The Phoenix Police Department has decided to station two property crimes detectives full time at its Ahwatukee Foothills substation in an effort to boost local enforcement and to better track crimes.
Detectives Jeff Li, who has been on the force for 11 years, and Howard Goldman, a 16-year veteran, had been stationed on the other side of South Mountain at a police facility at Central and Southern avenues, along with several other detectives that handled property crimes on a city-wide basis, said their supervisor, Sgt. Brian Luney.
Li will now be concentrating on Ahwatukee Foothills burglaries, while Goldman will investigate things like shoplifting, theft, graffiti, criminal damage and trespassing. Goldman said shoplifting is one of the most reported types of property crime in Ahwatukee.
"A lot of it is juvenile related," he said.
Luney said that previously, reports of property crimes were divvied up among various detectives. By having detectives dedicated to particular types of crimes in Ahwatukee, the department will have an easier time tracking trends, and it will improve communication between officers, detectives and the public, he said.
"It's much easier if they're out at that facility," Luney said. "Hopefully, the better communication will make for better, smoother investigations. We've streamlined it."
Lt. Mark Tallman, a Phoenix Police Department spokesman, said the decision to post detectives here on a permanent basis is not related to any trend in crime in Ahwatukee Foothills.
"Overall crime in Ahwatukee compared to the rest of the city is significantly less," he said. "Property crimes out here are low, comparatively."
To report a property crime, call Phoenix Crime Stop at (602) 262-6151.