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By Jim Gray | July 11, 2010
A crime prevention program being used in Mexico has reduced rape by 26%, family violence 34%, house burglary 22% and robbery 30%. These results are all the more impressive because the state of Sonora, just south of Arizona, is home to three violent drug cartels, and violent crime is increasing almost everywhere else around that country. The program was founded by Santiago Roel, and when it was adopted by the state's governor they announced together that it would decrease the offenses they specified by 25%. In doing this, the program focused upon results or outcomes, which means crime statistics.
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By Annie Kim | May 29, 2013
After 30 years with the Newport Beach Police Department, crime prevention specialist Kathy Lowe is retiring Thursday. Lowe joined the department in 1983 as a parking control officer, issuing citations at 19 years old, before becoming the department's first crime prevention specialist in 1997. "I honestly feel so honored to work here," Lowe said. "I have nothing but great memories. It's been an incredibly wonderful journey. " Since 1998, Lowe has helped initiate the Citizens' Police Academy - which aims to help the public understand police operations - neighborhood watch programs throughout the city and several volunteer programs for the department.
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February 21, 2013
A town-hall meeting Monday will discuss crime prevention in Costa Mesa's Westside. The 6:30 p.m. meeting at Harbor Christian Fellowship, 740 W. Wilson St., is one of several throughout the city Councilwoman Wendy Leece is organizing. Representatives from the police department, Community Emergency Response Team and Costa Mesa Prepared will give presentations. Neighborhood watch, teen academy and citizens academy information will also be available. Child care, light refreshments and a raffle will also be offered.
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August 7, 2001
In a show of solidarity against crime, local public safety departments are inviting the community to join them in celebrating the 18th annual National Night Out tonight. The nationwide drug and crime prevention event encourages residents to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, as well as police and fire officials. In Costa Mesa today, officials will serve food and sodas and also raffle off prizes donated by local businesses between 6 and 9 p.m. City-sponsored locations include the corner of Conway and Fairview Road, and at Ogle Park at the corner of El Camino Street and Mendoza Avenue.
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By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 5, 2012
The Costa Mesa Police Department has launched a biweekly newsletter, Kelly's Crime Corner, to provide safety tips and public programming information. Crime Prevention Specialist Kelly Vucinic, for whom the newsletter is named, will generate stories and work with department staff to put the publication out. Topics range from ways to prevent being victimized to disaster-preparedness and seasonal-awareness issues. "It's certainly a work in progress. We're fine-tuning it as we go," she said Thursday.
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By: | August 2, 2005
Costa Mesa man, 30, dies in collision A 30-year-old Costa Mesa man was killed in a head-on collision at 10:05 p.m. Sunday on Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, police said. Nathaniel Colin Hall, a passenger in a 1998 Acura Integra, was killed when the driver of an Acura crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a 2004 Toyota Prius, police said. The driver of the Acura, Mary Werner, of Monrovia, is suspected of drunken driving. Werner is in critical condition at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
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By Jenny Stockdale and By Jenny Stockdale | August 4, 2012
The Costa Mesa Police Department announced this week the launch of its own Facebook page , which is meant to provide the latest information on crime trends and prevention. "Our chief is very big on getting information out to the public as quickly and effectively as possible," Kelly Vucinic, a CMPD crime prevention specialist who oversees social media and communication projects within the department, said Wednesday. "Having a Facebook page is just one more tool for us to use. The more content we put out, the better.
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May 6, 2004
Deepa Bharath A surveillance tape from a local convenience store, which captures a young man reaching under a customer's skirt, may help police find one of the men responsible for a series of assaults on the city's Westside, officials said. The woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, reported the groping to police Monday afternoon, shortly after it happened at the 7-Eleven at Victoria Street and Placentia Avenue, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick.
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March 31, 2002
It would take a lot of imagination, and frankly a lot of dishonesty, to label Costa Mesa as a crime-ridden city. But that of course is what some, who can only be called opportunists, will be trying to do with the latest crime statistics released from the state attorney general's office. The statistics showed a massive spike in robberies in 2001 and much smaller increases in burglaries, thefts, assaults and rape. Make no mistake, any rise in crime should be alarming.
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By Joseph Weber | March 21, 2014
I read Colin McCarthy's commentary "Statistics tell the truth about Costa Mesa crime rate" (March 17) with this question in mind: What does he want us to believe? Answer: That we shouldn't worry about Costa Mesa's crime rate. Why would he want us to believe that? Answer: Maybe because as one of the City Council candidates from 2012, he wants to help his political ally win reelection this November. Voters worried about police and crime in their city aren't very sympathetic toward incumbents.
