Chula Vista, CA (July 5, 2011) - Residents, shoppers and businesses in eastern Chula Vista have a new community service at their fingertips - The first Chula Vista Police Storefront in eastern Chula Vista at Otay Ranch Town Center. The Chula Vista Police Department had been planning for some time to open a regional office to serve eastern Chula Vista's growing population and creating a community storefront at the popular regional shopping destination was a perfect fit.
"Placing our new police storefront at Otay Ranch Town Center was a natural choice for community service," said Chula Vista Chief of Police David Bejarano. "People can come and meet with members of our Senior Volunteer Patrol, talk with officers while they are in the storefront and get access to information on services and programs available through the Chula Vista Police Department. Due to the high volume of people using the Otay Ranch Town Center for their shopping needs, dining out, entertainment and the Farmer's Market, we felt the location was ideal," added Bejarano.
The new Chula Vista Police Department storefront is located near the center of the mall, just off Main Street and immediately across from Macy's. The storefront will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is invited to a Grand Opening Celebration for the new police storefront on Tuesday, July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Officers will provide guided tours of the storefront and visitors are encouraged to come and learn about local programs and view various Chula Vista Police Department historic memorabilia items on display. Live music will fill the patio outside the storefront; children's crafts will be provided; and the department's unique "Hot Rod" vehicle will also be on display. The Grand Opening Celebration also coincides with Otay Ranch Town Center's weekly certified Farmer's Market which runs every Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. down the middle of the center on Main Street.
Residents can also get a free vehicle VIN etching on a car window during the event. VIN etching involves using a stencil and glass etching to mark the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a window, making it less attractive to potential car thieves who often just swap a car's VIN sticker inside the door, making it hard to trace.
Cars that have been VIN etched have a 74% lower theft rate than non-etched cars. A VIN etched car has more than an 85% chance of recovery if it is stolen. Some insurance companies will even offer discounts on premiums or deductibles for vehicles with VIN etching.
In order to have their vehicle etched, the registered owner of the vehicle must be present and they must bring their vehicle registration. VIN etching will occur from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the parking lot immediately adjacent to the storefront area; VIN etching is limited to 25 cars on a first-come, first-served basis.
"We are thrilled to host this new community storefront and Grand Opening Celebration for our shoppers and local residents," said Tina Medina, marketing director at Otay Ranch Town Center. "The addition of the storefront enhances our continually expanding list of community programs for the area, including the Certified Farmer's Market, our family-friendly dog park and hosted events such as Mall Vault and the Latino Film Festival. We hope to soon be announcing even more amenities to enhance the experience for all visitors," she added.
About Otay Ranch Town Center:
With more than 100 of the country's top specialty stores, Otay Ranch Town Center is San Diego's newest and most exciting outdoor shopping and entertainment destination. Eclectic tastes are served by Macy's, REI, Barnes & Noble, Apple, H&M, Sephora, Anthropologie and White House Black Market, to name just a few. On the center's east side is a specialty fashion and service village featuring Chico's, Coldwater Creek and other unique fashions and services. To the north, AMC Theatres' 12 screens delights film buffs while diners can choose from P. F. Chang's China Bistro, The Cheesecake Factory, King's Fish House, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Sushi-Ya, California Pizza Kitchen or many on-the-go dining options. This urbane, bustling, open-air center features a wide variety of amenities including outdoor cafes, grand fountains, a pet-friendly setting and adjacent dog park, food pavilion, party space, a fireplace and a "chalk garden" and popper fountain for children. Otay Ranch Town Ce nter is conveniently located 4 1/2 miles east of the I-805 or just off the South Bay Expressway SR-125 in Chula Vista at Eastlake Parkway and Olympic Parkway. Otay Ranch Town Center is open Monday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information about Otay Ranch Town Center, call (619) 656-9100 or visit www.otayranchtowncenter.com.
Otay Ranch Town Center is owned by General Growth Properties (GGP), is one of the nation's largest shopping center owners. GGP has ownership and management interest in 169 regional and super regional shopping malls in 43 states. The company portfolio totals 172 million square feet of space. A publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), GGP is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP.
About the CVPD:
The mission of the Chula Vista Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the city by:
- Treating all persons with respect, dignity and fairness.
- Providing professional and proactive police service.
- Managing resources effectively.
- Encouraging community partnerships to meet current and future challenges.
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