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In an effort to keep it’s Community members better appraised of crimes happening in the precinct the Cactus Park Community Alliance has information to bring this more into focus.
There is a new page available with crimes in what is mostly the 92 squad area with some limited coverage of the Northern part of 91 and Southern part of the 93 squads. We’ll update this regularly and are making efforts to expand this project.
Please visit our Crimes page for more information. We hope you find it of interest.
The Cactus Wren Block Watch (CWBW) has partnered with our precinct to help our CAO’s obtain things the city is not able to provide for them. One of the items is a 10 foot tall inflatable officer, a pop-up to provide shade and other items used in community-relations. The CWBW is proud to be able to help out wherever they are able. Here are a couple of pictures from the delivery to the precinct on March 3, 2021.
CPCA Board elections were held at our January 2021 meeting. New Board members are Alice Brandon (far left), Tom Collinson (middle), and Ginger Mate (right). We are elated you have joined us and looking forward to our future. To find out more about our board, please visit our Board Page.
The Cactus Park Community Alliance
Welcomes Ann O’Brien
It is my honor and privilege to be elected as the Phoenix City Councilwoman representing District 1. I look forward to my inauguration on April 19, 2021.
Born and raised in Phoenix, I am a graduate of Greenway High School and Arizona State University. My husband, Terry, and I raised our two children in North Phoenix; Amanda, who is a high school math teacher, and Thomas, who is a mechanical engineering student at Northern Arizona University.
While raising Amanda and Thomas, I began to volunteer in my children’s school and serve as President of the Stetson Hills PTSA which led me to substitute teaching and coaching junior high softball. In 2014 and 2018 I ran and won a seat on the Deer Valley USD school board. A focus on the school board was a crucial realignment of school boundaries to ensure every student in the district has the resources they need to succeed. My community advocacy continued with Julie Read in the effort to keep homeless sex offenders from being housed in our neighborhoods, serving on the Deer Valley Village Planning Committee for three years, and advocating for a new fire station in North Phoenix.
I decided to run for the Phoenix City Council because I passionately believe in the power of bringing people together to solve problems – to find common ground in service of our community. I am proud of my record, and look forward to continuing to tackle the serious issues facing our community.
My priorities on the City Council include:
- Protect public safety by ensuring our police officers and firefighters have every tool they need to do their jobs so that we can lower response times and save more lives. We must also invest in training, equipment, and comprehensive safety measures, as well as making sure our community centers and recreation programs serve as strong community hubs.
- Make our neighborhoods safer and healthier places to raise a family. Strengthening our neighborhoods was why I entered public service, and will focus on ensuring everyone can access great local schools and high-quality jobs, enjoy well-maintained parks and roads, and feel safe at home.
- Strengthen our economy by attracting more high-quality employers like State Farm and USAA to Phoenix, while seeking out new employers that offer the high-tech, high-wage careers of the future.
I look forward to meeting you and working with all residents to strengthen the future for our neighborhoods, our district and our city.
Did you know?
The Phoenix Police Department now has a mobile app, bringing a
variety of resources and information to one place. Users can use the
app to access online reporting, crime statistics, precinct locations, phone
numbers, career opportunities, virtual block watch, victims’ rights
information, and more. Users can also turn on notifications from the
precinct they live in to receive news updates and information on events
in their area. To watch the video released, please click here.
The App is now available both in the Apple store for iOS and in the Google Play Store for Android.
Here’s the latest from ValleyMetro and the new Light Rail extension terminating at Metro Center:
CONSTRUCTION UPDATE WEEK OF March 1, 2021
The Northwest Extension Phase II (NWEII) project will extend light rail west on Dunlap Avenue from 19th Avenue, then north on 25th Avenue and across I-17 on Mountain View Road with a terminus on the west side of the freeway near Metrocenter Mall.
Northwest Extension Phase II light rail project construction is underway by the project contractor, Kiewit-McCarthy, A Joint Venture (KMJV) and third party utility companies, such as Salt River Project (SRP).
- Dunlap Avenue between 19th and 25th avenues: KMJV and SRP are performing underground utility relocation and roadway construction on Dunlap Avenue between 19th and 25th avenues during day and nighttime hours. Traffic lanes will be located on the south side of Dunlap Avenue and restricted to one west- and one eastbound lane. Traffic restrictions will be in place 24/7 through Mon., May 31, 2021 at 5 a.m. Click here for more information.
- Dunlap Avenue: 24th Avenue closure: KMJV is performing underground utility relocation and roadway construction on 24th Avenue, just north of Dunlap Avenue. This work will require a closure at the location. In addition, left turns will not be available for eastbound traffic at Dunlap and 24th avenues. Traffic restrictions will be in place 24/7 through Sat., Apr. 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. Click here for more information.
