Stapleton “Crime Sign” moved to Eastbridge; Then on to Welcome Center

crime-signThe Denver Police Department has stepped up its crime fighting efforts by adding an obnoxious sign to Stapleton and following that up by breaking into our garages and letting us know that if they had been Aurorans and not police officers, they could have had their way with our stuff. The sign was first located at the corner of 29th and Central Park Blvd., but then was appropriately moved to Eastbridge on MLK Jr. Blvd. “I guess it is a good reminder when you are heading home from work,” says Eastbridge resident Josh Lewis. “But, it kind of creeps you out knowing that apparently it is necessary.”

Other residents don’t appreciate the police break-ins. “They came into my garage and left a small sign as a reminder to lock my things up,” said Kate Dellert. “I guess I appreciate the reminder, but I’m not sure I want the police fumbling in my garage late at night. Very strange to me.” Denver Police Chief Robert White says that the DPD can’t stop crime in Stapleton, so they simply want residents to take action to slow it down. “Honestly, we get way too many calls from this district regarding theft,” says White. “I mean, lock that shit up. Lock it. We can’t assign an officer to every house, and you paid a lot of money to live right next to Aurora. What did you think was going to happen? So, we are just trying to get people to act appropriately, and hopefully, we will see a drop off in calls.”

The DPD says that the sign will not always remain in Eastbridge, as it will soon be moving to a new location. “We plan to hitch it up in the next couple of weeks and move it in front of the Stapleton Welcome Center on 49th and Uinta,” said DPD Spokesperson Aaron McClelland. “We figure we need to start getting preventative. If people come out to look at a house or consider moving to Stapleton, they need to know to lock it up.” The DPD says locking your stuff up is the simplest way to avoid having things stolen, and the best way for them to avoid getting lots of calls. “It is frustrating for us when someone calls to report a theft,” says McClelland. “But, when we ask if it was locked up, 75% of the time the answer is no.”

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