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LA MESA -- In this week's report, police are crediting cross-department cooperation for solving some La Mesa criminal cases. Also, they are offering advice for motorists who find themselves involved in a fender bender accidents.
La Mesa Police closed 2 cases over the weekend due to the close relationship the department has with other local Law Enforcement agencies. Every time the department has suspect information in a case, surrounding agencies are notified in case they should come in contact with the suspect. Last Thursday, just before midnight, La Mesa PD was notified by the Sheriff’s Department that a suspect in a La Mesa vehicle burglary case was in custody in the Bonita area. The male was arrested by detectives. Two days later, in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 1, another suspect was apprehended. San Diego Police stopped a suspect just west of the La Mesa city limits. The male was wanted in reference to a La Mesa residential burglary case. The male was arrested by detectives.
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:
Back to School Safety: This week, all San Diego County schools are back in session. Take a moment to remind your child how to stay safe during and after school. Review school policies regarding proper behavior, dress code, internet use, cell phone policies and bullying. Each child should know who is responsible for picking them up after school and contingency plans. Establish and review a family emergency plan with your child. REMEMBER: The emergency contacts provided to the school at the beginning of the year are the only adults allowed by law to pick up your child in the event of an emergency. For more information on child safety and creating a family emergency plan, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 667-7545. Free internet safety workbooks for kids are available at the La Mesa Police Station for the asking.
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487