Mayor Avedisian requested this information be forwarded to our Neighborhood Groups. Please see the letter below. Thank you.
Kathleen G. Kazarian
Office of Housing & Community Development
Dear Mayor Avedisian & Honorable Members of the City Council,
FYI: At approximately 0858 Hrs. Saturday morning, 11/24/2012, WPD officers responded to the Ebony Dr. area of the city and took a report of a larceny from the motor vehicle. This action then initiated numerous other reports to police from complainants in the Potowomut area telling police that the car was entered. As of this morning, we have 19 reports of larceny from the motor vehicle in the same general area.
In some cases, it was reported that the car(s) were entered and nothing was taken, in others, merchandise of value (cameras, GPS systems, lab top computers) were taken. Detectives have taken over the investigation. At this point, there is no one who reported to police that they saw anything suspicious during the time period that is believed to be involved (Friday 11/23 from 1900 hrs to approximately 0700 hrs. Saturday morning).
Larceny from the motor vehicle is one of our "center of gravity" crimes in the city of Warwick. WPD spends a lot of time analyzing this type of crime at our crime analysis meetings because of the challenges that it presents (the fact that it presents a crime of opportunity at any time of the day/night, targeting of residential vs. business areas, the fact that the public needs to take more precautions to become a less inviting target etc., prosecution issues etc.).
I would urge you to remind your respective constituencies that with the holiday season now upon us, this crime & its prevention now takes on added importance. Please remind them to lock their cars no matter whether they are at home or at work or at the mall (You would not believe the number of reports that we take in which the car is left unlocked & valuables are left in the car).
Again, do not leave presents or valuables in the car if possible & if you have to leave them in the car , put them in the trunk or do not make them visible to view by a potential thief.
Please let me know if you believe any of your constituents would be interested in a crime prevention seminar to discuss ways to limit your potential exposure to these crimes.
Colonel Stephen M. McCartney
Chief of Police
Warwick Police Department
99 Veterans Memorial Drive
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 468-4224 (b)
(401) 474-6393 (c)