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Base CID takes preventive measures to combat crime

Camp Pendleton’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) presented a newly designed crime prevention seminar to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 at the South Mesa Lodge, March 6.

The brief is intended to inform the base units on how to identify and prevent criminal activity on Camp Pendleton.

According to the CID Web site, their goal is to conduct preliminary investigations on all complaints regarding criminal offenses to determine if, in fact, a crime has been committed. They also maintain a close liaison with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and provide investigative assistance to the authorities in matters of local interest.

“I believe briefs like this not only helps us as individuals, but also as a whole community, to be better prepared for handling criminal acts when they occur,” said Sgt. David Moore, mechanic, MWSS 372. “The more we learn how to identify and stop crime from happening on base, the better we help keep our community safe.”

Some of the topics covered during the brief were, protecting yourself and your property from becoming a crime victim, identity theft, Internet security and the consequences of using illegal and military prohibited substances such as spice.

Spice is a form of synthetic cannabis, comprised of a variety of plant products that has gained popularity in recent years.

According to Marine Force Pacific Order 5355.2, Marines are prohibited from the actual or attempted possession, use, sale, distribution or manufacture of spice, salvia, or any derivative, analogue or variant of either substance.

“Most of the topics covered are from real crime and investigations on Camp Pendleton, said Master Gunnery Sgt. John Boscia, chief criminal investigator, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “They reflect some of the major problem areas we currently have, and we want to do something about it by informing units, which could prevent these cases before they happen.”

Those that experience an emergency or need to report a crime in progress on base, should call 911.

For non-emergency events and questions, call the Provost Marshals Office at (760) 725-3888

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