Category Archives: Public Safety

Neighborhood Watch Update: Overall Crime Down, But Burglaries Up

by Jon Bender Neighborhood Watch Director, PSA 202; Vice Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E  After a long hiatus, the Neighborhood Watch Update for Police Service Area 202 (AU Park, Friendship Heights, Tenleytown) is back with a good news/bad news edition. Compared to the same period in 2013, violent crime has declined for the period March to August, as has

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Guide to Fireworks in D.C.

As the July 4th holiday nears, many in the area anticipate the spectacular fireworks displays our nation’s capital offers. Just as many seem inspired to put on their own pyrotechnic display. Given that Independence Day is just around the corner, it’s time for a friendly reminder about fireworks safety and what District residents can legally set off for their own amusement.

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Beware of Package Thieves

A report of a suspicious man potentially casing houses in the Tenleytown area circulated on neighborhood listservs this afternoon. Under the guise of distributing Whole Foods flyers, the man appeared actually to be looking for packages left on the front steps of homes east of Wisconsin Avenue. A representative of Whole Foods Market Tenleytown confirmed that the store did “not

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MPD Issues Burglary Alert

In an email to MPD Second District residents today, Commander Michael Reese provided information on a pattern of burglaries in police service areas (PSA) 201, 202, and 203. PSA 202 includes Tenleytown, Friendship Heights and AU Park. While burglaries are down overall, at least one tenacious gentleman continues to target the area, focusing on daytime hours and entering residences through

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Pattern of Burglaries, Thefts from Auto Continue

Police Service Area (PSA) 202, which includes Friendship Heights, AU Park, and Tenleytown, has experienced a “slow but steady” pattern of burglaries, according to MPD Lieutenant Alan Hill, who provided a public safety update at the May 8 Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E meeting. In response, Commander Michael Reese of the Second District has allocated additional resources to the area and

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Orange Helmet Patrol Kicks Off with Community Bike Ride

Join police officers from the 2nd District Mountain Bike Tactical Unit for a high-visibility community bike ride through 2nd District neighborhoods on Saturday, April 5. The Orange Helmet Patrol is a new twist on an old concept. Traditionally, Orange Hat Patrols have been a widely used and accepted component of community policing. Founded in 1988 in Washington, DC the Orange Hats consisted

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Thefts from Auto, Total Crime Down: Neighborhood Watch Update

by Jon Bender Neighborhood Watch Director, PSA 202; Commissioner, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E  Thefts from auto continue to plague Police Service Area (PSA) 202, which includes Tenleytown, Friendship Heights and American University Park, with 21 incidents between February 25 and March 19. However, as shown in this year over year comparison, thefts from auto are down by about a

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MPD Second District Crime Down

Overall crime in the Second Metropolitan Police District dropped by 10 percent in February, including a 28 percent decline in thefts from auto as compared to the same period in 2013. Vehicle thefts, however, rose markedly, jumping 88 percent over the same 30 day period. Captain Melvin Gresham speaking at the February 26 Citizens Advisory Council (CAC-2D) meeting said the

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