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LA MESA -- Police are warning local residents that on-going speeding problems on city streets have the La Mesa police developing a new protocol to combat the problem. See Traffic Information below on the department's weekly crime report.
La Mesa Police had 2 reported robberies late last week. The first occurred on Thursday, September 6 around 5:00 PM. The robbery occurred at Target in Grossmont Center. A male attempted to shoplift clothing from the store and fought with store security, causing the incident to turn into a robbery. Luckily, the male was arrested and booked into jail.
The second robbery occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, September 7. The robbery occurred at 6:20 AM, but was not reported to La Mesa Police until after 9:00 AM. The robbery occurred at the Rigoberto’s Mexican Restaurant at 5454 Jackson Drive. A lone male suspect approached the register and demanded cash using a firearm. The suspect left in a white Ford F-150. The suspect was only described as a white male who spoke broken Spanish. If you witnessed anything unusual in the area or have any information pertaining to this crime, please contact La Mesa Police at (619) 667-1400.
Statistically, speeding remains the number 1 injury traffic accident causing contributor in La Mesa. Officers determine and gauge whether someone is “speeding” or not by evaluating if they are driving too fast for the present conditions or not. On city streets, unlike on the freeway, your safe speed is ruled by California Vehicle Code section 22350, which states: No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property. Notice that this section never mentions a particular speed. Your “safe speed for the present conditions” is dictated by the regulatory speed limit signs in the area and the traffic, weather and road conditions.
The La Mesa Police Department’s Traffic Unit is in the preparation stages of implementing a much more aggressive enforcement plan when it comes to speeding on our city streets. Please adhere to the above Vehicle Code section in order to drive safely, prevent accidents and expensive citations!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
The La Mesa Police Department would like to help you prevent burglaries to your home or business. The Crime Prevention Unit provides free security inspections for residential and commercial properties. A Crime Prevention Specialist who has been trained in security practices can come to your home or business, at your convenience, to conduct the survey. The Crime Prevention Specialist will make recommendations and answer questions regarding security features and practices. The survey takes about 45 minutes to complete and you are welcome to invite friends, neighbors, or colleagues. If you are interested in scheduling a survey or would like more information, please call the Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 667-7545.
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