BY JERRY DITULLIO, Mayor, City of Wheat Ridge
Wheat Ridge Resident David Herman will be participating in the London Olympic Games in August. David placed fifth in 2012 at the UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham, Eng-land, qualifying him for the Olympic Games. David is representing the United States, the State of Colorado and the City of Wheat Ridge and we wish him luck and success in London. BMX racing will be televised August 7, 8 and 9th. (See cover story this issue)
The City of Wheat Ridge is seeing an increase in vehicle trespasses in neighborhoods and parks once again. In order to address this problem, the Police Department must work together with residents and park patrons to prevent the crime or at least lessen the degree of victimization. The Wheat Ridge Police Department is asking citizens and park patrons to not store valuable items such as briefcases, wallets and purses in their vehicle.
If it is necessary to carry a purse or briefcase, lock it in the trunk prior to ar-riving at the parking lot or trailhead as to not alert criminals that may be watching. Other preventative measures citizens can take are: Close and lock all doors and windows. Many of the vehicle trespasses in neighborhoods involve unlocked vehicles.
Remove valuables. The trailhead trespasses usually involve vehicles with valuables left inside. Simply covering a purse with a blanket does not deter the thieves from breaking in to the vehicle. This includes loose change in the ashtray or cup holder of the vehicle.
Leave your valuables at home.
Use a fanny pack. If you must bring valuables along, carry them with you. While supplies last, the Police Department has a supply of fanny packs available at no cost.
Take your stereo face-plate with you. If you’ve purchased an expensive stereo system, take advantage of this safety feature and remove the face-plate when you leave the vehicle.
Report all suspicious activity immediately. The police need your eyes and ears to help combat this crime. Police cannot be everywhere at all times. Call 9-1-1 or the Wheat Ridge Police Department at 303-237-2220 if you see any suspicious activity or if you are a victim of a crime.
Together we can deter criminal activity in our community and have a safe and crime free summer.