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By Annie Kim | May 29, 2013
After 30 years with the Newport Beach Police Department, crime prevention specialist Kathy Lowe is retiring Thursday. Lowe joined the department in 1983 as a parking control officer, issuing citations at 19 years old, before becoming the department's first crime prevention specialist in 1997. "I honestly feel so honored to work here," Lowe said. "I have nothing but great memories. It's been an incredibly wonderful journey. " Since 1998, Lowe has helped initiate the Citizens' Police Academy - which aims to help the public understand police operations - neighborhood watch programs throughout the city and several volunteer programs for the department.
NEWS
February 21, 2013
A town-hall meeting Monday will discuss crime prevention in Costa Mesa's Westside. The 6:30 p.m. meeting at Harbor Christian Fellowship, 740 W. Wilson St., is one of several throughout the city Councilwoman Wendy Leece is organizing. Representatives from the police department, Community Emergency Response Team and Costa Mesa Prepared will give presentations. Neighborhood watch, teen academy and citizens academy information will also be available. Child care, light refreshments and a raffle will also be offered.
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By Jenny Stockdale and By Jenny Stockdale | August 4, 2012
The Costa Mesa Police Department announced this week the launch of its own Facebook page , which is meant to provide the latest information on crime trends and prevention. "Our chief is very big on getting information out to the public as quickly and effectively as possible," Kelly Vucinic, a CMPD crime prevention specialist who oversees social media and communication projects within the department, said Wednesday. "Having a Facebook page is just one more tool for us to use. The more content we put out, the better.
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By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 5, 2012
The Costa Mesa Police Department has launched a biweekly newsletter, Kelly's Crime Corner, to provide safety tips and public programming information. Crime Prevention Specialist Kelly Vucinic, for whom the newsletter is named, will generate stories and work with department staff to put the publication out. Topics range from ways to prevent being victimized to disaster-preparedness and seasonal-awareness issues. "It's certainly a work in progress. We're fine-tuning it as we go," she said Thursday.
NEWS
By Jim Gray | July 11, 2010
A crime prevention program being used in Mexico has reduced rape by 26%, family violence 34%, house burglary 22% and robbery 30%. These results are all the more impressive because the state of Sonora, just south of Arizona, is home to three violent drug cartels, and violent crime is increasing almost everywhere else around that country. The program was founded by Santiago Roel, and when it was adopted by the state's governor they announced together that it would decrease the offenses they specified by 25%. In doing this, the program focused upon results or outcomes, which means crime statistics.
NEWS
By: | August 2, 2005
Costa Mesa man, 30, dies in collision A 30-year-old Costa Mesa man was killed in a head-on collision at 10:05 p.m. Sunday on Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach, police said. Nathaniel Colin Hall, a passenger in a 1998 Acura Integra, was killed when the driver of an Acura crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a 2004 Toyota Prius, police said. The driver of the Acura, Mary Werner, of Monrovia, is suspected of drunken driving. Werner is in critical condition at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
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May 6, 2004
Deepa Bharath A surveillance tape from a local convenience store, which captures a young man reaching under a customer's skirt, may help police find one of the men responsible for a series of assaults on the city's Westside, officials said. The woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, reported the groping to police Monday afternoon, shortly after it happened at the 7-Eleven at Victoria Street and Placentia Avenue, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. John FitzPatrick.
NEWS
March 31, 2002
It would take a lot of imagination, and frankly a lot of dishonesty, to label Costa Mesa as a crime-ridden city. But that of course is what some, who can only be called opportunists, will be trying to do with the latest crime statistics released from the state attorney general's office. The statistics showed a massive spike in robberies in 2001 and much smaller increases in burglaries, thefts, assaults and rape. Make no mistake, any rise in crime should be alarming.
NEWS
August 7, 2001
In a show of solidarity against crime, local public safety departments are inviting the community to join them in celebrating the 18th annual National Night Out tonight. The nationwide drug and crime prevention event encourages residents to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, as well as police and fire officials. In Costa Mesa today, officials will serve food and sodas and also raffle off prizes donated by local businesses between 6 and 9 p.m. City-sponsored locations include the corner of Conway and Fairview Road, and at Ogle Park at the corner of El Camino Street and Mendoza Avenue.
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