Monday, March 28, 2011

Tip of the Week: Describing Bad Guys

After several years of covering life in the Warrendale neighborhood, I've heard a lot of stories about crime. People frequently share stories with me about something that they witnessed. Far too often, the descriptions boil down to something along the lines of "it was a black guy in a white car."

It can be challenging for law enforcement to track down such a perpetrator, simply because there are so many people who fit such a description. I'm thrilled, therefore, to be able to share a simple tool with everyone to witnesses provide the police with a better description of what they saw. It's the suspect description form. You can find it on-line here.

I ask that you print this suspect description form and carry a copy of it with you, along with a pen or pencil. If you see a crime in progress, please dial 9-1-1 immediately. Then, once you are able, please take a moment to fill in as many of those details as possible.

Was the black guy in a white car young or old? How tall or heavy was he? What was he wearing?

Details like this help law enforcement sort out the actual criminal from the innocent bystanders. Ultimately, it makes everything work better for everyone.

Giving a better description of the bad guys is your Warrendale Tip of the Week.
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