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LA MESA -- The La Mesa Police Department issues a weekly bulletin chronicling activities and giving public safety advice to the residents.

This week, response times: Priority 1 Calls: 5 minutes, 20 seconds Non-Urgent Calls: 20-55 minutes
Case Highlights:
On Friday July 26th, at approximately 9:20 am the La Mesa Police responded to a report of a suspicious device in Northmont Park with the assistance of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad. The situation was resolved without incident. During the investigation, the LMPD issued alerts regarding the activity to La Mesa residents using www.nixle.com. Nixle is a free service that keeps La Mesa residents in-the-know by sending emails and text messages with important information like descriptions of missing persons, road closures, and crime alerts. Sign up for free NIXLE ALERTS today via your cell phone or online. Text “LAMESAPOLICE” to 888777 to receive alerts from La Mesa Police Department. Text “HEARTLAND” to 888777 to receive alerts from Heartland Fire and Rescue. Visit http://nixle.com/city-of-la-mesa/ to sign up online or to manage alert settings. Call the Crime Prevention Unit with questions at (619) 667-7545.
Traffic Information: Teen Safe Driving: How to Talk to Your Teen About Safe Driving
First and foremost, don't delay this important conversation with your teen. Research shows that many parents delay talking about driving safety until their children are "permit age" (generally 15) much later than they talk to them about other issues like smoking, drugs, sex. Given the potential deadliness of unsafe driving, parents should initiate the dialogue about safe driving sooner. Parents should begin a conversation by the junior high years and maintain an ongoing dialogue. Tee it up as a discussion, not a lecture.
 Celebrate the accomplishment of getting a drivers license. Getting a license is a big step in the life of a teen; seize the opportunity to acknowledge this accomplishment and your teen's growing independence, while pointing out the responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving.
 Don't stop talking about driving once they have their licenses. Don't succumb to the "well, you just have to let them go and hope you raised them right" philosophy of parenting once they are actually on the road. Find ways to keep the conversation active, especially during the first critical months after they begin to drive on their own.
 Make your talks a dialogue about driving. Remember: teens are excited about driving - it's a fun topic for them. So don't turn your talks into lectures; instead, make them open dialogues that show you understand the positive side of getting behind the wheel, and let your teens share their views and experiences at the same time.
 Speak to their desire to be smart. As we have learned in our research, being a "safe driver" is not something teens aspire to become. Smart driving, on the other hand, combines skill and safety, and is something teens can attain.
 Be Parental. Express Your Authority. Your teens want to know your values and expect you to provide structure for them. They need you to be a parent, not another friend. Provide guidelines that you require they follow and consistently enforce your guidelines. If your teen violates your guidelines, deliver on the consequences! Though taking away the driving privilege for a period of time might not be convenient for you, it might end up saving your teen's life.
  Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Preparedness Fair: On Tuesday, August 6, the City of La Mesa will be hosting an Emergency Preparedness Fair at Grossmont Center from 6PM – 8PM in the North Target parking lot. This family friendly event is a fun and easy way to learn how to prepare for a disaster. La Mesa Police officers and Heartland fire fighters will be on hand interact with the kids and tour the emergency vehicles. Child fingerprinting offered  by La Mesa Police. Free BBQ generously provided by Target while supplies last. For more information, call 667.7545.
Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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