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A few unusual trends, including daytime burglaries Phoenix it was 213 in 1,000. victimized, that is who they are going to take advantage
and recurring break-ins at eyeglass stores, had police of. A lot of it comes down to not looking like a victim.”
in Chandler and surrounding areas searching for a Playing it safe In August, the City of Chandler will begin offering
suspect. Favazzo says other crimes such as carjackings rape aggressive defense courses (R.A.D.) that teach
The main culprit, Favazzo says, is the economy. are rare, but do happen. He points to the recent young people and women how to defend themselves
“These trends are not normal,” Favazzo says. carjacking at the Wal-Mart located on Arizona Avenue against attackers.
“Everyone feels the same way – people are looking for near the Santan Freeway as an example of a rare and For more information about R.A.D., how to report
money and items.” sometimes avoidable situation. crimes, safety and Neighborhood Block Watch see the
To combat crime, patrol units increased police “If you are going to do your shopping at night, “Protect Yourself” sidebar.
awareness by saturating specifi c neighborhoods. park in a well-lit area,” Favazzo says. “Have someone
During the patrols, they took note of things that go with you. Have your keys in your hand and be
Jen Bondeson is an Arizona native and a writer of all trades.
looked out of place and spoke with residents who prepared. If you are inside and shopping, ask if the
Reach her at JenB@SanTanSun.com.
were on the street. They reminded residents to keep store can send someone out with you to walk you to
their doors locked and gave them information about your vehicle.”
Protect yourself
Neighborhood Block Watch. To avoid car theft or having personal items stolen
Criminal investigations were launched for from your car, Favazzo suggests removing all personal
Chandler Police Department suggests all residents take
burglaries and thefts, and in the last few months the items from your car and buying a security device like
a proactive approach to safety. Here are some helpful
police department made between fi ve and seven an alarm or The Club.
websites and phone numbers.
arrests associated with the crimes. To protect your home, Favazzo says it is important
Safety tips and R.A.D. classes
“We asked the public to take a proactive approach to increase your nighttime lighting, keep your windows
www.chandlerpd.com
as well, and to call the police when they see any covered, trim back landscaping close to your home to
suspicious activity or to set up a Neighborhood Block eliminate hiding spots and always create the illusion
Crime Prevention
Watch,” Favazzo explains. that someone is home. and Neighborhood Block Watch
In order to saturate the neighborhoods, the police If a burglar does break in when you are home, the
480-682-4967
department utilized existing resources and funds. Chandler Police Department encourages residents to
The department predicted an 18 to 24 percent fi rst call 911.
Suspicious Activity Hotline
increase in burglaries this year compared to last, but “Remember, it is just property,” Favazzo says. “We
480-782-4130
Favazzo says despite the increased crime, Chandler would never suggest that someone confront a burglar
Anonymous Tips Line
Police Department will not increase its budget or staff and try to stop them. You don’t know what’s going to
480-782-4440
for 2010. happen.”
Compared to Phoenix, Chandler burglary and theft Other safety tips Favazzo offers include traveling
Non-Emergency Line
still ranks substantially lower. in groups at night, always being aware of your 480-782-4130
In 2008, the chance for a Chandler resident to be surroundings and getting to know your neighbors.
robbed was one in 1,000. In Phoenix, it was 29 in 1,000. “Criminals are opportunists,” he says. “If the
Emergency Only
The chance of theft was 23 in 1,000 in Chandler, and in opportunity looks good and the person is easily
911
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