Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Feb. 21, 2018

Police warn residents not to leave valuables visible in their parked cars. (Brady Holt/The Current/May 2012)

Crimes of opportunity, specifically thefts from autos, continue to be the biggest concern for our association’s area. Over the 60 days ending on Feb. 16, compared with the same period last year, thefts in Police Service Area 201 were steady at 15, thefts from autos stayed constant at 16, and stolen autos went from zero to four.

There were two robberies in the area, including one at a bank on the north end of Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Circle. With the exception of such robberies, many property crimes can be prevented by vigilance and a strong neighborhood watch program.

Please be sure to remove all valuables from your vehicle any time you leave your car parked. Make sure that anything of value is safely out of sight or locked in your trunk. Some thieves walk through a neighborhood and try car door handles or look for items easy to remove from a car, so keep your car locked at all times.

Recently, there was a rash of thefts from autos just across Rock Creek Park in the Shepherd Park neighborhood. Thieves may migrate to nearby neighborhoods, so it is critical that we remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately to the police.

If you have questions or want to learn more about crime in our area, please join our next public safety meeting at the Chevy Chase Community Center at 7 p.m. on March 7. This will be an opportunity to meet officers in the Second District’s Sector One, comprised of PSAs 201, 202 and 203, as well as the new captain supervising this sector.

A 14-year police department veteran, Captain Michelle Ridlehoover has an extensive background in field patrol operations, community engagement and supervision. She formerly was a captain at the Sixth District, a lieutenant in both the First and Fourth Districts, a sergeant in the Seventh District and an officer at the First District. Captain Ridlehoover and other officers will join us to review crime stats and meet the community on March 7.

— Chris Dietz