Are You an Easy Target? “Lock Your Block” Summer Campaign Aims to Prevent Auto Thefts in Colorado #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty
The Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force, which includes law enforcement agencies in Mesa and Garfield counties, is taking part in the “Lock Your Block” summer educational campaign aimed at preventing auto theft. This statewide campaign reminds people to not only lock their own vehicles, but also watch out for your neighbors, family, and friends. Here’s the news release:
Coloradans Against Auto Theft New Summer Campaign Heats Up During National Auto Theft Prevention Month
Empowering Citizens: Lock Your Block
Denver, CO – The Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) coalition recognizes National Auto Theft Prevention Month with a new Lockdown public awareness campaign empowering citizens to take an active role in protecting themselves and their communities from auto theft. The summer “Lock Your Block” campaign aims to reduce auto theft by engaging communities to be proactive in prevention efforts.
“The best form of auto theft prevention happens within communities,” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP). “The point of this campaign is to encourage neighbors to protect neighbors, families to protect families…if you notice suspicious behavior in your community, report it immediately.”
Lockdown Summer Campaign: “Lock Your Block”
The Lockdown campaign, supported by grant funding through the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA), is conducted statewide in conjunction with law enforcement agencies, insurance companies and community partners. “It takes a strong combination of law enforcement and task forces working together with the public to combat and prevent auto theft,” said Robert Force, CATPA Director. “We increasingly see auto theft as a gateway to other serious crimes, which makes our jobs even more important. It’s not just about auto theft, it’s about doing what we can to make communities safer overall.”
“Auto theft traditionally spikes during the summer months when drivers tend to leave their guard–and their windows–down,” says Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association and CAAT co-chair. “This summer’s campaign creates a sense of proactivity among neighborhoods. We want to encourage Coloradans to call in suspicious activity to help Lock Your Block against auto theft. In addition to mass media and grassroots tactics, we will be supplying task forces and police departments with campaign materials to help spread the word statewide.”
Lock Your Block Summer Campaign Highlights
Public awareness efforts and educational materials will carry statewide messages throughout the summer that encourage citizens to be auto theft aware: lock your car, look for suspicious behavior and report it to local authorities.
• Radio Spots (Colorado Broadcasters Association)
• Online & Digital Ads
• Educational Materials: Lockdown tips cards, sunglasses, USB car chargers,
neighborhood signs, window clings
• Barbed Wire Car Exhibit
The campaign encourages citizens to checkout the interactive hotspot map on www.lockdownyourcar.org to become more informed about where auto theft occurs and that it happens in their neighborhoods—an incentive to be auto theft aware and “Lock Your Block.”
What can the public do?
• Stay aware! If you suspect an auto theft, report it to local authorities by calling 9-1-1 or a non-emergency line.
• Lock Your Block: Support community crime reduction efforts, such as Neighborhood Watch.
• Get real-time statistics on your area auto thefts at www.lockdownyourcar.org. Enter your zip code to see if your car is at risk.
• Attend August National Night Out activities to learn how to keep your community safe.
• Always lock your car. Park in well-lit areas. Don’t keep a spare set of keys in the car.
CAAT Coalition Partners
Colorado auto theft task forces, made up of regional law enforcement agencies, Colorado
State Patrol and other motor vehicle safety and insurance partners, are a part of the CAAT
coalition to decrease auto theft during this peak auto theft season.
• Beat Auto Theft Through Law Enforcement (BATTLE)
• Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force (MATT)
• Southern Colorado Reducing Auto Theft Team (SCRATT)
• Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force (WCATT)
• East Metro Auto Theft Team (EMATT)
• Commerce City/Thornton/Adams County Auto Theft Prevention Program
• Attorney General’s Auto Theft Prosecution Initiative
• Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI)
• Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT)
• Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center (ATICC)
• San Luis Valley
About Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT):
Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) is a statewide auto theft prevention initiative to raise
awareness about the problem and educate the public on what they can do to reduce their
chances of falling victim to auto theft. CAAT is a coalition of law enforcement agencies, the
Colorado State Patrol, insurance partners, LoJack and AAA Colorado. CAAT and the state auto
theft task force efforts are funded in part by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority
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Below is the information just released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office:
For Immediate Release
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Michael Ray Peterson, a 20 year-old male resident of Grand Junction, CO. Mr. Peterson was the young man involved in the rollover accident on the Redlands Parkway just before midnight last night July 30, 2014. Mr. Peterson was not wearing a seatbelt and was intoxicated at the time of the rollover. The cause of death is blunt force head injuries and the manner of death is accident.
The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.
Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner
Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner
Previously released information can be found here. Please note that the intersection was reopened at approximately 4:30am today.
