Tips For Avoiding Robberies During Holidays

LA MESA -- Holiday shopping season this year comes amid a spate of purse snatchings in and around La Mesa shopping districts. Robberies have included incidents in which the robbers reach out of a passing car and grab a purse from an unsuspecting pedestrian.

Police are offering special tips to avoid making such occurrences during the holidays. See Crime Prevention below.

Case Highlights:
Early Monday morning, November 19, a resident on Hillcrest Avenue observed a subject breaking into her vehicle parked in front of her home. She was able to advise officers of the suspect description and his direction of travel. Officers located the suspect and his companion and arrested them. Without the quick action of the resident, the 2 suspects may have victimized even more citizens. Property possibly stolen from several other persons was found inside the vehicle. Investigators are currently working to identify other potential victims. If you have any additional information on this crime, please contact La Mesa Police at (619) 667-1400.
Traffic Information:
This is Thanksgiving week and the other holidays will follow shortly. The La Mesa Police Department wants to remind everyone to please celebrate safely and plan ahead to designate a sober driver when appropriate. The San Diego County statistics on holiday related arrests for driving while under the influence are still significantly high. More and more commonly, arrestees are found to be under the influence of some type of controlled substance and posing a great danger to other motorists. La Mesa Police will have extra officers out on DUI patrol during peak holiday times. Have a safe Thanksgiving holiday and report any suspicion of drivers under the influence to law enforcement!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Protect your personal belongings and holiday purchases. Whether parking at the mall, in front of your house, or in your assigned stall in the garage, remove all valuables from your vehicle when you park. When possible, park in well-lit areas. Roll up windows and lock your doors. If you become burdened with too many packages or bags while shopping, secure them in the trunk or covered cargo area and then move your car to another area of the lot to make it appear as if you are leaving the mall. For more holiday safety tips, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 667-7545.
Disaster preparedness starts with you! Download the County’s no-cost emergency app at www.sdcountyemergency.com. With SD Emergency, the tools you need to plan, prepare and respond in an emergency are right at your fingertips. Available for iOS and Android.
Department Information:
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