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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2007 5:32 am | Updated: 6:21 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard will visit Ahwatukee Foothills on Monday night to discuss some of the state’s most pressing public safety issues in a community meeting.

Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris and Phoenix City Councilman Greg Stanton will join Goddard in addressing the community at the Crime and Fraud Prevention Forum at Desert Vista High School.

Harris will discuss citywide crime trends such as methamphetamine abuse, identity theft and Internet crime.

Assistant police chief M.L. Andy Anderson said the goal is to arm community members with information they can use to protect themselves and assist police.

“Our goal is to continue to educate the community on what to expect,” he said.

Anderson emphasized the importance of discussing Internet safety because of the exploding technology industry.

“I don’t think you could talk about Internet safety enough,” Anderson said. “The Internet is just like any other community, there are good and bad people.”

This is the fifth forum of its kind that Goddard has attended, according to spokeswoman Andrea Esquer. She said the first was in August in Avondale, and the response has been increasingly positive.

“We’ve gotten great support from the law enforcement side and the community side,” Esquer said. “We thought it would be a good opportunity to have all this information in one place.”

There has been a recent string of home invasions in Ahwatukee Foothills. Although the crime meeting is unrelated, speakers will provide general safety tips for residents.

“I think that it is important for residents to come out because they might not be aware of things that are happening in the community,” Esquer said.

Community meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday

Where: Desert Vista High School cafeteria, 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix

Information: www.azag.gov/

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