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LA MESA -- In the old days, fire departments rang bells or sounded booming horns to signal a fire or emergency. Today, they simply send out text alerts. The La Mesa Police Department is doing the same, letting residents know why that helicopter is hovering over a neighborhood.
But to get this emergency information, you have to sign up. The links and directions are below in the Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness section of the weekly crime report.
On 08/17/12 at approximately 8:00 AM, a male suspect attempted to lure a female Helix High School student into his vehicle. The 16 year old female student was walking to Helix High School westbound in the 7500 block of University Avenue when she was approached by the suspect. The suspect drove up next to the female and got out of his vehicle. The suspect said to the female, “Hey, get in my car.” The female ran home and called police. The suspect fled the area in his vehicle and was last seen driving eastbound on University Avenue. Officers searched the surrounding areas but were unable to locate the suspect or his vehicle. The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male, 30-40 years old, unshaven, wearing a white T-shirt. The vehicle was described as a “beat up” white, small or medium sized pick up truck. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.
All of the public schools in La Mesa are now in session after the summer break. Remember to slow down and be cautious when driving near the schools. There are new safety patrol student who are still learning there duties. The speed limit is 25 mph in school zones when children are present. La Mesa Police will be providing extra traffic enforcement in the school zones over the next few weeks.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Receive up-to-date information affecting your La Mesa Neighborhood by e-mail and text message. From crime and fire alerts to suspect descriptions, sign up for NIXLE ALERTS today via your cell phone or online. Text “LAMESAPOLICE” to 888777 to receive alerts from La Mesa Police Department. Text “HEARTLAND” to 888777 to receive alerts from Heartland Fire and Rescue. Visit www.nixle.com to sign up online or to manage alert settings. Call the Crime Prevention Unit with questions at (619) 667-7545.
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487
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