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July 2011 minutes

German Village Police Luncheon - Thursday, July 28th; 12:33pm; German Village Meeting Haus

Unofficial Notes

Discussion center on recent Auto Thefts

1) The CPD reported they are still encountering situations where keys are left in vehicles being stolen. And cases of vehicle “Smash and Grab” where computers, laptops, cell phones and other electronics are left on the front seat. Residents were reminded not to leave any items of value in your car and always roll up your windows and lock your vehicle.

2) Looking Out for your Neighbor is one of the BEST Neighborhood Crime Prevention – Residents have to be the eyes/ears of our neighborhood – Keep an eye out for CRIME – if your neighbor leaves items in their car – let them know - Once criminals are successful in a neighborhood they come back for other criminal activity - Help take CRIME out of your neighborhood by not inviting CRIME - the CPD can’t be everywhere - residents need to work with your neighbors to watch your area for suspicious activity and/or suspicious persons – Always remember, the CPD are only as good as the information it is given

3) The CPD suggested while walking your dog – if you see suspicious activity of a suspicious person, call 645-4545.

5) The CPD also recommended “It’s always good advice to shred any papers/documents with your personal information on it (Credit Card Number and/or other confidential information)

6) Keep an eye out for pick-up trucks – call in any vehicle tags you see that are out of place in your neighborhood

7) Crime Analysis Reports was developed by the Columbus Police Department. It was reported some criminal reports are NOT showing up. Reports are there/being worked but the Reporting Software is not working correctly, The CPD is working to resolve this issue.

9) If you see suspicious activity, you are advised to call 645-4545 - always call 911 if you have a police, fire, or medical emergency, or to report a crime in progress.

Theft From Auto Prevention: The Columbus Division of Police reminded citizens to get in the habit of taking opportunity away from criminals when it comes to your vehicles. Criminals are opportunists and as such, look for opportunities to take what they need. Roaming area parking lots and streets often provides numerous opportunities to steal laptops, cell phones and even purses or wallets inadvertently left in cars. Assuming that because car windows are completely closed or doors locked only provide a false sense of security. Criminals often utilize the “smash and grab” technique of smashing a window, grabbing the items of value from the car that are readily accessible and running. This process takes only minutes and is witnessed by no one. The owner returns to their car to find a broken window and their values gone. Getting in the habit of securing valuables while away from your vehicle helps to take away the opportunity criminals need to target you. When possible, take your valuables with you. Laptop computers, purses, briefcases, GPS units, garage door openers, cell phones and other small electronics are easy and popular targets for thieves. If you must leave your valuables in your car, secure them out of sight in a locked compartment or trunk. Always roll up your windows and lock your vehicle. Report any suspicious activity to the police immediately - call 645-4545.

Crime Analysis Reports was developed by the Columbus Police Department. Crime Analysis Reports are 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 sign up Cyberblockwatch.com

Next Meeting - Thursday, August 25th, 12:30pm, German Village Meeting Haus

*Those Attending: Several residents of German Village, Schumacher Place & the German Village Area plus Eight (8) Columbus Police Department (CPD) Members representing the 11th Precinct: Zone 5 Commander Kemmerling, Sargeant Peter’s (1st Shift), Lieutenant Wilkinson (3rd Shift), Three (3) members of the Community Response Team (Pettengill/Plta and Windon) and Cruiser Districk Lester

**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)

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