Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Temporary Parking Permits Available On-Line

The Arcadia Police Department is adding to services available on-line by making the purchase of temporary overnight parking permits available via the City website. Parking permits are required to park vehicles on City streets during overnight hours. The hours are changing to 2:30-5:30 AM effective January 15, 2010. APD currently offers on-line reporting for certain types of crime reports and will offer the on-line temporary parking permits effective January 9, 2010.

HERE is a link to the City website for future purchase of Temporary Overnight Parking Permits. This link is available on the home page of the City of Arcadia website under "On-Line Services." You can still purchase temporary permits in the lobby of APD. The charge for each night of parking is $3.00 either on-line or in the lobby. There is a $1.00 service fee per permit when purchased on-line.

Annual overnight parking permits are available for purchase at the Cashier's Office in City Hall. Both Annual and Temporary Overnight Parking Permits only allow vehicles to park on the street overnight, not in violation of any other regulations or signs.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Carless Suspects Arrested for Auto Burglary at Mall

Sloppy work on the part of two suspects landed them in jail on Sunday evening, booked on suspicion of auto burglary. At about 6:30 PM, the victim returned to his parked car at the Westfield Shoppingtown, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, to find his stereo yanked from the dash. Along with the theft, the victim recovered a set of keys and a remote that were left inside the his car. The victim saw two suspicious males parked next to his vehicle and left the scene feeling that they may be involved in the theft. A short time later, the two suspects ventured into the mall security office looking for a set of lost keys. Needless to say, the incidents were all linked and two 18 year old males from Los Angeles went to jail. The stereo was later recovered.

Christmas Eve Robbery

At about 4:20 PM on Christmas Eve, a male victim was on his break from a local restaurant standing in the business parking lot located in the 500 block of Live Oak Avenue. The victim was approached by a male suspect who grabbed the victim by the arm and demanded his property. The victim struggled and fell to the ground. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and was able to take the victim's cell phone. The suspect then fled through a nearby alley.

The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 20-25 years old, shaved head, wearing sunglasses, a dark shirt and jeans. The weapon used was a dark colored revolver. Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150.

Tuesday Tip - New Year's Eve Safety

We will celebrate New Year's Eve this week and there are a number of things to consider when it comes to celebrating safely. Here are a few things to think about for our New Years celebrations:

  • Don't Drink and Drive!
  • Use a designated driver, or if need be, call Jan's Tipsy Tow for a ride home for you and your car. See Jan's Towing website for details.
  • DO NOT fire weapons into the air. Bullets and projectiles can travel long distances causing injury and death. You have no control where a projectile will land when fired indiscriminately into the air.
  • Stay inside at the stroke of midnight! Celebrate with friends and family indoors.
  • Keep an eye on your pets. Loud noises, fireworks, gunshots, all can be frightening to animals. Keep your pets indoors or consult your veterinarian for options. Make sure they are wearing collars with identification should they become lost.

Remember to celebrate safely and smartly. Enjoy the New Year celebration!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas to All!


Christmas 2009 is upon us. The APOA wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Take a moment and remember all your public safety personnel working today!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Saturday is Opening Day at Santa Anita



Saturday, December 26th, is the day after Christmas and the traditional Opening Day at Santa Anita Race Track. The streets of Arcadia will be crowded with race fans and shoppers throughout the day on Saturday. The gates at Santa Anita open at 9:30 AM and the first post is at 11:30 AM. Below are a few tips to help avoid the rush on Saturday;

  • Avoid traveling on Huntington Drive or Baldwin Avenue between 10:00 AM -12:00 PM and later in the day between 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM due to race traffic.
  • Colorado Place will be closed to southbound traffic at Colorado Street between 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
  • Off ramps on the IS 210 freeway at Huntington Drive, Santa Anita Avenue, and Baldwin Avenue will be congested all day on Saturday. Consider using Michillinda Avenue and Myrtle.
  • Baldwin Avenue will have heavy traffic all day long in the area of the Westfield Shoppingtown. Unless traveling to the mall or track, avoid this area.
  • Alternate routes for travel through Arcadia may include Foothill Boulevard, Duarte Road, Camino Real, or Longden Avenues, and Santa Anita Avenue, Michillinda Avenue, Holly Avenue, or Second Avenue.
  • Leave early and allow extra time for travel on Saturday. It will be a busy day in town and traffic will be frustrating. Stay calm and share the road. Get to your destination safely.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Thieves Shop Mall Parking Lots

Vehicle burglaries are reported to local police throughout the year. However, during the holiday season, mall parking lots and parking structures are packed with vehicles that are sometimes stuffed with presents and packages. Just like presents under your family Christmas tree being an invite for a child's curiosity, your car filled with packages is an invitation for theft and auto burglary. Here are some tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim this holiday season;
  • Park in well lighted areas.
  • Lock your vehicle and set your alarm.
  • If you must leave packages in your car, keep them out of sight. Some stores and malls offer to maintain your packages while you shop. Pick them up when you are all done.
  • Do NOT make multiple trips to your vehicle. Thieves watch and wait in parking lots targeting persons leaving items in their cars.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Look about and see who is around when you park.

