By Ofc Peter Helzer NRT & Angela Wagnon ONI
It seems we got the good weather just as school is starting again. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to look out for kids on their way to/from school, and to drive safely in neighborhoods and school zones. With everyone’s schedule filling up again with back to school activities and running around to events, remember not to leave valuables in your cars.
Areas of Recent Concern:
– Dawson Park: The summer brought with it an increase in nuisance issues in the Park, such as drinking in public. While an increase like this is generally expected over the summer, this year was a little higher. I have been working with the district officers to increase patrols in the park during the afternoon and evening hours, and have spent some time out there myself.
– Car Prowls: Car prowls continue to be on the rise. Unfortunately there does not seem to be a specific trend that I have been able to spot, as the incidents are distributed pretty evenly. The primary factors I can link to this are an increase in the transient population in the area, and the continued downswing in the economy. Now, more than ever, it is important to secure your belongings.
– September 11th: The 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 Terrorist Attacks has come and gone, and thankfully it passed without any further incident. Please take a moment to reflect on how these events have changed all of our lives.
– Emanuel Children’s Hospital: The opening of the new Children’s Hospital should be coming up in a few months. In the mean time, traffic in and around the Emanuel Campus has been affected. Remember to take care when driving around construction sites as there are many hazards unique to this type of work.
OFC Peter Helzer, NRT
Angela Wagnon, ONI