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LA MESA -- Making use of a grant for stepped up enforcement, the La Mesa police on Friday ran special anti-speeding sweeps while shoppers were busy heading to and from Black Friday shopping events.
The "Traffic Safety Enforcement Program,'' police said in a press release is aimed at keeping people safe during the holidays and officers wrote 59 speeding tickets during Friday's special enforcement effort.
In addition to 59 speeding tickets, officers gave 11 warnings for lesser traffic offenses in a six hour period on Friday morning. Funding for this operation was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More details below under "Traffic Information."
On November 23, 2012, at approximately 4:07 AM, Grossmont Mall Security observed a suspicious vehicle in the mall parking. Two men were observed tampering with a vehicle before leaving the mall parking lot in a silver 2-door sedan. Grossmont Security relayed the information to La Mesa Police and officers responded to the area. Approximately an hour later, La Mesa Police Officers observed the silver 2-door sedan return to the Grossmont Center Mall. The officers affected a traffic stop and detained the occupants. Additional officers met with Target Asset Protection Agents and together they reviewed surveillance video. The video revealed the two male suspects forcing entry into a white pick-up truck parked in the Target lot, removing property, and fleeing the area in the silver 2-door sedan. Both suspects were arrested.
La Mesa Police Department works in partnership with Security and businesses at Grossmont Center. This cooperation and partnership continue to enable proactive efforts and the apprehension of offenders during the holiday shopping season. Anyone with information regarding suspected criminal activity is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.
The La Mesa Police Department conducted its first of many to come traffic safety enforcement operations last Friday, November 23, 2012. During the morning hours of “Black Friday”, when streets were crowded with holiday bargain hunters, 5 extra officers were on patrol trying to make sure people were not speeding. Between the hours of 6:00am and 12:00 pm these officers still found and cited 59 people for driving excessively fast and in violation of law. The officers also issued 11 warnings for lesser traffic offenses. Since speeding is a top accident causing violation in La Mesa we will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to the problem. Additional similar operations are planned for the next coming weeks. Please slow down in order to stay safe and ticket free!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Going out of town this holiday season? Take some precautions now to protect your home while you are away! Let a trusted neighbor or friend know the dates you will be gone. Arrange to have them pick up mail, packages, and newspapers. Use timers on interior lights to turn them on and off at logical intervals. Check that all windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving, even second story windows and doors leading to an attached garage. Tell the La Mesa Police when you will be out of town and a member of our Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol will stop by to check on your house. To download a copy of the Vacation Check form, go to www.cityoflamesa.com and search “Vacation Check” or visit the Police Station at 8085 University Avenue between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 667-7545 for more information.
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