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My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

My Town: Police search for two suspects in string of G.R. robberies

My Town: Police search for two suspects in string of G.R. robberies

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Grand Rapids police detectives are releasing surveillance images of two men wanted for a series of convenience store robberies.

The crimes happened between April 13 and June 22 and typically involved one or both suspects entering the store, producing a handgun then robbing the store clerk of money and Newport cigarettes.  In several of the crimes, store customers were also robbed.

The targeted businesses include Our Food Mart at 423 Webster Street NW; Knapp Street Party Store at 701 Knapp Street NE; Miti Mini at 1210 Giddings Ave. SE; Sam’s Party Store at 1034 Bridge Street NW; Supermercado at 957 Davis Street NW; the Speedway Gas Station at 1533 Leonard Street NE; Oliver’s Market at 1548 Kalamazoo Avenue SE; Guddis Corner at 1220 College Avenue NE; Ron’s Quick Stop at 1115 Bridge Street NW and Little Caesars Pizza at 1245 Leonard Street NW.

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

My Town: Potentially costly spoofing scam spreads to Kent County

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The sheriff department is warning residents about a scam that’s made its way into Kent County.

On June 16, a resident contacted the sheriff department to report a suspicious phone call.  The suspect masked their phone number so it appeared the phone call was coming from the Kent County Sheriff Department.  The predator told the victim the Kent County Sheriff Department had a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant.  The scammer also used an actual sheriff department employee’s name.  Fortunately, the victim thought the call was suspicious and contacted deputies.

Four arrested in string of thefts

Four arrested in string of thefts

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)--Four people have been arrested in connection with a series of thefts ofseveral high-priced items in West Michigan.

Kent County deputies and other investigators searched several homes and one business in Wyoming, Cadillac, Grand Rapids Township, Hastings, and the Grand Rapids area and recovered the stolen property. Property recovered includes a Triumph motorcycle, a Chevrolet Impala, a Yamaha golf cart, a 350 small block GM engine, compound bows, tools, golf clubs, antique military paraphernalia and a 20-gauge shotgun. Also recovered was a Borg Warner T10 4-Speed Transmission, which was described by the victim as being one of only twelve for sale in the country in its condition.

One of the four suspects is a juvenile. The others are described as being 17, 21, and 22 years old. More charges are expected in Newaygo and Montcalm counties.

The thefts occurred in the following areas:

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town GR North: Public Safety Volunteer Appreciation Dinner April 29

My Town GR North: Public Safety Volunteer Appreciation Dinner April 29

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A few spots are still open for the Creston Neighborhood Association’s annual Public Safety Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Neighbors who are interested in public safety initiatives and would like to learn some additional safety skills are encouraged to reserve a spot at the event, which will be held Tuesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. at Berean Baptist Church, 1574 Coit NE.

The discussion will focus on neighborhood watch tools/tips and block party planning.  The new community officer, Rich Atha, will also introduce himself. 

To RSVP, contact Mac at mbrown@crestongr.com or (616) 454-7900.