acts of terrorism on September 11, 2001 shook the foundation of America and prompted Tijerina to join the military and serve his country.  After several years, he joined the Texas Army National Guard and was sent to U.S. Army Infantry OSUT training in Fort Benning, Georgia in October 2010.

At that time Tijerina had been with the Duncanville Police Department for four years. Tijerina researched Texas Civil Service Law to learn what to expect and to make sure he had a job once he returned.  The Texas Local Government Code, Military Leave of Absence section states that an employee shall be granted leave, without pay, for initial training, annual duty, and active duty service.  Once the service is over the employee shall be reinstated to the same position that was held when the leave was granted, with some stipulations, such as, being honorably discharged and having good mental and physical health. 

In 2012, Tijerina was activated on his first Active Duty Service and deployed to Afghanistan.  He was gone from the Police Department for approximately 12 months, and that’s when he learned the City of Duncanville goes above and beyond what is required for its employees who are members of the U.S. Military.  Once his term of service was completed, Tijerina was honorably discharged and seamlessly returned to work as a Patrol Officer. Upon his return, Tijerina’s salary at the City was more than he earned before he deployed.  The City computed the difference in the salaries and continued to pay the difference, so he did not lose money while deployed to Afghanistan. 

In 2015, Tijerina was promoted to Patrol Sergeant and in 2017 was once again activated. This time he was deployed to Somalia for Active Duty Service.  In accordance with Civil Service law, there was a Sergeants Promotional Exam held to fill his role while he was deployed. His term of service ended after approximately 12 months and Tijerina returned to Patrol Sergeant duties. The officer who had been temporarily promoted to fill his position during deployment was returned to his previously held Patrol Officer position with one difference.  That Officer was placed on a promotional list that would not expire and would be promoted to Sergeant with the next vacancy.

Sergeant Tijerina is one of three Police Department employees who are active in the Texas Army National Guard.  Employing Veterans makes the department stronger and more diverse.  The training and leadership fostered with military service is a strong asset for the Police Department.  Our veteran officers cover three diverse military occupations, Infantry, Medic, and Intelligence, which can be used to enhance each employee’s Police function, and ultimately benefits the citizens of Duncanville.