Wells Branch Crime Initiative

by Craig Smith, Major
Law Enforcement Bureau
Travis County Sheriff’s Office

During the months of June and July of this year, TCSO noticed an increase in burglary and theft in the Wells Branch area.  This was determined by using data collected monthly and prepared by an analyst.  This type of analysis helps us pinpoint where crime is increasing, as well as help us pro-actively work to prevent crime.  Captain Poole, who oversees our East Area Command, worked with his staff to come up with a crime initiative targeting burglary and theft in the Wells Branch area.  The initiative was four weeks in length, using various units such as, Auto Theft, Criminal Investigations, Traffic, and the Special Response Team.  Teams of deputies and detectives conducted surveillance, utilized bait vehicles and packages, and increased traffic enforcement.

The four week initiative was very successful, resulting in the following:

  • 3 recovered stolen vehicles, valued at $48,913.00
  • 1228 traffic citations issued
  • 27 persons arrested
  • 14 Felony Charges
  • 14 Misdemeanor Charges
  • 4 Felony Arrest Warrants
  • 17 Misdemeanor Arrest Warrants
  • 8 DWI Arrests
  • Stolen property recovered, valued at $8,700.00
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Flynn Lee and Nelson Linder address the residents of Wells Branch during the TCSO Townhall on September 7 at the WB Rec. Center.

I am very pleased with the work done by everyone involved.  I am confident this will impact the crime in Wells Branch and help make the community a safer place.  The holiday season has started and we will continue to monitor crime statistics so that we can immediately address areas of concern.

A video of the presentation by Captain Poole is available on the WBNA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WBNA.WellsBranchNeighborhoodAssociation/videos/2690101737688542/

Donations to ATXHAW

Once again, we’ll be collecting donations for those experiencing homelessness at Extreme Clean this Saturday, October 12, from 8am-2pm.  Please see below for a list from their website of items NEEDED as well as those accepted.

Austin Humanists at Work
Humans helping humans…no strings attached

Welcome to our traffic light shopping guide! Below is a list of our staple items, which was last updated on October 1, 2019.  Your donation is tax-deductible!  We are a 501(c)(3) organization.

For a complete list of everything we do and don’t accept, please see our Donate page.

As of February 24th, 2019, we cannot accept clothing (t-shirts, jeans, shorts, etc.). We continue to accept accessories that can be placed on our giveaway line, such as socks, underwear, bras, shoes, belts, hats, etc. If you’re not sure whether to donate a certain item, please email donations@austinhumanistsatwork.org.

Green Light (we really need these items!):

*Nail clippers
*Women’s underwear
*Non-perishable grab and go foods
*Hair oil/ leave-in conditioners for coarse hair
*Grab and go fruit for the day of the Giveaway
*Toilet paper
*Combs/brushes/hair picks (brushes and combs for all hair types)
Lip balm
Hair elastics
Emergency blankets
Insect repellent
Men’s underwear

*means that we are completely out of these items!

Yellow Light (we probably have enough of these items, but a few more wouldn’t hurt):

Women’s socks
Men’s socks
Mouthwash, dental floss

Red Light (we don’t need any more of these items right now):

Soap & body wash
Toothbrush covers
First aid kits
Baby wipes
Cotton balls
Floss picks
All feminine hygiene
All plastic Ziploc style bags

Shredding Services at Extreme Clean

FREE on-site secure document shredding services at Extreme Clean THIS Saturday, October 12, from 8am-1pm* for Wells Branch MUD In-District residents ONLY.

***They will leave promptly at 1pm.  Please drop off shredding prior to 12:45pm

Yard Chemicals
Recycle • Repurpose • Redistribute

This Saturday, October 12, 2019, we’ll be collecting fertilizer, pesticides, and fungicides at 2602 Tracy Trail from 8am-2pm in conjunction with EXTREME Clean Fall. Our volunteer, Pamela Woodward, will be collecting and listing items as they come in with the intent of finding homes for the unwanted supplies.  Leftovers will be transported to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility the following week.  Please do not bring these chemicals to the Thermal location.  They will only be taken at Tracy Trail.  Please make sure supplies are in their original containers and sealed or re-sealed.  Previously opened containers are acceptable, but they do need to be sealed for transport.  Relatively “clean” is appreciated as well.  Please dust off the cobwebs and dead bugs!

This year, in addition to yard chemicals, we will be accepting other items that are normally turned away at the Thermal location i.e. oil based paints, stains and sealers; expired fire extinguishers; cleaning products; propane tanks; smoke alarms, etc.  Items in usable condition will be posted for re-purposing.  All other items will be transported to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility the following week.

We reserve the right to decline acceptance of any item.  Please be considerate and respectful of Pamela.  She is volunteering her time to help our neighborhood and will be transporting the remaining goods at her expense the following week.  For questions, call 512-656-0654.

National Night Out

America’s Night Out Against Crime
Free Food • Great Company • Door Prizes!
Tuesday, October 1 • 6-8pm • Gazebo at KF Park

Join your Wells Branch neighbors for our night out against crime, Tuesday, October 1, from 6-8pm at the gazebo in Katherine Fleischer Park.  The WBNA will be serving up FREE hotdogs, sausage wraps, fruit & veggies, sodas and chips, and don’t forget the door prizes!  Make sure you stop by the Friends of the Library table and get your free Culvers Frozen Custard while supplies last!

Distinguished guests from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, ESD No. 2 Fire Dept. and Precinct 2 Constable’s Office will be on hand to visit with residents and answer questions.  Both children and adults will have the opportunity to talk with first responders, receive information on Neighborhood Watch and other programs available to residents, and tour the fire safety house that ESD No. 2 will have onsite.

Come find out what’s going on in our community and discuss with local law enforcement officers and politicians what you can do to help reduce the opportunities for crimes to occur in our neighborhood.

National Night Out’s purpose is to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts, build neighborhood spirit and strengthen our law enforcement-community partnership.  Help send the message to criminals that Wells Branch is organized and fighting back.

Take a stand against crime.  Turn on your porch light and come join your friends and neighbors at the park for food and fellowship.  If you have a Neighborhood Watch group on your block (or even if you don’t) we’d like to encourage you to come eat dinner with us, listen to the speakers, and then return home to your street and gather with your neighbors over dessert to discuss how you can make your homes and our community safer.

We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Training THIS Saturday!

September 28 | 10:30-11:30am
WB MUD Rec. Center | 3000 Shoreline

We need Volunteers to help get all our Wells Branch peeps registered! It only takes about an hour to get certified and you can be as involved (or uninvolved) as you’d like. Training enables you to be a resource to new neighbors, at community events, school PTA/PTO meetings, church functions, and social groups. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors!

Certification doesn’t expire until December 31, 2020!  It’s good for the next 15 months.  We’d like to be able to offer registration at our area apartment complexes as well as numerous community events.  We can’t cover it all without YOUR help!  Please consider volunteering.  Feel free to share this training opportunity with friends and co-workers.  The more, the merrier!

If you’d like to be a part of this effort (however big or small), we have a training session set for Saturday, September 28, 10:30am at the Rec. Center, 3000 Shoreline Drive. We need an approximate head count so that Travis County can bring adequate supplies. Reserve your spot here: https://forms.gle/FCukfZWwQGG7vaxP6