When Town Watch isn't cutting it, Mark Mroz recommends Block Watch. The 2nd District Community Relations Officer promoted the idea at last night's Lawncrest Community Association, with support from a handful of residents who said recent crimes around their house had been perpetrated by neighbors.
While Mroz noted a city-wide uptick in crimes like robbery, burglary and theft from auto, the District has seen a recent crash of tire and rim thefts. And with summer coming, we warned residents to keep their windows shut when no one is home and to not leave the car running to let the air conditioning kick in before you get in.
Before heading out to another meeting, Mroz spoke briefly about two programs coming to the city: one that lets residents and businesses register their surveillance cameras with the city to help police fight crime, and one that works as a lojack system to help locate missing people with diseases like Alzheimer's. Both will be rolled out in the city in the coming months.