Friday, February 28, 2014

Crime in our district

From the PAC3 listserv:

Crime Issues in District Three...

Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:28 am (PST) . Posted by:

"Addison, David"


I want to share some information regarding burglaries in our communities. During the last two months, we have observed a spike in burglaries with respect to residential areas. The investigative team for District Three has made some significant arrests with respect to these crimes. As we continue to push this number down, your assistance is needed. As Lieutenant T. Sembly and I participate in community meetings, a common thread has emerged from the residents. We were asked, 'What do we need to do?' Since my assignment as the captain of District Three in September of 2012, I can personally say every officer is committed to doing the best job possible with the resources we have however we need your help.

Crime in our district is not just a police problem, it is also a community problem which requires everyone to get involved. We are discovering some of our criminals are juveniles. We are working with Assistant District Attorney Bennett with Durham's District Attorney' s Office to see what programs can be employed to assist our youth while holding them responsible for the crimes committed. We are also pursuing the habitual adult criminals who have negatively impacted our quality of life.

So the question was, 'What can we do?' My answer is simple and does not require much from you. I need you to continue to be involved and if you are not involved, start! Get to know your neighbors and other members of your community. If you live in an apartment complex, get to know others who live on your floor or in your building. I was asked in a community meeting about profiling individuals by calling 911. If someone is walking through your community and doing nothing else, that is not suspicious. If an individual is looking into cars, pulling on door handles, walking behind homes or soliciting in the community, then call 911. Give us the opportunity to determine why the individual is doing what you reported. Criminal are less likely to commit crimes in an involved community.

Coupled with calling 911 for suspicious activity, make your home or place of business undesirable for criminals. Officer Fair is the Community Resource Officer for District Three and will come to your community or business and provide a free presentation to make your home or office a safer place. If you have a home alarm system, turn it on when you leave to run errands. Make sure the bushes outside of your home or business does not block a window or another access point for a criminal. Check your lighting to make sure ample lights remove dark areas surrounding your home. Close your blinds or curtains when you are away from your residence or business. Criminal often survey by looking through open windows to reduce the time inside your residence because they can see where items of value are located. Remove items from plain view from inside your vehicle. It takes an extra minute or two to employ these safety tips and deter criminals.

Criminals have evolved from the grungy dirty, drug addicted or obvious stereotypes we have grown accustomed to associating to them. They are now driving nice vehicles and looking more presentable so they do not stand out from others in your community. Some witnesses to break-ins told investigators, 'I didn't think he would break in because he was driving a Lexus.' Please do not be lured into believe someone with a shirt and tie or nice clean clothes could not be involved in crimes in our community.

Please continue to invite Lieutenant Sembly and I to your community meetings. We all have a responsibility in reducing the crime in our community. And only together can we make Durham a safer place for everyone. Enjoy your week.


Captain David W. Addison
Commander, District Three
Durham Police Department
8 Consultant Place
Durham, NC 27707
919-560-4583 ext. 29352 desk
919-937-8844 cell
919-560-4827 fax
www.durhampolice. com<http://www.durhampo>
david.addison@ durhamnc. gov<mailto:david.addison@ durhamnc. gov>

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