Halloween Warnings From La Mesa Police

LA MESA -- City police are offering Halloween tips and warnings. See Crime Prevention below:

Case Highlights: During July through September 2013, the value of one item stolen from an unlocked vehicle or during a vehicle burglary averaged $82. Frequently stolen items include purses, wallets, phone chargers, keys, tools, pharmaceuticals, CDs, clothing, cash, and other electronics. Whether at home or on the go, reduce your risk: take your valuables with you when you park your car.

Traffic Information: Driving in Rain Tips: Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wiper blades. Stay toward the middle lanes – water tends to pool in outside lanes. Maintain proper following distance (3 second rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather. Be more alert watching for brake lights in front of you. Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Turn your
headlights on in light rain and in gloomy, foggy, or overcast conditions to help you see the road and help other driver s see you. Never drive beyond the limits of visibility.

The La Mesa Police Department will beef up their DUI enforcement efforts on Thursday October 31, 2013 for Halloween. Additionally, officers from the La Mesa Police Department will participate together with ot
her law enforcement agencies around the County in joint-agency DUI operations this coming week
end. We will have several extra officers out on patrol to aggressively look for potentially impaired and distracted drivers. We urge the public to seek alternatives like using a designated driver, public transportation, taxi s etc. As is usual during Halloween, an increase in the number of pedestrians,
especially children, can cause additional traffic safety hazards . Please look out for each other and have a safe Halloween season!
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the La Mesa Community Center, the La Mesa Collaborative hosts its first
Underage Drinking Forum for parents and students. Phil Hubbs from the Proactive Network Against Substance Abuse (PRONASA) will be presenting information to parents on current drug and alcohol trends
among youth. Students will participate in break-out sessions to learn about the dangers of drugs and underage drinking.
Families are invited to arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a complimentary dinner before presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. No need to R.S.V.P. The La Mesa Community Center is located at 4957 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, 91942.

 Prepare now to have a fun and safe Halloween!
Welcome trick-or-treaters at home by turning on your exterior lights. Work together as a neighborhood to clear your yard and the street of tripping hazards and obstructions that hide pedestrians from the view of drivers like trash bins and unnecessary street parking. Don’t leave windows or doors open when you are not in the room. Busy streets and excitement is also an opportunity for a criminal to move around undetected. Secure your home as if you were leaving for the evening. Only open the front door for kids that are obviously trick-or-treaters. If you see something suspicious while trick-or-treating, call La Mesa Police on the 24 hour non-emergency line (619) 667-1400. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.
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