Phoenix Police Department quarterly Tukee Talk

Officer Toby Ehrler spoke to a group of residents about traffic problems in Ahwatukee Foothills at the Phoenix Police Department�s quarterly �Tukee Talk.� Ehrler manages the city�s traffic hotline and says for dangerous and immediate situations residents should call 9-1-1 or Crime Stop. For consistent problems the traffic hotline is 602-534-7733.

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Crime in Phoenix is down but police officers need the community’s help to keep it that way.

Lt. Chris Moore of the Phoenix Police Department’s South Mountain Precinct said the precinct’s violent crime rate is down 18 percent with property crime down 8 percent.

“Just to give a snapshot, in this precinct alone at around 2007-08 we had about 67 homicides,” Moore said during the community Tukee Talk held Thursday, May 22. “That’s a lot of people getting violently murdered. Last year we had about 18. To me that’s the biggest indicator of crime reductions.”

Moore said one area that is going up is vehicle thefts which sometimes gives thieves easy access to a home.

“Just be cautious about locking your vehicle,” he said. “If you have garage door openers and they are not permanent in your car, just take that out and put it in your purse or in the house. Those are some of the ways you can protect yourself.”

If someone sees something suspicious Moore reminded residents to always call.

“Don’t wrestle with your gut,” he said. “Bother us.”

Moore shared some statistics with residents present at the precinct’s quarterly Tukee Talk at Pecos Community Center.

The Tukee Talk is a chance for residents to meet their local police officers and ask questions. It’s also a time for neighborhood block watch groups to get together and share concerns or questions. The meetings are held quarterly.

For more information on Tukee Talks email Sheree Lee at

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