Constable Patrol: February 2016 / by Mark Sternfels

Newsletter readers: To view charts of crime stats please visit this article on the WHCA website.

As always, the majority of our crimes involve thefts from vehicles. Please don’t leave valuables in your car – especially at local businesses. Assault (with deadly weapon) 500 block of Pecore; Burglaries: residence 2700 block of Beauchamp, residence 400 block of Woodland; Robberies: 3600 block of North Main, and 1100 block of E. 11th; Auto Thefts: 2300 block of Taylor, and 1000 block of Studewood. In mid-January, the city adopted a new service for crime reporting, CrimeReports. It no longer identifies parking lot vs. road street thefts. They are all now reported as theft/burglary from vehicles.

WHCA Crime Statistics

WHCA Constable Patrol Statistics

We remind everyone for a crime in progress, please call 911 first, principally because we do not have 24/7 deputy coverage. If our deputies are on duty, they should be monitoring those calls, though you can also call Precinct One dispatch after calling 911 for crimes in progress. The Constable Patrol operates on a fiscal year ending March 31, and we are in the midst of this year’s renewal campaign. We recently sent a mailer to everyone in the neighborhood inviting you to support the Constable Patrol and the Civic Association. You can also find information for this on the Woodland Heights webpage. Please support the Constable Patrol.

Our deputies come to work in our neighborhood, and remain through their shift, unless they are called to respond to a nearby contract. When they stop to look at something or take some action, they keep a log, so we have a general idea of their activities. For February 2016 here is some of their activity:

Number Activity
12 Traffic stops, resulting in 7 citations. The deputies have radar and use it to monitor speeds in areas where there are complaints, and they pay particular attention to speeds in school zones;
3 Suspicious person call responses (we average about 10/month).
2 Responses to calls about (door to door) solicitors (we usually have 8-10 per month).
10 Suspicious vehicle call responses (plus 2 abandoned vehicle calls).
26 Number of times they stopped to check something in the parks (mostly along White Oak, Stude and Usener).
191 Number of times they stopped to check something in the neighborhood (not otherwise included in these statistics).
10 House alarm responses.
10 Miscellaneous: responses to traffic issues (6) including 1 citation, various disturbances/loud noise, gunshots, mischief (4)
40 “Meet the Citizen” – this is a conversation with a member of the neighborhood in a fashion that’s not covered above, (e.g. to introduce themselves or to answer a question). Our deputies are very service oriented, so if you see a deputy and have a question, or just want to say hello please flag them down.