These are just a few suggestions. Take a look at a previous post on preventing auto burglary HERE for additional information.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 Arcadia Police Officer and Civilian Employee of the Year Awards

Detective Dan Crowther was named Arcadia Police Officer of the Year for 2009. The award was presented to Dan last night at the annual Arcadia Police Officers' Association Christmas party. (Pictured above are Chief Bob Sanderson, APOA President Troy Hernandez, APOA Vice President Mike Hale, Detective Dan Crowther, and Dan's wife, Janna Crowther)

Dan was honored earlier this year, receiving the Police Reserve Coordinator of the Year 2009 from the California Reserve Police Officers' Association as well.

Also honored at the party was APD Civilian of the Year 2009, our Evidence/Lab Technician, Emily Burkardt. Emily has only been with the Department for a year but has taken our evidence section and crime scene processing capabilities to a much higher level. (Pictured below is Chief Bob Sanderson and Lab Tech Emily Burkardt) Congratulations to both Dan and Emily! We are proud of your accomplishments and you both deserve your honors.

Friday, December 18, 2009

APOA Launches New Website

Take a look at the newly remodeled website for the Arcadia Police Officers' Association. Detective Mike Hale has worked hard on updating the website which is user friendly and has a sleek modern look. The site was launched today and can be accessed HERE.

Attempted Robbery

After leaving a business at First and Foothill, a male victim was confronted by a lone suspect demanding money. The suspect grabbed at the victim who fought back. After a brief struggle, the suspect pulled out what the victim described as a large kitchen knife, waving it at the victim. The suspect then abandoned his efforts and ran off with no loss.

The suspect was described as a male, African American, 30-40 years, 6'0, thin build, wearing dark clothing, transient in appearance. Although reported yesterday, the incident occurred Wednesday evening at about 7:30 PM.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hours for Ovenight Parking Enforcement Change in 2010

The City of Arcadia is modifying the hours for enforcement of overnight parking regulations. Effective January 15, 2010, the new hours for enforcement will be from 2:30 AM through 5:30 AM. Any vehicle parked on a City street is required to display a parking permit during these hours or be subject to a parking citation.

Annual parking permits are available for purchase from the Cashier's Office at City Hall. You can download the application HERE. Temporary permits may be purchased in the lobby of APD and will soon be available on-line.

Remember that there is a suspension of enforcement for overnight parking for the holidays, from December 18, 2009 through January 8, 2010. No permit is required during this period. Enforcement of all other parking regulations remains in effect.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Robbery on West Duarte

At about 6:15 PM, a female victim was walking to her apartment in the 1100 block of West Duarte Road when she was accosted by two male suspects. The suspects grabbed the victim from behind and pulled her to the ground, stealing her purse. The victim suffered minor injury in the incident which occurred in the apartment courtyard. The suspects were described as males, wearing dark clothing, about 20-25 years old.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday Tip - "Flow of Traffic" and Speeding

There are plenty of websites devoted to fighting speeding tickets. Many of these sites advise you not to exclaim that you were just going with the "flow of traffic" when you appear in court. This is great advice! Why? First of all, if you tell the judge that you were simply going with the flow of traffic, you may be admitting to speeding. But more importantly, the "flow of traffic" has no bearing under most circumstances.

The State of California defines speed laws in CVC sections 22348-22352. In a nutshell, the State sets prima facie speed limits at 25 mph for school and senior zones, along with residential and business zones. The speed limit for alleys, uncontrolled railroad grade crossings and certain intersections at 15 mph. These speed limits are defined and not open to interpretation under the basic speed law. The only exception is if the roadway has been legally posted otherwise. So, if you are driving through a posted school zone with children present (25 mph), you may be cited for speed if you were travelling faster than the posted limit. Yes, even if you are in a group of vehicles and just going with "the flow." This is a common misconception, especially near schools when the 25 mph zones are being enforced.

Like the prima facie speed limits, the State also sets maximum speed at 65 mph unless legally posted otherwise. This applies primarily to our freeways. The speed limit is set and any driver travelling faster may be cited for speeding. Yes, again, even if everyone else is driving faster. If you feel that by driving the speed limit you are impeding the flow, then move to the right and stay in the slower lanes. Traffic does "flow" too fast. It is up to everyone to reduce highway speeds.

