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Are You an Easy Target? “Lock Your Block” Summer Campaign Aims to Prevent Auto Thefts in Colorado #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

Western Colorado Auto Theft Task Force LogoDid you know the vast majority of auto thefts in our area involve vehicles that were unlocked or unsecured?  A large number of those vehicles had the keys “hidden” in them somewhere too.

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.”

auto theft map

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
(CATPA).

July 18, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Orchard Mesa Homicide Update 2: Identities of Suspect and Victim #GVCopBeat

imageThe 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 Alan 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.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | 16 Comments

Orchard Mesa Homicide Investigation Update 1 #GVCopBeat

image9:15 am- Updated information on the Orchard Mesa homicide investigation:

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.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | 2 Comments

GJPD Investigating Homicide Near Pinon St and Santa Clara Ave in Orchard Mesa #GVCopBeat

imageThe Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened near the intersection of Pinon St. and Santa Clara Ave. in Orchard Mesa.  The incident happened shortly after 4:00am this morning.  Detectives and crime scene investigators are on scene gathering evidence and information from witnesses.  At this time we are not looking for any suspects.

Santa Clara Ave.  at Pinon St. is closed at this time while we continue to investigate.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | 1 Comment

Crime of the Week for July 10, 2014 #GVCrimeStoppers #GVCopbeat

Crime Stoppers LogoThe Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in a theft from auto.

Sometime between 11:00 pm on Wednesday, May 7th and 1:30 pm on Wednesday, May 14th, unknown subject(s) entered a Ford F350 truck and trailer parked on the 2200 block of Tall Grass Drive. While inside the vehicles, suspect(s) removed two Ashly 31 Band Single Track Equalizers and two Galileo 616 Audio Processors. The total estimated property loss is over $22,000.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com

GJPD# 14-25578

July 11, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | | Leave a comment

CSI Camp Gives High School Students a Taste of the Real World of Forensic Investigations #GVCopbeat #cmu #grandjunction

IMG_5726This week western slope high school students learned what real CSI investigators do as they work to solve crimes and track down the bad guys.  Grand Junction Police Department forensic investigators taught much of the hands on, three-day course offered by Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College, including blood spatter analysis, forensic photography, and cell phone forensics.

“The idea behind the course is to stimulate interest in forensic science and criminal justice programs,” said Jane Quimby, Director of Public Safety at CMU.

Each of the 14 students received a notebook with different modules that were based on a real, unsolved case that happened in 1842.  That case involved a husband and wife that were found dead in a farmhouse, and the husband was partially burned in a fireplace.  Using what they learned throughout the course the students worked to see if they could figure out “who done it.”IMG_5724

“My favorite thing was when we went to the crime house and saw the CSI truck,” said Brianna, a 17-year-old student.  “When they took us to the blood spatter room, that was really cool because you get to learn what caused them.”

Some of the other topics covered in the course included:

  • evidence documentation and processing
  • fingerprint classification, lifting and comparisons
  • forensic anthropology
  • firearms identification analysis
  • courtroom procedures and testimony

“I like the photography and learning about the different lenses and depth of light and amount of light,” said Iz’Jayna, 17-year-old student.  “I didn’t know all that until now, so it’s really cool.”

Footprint evidence is illuminated by chemicals used by investigators

Footprint evidence is illuminated by chemicals used by investigators

IMG_5738As part of the application process for the course, each student had to have a recommendation by a current high school teacher or counselor.  A portion of the camp is paid for by a grant from the El Pomar Foundation with the goal of inspiring students and sparking interest in careers and college.

For 17-year-old Hailee, “I want to do drug enforcement, so I thought it would be a good experience before I go through the police academy.”

July 11, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video and Photos from Today’s Bomb Squad Demonstration for Local Media #GVCopBeat #grandjunction #mesacounty

"Flaming Tire" demonstration

“Flaming Tire” demonstration

Thank you to the media who came out to learn more about the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad today.  Our goal was to give them a lot of background information about the squad and help them understand what they do and why so that the next time they are reporting on an incident involving the Bomb Squad they can pull from that base knowledge and put together educated and informed news stories to present to the public.

We posted video from today’s demonstration on our Youtube channel

Here are some interesting facts about the GJPD Bomb Squad:

  • It was established in 1980
  • In 1999 the Grand Junction Fire Department joined with the Police Department to create a unique, joint unit
  • There are 4 law enforcement officers and 3 firefighters on the squad
  • The squad is accredited through the FBI
  • It’s the only bomb squad between Denver and Salt Lake City
  • Because of agreements and support from the federal government, the squad covers 14 counties in western Colorado and eastern Utah
  • On average the squad responds to 35-60 calls per year
  • The types of calls include found explosives, IED devices, dignitary protection, security sweeps/special events, military ordinance, bombing scenes
  • Some of the more high profile cases the bomb squad has been involved with include James Genrich (2 people killed by bombs in 1991 in Grand Junction), Robert Burke (placed incendiary devices at 5 Grand Junction homes in 2006), Jim Blanning (placed several devices around downtown Aspen on New Year’s Eve 2008)

 

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July 3, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Crime of the Week for July 3, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopbeat

Surveillance photo of suspect

Surveillance photo of suspect

This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspect that stole two wallets from a locker at the CMU Recreational Center located at 1040 Mesa Avenue in Grand Junction.

Sometime between 3:15-6:50 pm on Friday, June 6th unknown suspects removed a white canvas wallet with a black owl print and a red cloth wallet with a green swirl print and buckle which contained both victim’s personal identification cards and cash. The total property loss is less than $100.

If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please call Crime Stopper at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com.

GJPD Case # 14-3033414-30334

July 3, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | | Leave a comment

Bomb Squad Demonstration for the Media #GVCopbeat #grandjunction #mesacounty

imageOur bomb squad is doing a demonstration for our local media today. Around 10am we’ll be showing them the power of various types of explosives. There’s a chance that you will hear those explosions in the Orchard Mesa area. Please don’t be alarmed.

July 3, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Next Sexual Assault Prevention Class Scheduled for August 21 #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty

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We are already receiving reservations for the next Sexual Assault Prevention class, which will take place on August 21 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).  Due to limited space, we are asking parents and teens to reserve their spots by emailing gjpd@gjcity.org.

This class, which is designed for both young men and young women, will give our area teens and young adults important information about situations that often lead to sexual assault and ways to avoid them.  It will also address what to do if you know someone who has been a victim of sexual assault.

Participants will watch a short video, and then discuss the situations seen in the video.  There will also be a panel of local professionals who often get involved in sexual assault cases who will answer questions and provide important information.

Listen to Ofc. Freidenberger explain what this class is all about and why it’s so important.

If you have questions please call 970-549-5114 or email gjpd@gjcity.org.

Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P by emailing gjpd@gjcity.org

 

Sexual Assault Prevention class flyer 08-21-14

July 2, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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