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Highlights from Neighborhood Meetings:

In September 2019, the San Rafael Police Department hosted four community focused meetings.  The meetings were held in four distinct neighborhoods.

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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

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Date: November 27, 2019 11:18 AM

Highlights of Neighborhood Meetings

In September 2019, the San Rafael Police Department hosted four community focused meetings.  The meetings were held in four distinct neighborhoods and based on the recently drawn City Council districts.   

The District 1 meeting was held at the Albert J. Boro Community Center, District 2 was at Davidson Middle School, District 3 was at San Rafael High School, and District 4 was at the Terra Linda Community Center.  All venues offered Spanish speaking translation. 

The goal of the meetings was to find out from residents and business owners in each neighborhood what their specific issues were, engage in the problem-solving process to address the issues, and to report the findings. 

Each attendee was given three Post-It notes: one red, one blue, and one yellow.  They were asked to prioritize the top three issues in their neighborhood.  Their concerns, including where problems were occurring, were written on the Post-Its.  There were five poster boards in each meeting room labeled: VIOLENT CRIME, PROPERTY CRIME, NUISANCE CRIME, TRAFFIC, and DRUGS.   

The subcategories for the five major issue headings were: 

  • VIOLENT CRIME: Gang Violence, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Prostitution/Human Trafficking, Gun Crime, Domestic Violence 

  • PROPERTY CRIMEBurglary, Home/Commercial, Petty Theft, Auto Theft, Bike Theft 

  • NUISUANCE CRIMELoud Parties, Illegal Camping, Illegal Parking, Alcohol Abuse, Disorderly Conduct 

  • TRAFFICBicycle, Pedestrian, Speeding, School Zones 

  • DRUGSHeroin, Methamphetamine, Cannabis/Rx, Syringes, Drug Dealing 

The Post-Its were placed on the board corresponding with the issue of concern.  There was also a map of the area’s Council district where the attendees were asked to place a red dot on the location of their top concern.  

After this was completed, attendees were broken into groups for discussion.  Each group was led by a San Rafael Police Lieutenant.  All the group’s issues were discussed.  Each group was asked to come to an agreement about its top three priorities.  The groups reconvened and reported their findings.  

DISTRICT 1 

  1. Property and Nuisance Crime 

  1. Traffic 

  1. Violent Crime 

DISTRICT 2 

  1. Traffic 

  1. Drugs 

  1. Property and Nuisance Crime 

DISTRICT 3 

  1. Property Crime and Traffic 

  1. Nuisance Crime 

  1. Violent Crime 

DISTRICT 4 

  1. Property Crime and Traffic 

  1. Nuisance Crime 

  1. Drugs 

A theme emerged that was not surprising.  People are concerned about quality of life issues. People want streets that are safe for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, to feel safe and secure in their homes, and to not have their valuables stolen. 

Along with the small group discussions on issues, the groups talked about solutionsOur department relies on residents and business owners to help us.  They are the eyes and ears of what is going on in their areas or neighborhoods.  Officers are aware of “problem areas” in their beats, such as intersections known for traffic collisions, roadways where speeding is a concern, areas where illegal dumping occurs, and places where there is a high incidence of auto burglaries. 

The groups discussed ways in which they can assist us in creating a safe and secure community.  Some examples are: 

  • Call us when something doesn’t look right: “See something, say something.” 

  • Get to know your neighbors; look out for one another. 

  • Register your security cameras at www.srpd.org under crime prevention resources. 

  • Always lock your doors and windows. 

  • Do not leave valuable items in vehicles. 

  • No distracted driving (texting, etc.). 

  • We all have the responsibility to drive safely in our community.  Vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian safety are everyone’s responsibility! 

As a department we discussed what we can do to continue to address the above concerns and each of the more than 50,000 calls for service we receive each year.  Some examples are: 

  • Continue our “Coffee with a Cop” events to listen to concerns and feedback.  

  • Continue to use our crime analyst to recognize crime trends and patterns. 

  • Continue to use directed enforcement strategies to combat crime trends and patterns. 

  • Continue to use forums like Nextdoor to get timely information regarding crime trends and safety concerns to our community members. 

We thank everyone who attended our meetings.  Together we keep San Rafael safe! 

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Posted: November 27, 2019 2:18 PST by A. Holm #517

Updated: November 27, 2019 2:35 PST by Alex Holm

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