Taking Precautions To Avoid Street Crimes

LA MESA -- In response to a few recent street crimes -- purse snatching and robberies -- crime prevention specialists are giving some good tips to reduce your chances of being a victim. See Crime Prevention below.

Case Highlights:
On Friday, October 12th at about 4:08AM, the La Mesa Police Department received a report of a robbery that had just occurred at the 7-11 located at 5746 Amaya Drive. An employee reported that the suspect entered the store, approached the counter and pointed a handgun at the clerk. The suspect fled northbound on Howell Drive on foot. The employee was not injured. The suspect was described as a White male, 25-40 years old, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, wearing a dark blue “hoodie” sweatshirt and dark blue jeans. The suspect was also described as either carrying or wearing a dark blue scarf.
On Saturday, October 13th at approximately 7:30 PM, a male suspect robbed a female of her purse as she held her 2 year old child in the 8000 block of University Avenue. As the female was walking northbound, crossing the street in the 8000 block of University Avenue, a male suspect approached her from behind and shoved her in the back. The suspect then forcibly grabbed the female’s purse from her arm and fled on foot. Neither the female nor child was injured during the struggle. The suspect was last seen running northbound on Culowee Street from University Avenue. The suspect was described as a black male, 5’9”, 35 years old, medium build, wearing a gray colored jacket with a red or gray hood, a dark colored baseball cap, and dark gray pants.
If you have any information about either of these robberies, please call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.
Traffic Information:
The winter holiday season is fast approaching with Thanksgiving just around the corner. In La Mesa, the Police Department will be trying do everything it can to discourage driving under the influence throughout the season. Having secured grant funding to place extra officers on the street looking for drunk drivers, the Police Department will certainly take a “zero-tolerance” approach to its enforcement when it comes to those who still don’t get the message. We urge our residents and visitors to take it upon themselves to not jeopardize their own safety and the safety of those around them by driving while under the influence. Please plan ahead and secure a designated driver if needed.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Your personal safety should always be a priority when you are out and about to limit your chance of becoming a victim. Always walk with your head up, scanning in front and behind you. Make eye contact with every person that passes you. No matter what time of day you are in public don’t become distracted by wearing headphones, talking on the phone, or texting. Confidence and awareness will make you less of a target to criminals. Only take with you the personal items you truly need for the day. When possible, women should keep money and identification in a pants pocket rather than using a purse. When walking to your car, have your keys out and ready to use. If you are victimized, run and make as much noise as you can. Only when necessary to get away, target one body part of the assailant, such as the eyes, throat or groin, with purpose and follow through, and then run. Call the Police when you are able, or ask someone to call for you. For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Unit, (619) 667-7545.
Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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