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August 2011 minutes

German Village Police Luncheon - Thursday, August 25th, 12:30p.m. German Village Meeting Haus
Unofficial Notes

Those Attending: Over twenty local residents of German Village, Schumacher Place & the Southside Area plus Thirteen (13) Columbus Police Department (CPD) Members representing Zone 5/11th Precinct

*A little about how the CDP is organized - the Southside is in Zone 2 & 5 - our area is in both Zone 2 & 5; we are all in Precinct 11 and the Southside is in Cruiser Precinct 111 & 113), Precinct 11 is staffed as follows: 1st shift - 6am-2pm (6 officers), 2nd shift - 2pm- 10pm (5 Officers) and 3rd shift - 10pm to 6am (11 Officers)

Jerry Glick opened the meeting and welcomed everyone in attendance


The Columbus Police Department (CPD) Report:

1) Most crime in the area occurs between Sunday 10PM and Monday 5am.

2) There has been a steady increase in Calls concerning suspicious activity/persons. Always report or call the police if you feel something is suspicious. Think about it if you call, then someone else calls, then someone else calls ... about the same thing.

3) The Columbus Police Department advised residents “If you see a suspicious person/activity to always call 645-4545 (non-emergency). To report a crime in progress always call 911.

4) Residents were advised to NEVER lease cell phones, Laptop, Purses, GPS in your car unattended. Also, things like an empty GPS bracket or suction cup holders/marks on your windshield are 'clues' to criminals that you may have something hidden in the glove box or under the seat. DON'T HELP CREATE OPPORTUNITY FOR CRIME.

5) Turn and keep your porch lights ON all night.

6) It was reported criminals are now stealing CAR BATTERIES and selling them to Scrap Yards for $15.00 – they have moved from ACs to Car Batteries. However, under a new law a person is only permitted to turn in one scrap metal item a day to a Scrap Yard vs the old system of “unlimited”. The CPD suggested you use UV Blacklight Invisible Ink Security Markers (click for example) to mark your car battery (write your home address or Drivers License number) - you can find them on line - they are used to mark all your valuables - inside and outside - They use high quality permanent invisible ink. Perfect for identification marking, wall decoration, other stealthy security uses. Glows incredible bright blue. Perfect for metal, glass, plastic, etc. totally invisible, won't wash off and is visible under blacklight. Solvent based and not recommended for use on the skin. This is the pen you want for permanent invisible marking. You can use the same UV Blacklight Invisible Ink Security Markers on you AC system. Write your home address on the compressor.



LeadsOnline provides a system for maintaining secure records of property you own. You may store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that your items may be easily identified in the event of theft or loss. This record may also come in handy when reporting any loss to your insurance provider. For those interested in this program click here.

LeadsOnline is the nation’s largest online Investigation System. The Columbus Police Department partners with LeadsOnline and encourages residents to register their new purchases as well as their other valuable items, with ReportIt.

  • Register with ReportIt online is FREE
  • The system keeps track of you valuable personal property
  • You can use your list to help police find your possessions fast
  • You have access to your account from anywhere via their secure site


Make Your Home More Secure with a Home Security Audit.
Here is what you can do outside your home to make it less appealing to burglars:

  • Trim shrubs so windows and doors are in full view from the street. A good rule of thumb is no plantings taller than 3' or hanging lower than 7'. Unobstructed doors and windows are a deterrent because the intruder is forced to work in the open where detection is more likely.
  • Maintain (and use) adequate lighting, especially at entry points. The power company will install a yard/alley light for a reasonable monthly charge.
  • Don't leave ladders and tools lying around outside where burglars can use them to enter your home. All valuables like lawn mowers and bicycles should be locked in your garage or shed.
  • Always keep your garage doors closed and locked. This prevents burglars from entering your home through the door leading from your garage into your home. Additionally, it takes only seconds to walk into an open garage to steal work and yard tools.
  • House numbers should be large, prominently displayed and well lighted to insure they can be easily read from the street. This helps police and other emergency vehicles find your home in an emergency.
  • Urge your neighbors to do the same.

You can schedule your own security home audit with Officer Brown, our community liason. He will walk through your home and give you tips and suggestions to protect your property.


General Discussion

1) The Columbus Police Department announced there have been several reports of a male “Exposing himself to women in Schiller Park”. Older 50s, gray hair, mustache, wears gym shorts, usually sitting on a park bench. Drives a new red Ford Fusion. Should you see this person, please contact the Columbus Police Department at 645-4545, provide a description of what he is wearing and his current location in the park. The CPD also asks if you can stay around to file charges. Otherwise they can't really do anything.

2) Two residents reported a suspicious red van in the Blackberry Alley area without a license plate.

3) Jerry talked about Fed Ex & other Deliveries – Society MEMBERS are reminded this is part of their Member Services, If you are gone on vacation or unavailable on a day no one will be available to receive your package, you can have your packages delivered to the German Village Society – When you return from you time away, stop by the German Village Society with proper ID and pick up your packages.

4) It was recommended by one of the neighbors to put a No Solicitation sign on your front door. This seems simple but it really keeps people away.



Crime Reports was developed by the Columbus Police Department.  It is the only near real-time source giving you access to CRIME information in your neighborhood and all over the county.  Simply click the link below and enter your home address to see current CRIME in your neighborhood. It will provide you CRIMINAL ACTIVITY reported the last three (3), seven (7), fourteen (14) or thirty (30) days.   You can also choose crimes to include in your report and submit Crime Tips.  If you want to stay informed, you can join Crime Reports by signing up to receive their automatic Crime Alerts. http://www.crimereports.com

Cyberblockwatch.com – German Village/Schumacher Place Citizen-managed BLOG and website allows users to Report/Post/Share Criminal Activity, learn about Crime Prevention & Safety Tips, provides contact information/Links to Columbus Police/CPD Crime Reports®. To receive Crime Alerts register today on Cyberblockwatch.com.


Next Meeting - Thursday, September 29th, 12:30pm, German Village Meeting Haus.


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