Summer Heat Poses Risks For Kids In Cars

LA MESA -- As summer heat rises once again, police are warning motorists to be especially vigilant about leaving children unattended in hot cars. See Traffic Information below.

Case Highlights: On Sunday May 25, 2014, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a robbery occurred at 4250 Spring Street. The victim stated that he agreed to meet an unknown male in the parking lot of the Spring Street Trolley Station to sell the phone he had advertised on Craig’s List. The victim observed a black, four door Honda Accord drive into the parking lot. One Black male exited the vehicle and stated that he would be taking the cell phone; three other unknown males exited the vehicle and forced the victim to empty his pockets. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and wallet, returned to the vehicle and were last seen driving southbound on Spring Street. The victim reported the incident to La Mesa Police the following day. The investigation is continuing.

Suspect #1: Black male, 30s, 5ft 8in tall, 140lbs, thin build, goatee, last seen wearing blue or gray baseball cap, black leather jacket with red stripes, white t-shirt, and blue jeans. The suspect is also missing two front teeth.
Suspect #2: Black male, 30s, 6ft 3in tall, 200lbs, heavy build, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean
Suspects #3 and #4: Black male adults, no further description.
Suspect Vehicle: Black, 4 door, Honda Accord

Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or you may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS (or visit You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.


Kids in hot cars are a deadly combination. Whether intentional or accidental, these deaths are preventable,
which makes it all the more tragic. Here are some helpful tips to make sure it doesn’t happen to you.
• Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down, or air conditioning on.
Children’s body temperature can heat up 3 to 5 times faster than adults. A core temperature of 107 is lethal.

• Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking way.

• Heatstroke can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. On an 80-degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes.

• Never let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them a vehicle is not a play area.

• Always lock your vehicle doors and trunk and keep the keys out of a child’s reach. If a child is missing,
quickly check all vehicles, including the trunk.
If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle:
• Call 911 immediately.
• If they are in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly, by spraying them with cool water or a garden hose. NEVER use an ice bath.
Remember: kids in hot cars are a deadly combination. Don’t take the chance. Look before you lock.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Protect yourself before you become a victim. Shred all documents with personal or banking information. Keep your information private: Do not give out your personal information on the phone or E-mail, even if the caller or E-mail seems to be from your financial institution. Call the number on your statements to verify any request.

Shop safely online: Online shopping is fast, convenient, and sometimes cheaper. Just make sure you’re
shopping on secured sites that are reputable before you provide your credit card information.
Monitor your credit report: You are entitled to a copy of your credit report from each major credit-reporting
agency free of charge once every year. Keep an eye on your credit report. Pay attention to all statements and
bills for transaction accuracy. Report any discrepancies to the financial institution immediately. Some things
may be out of your control but good common sense measures can go a long way to protect yourself and your identity.

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