Police Announce Special 'Texting' Targets

LA MESA -- In this week's crime report, the La Mesa police are giving motorists ample warning. The department's traffic enforcement officers will be targeting schools, including the area around Helix High School, and highway on-ramps looking for motorists "texting" while driving.
See "Traffic Information" below:

Case Highlights:

On April 13, 2012, at 9:49 PM an unarmed security guard was robbed by 2 men at knifepoint at 7500 Parkway Drive. The first suspect was described as a black male, 30-40 years old, 6’2” tall, 165 pounds wearing dark clothing. The second suspect was described as a black male, 30-40 years old, 6’ tall, 230 pounds, wearing a black beanie, gray hoodie and jeans. The knife was described as a hunting knife with an 8” long jagged blade.
This investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, please call La Mesa Police at (619) 667-1400.

Traffic Information:

The La Mesa Police Department is continuing its zero tolerance approach to drivers who let their attention be primarily focused on tasks other than driving. Since the beginning of the state-wide campaign on April 1st, 2012, La Mesa Police Officers have issued 134 citations for violations of talking on a cell phone or texting while driving. Locally, officers will focus extra traffic enforcement efforts in the areas around our schools this week, especially Helix High School, and also in the traditionally congested areas around the freeway entrances. Please adhere to the rules of the road in all areas and be courteous to others while in traffic—especially around school zones.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:

The La Mesa Police Department would like to help you prevent burglaries to your home. The Crime Prevention Unit provides free security inspections for residences. A Crime Prevention Specialist who has been trained in residential security practices can come to your home, at your convenience, to conduct the survey. The Crime Prevention Specialist will make recommendations and answer questions regarding home security features and practices. The survey takes about 45 minutes to complete and you are welcome to invite friends and neighbors. If you are interested in scheduling a survey or would like more information, please call the Crime Prevention Unit at 619.667.7545.

Take some time this month to copy all of your important financial and personal documents. In the event of an emergency, these documents will be integral to your family’s financial recovery process. Include an inventory list of personal property with photos and any appraisals for insurance purposes. Keep a hard copy offsite or an electronic copy backed up online. Meet with a financial planner to ensure you are fully prepared for an emergency. This is also a great time to back up your photos and home videos too! For more information on emergency preparedness, visit www.heartlandfire.org.

Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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Comment by The OBriens of La Mesa on April 25, 2012 at 12:43am

I am sorry, i used satire when maybe i should have been more direct. La Mesa has a larger issues with residential and business burglaries, vandalism and muggings. The news and crimes reports, with research will show this point to be true. Crime is up in La Mesa and I feel that by using resources on these 'Revenue Generating' distractions they are shirking their mandate.....to make and keep this a safe place to live or work. By having traffic patrols on highway exits and high school entrances, they are going after low hanging fruit (Metaphor for revenue)  and is a subterfuge to their real responsibilities. Read the news, don't listen to it!

Thanks also for driving one of my points home......belied statements on the 'dangers' of texting while driving!

Comment by helen t. givens on April 24, 2012 at 2:27pm

texting drivers are a serious problem nationwide. Distracted drivers cause thousands of accidents and many have included fatalities. To criticize La Mesa Police as the The OBrien's did is very shortsighted. La Mesa residents should be happy that the police department and the city are taking measures to make residents aware that the city willl not tolerate this activity.  The OBriens are either speaking out of ignorance of the situation or out of dislike of the department. a sad commentary.

Comment by The OBriens of La Mesa on April 23, 2012 at 10:22pm

Wouldn't it be nice if LMPD announced a special "Stop the Robberies" initiative? Of course there is no money in catching a burglar or an armed robber..........I suppose we'll hear safety this and they should know better that.............but at the end of the day LMPD is nothing more than a fee collector for the city. Sad.

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