Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
There are tons of resources available on-line, by mail, or from reliable companies that will survey your home and make recommendations as to security improvements and alarms. Many improvements are inexpensive and can be accomplished in minutes; trimming bushes that seclude windows, replace the outside lights to improve lighting, place broomsticks or poles in the tracks of sliding doors, or the use inexpensive supplemental window locks.
Driving around the City, you can spot potential victims with their windows wide open or mail and newspapers stacked outside. Burglars look at these signs too. They will watch for persons to drive out and knock on the door before making their entry. By that time, it is usually too late for prevention. Make your home as difficult as possible for a burglar. Forced entry is encountered, but unlocked and open doors and windows is more common of an entry point.
Get to know your neighbors and neighborhood. The more eyes the better. If you see persons or cars that are unknown to the area and seem suspicious, call your local police. Knowing your neighbors, their cars and patterns make it easier to identify people or circumstances that are out of the norm.
Here are a couple of links to sites with prevention tips and information; Crime Doctor and the Burglary Prevention Council. You can also contact the APD Community Services Office at (626)574-5174.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
According to the Pasadena Weekly, Inter-Con is under fire from some members of the Pasadena City Council for "overaggressive enforcement" and excessive errors in citations. Other concerns in the article refer to lack of training and high turn over.
Unlike Pasadena, APD employs four PERS for parking control services. Pasadena's program is much larger. Our PERS receive about two weeks training when they report for duty. We stress common sense and fairness to our new employees. The PERS are contract employees, however, we attempt to treat them as members of APD. Inter-Con has an internal structure for supervision and complaints, but the PERS report to and are supervised by APD personnel on a daily basis. They are held to standards similar to our Officers and are always reminded that they represent APD and the City of Arcadia.
The City has procedures in place that include Administrative Reviews, a Hearing Officer and ultimately a Court Appearance, should someone contest a parking citation. Many of the "complaints" that came in during the first year of implementation were due to citizens simply not being accustomed to regular parking enforcement in the City. Overall, our complaints and concerns regarding the program have been minimal.
We have found that through appropriate training and supervision, fair and reasonable compensation, and cooperation between APD, the City and Inter-Con, our program has been beneficial. Thanks to the FC Blog for leading us to the post. We will continue to watch how the contract services play with our neigbor.
Friday, July 25, 2008
In the last few days, there are two great examples of the communities' differing viewpoints on serious issues. Yesterday, the Sierra Madre Police Department attempted warrant service on a man with a "no bail" warrant. The incident rolled into a day long event with the man refusing to come out of his house, commonly referred to a "barricaded suspect". All too often, Law Enforcement, in general, is criticized for actions that are too quick or without avenues of resolution other than force. The SMPD and allied agencies made several attempts to remove this man from the situation and into custody in a timely and safe manner. HE refused. Law Enforcement waited, surrounded and called, and ultimately resolved the issue by use of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department SEB without incident.
That is, after all, the goal of Law Enforcement, to resolve all situations peacefully and without incident. BUT, always prepared to take whatever action is necessary to prevent or respond to actions of the suspect. End result to the Sierra Madre incident was a peaceful resolve with some inconvenience to the neighborhood and yes, a monetary cost to entire community, surrounding agencies and others because of the actions of ONE MAN.
The CrimeScene Blog has run an entry on the use of possible "gang injunctions" in the Monrovia area in response to an "uptick" of violent crime in the last year. Comments run the gamut of extremes from persons on the blog.
Expressing some one's viewpoint is a great asset and right granted to us all. It is too bad that sometimes our viewpoints can cloud the issue and prevent resolutions that are in the best interest of EVERYONE. Everyone is entitled to and has the obligation to speak up. I just wish that that energy could be used to agree to disagree from time to time and concentrate on the ultimate goal. In this instance, that is making our communities as safe as possible while preserving every one's right to co-exist, peacefully.
