I write this as I sit at my desk, my desk that has two used cell phones sitting right next to it. These cell phones are sitting here not because I write this but because I’ve been meaning to find a new home for them. Call it kismet or whatever you like but last week when I received two separate notifications that the Boise Police Department has been doing an ongoing phone drive I knew I found these little phones a new home.
Here is a little bit from one email I received (permission given by Carrie to post)
After speaking to a woman today who brought in a used cell phone to be donated to Boise Police Crime Prevention, I thought I might update you on this service. These cell phones are freely provided to victims of violence or other such crimes, as well as the elderly (many who live alone or have health issues), but can only be used for 911 calls. So, instead of discarding your old cell phones, please consider donating them in support of this worthy cause. You can also request a tax donation form as they are tax deductible.
CELL PHONE DONATION DRIVE (Official Notification)
The Boise Police Department Crime Prevention Unit collects used cell phones to be given to “at risk” individuals to call 911. The donated phones are considered tax deductible. If the donated phones can’t be used, we have partnered with CellMe, to collect them. CellMe dismantles them and recycles all the materials with the proceeds going to our non-profit group, the Idaho Crime Prevention Association. If you want to contribute, please delete all your personal information from the cell phone, ie; contacts, texts, photos, notes, anything of a personal nature and simply drop them off or send them to us. We have a collection bin set-up in the Boise Police Crime Prevention Unit located at the Boise Police Department, 333 N Mark Stall Place, Boise, ID 83704. If you have any questions, please contact Tuckie Shaver at 570-6073.
I have also provided an informative link on security measures prior to donating or throwing away electronic devices/gadgets that may contain your confidential information.
Five Things You Must Do Before Ditching Old Gadgets:
St. Luke’s is putting on a meeting at Roosevelt School at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 to talk about their expansion plans. They have mailed post cards to residents of the neighborhood. Perhaps you have seen something that looks like this:
If so, it’s your invitation to attend the meeting. The EENA board thinks its a good idea to attend so you can learn first hand their ideas and because, as they say, “we’re excited to share our concept and get your valuable feedback and ideas.”
At this time the EENA board has no position on the proposals, based on what information we have received from St. Luke’s at previous meetings.
If you have an opportunity to attend the meeting and provide your comments to St. Luke’s, feel free to share them with us through this website and/or our Facebook page. Your thoughts will be important in helping the EENA develop a perspective and future position at the time a proposal gets submitted to the local government agencies.
This was sent to us by the Boise Police Crime Prevention Department:
3 Teens linked to dozens of Graffiti cases, nearly $38,000 in damages
Boise Police have identified three teens ages 13 and 14 as being responsible for dozens of cases of graffiti in the city, with damage totaling an estimated $38, 704.
Officers have sent their reports to Ada County Juvenile Prosecutors recommending charges of felony injury to property against all three boys. All have been released to the custody of their parents.
What Happened: Officers began seeing an increase in graffiti reports last September. The vandalism included spray painted “tags” and “slap tagging”, using stickers marked with tags “slapped” onto surfaces. The tags included initials, symbols and various other images.
Damage to schools, businesses, trees: Damage was done to both private and public property including buildings belonging to small businesses, schools and private homes, fences, signs, even trees and playground equipment.
33 Reports of Graffiti = $38,704 damage: In all, officers have connected the three teens, two age 14 and one age 13, to 33 reports of graffiti, with property damage and clean up estimated at $38,704.
The Investigation: The investigation was a cooperative effort involving Boise Police Neighborhood Contact Officers, School Resource Officers and a property crimes detective from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
RECOGNIZE IT, REPORT IT, REMOVE IT
Graffiti is a serious crime that impacts all the citizens of Boise. Properties can be devalued and business owners can lose customers from the negative image that graffiti generates. Moreover, the presence of graffiti can send the message that a neighborhood is in decline or over-ridden with crime.
In addition, the immediate cost of removing graffiti can run into tens of thousands of dollars in private and public expense.
Removal within 24-48 hours is most effective in discouraging repeat vandalism.
To report graffiti vandalism and get it documented for an investigation, immediately report graffiti to non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790.
If you see graffiti in progress, call 911!
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