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Lakeland Village Talks Crime And Community

A town hall meeting Tuesday night at Lakeland Village School was designed to "break down barriers and open lines of communication."

A handful of Lakeland Village residents turned out at Lakeland Village School Tuesday night to hear the chief of police talk about what’s being done to keep their neighborhood safe.

who also serves as chief for both the Lake Elsinore and Wildomar police departments, offered an opportunity for residents to get the neighborhood’s recent crime figures, meet other high-ranking sheriff’s department officials, ask questions about policing practices and express concerns.

As the captain put it, the event, which was also aimed at neighborhoods in the surrounding Santa Rosa Plateau communities, was designed to “break down barriers and open lines of communication.”

Long-time Lakeland Village resident Barbara Dye was in attendance Tuesday and said her neighborhood has seen vast improvement over the 18 years she has been living there, and she thanked the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for its efforts to work with the community to reduce crime.

Dye, who is president of the Lakeland Village Neighborhood Association, said she has “seen a lot” over the last two decades. She moved to the area as a single mom and said the meth labs and street thugs that once infiltrated her neighborhood have largely disappeared, but it took community involvement.

“When I moved in, I thought, ‘what have I done?’”

Dye said she and other residents gathered and began a concerted effort all those years ago to rid the neighborhood of crime by working directly with police.

“That’s exactly the kind of thing we want to see,” Captain Fontneau said, explaining that his department is dedicated to helping communities form neighborhood watch programs. “Residents become our eyes and ears. We could not do our jobs without you working with us.”

The captain concedes that crime still exists in Lakeland Village.

In 2011, larceny/theft and burglaries were up over the previous years in Lakeland Village, but rates on other serious crimes dropped, the captain said.

Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale attended Tuesday night’s town hall. He said he address issues in Lakeland Village.

“As Lakeland Village goes, so goes Lake Elsinore,” said Tisdale, who resides next door to Lakeland Village. “I live in this community too. We can do a whole lot better.”

Concerns voiced by citizens in attendance Tuesday night included worries over how school children will get to campus safely now that the

Captain Fontneau acknowledged the concern and said his department is doing what it can with limited resources, but he recommended that residents also reach out to the California Highway Patrol, the agency that has jurisdiction over traffic in the unincorporated area.

Currently, leaders from across the county, the city of Lake Elsinore, and the LEUSD are working to ensure kids get to school safely next year, despite the bus cuts. for more on that story.

For more information on how to form a neighborhood watch program in your community, contact Captain Dave Fontneau at 951-245-3333. If you live in Wildomar, contact Lt. Dan Anne at 951-245-3329.

For more information on the Lakeland Village Neighborhood Association, contact Barbara Dye at 951-678-0256.

Anthony June 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I heard that the Hilton Family is going to purchase the Land at the end of Ortega Hwy and build a nice Hotel and shopping center and breath some life into our community. I hope this rumer is true! Sooooo much great potential for this town!
Steve June 07, 2012 at 04:44 PM
My business is in Lakeland Village, one of our tenants trucks was vandalized Monday night in our parking lot. Traffic on Grand Ave is a huge concern, I commute this road everyday, twice a day, not only do we not have street lighting, the center turn lane is used for a passing lane and commuters from Murrieta & Temecula us this road to commute to the Ortega which creates major traffic at peak hours without any police presence, cars pulling out from side roads, speeding, illegal passing makes this stretch of road very dangerous. No sidewalks, street crossings for the kids to walk to school just adds more to the danger. Lakeland Village has been ignored by the County for many years and is still ignored. Why would anyone build a school on a high traffic main road? I have contacted the County without much response, when it rains and it is dark at 5PM during Winter you can not see the lanes to drive on and people that cross this road at night.
Mssnooper June 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I agree. This is a result of all the wonderful representation we have (NOT) benefited from for the last TWENTY years (20) of Bob Buster. Only his insider friends and pet projects get the benefit of our Tax Dollars. And don't forget his $170,000 per year salary we get to pay and his six figure pension for like we are forced to pay too!
Frankie June 07, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Bob Buster, Kevin Jefferies need to go, they do nothing for this area and Kevin Jefferies resides right on Grand.
susie-q June 07, 2012 at 06:07 PM
When was this town hall meeting announced? I would have attended. I do not think it was promoted very much.
Frankie June 07, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I think the same company in Temecula that bought the old military academy owns the empty lot at the bottom of the Ortega, this was suppose to be apartments there.
Diana June 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
As much as I welcome anything new in LE I don't think that a Hotel is a good idea in this area, the traffic is already horrible filled with commuters from the Ortega. What is up with Grand Avenue, why aren't there any restaurants, or shops along this road, there isn't even a post office in Lakeland Village, every podunk town across America has a post office? Not even a decent place to eat, fast food is all over Central, why not on Grand. There has to be a reason that Lakeland Village is so trashed.
Dog June 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
The reason why Lakeland village doesn't support fast food ect. is that theres just not much room between the lake and the mountain, we're on the wrong end of the lake for that stuff...
Heidi Golgart-Hastings Ward July 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I would like to give a BIG shoutout to the officers that responded to my sons 911 call when he was being robbed at knife point, during the day and at a park! Thank to the quick response and my sons help, they were able to round of the perps and haul their asses off to jail.
Joe Palangana July 02, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I agree as far as between the school and Lakeland Village area on Grand some times at night I've seen people, crossing the street with no "Ped Xing" speed bump, or sign nor lights to warn the drivers passing thru and many times these people have dark clothes on and hard to see but thank God one time I saw shadow figures running acrosss and I turn my brights on and sure enough they were what seemed teenagers crosiing but becuase I'm familiar with the area I drove cautiously through, but had it been been a speed racer passing though any of those kids would have been hit or killed.
Joe7 July 02, 2012 at 06:24 PM
ha!.....Imagine that =)
Diana July 02, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Kudos to the Officers and to your Son for quick thinking, this is terrible what Park was he at...glad those punks were arrested and your Son is safe.

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