- Dunlap Avenue: 22nd Avenue closure: KMJV is performing underground utility relocation and roadway construction on 22nd Avenue, just north of Dunlap Avenue. This work will require a closure at the location. In addition, left turns will not be available for eastbound traffic at Dunlap and 22nd avenues. Traffic restrictions will be in place 24/7 through Mon., Mar. 15, 2021 at 5 p.m. Click here for more information.
- 25th Avenue between Dunlap Avenue and Mountain View Road: KMJV is reconstructing the Arizona Canal bridge on 25th Avenue between Dunlap Avenue and Mountain View Road during day and nighttime hours. Traffic lanes will be located on the west side of 25th Avenue and restricted to one southbound lane; northbound traffic lane is closed between 24th Ave. and north of the Arizona Canal bridge. Traffic restrictions will be in place 24/7 from Wed., Feb. 24 at 7 a.m. through Mon., Mar. 29, 2021 at 7 a.m. Click here for more information.
- Rose Mofford Sports Complex and Dog Park: KMJV is replacing drainage infrastructure in and adjacent to Rose Mofford Sports Complex and Dog Park. The work will involve removing fencing on the southwest corner of the dog park. Temporary fencing will be placed, allowing continued use of the park during construction. In addition, available parking areas will change throughout the process. The Rose Mofford Sports Complex and Dog Park will remain open during this work. The work will be completed in late spring 2021. Click here for more information.
Visit valleymetro.org/northwest2 to view the latest updates and learn more about the project.
2020 Snapshot: Crime Across the Valley
This year the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office launched the “Keeping Families Safe” campaign to help educate residents in our communities of ways they can prevent and prepare against crime.
So far this year, we’ve covered scams and identify theft, personal and home safety, talked about the warning signs of substance abuse, vaping, teen suicide, domestic violence, among many other topics. While we can’t predict when crime will occur, we can help families develop habits that will keep them safe. To be better prepared for the year to come, we want to provide a quick look at the crime trends across the valley this year.
This year the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office launched the “Keeping Families Safe” campaign to help educate residents in our communities of ways they can prevent and prepare against crime. So far this year, we’ve covered scams and identify theft, personal and home safety, talked about the warning signs of substance abuse, vaping, teen suicide, domestic violence, among many other topics. While we can’t predict when crime will occur, we can help families develop habits that will keep them safe. To be better prepared for the year to come, we want to provide a quick look at the crime trends across the valley this year.
According to the Community Crime Map, the five most common crimes throughout the valley this year included theft, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault, residential burglary, and commercial burglary. Compared to last year, motor vehicle theft, commercial burglary, and aggravated assault increased, while theft and DUI decreased. According to the Phoenix Police Departments Crime Analysis Unit, the first half of 2020 showed a dramatic increase in violent crime, with homicide and assault increasing 25% compared to 2019. Crimes classified as aggravated assault cover various acts that cause serious physical injury, use a weapon, or are intentional in nature. There was also an increase in assaults with weapons, with 42% of these crimes involving a gun. A significant shift that also occurred this year was a rise in domestic violence, which accounted for 24 homicides during the first half of the year alone.
This year, crime also occurred more consistently throughout the week versus the weekend compared to last year. Similarly, this year’s time of day crime shifted to throughout the day versus last year when it occurred mostly at night. While it’s hard to identify a definitive cause for this shift, the COVID-19 pandemic did alter routines by encouraging more people to stay home.
COVID-19 also played a factor in crimes committed virtually. Scams were particularly prevalent this year, reaching record numbers in the spring and then again in the summer when COVID-19 cases were on the rise. Data from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revealed that scams originating on social media more than tripled compared to last year.
Financial losses from these scams also reached a record high amounting to $117 million in just the first six months of the year, compared to $134 million in all of 2019. The most common scams reported to the FTC consisted of online shopping scams followed by romance scams, business or economic relief scams, family/friend imposters, and government imposters.
Scams related to multi-level marketing companies and pyramid schemes also increased five-fold during the spring and summer. Over 94% of FTC reports identified Facebook and Instagram as the sites where these scams took place.
The start of the year is a great time to incorporate new safety habits into your daily routine. Check out our top safety tips for 2021 below.
- Frequently inspect your home and identify areas vulnerable to break-ins
- Always lock your car, take your keys inside, and park in well-lit areas
- Practice situational awareness and be alert and aware of those around you
- Be proactive about protecting your personal and financial information
- Make it a habit to safely discard prescription medication from your home
- Stay committed to never driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Heads-up folks, this message from the City of Phoenix:
Attention City of Phoenix Water Services customers: Phoenix Water Services customers have received notices at their home with the information to call back to schedule a time to allow someone to enter their homes to check the quality of their water. This is a scam!
#PHXWater employees do not go door to door to check on the quality of your water and they will not enter your home.
Never allow anyone to enter your home without verifying who they are. If you have any questions regarding City Services or want to verify any notices you receive, you may call Phoenix Customer Services Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 602-266-6251.