With the recent incidents that have been reported in the national news lately “see something, say something” could not be more important. Any of these horrific incidents could happen in any town, in any state, anywhere in the nation. Yuma is a small town nestled in the Desert Southwest and we are just as vulnerable as any big city.
The Yuma Police Department encourages our community to work with us on keeping our city safe. If you see something, say something. Anything that seems out of the ordinary, anything that seems out of place, call YPD. “Let us check it out and make sure everything is safe. Even if you think it may have already been reported, call us. We would rather have too many calls than not enough. If the suspicious activity turns out to be nothing it’s alright. We would rather it turn out to be nothing than miss a crime being committed.”
Here are just some examples of things that can be suspicious:
- A person wearing clothing that may not fit the season. Possibly an overcoat or bulky jacket in the summer or wearing all dark clothing.
- A vehicle cruising slowly by the same area over and over again.
- People sitting in vehicles for long periods of time, maybe using binoculars.
- Strangers in a neighborhood where they do not live.
- Someone looking into vehicle or residential windows.
- Someone looking into neighbor’s mailboxes.
- Someone going door to door without a business license.
- Someone hanging outside a business, but not going in.
- Someone lurking in dark areas.
- Someone running, but not dressed in running gear. Maybe holding a backpack.
There are many more examples out there, these are just a few.
Another area where you may see something suspicious is in social media. If you see or read posts that sound threatening or that may possess a large scale threat, let us know. As well as any posts in which someone wants to hurt themselves. YPD will check them out.
Finally, word of mouth. If you hear someone talking about committing a crime, threatening others or wanting to cause harm to our community in any way, let us check it out.
The Yuma Police Department’s non-emergency number is (928) 783-4421. For an emergency situation always call 911. Remember to give the dispatcher as much information as possible. If you’re calling in regards to a vehicle, you may be asked for the make, model, color and plate number. If it’s a person you’re calling about, you may be asked for the sex, race, height, weight, hair color and clothing description. The more information you are able to provide to the dispatcher, the better police can serve you.