It's important that we make sure to alert the proper authorities when incidents of crime occur in or around Debs Park. This includes the neighborhood surrounding Debs Park. We aren't picky about where the incident occured, we just want to alert the authorities to unlawful behavior in order to prevent further occurances of such offenses. An area of pristine, undeveloped land attracts a great deal of surreptitious activity, and it's up to all of us to do what we can to keep the park and surrounding areas from being degraded. BE SURE TO NOTIFY SOME ONE if you see any sort of suspicious activity. There are several ways to do this:
- Call 911. If the unlawful act is of a violent nature, involving guns or force, be sure to call 911 even if no one is hurt. They may refer you to a non-emergency line, but violent crime, even inept violent crime is always a valid reason to call 911. If the police don't know about violent crimes that have been commited, they naturally assume that all is well. You're not doing any one any favors by letting the guy who just tried to mug you, for example, walk. He's going to do it again, and next time he will probably choose an easier target, like your wife or your child. Don't let it happen. Call 911 immediately.
- Call Direct Dispatch if the crime is of a non-emergency nature. Remember that very few criminals go from sitting at the head of the class one day to mugging your wife the next. First they spray graffiti around, then they get drunk and rowdy on some one else's property. Then they start petty theft, and up from there. Let these misguided criminals know that such actions WILL NOT be tolerated in our neighborhood. It's for their own sake as much as that of the community. The telephone number is 213.485.2641, or 213.485.2643. There are a lot of other police and specialty assistance numbers available, such as child abuse and animal abuse. Many of these telephone numbers are available on the Important Phone Numbers list, also available on this site, just click here. Stop crime before it starts.
- Go to our secure (same server you use to give your credit card information to vendors) Online Incident Report Form Fill out an incident report form right now to submit information about suspicious or nuisance behavior. A map of the area is also provided to help you pinpoint the location to be reported.
- Fill out an Incident Report and mail it anonymously. Hard-copies of the Incident Report form are available by contacting Bill Murray or any MHIA officer. They even come with a postage paid envelope.
Special thanks to Bill Murray for creating and handling the Incident Report Form, and to YOU! for participating in our community effort to check crime. Every little bit helps!