Cell Phone Theft On The Rise 

LA MESA -- Telephone theft is a hot crime these days and hot days can also be a threat to small children left in cars.

See some timely advice from police authorities below.

Case Highlights:
On Friday July 19, 2013 at approximately 5:27 PM the La Mesa Police Officers responded to a report of the theft of two cell phones from pedestrians at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive. The suspects stole the phones from the victims while they were talking on the phone. After a search of the area officers arrested two juvenile suspects and booked them into juvenile hall. It is easy to become distracted when using a cell phone. When making a call in public remember to: Remain aware of your surroundings. Keep calls short. When not in use, keep your phone secured in a pocket or purse. Refrain from loaning your cell phone to strangers. If you are a victim of a crime, report it to the La Mesa Police immediately. For additional personal safety tips, review the Crime Prevention section below.
Traffic Information: Hot Cars Can Quickly Become Deadly For Children
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:
• Never leave your child unattended in a hot vehicle, not even for a minute
• 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
• 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 occured
• Ask day care providers to call if your child is ever late being dropped off
• Develop a routine before exiting your car; check the backseat and lock all vehicle doors and the trunk every time
• Always lock your car doors and do not give children access to keys or keyless entry devices
• Teach your children that cars are never to be used as a place to play

Crime Prevention/Emergency Preparedness:
Your personal safety should always be a priority when you are out and about to limit your chance of becoming a victim. Always walk with your head up, scanning in front and behind you. Make eye contact with every person that passes you. No matter what time of day, don’t be distracted from your surroundings by wearing headphones, talking on the phone, or texting. Confidence and awareness will make you less of a target to criminals. Only take with you the personal items you truly need for the day.

When possible, women should keep cash, a credit card and ID in the front pocket of your pants rather than using a purse. If someone is making a request from you, whether asking for the time or for money, answer quickly and walk away. Don’t be sympathetic or engage in conversation. It’s OK to be rude if you don’t feel comfortable. If you do become victimized, run and make as much noise as you can. Only if necessary, target one body part of the assailant, such as the eyes, throat or groin, with purpose and follow through, and then run. Call the Police when you are able, or ask someone to call for you. For more information on personal safety, contact the Crime Prevention Unit, (619) 667-7545.
Department Information:
Help solve a cold Homicide case: http://www.cityoflamesa.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2487

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