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Police Crime Report – Nov. 27 – Dec. 3, 2017

Leading the report this week

  • McVay Elementary School – A student reported seeing a person carrying a weapon near the playground area and firing multiple shots. Officers responded to the scene and began to search the area, aided by a Columbus Division of Police helicopter and K-9 unit. The person was not located and the area was deemed to be secure about 40 minutes after the initial call. After further investigation, the student admitted that they fabricated the story. 
  • A juvenile reported that an adult sent them nude photos and requested nude photos in return. An investigation is ongoing.
  • A jogger reported that an unknown suspect exposed himself to her on the bike path. The person was described as a Hispanic male, 20-30 years old, 5’6 – 5’10, riding a mountain bike.
  • A person was arrested after stealing merchandise from a business. Additional charges were filed after the suspect fled from officers and presented a fake ID card.

From the Westerville Police Department

Thefts from vehicles are one of the most common crimes in a community like Westerville, and most often happen to unlocked vehicles. Locking your vehicle greatly reduces your chance of becoming a victim of theft.

Securing vehicles:
• Keep windows up and doors locked when parked.
• Always park in well-lit areas.
• Remove all valuable materials from the vehicle, or secure it in the trunk. 
• Never leave property visible in the vehicle. Purses, laptop computers, and electronic equipment are popular items for thieves.
• Park your vehicle off the street and in your driveway whenever possible. If you have a garage, it is the best place for your vehicle to be parked. This one act can reduce your risk dramatically.

Blendon Township Police Highlights

Blendon Township recently changed its web site and no longer lists police reports. A link points to crimereports.com but there are no Blendon Township reports in its database.

From Westerville Police Department

 Home and Property Security and Safety Reminders
The Westerville Division of Police reminds residents they can take preventative steps to reduce their risks of becoming a victim of a crime. With the onset of warmer weather, opportunities for crime typically increase. Taking steps to secure your home and vehicle may discourage a criminal from targeting you and your personal property.

Consider this checklist whether in or away from the home.

Securing the home:
• Lock all doors (front, back, side and interior garage).
• Close blinds and secure first-story windows.
• For homes with a house alarm, activate the alarm (and associated motion sensors).
• Always close your exterior garage door.
• Turn on exterior lighting.
• Cut back large shrubbery around the outside of windows.

Thefts from vehicles are one of the most common crimes in a community like Westerville, and most often happen to unlocked vehicles. Locking your vehicle greatly reduces your chance of becoming a victim of theft.

Securing vehicles:
• Keep windows up and doors locked when parked.
• Always park in well-lit areas.
• Remove all valuable materials from the vehicle, or secure it in the trunk. 
• Never leave property visible in the vehicle. Purses, laptop computers and electronic equipment are popular items for thieves.
• Park your vehicle off the street and in your driveway whenever possible. If you have a garage, it is the best place for your vehicle to be parked. This one act can reduce your risk dramatically.

The Westerville Division of Police asks the community to report anything that appears unusual in public parking lots or in neighborhoods. 

• Call the non-emergency phone line at (614) 882-7444. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies.
• Identify yourself by name, address and phone number.
• Report the type of crime (burglary, assault, suspicious person, or vehicle, etc.).
• State the location. Be prepared to be as specific as possible.
• Be prepared to provide a description of the suspect, a description of the vehicle, including license plate number and the direction of travel, if applicable.
• Stay on the phone with the dispatcher until they tell you that you may hang up. (Unless you are in fear for your safety).

About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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