Pets, Police & Community
A little more than a week ago a man returned home to DC from a business trip to New Orleans. When he opened his front door something seemed amiss. While he was away from his apartment in the historic Anacostia neighborhood for a few days his place had been burglarized. Three televisions, a laptop, clothing, cologne and jewelry were all gone. What saddened him more than any of those material things that had been taken away was that his dog, man’s best friend, had been taken too. Whenever someone is a victim of robbery at least two things are always stolen – the tangible item and the sense of security one once had.
Sadly, while the police have done their due diligence in trying to solve this crime their efforts have been hindered by a lack of information and tips from neighbors. Yes, several televisions, a laptop, clothing, cologne, jewelry and a dog were all taken from someone’s home and not a single person in the building he lives in or on the block says they saw a thing. This is a time to build community and awareness.
The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is dedicated to community engagement. They realize that it is only with cooperation from residents can they hopefully, prevent and solve crimes.
If you aren’t already aware the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has two convenient ways of anonymously providing crime tips. First is a toll free crime tip line —1-888-919-CRIME. The other is by texting 50411. The tip line and text messages are monitored and staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone who has information concerning a homicide, gangs, guns, or other violent offenses can call the anonymous tip line, and a detective will report all information. Text messages are analyzed and passed on to the appropriate unit or division for follow-up. Because it is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message.
Particularly during the holiday season you are encouraged to check out the MPD safety tip sheets. You may also get more involved in keeping your community safe by joining the appropriate MPD Email Discussion Group for your police precinct.
The online email list discussion groups are designed to attract area residents, employees, students, business owners, elected officials, and government agency representatives interested in coming together to solve problems and share public safety-related information that will improve the quality of life in each police district. Get more information and register to participate at mpdc.dc.gov/emailgroups.