Top Cop: Burglaries continue to be major issue on post

| May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Col. La’Tonya D. Lynn
Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii; commander, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command



Welcome to Top Cop. The goal of this monthly column is to provide crime data to our military communities throughout U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and to increase awareness, which will aid in crime prevention.

The Directorate of Emergency Services, USAG-HI, uses crime statistics to determine patrol distribution and to maintain safety and security within our communities.

There have recently been a number of burglaries reported, especially on Wheeler Army Airfield. This can be a personal and victimizing crime that affects one’s ability to feel secure within their community. To help prevent this crime from happening in the future, I would like to provide you with some crime prevention techniques.

First, to improve the chance of finding your items if stolen, remember to do one important thing: write down the serial numbers for all of the valuable items in your house. This provides law enforcement personal with an effective means of tracking personal items if stolen.

Second, take an active role in your community. Get to know your neighbors because they will be an extra set of eyes to watch for suspicious people in the community.

Third, when you leave your house or car ensure that you lock your door and that anything of value is out of sight. Enlist the help of your neighbors to watch your house to ensure that no one attempts to enter your home.

Fourth, well-lit houses will deter theft. Most criminals will not stand in the light while they attempt to break into your house. Leave the outside lights on at night and if you have windows where there is no outdoor light, leave a small light on in the house to silhouette a potential thief.

If you are out of the house at night, I recommend you leave a TV or radio on to give the appearance that someone is still home. DES is committed to maintaining security within our military communities. Following these simple crime prevention techniques will help make our communities even safer.

Crime Statistics

The Schofield Barracks Provost Marshal Office, or PMO, reported a total of 241 cases for north and south installations in April

Report any suspicious behavior or witnessed criminal acts to law enforcement personnel at Schofield Barracks at 655-7114 or at Fort Shafter at 438-7114.

Those involving alcohol: 7
Service members apprehended: 17
Family members apprehended: 12
Unknown subjects: 2

Unsecured/unattended: 14
In housing area: 17
In public area: 30

Traffic accidents
Involving injuries: 2
Damage to property: 30

Driving under the influence
Service members apprehended: 18
Family members apprehended: 2
Civilians apprehended: 1

Traffic citations
Cell phone violations: 14
Speeding violations: 104
Failure to stop as posted: 34
No insurance: 15
Expired safety inspection: 85
No registration in vehicle: 3
Failure to register: 5
Driving without a license: 12
Expired registration: 62
Defective equipment: 7
No seatbelt: 6
Failure to use turn signal: 2
Open container: 3
Expired license: 2
Impeding traffic: 6
Failure to display front license plate: 5
Following too closely: 1
Abandoned vehicle: 3
Disregarding a traffic control device: 1
Failure to yield right of way at intersection: 1
Parking violations: 127
Failure to stop at red traffic signal: 2
Failure to display safety sticker: 3
Failure to display front license plate: 5
Failure to display registration sticker: 1
Inattention to driving: 1
Fraudulent use of license plate: 1
Unsafe movement: 4
No license plate: 1
Reckless driving: 2
Driving with permit and no licensed driver: 2
Driving while license suspended or revoked: 8
Failure to maintain lane: 1

Miscellaneous violations
Trespassing: 1
Failure to control pet: 8
Unattended child: 4
Endangering the welfare of a minor: 1

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