PSA 108 Meets Tonight on Carjackings & Violent Crime Spike – Liberty Baptist Church – 7:00pm
by Larry Janezich
A carjacking in Hill East last night was the most recent in a sudden spate of carjackings and other violent crime in Hill East during the past 30 days. The past 24 hours also saw a robbery at gun point and an assault with a dangerous weapon at the SE Safeway (two individuals were taken into custody in the latter case). Those three crimes are not reflected on the crime map below. The sudden spike in violent crimes – up from 8 the previous month to 17 in the past 30 days prompted ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp this morning to ask MPD Chief Lanier for more police presence in Hill East as soon as possible. The agenda for tonight’s PSA meeting is below the crime map for the last 30 days.
Metropolitan Police Department — Police Service Area 108 Monthly Community Meeting Tonight at 7:00pm at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE
1) MPD, DC Government Officials, and Community Leader Introductions; announcing new Sergeants Officials and Community Leaders 7:00-7:05
2) Overview of PSA 108 Crime Reports Lt. Taylor 7:05-7:15
3) Focus: Recent Carjackings in PSA108 Lt. Taylor 7:15-7:30
4) Community Prosecutor Update: Case Papering AUSA Klein 7:30-7:45
5) PSA 108 Community Member Discussion 7:45-8:00
CARJACKING PREVENTION TIPS
When approaching your vehicle, walk with confidence, purpose and STAY ALERT.
Be wary of strangers requesting directions or handing out fliers. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.
Always approach your car with keys in hand and LOCK YOUR DOORS at all times.
Especially at night, avoid driving alone. Take a Ride Along whenever possible.
When stopping in traffic, leave enough space between the car ahead of you to maneuver if necessary.
Don’t stop to assist strangers with road side assistance. Help by calling 911 and reporting the matter.
Avoid parking in low visibility areas that reduce your ability to see or be seen.
Always look around before exiting your vehicle to observe your surroundings.
When arriving at destinations late at night, have someone meet you outside.
Invest in remote car alarms that feature panic buttons in the event of an emergency.