Sunday, November 30, 2008
As noted by Brian Day in the CrimeScene blog, this is indeed the second suspicious death reported at the Park in less than a year. The Park has a large body of water with minimal improved shore line. Although open during the day, the Park is fenced and closed at night. The Park attracts all sorts of folks including fisherman, picnickers, walkers, transients, trespassers, and those looking for a little quiet. Like any other body of water, one has to be careful around the shore with footing, especially at night. Stay on the trails, use only the improved shoreline and visit the Park during the posted hours.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are a few quick tips to help keep your home safe:
- Close and lock your windows and doors! Thieves look for an easy target.
- Lock your garage door. Thefts from garages are common and it offers ready access to pry tools.
- Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed so that windows and doors are visible.
- Maintain your home and make it looked lived in. Arrange for care if you leave on vacation.
- Don't leave newspapers, mail and door hanger material in place. Put a stop on mail and paper delivery, even if only gone for a few days.
- Know your neighbors! Be familiar with cars, faces and who belongs in your neighborhood.
- Leave different lights on when you leave. Use timers when gone overnight.
- How about a radio with a talk show station tuned in when you are gone?
- Use window stops/pins to prevent windows and sliding doors from being opened.
- Maintain lists of account numbers, valuable item serial numbers and important phone numbers. Duplicate the list and maintain a copy elsewhere. Video or photo your belongings. This aids in property recovery as well as insurance replacement.
- Get an ALARM. Even simple alarms that are not connected to a central system are a deterrent.
- Ask and look for helpful tips. Your local police agency will usually offer home inspections and there are plenty of websites that offer prevention tips and ideas.
- Watch for and REPORT suspicious persons and activity. Most arrests that are made for burglary are not from a report by an alarm company, but rather from a local resident. If you see someone that does not belong in your neighborhood or on a neighbor's property, call the police.
If you return home and believe that your home has been burglarized, do not enter the home. Call the police and wait out front. Tell the Dispatcher of your observations and that you have not searched your home. Chances are that the burglar is gone, but you don't want to confront them if avoidable. Entering the home may also destroy certain types of evidence that Officers will be looking for.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Early Friday morning at about 12:30AM, Officers arrested a female adult at the Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington Drive for solicitation. The woman was contacted by phone and later arrived at the motel. After entering the room and offering sexual services for money, she was taken into custody.
At about 9:30PM last night, Officers placed a call to a female subject who also offered to perform sexual services for money. This subject was actually staying in a room at the Santa Anita Inn and when Officers arrived, the female was found to be a juvenile. She was taken into custody along with two additional female adults. The adults were booked for pimping and child endangerment as well.
The computer age and the Internet allow access to almost any information these days. Activity such as this is no exception. These two cases should serve as a warning to anyone who solicits prostitution in this manner, using the Internet and a cell phone. Customer or provider, you will be arrested.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Traffic in the area will be heavy. Please be patient and use alternate routes to reach your destination. Medical offices on Duarte Road and businesses on South Baldwin can be accessed from streets south of Duarte, such as Camino Real and Naomi, from Golden West, Holly and Lovell. Businesses on Balwin between Huntington and Duarte must be accessed from either Golden West, Holly or La Cadena. Cross traffic will not be allowed Baldwin Avenue or Duarte Road within the closure. Westfield Shoppingtown will be accessed as normal with the exception of traffic from the south. Use Golden West, Sunset or Santa Anita to Huntington Drive to access the mall.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The recovered stolen vehicle that the suspects had been driving was found to contain property from the Panorama burglary and possibly other area residential burglaries. The investigation is continuing. The carjacked vehicle was later recovered, abandoned in Duarte.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There are sources, such as the Department of Fish and Game, who offer tips in dealing with wildlife. The majority of tips are common sense. Here are two sites that deal specifically with mountain lions and with black bear. Both sites offer tips for encounters of these animals.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
“We then narrowed the list of towns using the following weighted criteria: school performance; number of schools; household expenditures; crime rates; air quality; job growth; family income; museums, parks, theaters, and other amenities; and diversity. We weighted school performance and safety most heavily, but also gave strong weight to amenities and affordability.”
You can link to media stories on the announcement at KABC7 and KCAL9.
All of our residents, students, business owners, AUSD staff and City Employees should take pride in this announcement. “Making a Difference” is the motto of the Arcadia Police Department. Our Officers see this motto each day, posted prominently on the walls of APD. Putting that motto into action helps to make our City a better and safer place. It is pleasing to see that our actions do indeed contribute to a positive impact on the community.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- Slow down, don't be in such a rush. The sale will still be going on in five or ten minutes.
- Obey the stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs. They are there for a reason.
- Drive in marked isles. Avoid driving across the parking lot and watch out for those that are using parking stalls as a short cut.
- Park a little further away. It is probably quicker than driving up and down looking for that perfect spot.
- Look all around before backing out and back SLOWLY out of your stall.
- Watch for pedestrians and watch out for yourself when walking in the lot.
- Avoid the urge to "beat" the other driver to that one last spot.
- Practice common sense and courtesy. Everyone can be on edge in a crowded parking lot. Give each other a break.
- Leave valuables at home or at least out of sight in your car.
- Park only in marked stalls.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Park in well lighted areas. Alert store security to suspicious persons or vehicles.
November 11th is Veterans Day. Take a moment to celebrate this day and say thank you to those that have served and currently serve our great Country! When remembering Veterans Day, think of the original purpose: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has a website dedicated to the history and celebration of this well honored holiday.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
An interesting array of comments can be read on the Topix website HERE. Topix has a link to the story posted in the Pasadena Star News.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Prior to straddling a motor and hitting the streets or freeways, motorcycle riders need to understand their bikes, know their capabilities as a rider and what to look for and expect while riding. To accomplish this, the rider needs to practice, study and hopefully take a safety course. Learning from other's mistakes and taking advantage of the advice from an experienced rider can save your life.
Here are some links to information resources and rider classes;
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
We recently ran an entry on "mature drivers". This incident serves as a reminder of the need to consider all factors, medical, mental and physical when making a decision to possibly take the license of a loved one.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
As a precaution, nearby Camino Grove School was placed on lock down for approximately 35 minutes while Officers searched for the subjects. This is common practice when there is police activity in close proximity to any of our local schools.
There have been other recent burglaries reported in the south-east end of town. It is unknown if the burglaries are related. Anyone with information on the recent residential burgs is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at (626) 574-5160.