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Tips to prevent bicycle theft and theft of property from vehicles

**The City of Poway is posting this message in partnership with the Sheriff’s Poway Station**

Poway Neighbors, The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has noted an increase in petty crime since the end of last year in the City of Poway, specifically an increase in property theft from vehicles and bicycle thefts. We take these crimes seriously, as they impact our community’s quality of life. Our detective unit is diligently working to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice, but here’s how you can help:

BICYCLE THEFT

1. Do not leave bicycles unsecured. Make sure they are safe and secured by keeping them inside a garage or residence.

2. When parking a bicycle in a public place, find a bicycle rack close to a business entrance. If the business has security cameras, there likely is surveillance near the entrance and law enforcement may be able to access information helpful to the investigation.

3. Keep a description and photographs of your bicycle (make, model and color) and serial number somewhere safe and easily accessible. Consider making your bicycle more easily identifiable with personalized engravings or stickers (and keep photos that law enforcement can use to identify your bike in the event it is stolen).

THEFT FROM VEHICLES

1. Bring your valuables with you whenever you leave your car. Take a second look once you exit to make sure you have everything with you.

2. Lock your vehicle every time you exit. The majority of vehicle burglaries occur because the vehicle was left unlocked, valuable items were left in plain view, or items such as tools were left unattended in the bed of a truck.

3. Park in well-lit, well-travelled areas. Thieves are more likely to seek out vehicles parked in areas that do not pose a risk of them being caught.

4. If you park your vehicle in your driveway, consider installing a security camera in a place that provides a clear view of your vehicle and anyone attempting to access it.

Do you have any tips we missed that work for you? Help out your neighbors by commenting below.

If you are a victim of crime, please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200 to file a report. If you have any additional questions about avoiding vehicle or bicycle theft, please contact our Crime Prevention Unit at (858) 513-2810.

2017 Poway Emergency Fair Photos

The 2017 Poway Emergency Fair was well-attended and a great source of information on emergency preparedness. In addition to First Responders, community service organizations, and local providers of products and services, Amateur Radio operators conducted an “Extreme Fair Weather Drill” to demonstrate the use of Ham Radio in an emergency.

Help Provide Poway with a Fully-Equipped Emergency Communications Trailer

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The Poway Neighborhood Emergency Corps is raising funds to provide Poway with a fully-equipped emergency communications trailer to better prepare and protect our residents in the event of an emergency or disaster. Our mission includes complementing the City of Poway’s emergency preparedness efforts through networking and sharing emergency information with the citizens of Poway. The trailer will be staffed and operated by licensed amateur (“ham”) radio operators volunteering their services in any emergency. Currently we have over 30 ham radio operators who have formed a Poway radio net called the Poway Amateur Communications Team (PACT), which meets on the Mt. Woodson VHF repeater on Tuesday evenings each week at 8:30 pm. Once a month after these nets, we practice a simplex drill to see who we can reach without the benefit of the repeater. These same operators would be able and ready to deploy the Communications Trailer in times of communications exercises and real emergencies. In the event of a real emergency, PACT has a chair in the Poway Emergency Operations Center, insuring accurate emergency information being disseminated to our Neighborhood Coordinators and ultimately the residents of Poway.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 to make this dream a reality. We already have a commitment of $5000, and we need the community’s support to reach the goal of $50,000. We are hopeful you may be able to help us achieve this goal.

The Poway NEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our Taxpayer Identification Number is 26-1722021, and tax donation receipt letters will be provided to all donors.

If you’d like to help by donating, you can make a secure donation via PayPal:

Thank you for your consideration in this important matter!

Sincerely – Terri Sorensen, Chair, PNEC

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