Property Crimes Reported in the Foothills Area Command on Wednesday, October 11th:
1 Stolen Vehicle: 13100-block of Constitution NE.
2 Auto Burglaries: 3200-block of Juan Tabo Blvd NE and 10500-block of Royal Birkdale NE. Entries: Smash & Grab (breaking a window to grab items left in the parked vehicle) and damaging the door lock to make entry. Items left in vehicles that were stolen: Purse, wallet, IDs and credit cards. Prescription eyewear and used children’s clothing. Quick take-away: We can’t afford to leave anything visible or of value inside our vehicles and walk away. These are temptations to auto burglars and auto burglary is a crime of opportunity. Present a weak target along with the opportunity and a motivated criminal will pounce. Reduce opportunity by locking up, removing visible and valuable items from the vehicle and your odds will be greatly reduced of being a victim of auto burglary. It’s simple, but we never think it will happen to us or we say to ourselves, “I’ll only be a minute — nothing will happen.” Being a crime of opportunity, auto burglary can happen anywhere at anytime. Lower your odds by controlling your environment and you’ll know you have done what was within your control to prevent being a victim of this type of crime.
Bullying and Cyberbullying Month: Thanks to the National Center for Campus Public Safety for providing resources and information for further study on bullying and cyberbullying. You may be interested in some of the information listed below to help with a work place, classroom or family conversation.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a nationwide campaign founded in 2006 by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” Bullying can affect those who bully, are bullied, and witness bullying and is linked to negative outcomes including stress, anxiety, depression, poor schoolperformance, substance use, suicide, adverse physical effects, and future delinquent behavior. Cyberbullying, a form of bullying that takes place using electronic technology, is also an emerging public health concern. Bullying and cyberbullying are not problems confined to K-12 schools; they exist on college and university campuses and in the workplace as well.
- Data from a 2015 survey on bullying indicates that nationwide, 20.2% of students in grades 9-12 reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey and that 15.5% of students had been electronically bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, or texting.
- Research from the University of Washington on cyberbullying, depression, and problem alcohol use found that college-age females are just as likely to suffer the negative effects of cyberbullying as younger adolescents. Results indicated that 27% of participants had experienced cyberbullying as a bully, victim, or bully/victim in college.
- A 2014 national survey examining the prevalence of workplace bullying found that over one-quarter of adult Americans (27%) said they had directly experienced abusive conduct at work.
The National Bullying Prevention Month campaign encourages communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on people of all ages. Many carry the effects of bullying with them for years and the Health Resources & Services Administration sponsored a working session to explore the connections between bullying and family violence, sexual harassment, and dating violence. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources that individuals, schools, and communities can use to support bullying prevention this month and throughout the year. You may also sign-up for the StopBullying.gov listserv to learn of new resources that may be helpful in your bullying prevention efforts.
Resources on how to prevent or handle bullying and cyberbulling incidents are available:
- Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying: Workshop Summary brief from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council
- Bullying Laws Across America web page from the Cyberbullying Research Center
- “Cyberbullying and College Students: What Can Be Done?” article from Psychiatric Times
- “Cyberbullying in College: Frequency, Characteristics, and Practical Implications” article from SAGE Publications, Inc.
- Student Reports of Bullying and Cyber-Bullying: Results From the 2013 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey report from the National Center for Education Statistics
Preparing and Responding to Cyberbullying: Tips for Law Enforcement guide from the International Association of Chiefs of Police
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command