Warm Weather Can Spur Burglaries

LA MESA -- The return of warm weather brings open windows and the increased potential for burglars to find a way in. See some tips below in the Crime Prevention section.

Case Highlights: On May 8, 2013, at 10:50 p.m. and 11:58 p.m. two separate armed robberies occurred at La Mesa ATMs and are now being investigated by La Mesa Police.
The first incident occurred at the Wells Fargo Bank ATM at 5610 Lake Murray Boulevard. The male victim was approached by a white male or light-skinned Hispanic male asking for change. When the victim told the man he had none, the suspect produced a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim complied and the suspect then fled the scene running west from the bank.
The second incident occurred at the Bank of America ATM at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive. The female victim was approached by an Asian male as she made deposits into the ATM. The suspect produced a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash. The victim complied and the suspect took a small amount of cash, fleeing east on Center Drive.
Both investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information related to either case is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400 or Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com.
Traffic Information:
To assist La Mesa motorists that may have an unfortunate encounter with a non-injury traffic accident, we want to give you some direction as to what information you need to gather and offer to the other party involved. You need the following information at the very least from the other driver:
1. The Driver’s Information: Drivers License Number, Name, Birth Date, Current Address and Telephone Number.
2. Their Vehicle’s Information: Year, Make, Model, Color, License Plate Number and Registered Owner’s Name (if different from the driver).
3. Their Insurance Information: Insurance Company Name and Policy Number.
4. Contact Information of any Witnesses.
This information is all that you need. A police officer may arrive to assist you but is not necessarily always available depending on other calls for service. You can exchange the above with the other party and notify your insurance company as soon as practical. In most cases an officer would not complete an accident report in a non-injury case. There are some exceptions, like in a DUI case or city property is involved. The above list is exactly the information an officer would gather and include in an accident report and is all that is needed. Print out the listed 4 items and keep it handy in your car, purse or wallet to be used as a reference if you are involved in a non-injury traffic accident.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
As the weather continues to warm, residents keep doors and windows open to stay cool. Adhere to the following recommendations to help keep your family safe. Install secondary locks on your windows to secure them in an open position. Dowels and thumb screws are an inexpensive solution. Close and lock all windows and doors when you leave the house. Even if you will only be gone for a few minutes, a burglary can occur just as quickly. Don’t ignore home security in favor of convenience. Close and lock all windows and doors at bedtime. Air out the house before going to sleep and use fans to keep air circulating. An open window can be inviting to a burglar looking for a quick target. Close and lock all second story windows when you leave the house or go to bed as well. Don’t assume that because a window is on the second story, it is inaccessible. Clear your yard of items that could be used to gain access to a balcony, deck or open window. Secure gates and ensure outdoor lighting is working properly.
Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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Comment by midge hyde on May 15, 2013 at 3:27pm

Good tips!  Midge Hyde

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