Redlands Parkway at Greenbelt Drive is now open in all directions again, following the the fatal rollover crash that happened just before midnight. The information gathered from the scene will be used in the ongoing investigation of this crash.
Previously released information can be found here.
GJPD Investigating Fatal Crash at Redlands Parkway and Greenbelt Drive; Intersection Closed At This Time #GVCopBeat #gjco
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a fatal crash that happened just before midnight on the Redlands Parkway near Greenbelt Drive. That intersection is closed right now while we investigate. Detours are set up on the Redlands Parkway at South Rim Dr. for southbound traffic and Greenbelt Dr. for northbound traffic. It will be several hours before we will be able to fully open Redlands Parkway again.
At this point in the investigation we believe a man was driving southbound on the parkway when he veered off the right side of the road, hit the guardrail, went back across the road, and then rolled on an enbankment. The vehicle landed on its top.
We are not releasing the identity of the driver at this time.
We will release additional information via this site when we are able to do so.
GJPD School Resource Officers Arrest 16- year-old For Stealing Rifles From Local Sporting Goods Store #GVCopbeat
Grand Junction Police Department school resource officers arrested a 16-year-old Tuesday night after investigating a theft case involving two rifles that were stolen from Cabela’s yesterday.
We were notified at about 3:30 Tuesday afternoon of at least one suspected juvenile who stole the two rifles by hiding them in his pants and walking out of the store. At this time we believe he may have had an accomplice who distracted employees while the suspect hid the rifles in his pants.
Two school resource officers took the case and began investigating. Using surveillance video from the store and information about a possible vehicle the suspect or suspects were in, the school resource officers were able to identify a house possibly associated with one of the suspects. The officers obtained consent to go inside, and while inside they found the stolen rifles, but no suspects.
Later in the evening they received information that one of the suspects had returned to the house and the SROs again responded there. They attempted to contact the suspect but he took off running. The officers took him into custody after a short foot chase. They also recovered a third stolen gun that had been taken from a pawn shop, inside the home.
The suspect, 16-year-old Florencio Gonzalez of Clifton, was screened into the Division of Youth Corrections on charges of possession of a firearm by a juvenile- repeat offender, obstruction, theft, violation of a restraining order, criminal impersonation, and a warrant for failure to comply. We are still investigating to see if other people were involved in the Cabela’s theft.
Grand Junction Police Officers Arrest Person of Interest in Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Death Investigation #GVCopBeat
This morning Grand Junction Police officers arrested 31-year-old Daniel Stetzel, who was labeled by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office as a person of interest in a death investigation. More information about that case can be found here.
The officers were responding to a call about a person who was acting suspiciously near the Blue Heron boat ramp. Stetzel initially provided the officers with a fake name and birthdate. The officers found drug paraphernalia with residue in it in a bag in Stetzel’s possession and placed him under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. At that point Stetzel provided his real name. Stetzel had two active felony warrants for his arrest that were unrelated to the MCSO investigation. He was booked into jail on the following charges: parole violation, fugitive from other jurisdiction warrant, possession of a controlled substance, criminal impersonation, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
**Update** July 29, 2014
Mr. Banks has returned home and is safe. Thanks to everyone who helped look for him.
Previously released information:
The Grand Junction Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating 18-year-old Thomas Arthur Banks of Grand Junction. Mr. Banks has been missing from his home since July 13. He is described as 5 feet- 8 inches tall and weighing 260 pounds. He was last seen with a full beard. Mr. Banks is bipolar and developmentally delayed.
If you have seen Mr. Banks recently or know where he is please call 970-242-6707.
The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 25-yeard-old Lee McDonald of Grand Junction on 1st degree murder charges in connection with this morning’s stabbing in Orchard Mesa. He has been booked into the Mesa County jail. His booking photo is not being released at this time as the investigation continues.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office released the following information this afternoon as well:
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Nicholas Allen Potts, a 27 year-old male resident of North Miami, FL. Mr. Potts was the gentleman involved in the incident on Santa Clara Ave. in Orchard Mesa early this morning. The cause of death is multiple stab wounds and the manner of death is homicide.
Previously released information about this case can be found here.
One man is dead from what appear to be stab wounds. At this point in the investigation we believe the incident started in the area of Christopher Ct. and Santa Clara Ave. with the victim being assaulted. The victim ran through the neighborhood knocking on doors trying to get help with the suspect following him. He eventually ended up in the front yard of 1254 Santa Clara Ave. where he died.
The suspect is in custody with charges pending. His name is not being released at this time.
The victim’s identity, as well as the official cause and manner of death, will be released after the Mesa County Coroner’s Office completes its portion of the investigation and notifies next of kin.
Previously released information can be found here.