Police Warns Of Heat Dangers In Locked Cars

LA MESA -- Temperatures are racing into the 90s again this week and will break 100 east of the Jewel of the HIlls and police are reminding parents of the dangers of leaving children alone in locked cars, even for a few minutes. See Traffic Information below.

Case Highlights: On Thursday, May 8, 2014 at approximately 10:30 A.M. La Mesa Police received a call of a residential burglary that had just occurred in the 9100 block of Madison Avenue. The victim discovered the suspect in the house and the suspect fled the scene. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20’s, last seen wearing a dark shirt and dark pants. La Mesa Police responded and searched the area. The suspect is still outstanding. Loss includes a laptop. Anyone with information is asked to call the La Mesa Police Department at 619-667-1400 or you may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line at (888) 580-TIPS (or visit www.sdcrimestoppers.com). You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information in this case.

Traffic Information: The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is reminding parents and caregivers that leaving children unattended in a vehicle, even for a few minutes, can quickly become deadly during the hot summer months, a tragedy that has already been seen this summer in California. A car’s internal temperature can rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit on seemingly cooler days, and can rapidly reach fatal temperatures, increasing as much as 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. Senate Bill 255, also known as Kaitlyn’s Law, was enacted in California in 2001, making it illegal to leave children unattended in a motor vehicle. “Leaving a child unattended for even a minute can lead to heatstroke and even death,” said OTS Director Christopher J. Murphy. “It is imperative that everyone take steps to safeguard their children by remaining alert and ensuring that no child is left unsupervised.” To help parents and guardians follow the law and keep their children safe this summer, OTS has compiled the following tips and reminders:

1) For parents of young children, place a needed item for your next stop, such as your cell phone or purse, on the floor in front of your child’s safety seat. This will help to remind you that your child is in the car when you retrieve the needed items. 2) Set a reminder or alarm on your cell phone that reminds you to drop off your child at school or day care, or have a loved one call to ensure that the drop-off occurred. 3) Ask day care providers to call if your child is ever late being dropped off. 4) Develop a routine before exiting your car; check the backseat and lock all vehicle doors and the trunk every time. 5) Always lock your car doors and do not give children access to keys or keyless entry devices. 6) Teach your children that cars are never to be used as a place to play. 7) If your child is missing, be sure to check all vehicles and trunks. 8) If you see an unattended child in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately.

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: As the weather continues to warm, residents keep doors and windows open to stay cool. Adhere to the following recommendations to help keep your family safe. Install secondary locks on your windows to secure them in an open position. Dowels and thumb screws are an inexpensive solution. Close and lock all windows and doors when you leave the house. Even if you will only be gone for a few minutes, a burglary can occur just as quickly. Don’t ignore home security in favor of convenience. Close and lock all windows and doors at bedtime. Air out the house before going to sleep and use fans to keep air circulating. An open window can be inviting to a burglar looking for a quick target. Don’t forget the second story. Clear your yard of items that could be used to gain access to a balcony, deck or open window. Don’t assume that because a window is on the second story, it is inaccessible. Close and
lock all second story windows when you leave the house or go to bed. Secure gates and ensure outdoor lighting is working properly.

Department Information:

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