EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column:

The position I hold at the Waxahachie Police Department is that of Community Service/Crime Prevention Officer. This is a position many others have also worked in at the Waxahachie Police Department.  One of our main goals is to make people aware of crime prevention.

We use the “Crime Triangle” to help people be more aware of their situations in order to reduce crime.  

The three legs of the triangle are: 1). Desire; 2). Opportunity, and, 3). Ability.  We, as honest law abiding citizens, can have an effect on these three legs — but the one we can affect the most is opportunity.

How many times do we leave something in our vehicle, on our front porch or lying in the grocery basket at the store?  These are all opportunities for a thief to steal from us.  

When this happens the police are called and a report is taken. It is sad to listen to the victims tells us where their bicycle, purse, cell phone etc., was last seen. Most the times the theft could have been prevented had the victim placed the items out of view when in a vehicle or securing items to the front porch.  

If we give a thief an easy opportunity, they will take it most of the time. What most people do not realize is this property is very seldom returned because we, as law enforcement, have no leads to start an investigation.  

Please here me out. I do not think it is right at all that we as law abiding citizens should have to worry about hiding our items inside our locked car or securing thing to our front porch. This just happens to be the world we live today, which makes me sad.

We will cover more topics of the next few weeks.

Wess Winn holds a master peace officer certification. If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org or call 469-309-4410. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.