After all, as a Law Enforcement Officer, I view some of our primary roles in the community as a peace keeper and a problem solver. Law Enforcement is just one aspect of the job these days.
The problem is indeed widespread. ABC7 aired a story yesterday on similar events that occurred at a Pomona gas station. See the story and video HERE.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
If you have any information on the bank robbery, please call APD Detectives at (626)574-5160.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
There are many resources on the web that give you information on this type of theft and fraud. Read the Wikipedia entry on the topic and it will give you some insight and topics to query. Here is another link to a helpful website, "Bustathief", where they actually have photos of modified ATM machines and what to look for to prevent your information from being taken.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
We Tip is a nonprofit organization that accepts all forms of crime related tips from throughout the US. The tips are always anonymous and are then forwarded to the appropriate Law Enforcement agency for possible follow-up. APD receives tips throughout the year from We Tip. Take a look at their website for additional information. Anonymous tips can be submitted HERE.
Monday, July 14, 2008
The annual golf tournament was held at Via Verde County Club, San Dimas. Officers Dan Crowther, Steve Crawford, Stan Flores, Jon Hudson, Jason Davis, Sergeants Roy Nakamura, Tom Le Veque and Reserve Officer Mike Daleo all took part in the event today.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This serves as a reminder to us all that EVERYONE should practice good safety habits near pools. Never swim alone or without someone acting as the eyes to monitor the pool. View our blog on Pool Safety HERE.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
When folks ask questions of an Officer, speed is often a topic of conversation and debate. The best answer is to obey the speed limits and you will never have a problem. Too often, drivers feel that because the "flow" of traffic is faster, or "everyone" is speeding, then it is perhaps OK to drive fast. The DMV does a nice job of summarizing and explaining speed limits in California.
A phrase that is often tossed around and usually not understood is "speed trap". Many drivers feel that when a speed limit appears to be posted too low or an Officer is perceived to be "hiding", then this equates to a speed trap. Not so. California and Federal law dictate how roadway speed limits are posted. If radar or laser is used for speed enforcement, roadways require speed surveys. Contrary to what a particular website will profess, the usual belief that you have fallen victim to a speed trap is false. APD has several entries on the site and it demonstrates that we are making an impact.
Speed limits are a hot topic right now as California is being forced to fall more in line with Federal guidelines. The PSN has run stories on area cities fighting this battle of late, to include Pasadena and South Pasadena. We will see how this plays out for Arcadia in the future.
Monday, July 7, 2008
If you have any information, please call APD Detectives at (626)574-5160.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The Police Department loans neighborhood residents a radar unit, for up to one week, free of charge. Resident volunteers will be briefed on what is expected of them, how to use the radar equipment and how to properly collect data. Two people are needed; One to monitor speed, read out license plate numbers and descriptions of the cars, and the second to fill out the paperwork. At no time will these citizens follow, chase down or confront a motorist. The Police Department will then send an advisory letter to the registered owner of vehicles logged in excess of a given safe speed. The letter will explain that their vehicle was observed speeding in the area and we will encourage drivers to drive in a safe and cautious manner.
If a pattern of speeding is established, the Police Department may also employ other means of education and enforcement such as use of a speed radar trailer, message boards, deterrent vehicles and/or aggressive enforcement. Identified problem areas will also be presented to the City Traffic Advisory Committee for review and consideration of alternative engineering methods.
In addition to Speed Watch, we are also introducing the PACE Car Program. The Pace Car Program is an innovative, new, citizen-based effort offered by the Arcadia Police Department that is designed to calm traffic on Arcadia streets. The program is modeled after similar programs that have been successfully implemented in other US cities. By signing the Pace Car Pledge and displaying the Pace Car window/bumper sticker, Arcadia citizens set the pace for safer Arcadia streets.
It is everyone’s responsibility to drive safely, obey all traffic laws and help keep our streets safe. For further information, contact Officer Steve Crawford, APD Traffic Bureau, at (626) 574-5151 or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.