Constable Patrol: April 2016 / by Mark Sternfels

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

The Constable Patrol operates on a fiscal year ending March 31. Membership renewals have lagged this year – approximately 150 members from last year have not renewed as of late May.  If you have not renewed, please do. If membership does not increase, at some point we will no longer be able to support two patrols. You can also find information for membership on the Woodland Heights webpage. Please support the Constable Patrol.

WHCA Crime Report

It is the time of year where we start to see an increase in theft of yard equipment and other crimes of opportunity involving things taken from yards, porches and open garages. Don’t leave valuable items unattended for even a brief period of time. Theft from cars continues to be the most common crime, many taking place in the parking lots of area businesses. Please don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.

While not in the neighborhood, most months we see one or more assaults or robberies in the 3600 block of North Main. There is no particular pattern that I see – just be aware of your surroundings when in that area.

The City is using a new crime reporting service which provides limited detail regarding types of theft. Starting in March, if it isn’t theft from a vehicle, it is classified as “other” which typically includes non-breaking and entering type property theft. Burglaries: residence 3500 block of Michaux, building 3200 block of Houston Ave.; Auto Theft: 900 block of Pecore.

We remind everyone for a crime in progress, please call 911 first. 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.

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 April 2016 here is some of their activity:

Number Activity
15 Traffic stops, resulting in 6 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;
8 Suspicious person call responses (we average about 10 per month – please do not hesitate to call about something that does not look right)
8 Suspicious vehicle call responses
10 Number of times they stopped to check something in the parks (mostly along White Oak, Stude and Usener).
193 Number of times they stopped to check something in the neighborhood (not otherwise included in these statistics).
5 House alarm responses.
16 Miscellaneous: responses to traffic issues (11), various disturbances/loud noise, gunshots, mischief (5)
38 “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.