PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – April 26th, 2018

Hemet Police: Learn to recognize crime as it’s happening

“Am I witnessing a crime?” Most of us have found ourselves wondering about this at some point. However, because we’re not really sure, we tend to ignore what we have just seen and continue about our business hoping it wasn’t so.
People aren’t suspicious, behavior is! Always consider the context for what you are witnessing and remember there may be a simple explanation for activity that at first glance appears suspicious. Here are behaviors that may be associated with criminal activity:
-Someone walking down the street looking into multiple vehicles and/or trying door handles to see if the doors will open.
-Someone taking a package from someone else’s property (keep in mind that sometimes neighbors leave or pick up packages for other neighbors).
-A person who is not your neighbor walking about your neighbor’s home and looking into windows, or trying to gain access by forcing open a window or door.
-A person knocking on your door and asking to speak with someone who does not live there and who may also go to other homes knocking on doors. This is a tactic used by people with the intent to burglarize to see if people are home. (Keep in mind that people may mistakenly go to the wrong home.)
-Someone claiming to represent a utility company who is either not wearing a uniform, does not produce identification upon request, or does not have a company logo vehicle.
-Someone using binoculars or other devices to peer into your or your neighbors’ home.
-At night, a person sitting inside a vehicle that you do not recognize with the lights off for extended period of time.
-A pushy salesperson not producing identification upon your request or asking to come into your home.
-A vehicle you do not recognize that is circling multiple times around the neighborhood.
Remember, if you think that a crime may be occurring, or that your safety or your neighbors’ safety may be at risk, don’t hesitate to call 911. You shouldn’t worry about using up police time. Calls to 911 will be prioritized based on availability of law enforcement. Your call could be the one that lets us put a stop to the break-ins or a crime streak in your neighborhood. We are happy to check things out!
Keep in mind, if it is not an immediate danger – use our non-emergency number, 951-765-2400.

Operation “Sign Twirler” nets 16 citations and 1 felony arrest

On Wednesday, April 18, The Hemet Police Department conducted a second pedestrian safety enforcement operation as part of its ongoing Pedestrian Safety Campaign. The program, launched earlier this month, is designed to raise public awareness, educate pedestrians and decrease pedestrian related collisions in Hemet.
The operation began at 10 a.m. and lasted three hours. Officers selected three intersections along Florida Avenue where statistics show pedestrian and bicycle collisions are likely to occur. A uniformed police employee held a sign, three feet wide by two feet high, which reminded pedestrians what the “Walk” and “Upraised Hand” symbol mean. The sign, pictured here, also included a message asking the pedestrian to push the pedestrian crosswalk button and urged them to “Use the Pedestrian Signal.” Nevertheless, 13 pedestrians and three bicyclists were issued citations for failing to use the pedestrian signal or crossing the roadway unsafely. Additionally, one man was stopped for a pedestrian violation, and then arrested on an unrelated felony warrant. The Hemet Police department plans more operations, working toward a goal of education and enforcement designed to address pedestrian safety and reduce collisions in the city of Hemet.

HVI’s Aric Bell arrested for suspicion of spousal abuse

Aric Bell of Hemet Valley Incidents (HVI) was arrested by Hemet Police on Friday, April 20, for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and inflicting corporal injury to spouse, according to police. His bond was set at $50,000, which he posted and was released the same day, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 14.

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