Summer Criminal Activity

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06/27/11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lt. Craig Carter, 760-839-4487

Traditionally, communities notice an increase in criminal and gang activity during the summer months. As the weather gets hotter and school is out of session, gang activity and general criminal activity tends to increase as these individuals are often looking for crime opportunities. The Escondido Police Department is asking for the public’s help in assuring a safe and crime free summer.

All members of the community can help with this potential problem by calling the police department with any suspicious activity to include large numbers of youth gathering, or any other suspicious activities.

Additional safety tips:

General Safety

  • Do not leave valuables in your car.
  • If you must leave items in the car, put items in the trunk.
  • When driving, always lock your doors.

Bike Safety Tips

  • Obey the rules of the road.
  • Remember to always wear a helmet.
  • Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing when riding.
  • Always ride with traffic – never against it.
  • Parents should know where their children are going and when they will be home.

Leaving for Vacation

  • Have someone pick up your mail and any newspapers.
  • Leave a lamp on a timer.

Bike Theft Prevention

  • Most bikes are stolen while left unlocked in driveways, schools, outside stores, and from open garages. Some bike thieves enter closed garages with unlocked side service doors. If you’re not riding it, LOCK IT UP!

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.  For breaking news releases, please follow the Escondido Police Department on Twitter at Escondido_PD.