Citizen Volunteer Patrol members went door-to-door with fliers in an east Redlands neighborhood Tuesday, warning residents "You are at increased risk!" three days after a home burglary was reported on Alta Vista Drive near East Sunset.
"There has recently been a burglary in your neighborhood," the fliers distributed Tuesday said. "Research shows that there is an increased risk of additional burglaries occurring within a short time frame and a short distance of a first crime."
The fliers offered tips but some or all of them did not include any specific information about when and where the burglary occurred.
Asked for details, Redlands spokesman Carl Baker said the burglary was reported between 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday Aug. 11 in the 13400 block of Alta Vista Drive.
Residents were not home when the break-in occurred, Baker said. Jewelry and electronics were taken.
A pdf copy of a flier similar to ones that were distributed Tuesday is attached to this report.
"It's part of a new program that uses members of the Citizen Volunteer Patrol to make contact and distribute information in a neighborhood following a residential burglary," Baker said in an email.
"It's a way to get valuable information out to the residents and potentially contact people who may have witnessed something suspicious but didn't think to report it or didn't know how to do so," Baker said.
The volunteer efforts are also part of the "See Something, Say Something" campaign launched a couple of years ago by Redlands police, Baker said.
The fliers distributed Tuesday advise anyone with information about a crime to
▪ Contact the Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681
▪ Text 274637 "REDTIP"
▪ Use the Redlands Police Crime Reporting application available at the app store on your iOS/Android mobile phone.
The fliers also advised that all in-progress and/or emergency calls should be called into 911.
Some of the fliers include a quick response code and urge residents to "Scan with your smartphone to learn more." The code leads to a website called CrimeMapping at www.crimemapping.com. The web address is also printed on the flier.