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LA MESA -- Police are issuing a warning this week that warnings at the new Sacramento Avenue traffic signs will be turning into tickets and offered advice for protecting homes during the cookout season.
On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, a resident on Upland called La Mesa Police to report suspicious people in the neighborhood. The resident reported that a vehicle occupied by 2 males was stopped on the street and one of the males was looking into homes. La Mesa Police arrived and began looking for the vehicle. An officer stopped the vehicle and while he was talking to the occupants, a resident on Carlin Place (just a few blocks from Upland) called the police to report that she had just discovered 2 men inside her home. During the investigation by the officer, it was determined that the men casing homes on Upland were the same men who, minutes later, attempted to burglarize the home on Carlin. This is a perfect example of how neighbors watching out for one another can help prevent and solve crimes. If you are interested in starting or joining a Neighborhood Watch, contact our Crime Prevention Unit at (619) 667-7545.
Violations of the newly installed signs that restrict turns at the intersection of High Street and Sacramento Avenue in the Serramar Housing neighborhood are being enforced with citations after a month-long campaign of education and warnings. Monday May 21st, 2012 began the national “Click It Or Ticket Campaign and it runs through June 3rd. Please remember to always buckle up as officers will be paying extra attention to seat belt violations. This Wednesday, May 30, 2012, La Mesa schools are having springtime “Walk to School Day.” All six elementary schools and our two middle schools will be participating. Officers will be working with school staff in having as many children participating as possible. As the school year nears its end, officers will also focus extra enforcement efforts at and around our City’s schools for the next few weeks, especially around Helix High School.
Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
During the summer, residents spend more time living outdoors. At the end of the day, remember to put away valuables. Secure larger items like patio furniture, barbeques, and gardening equipment in a garage or shed, or locked to a post to help prevent theft. Lock side gates to discourage trespassing. If you plan on spending longer periods of time in the backyard or on a balcony, remember to lock the doors and windows to reduce the risk of theft or burglary. For questions or additional safety tips, contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 619.667.7545.
Adding food to your emergency kit can seem overwhelming. Start by buying extra items of non perishable foods you already eat. Put some in the cupboard and some in your kit. Rotate food from your kit into your cupboard and restock your kit with newly purchased items. Maintaining an emergency food supply is an ongoing project to ensure your food does not expire. You will need food for all family members for at least three days. Don't forget a hand crank can opener! For more information, refer to the City of La Mesa Safety Handbook, or visit www.heartlandfire.org.
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