Consider becoming a block watch captain in our neighborhood

A string of carjackings in our neighborhood this summer had residents on edge, and although police have arrested a suspect in the crimes, residents are encouraged to consider becoming a block watch captain to help keep the neighborhood safe in the future.

The carjackings “provided a good example of how the block watch captains could be used to transmit vital information to neighbors,” Tosa East Towne safety liaison Tim Sumiec said. “We have to get creative to reach as many people as possible, not only for troubling events but for fun community events as well.”

Info on the block watch program is available online on the city’s website.

The main requirement of the block watch captain is to deliver the “Tosa Watch” newsletter on a quarterly basis. If you are interested in gathering your neighbors and hosting an introductory block watch meeting, community policing officers from the Wauwatosa Police Department would come and speak; further explaining the program and police expectations.

The following are blocks that are in need of block watch captains. Contact Sumiec at for more info:

  • North 62nd Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 64th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 65th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 65th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 66th Street (Clarke St. to Center St.)
  • North 68th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 69th Street (Meinecke Ave. to Wright St.)
  • North 70th Street (North Ave. to Meinecke Ave.)
  • North 70th Street (Meinecke Ave. to Wright St.)
  • North 75th Street (Center St. to City Limits)
  • North 76th Street (Center St. to City Limits)
  • Meinecke Avenue (Wauwatosa Ave. to N. 74th St.)
  • Clarke Street (N. 65th St. to N. 64th St.)

Staying Safe By Walking Smart

As the warm weather approaches, more students are walking to and from school, in the neighborhood after school, and the weekends. Wauwatosa Police Department School Resource Officers remind you to stay safe by walking smart. Please have a conversation with your children and reinforce these simple steps:

  • Walk with friends. There is strength in numbers.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and the route you plan on taking. If you are walking or biking alone, call your parent and let them know you’ve arrived safely.
  • Walk on sidewalks of main streets. There are more people to observe if you are having a problem, and are available to help you.
  • Walk with confidence. Keep your head up. Watch and observe people and activity occurring around you.
  • Don’t wear head-phones. They decrease your sense of hearing, and your accurate perception of your surroundings.
  • If someone is following you in a car, turn around and walk the other way.
  • Don’t wear clothing with your name on the outside, anyone can call you by name as if they know you. Don’t be fooled!
  • Trust your feelings. If someone makes you feel scared or uncomfortable, tell a trusted adult.
  • If someone approaches you in a threatening manner or threatens you, run away from them and yell for help. Go back into school if you are close, or to an adult or open business and report the incident immediately to the police by calling 911.
  • Fight back if there is no option of escape or if you are physically assaulted. Fight for your life, but not property. Your life is not worth your money bike,, cell phone, or I-pod.

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Important Crime Alert bordering East Tosa: Police seek help in finding robbery, assault suspect

Are You Inviting Thieves to our Neighborhood?

by Kimberly Jahnke Cole, TETNA contributor

Free Stuff in my CarIn recent weeks, there have been several complaints of suspicious activity in the TETNA neighborhood – unknown individuals looking in car windows and walking down driveways in search of unlocked vehicles and open garage doors.

“It has been brought to my attention by 3rd shift Officers that theft from vehicles is making a comeback in the City of Wauwatosa,” said Laura Laurishke, Community Support Division, Wauwatosa Police Department. “In almost all of the cases the cars were left unlocked with some desirable items inside including satellite radio receivers, laptops and GPS units.”

According to the police department, burglary is an upsetting crime for victims. The invasion of ‘safe’ areas, such as a home or vehicle, result in feelings of vulnerability

Fortunately, there are steps residents can take to reduce their odds of becoming a burglary victim. (more…)

Tosa East Towne Businesses Block Watch Meeting Tonight

February 24 • 7:00PM
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The Wauwatosa Police Department’s Community Support Division wants to bring the Business Watch Program to Tosa East Towne and is looking for some assistance. Please consider attending tonight’s meeting to learn more about a partnership between law enforcement and business. To achieve crime reduction and crime prevention we need help from every business in Tosa East Towne.

This worthwhile program has been in effect in Wauwatosa in our residential neighborhoods since the early 1980’s and in full force in the Village Business District for a couple years now. Time after time this program has helped prevent crime and aided greatly in solving those crimes that are committed. This is an opportunity for Tosa East Towne to join in on an already established program that creates community bonding and a safe business district that promotes Wauwatosa as a great City in which to live, work and do business.

Please visit the Wauwatosa Police Department’s Community Roll Call blog for more information.

Officer Paul Leist Named Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year

Congratulations to Officer Leist

Officer Paul Leist was recognized as the Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year during the Wauwatosa Common Council meeting on November 4th. Officer Leist works hard for the community, including speaking at the TETNA annual meeting and being responsive to requests for information about crime and safety within our neighborhood.

TETNA commends Officer Leist on his well-deserved recognition and thanks him for his service!