Local jurisdictions do indeed have the right to set local speed limits. Violations of posted limits in these areas fall under the basic speed law in California. A violation of a posted limit is written when the driver is travelling at an "unsafe speed" for conditions. It is up to the issuing Officer to determine and later prove to the court if the citation is contested, the safe speed for the roadway. Speed limits are set based on many factors; roadway conditions, type of area, cross traffic, visibility, number of lanes, just to name a few. If an Officer is conducting speed enforcement, they will also use other factors such as time of day, weather, amount of traffic, and more, when they determine at what speed a violation has occurred. And yes, even though the basic speed law is a bit more flexible, the "flow" of traffic is not a blanket excuse to drive fast.

Speed laws are set to protect all drivers and keep our roadways safe. Please be cognizant of your speed and drive within posted limits.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah!



Today begins the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, also referred to as the Festival of Lights. The APOA wishes you a Happy Hanukkah!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Activity Sampling from this Last Week

Theft Leads to Robbery
Shortly before 5:00 PM, a male suspect was confronted for stealing merchandise from the Rite-Aid at Las Tunas Drive and El Monte Avenue. When the employee attempted to stop the suspect, the suspect threatened to shoot the employee and then fled in a vehicle. No weapon was seen.

Explosion Damages Vehicle at Mall
Officers responded to a report of an explosion early Sunday morning at the Westfield Shoppingtown, located at 400 South Baldwin Avenue. Shortly before 1:00 AM, a security guard heard a loud explosion in a parking structure at the mall and notified APD. Officers arrived to find remnants of what possibly appeared to be a simulator hand grenade that had been tossed in the parking lot. A nearby vehicle sustained minor damage in the incident. No persons were in the area on arrival and there is no suspect information.

Residential Burglary - Hot Prowl
A home in the 1100 block of South Eighth Avenue was the scene of a burglary at about 4:15 PM on Monday. A resident was home at the time and confronted the lone suspect inside the location. The suspect fled with an amount of cash and other belongings. The suspect was described as a male, possibly Hispanic, 30-40 years, dark hair, missing two front teeth, and wearing dark clothing.

Armed Street Robbery
A group of teens were walking in the area of Santa Anita Avenue and Campus Drive at about 6:40 PM Monday evening when they were confronted by a male demanding to use a cell phone. One of the teens pulled out a phone and the suspect grabbed it. The suspect then displayed a weapon tucked in his waistband and demanded cash. The victims ran off and APD was called. The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 20 years, 5-07, medium build, mustache, wearing a dark hoodie.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Inviting Theft from YOUR Doorstep

Take a look at last years post on package theft HERE. It is that time of year again and gifts of all sizes and sorts are arriving on your porches. Take action to help prevent your doorstep from becoming the scene of a crime!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Awareness and Avoidance

With two resdiential robberies having occurred in Arcadia in the last week, you may be thinking about how to do your best not to allow this to happen to you or your family. One of the best strategies is prevention. Be aware of your surroundings. Who is walking near you? What vehicles are parked nearby? Look around!
  • Approaching your home, be aware of pedestrians and vehicles. Are there persons you don't know or vehicles that you don't recognize? If so, record their descriptions and drive on. Don't just pull in and park.
  • "Follow home" robbery victims are targeted long before they arrive home. Be mindful of cash and large purchases while shopping. Watch for vehicles following you and making repeated turns behind you. If you feel you are being followed, drive to a busy, open location or the local police station. Keep your doors locked and call the police.
  • While home, don't just open the door to a knock or bell! Ask who is at the door. If you have not scheduled an appointment, verify a service worker with a phone call before opening the door. Look for a legitimate uniform and service/delivery vehicle.
  • Keep your home secure. Lock your doors and windows!
  • Maintain your exterior lighting.
  • When you leave your home, look around. Don't just walk away or drive off. Again, if you seen anyone or anything suspicious, call the police.
  • See our previous post on "Being Safe at Home" for additional tips.

There is no perfect answer to crime prevention. However, your best defense is a proactive offense and being aware of what is happening around you at all times. Awareness and avoidance will certainly aide in your personal and family safety.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Four Officers Murdered in Lakewood, WA

The APOA wishes to send their condolences to the members of the Lakewood Police Department in Washington. Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald Owens, Officer Tina Griswold, and Officer Greg Richards were killed on Sunday, November 29, 2009 by a gunman in a Lakewood coffee shop. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the slain Officers and to all members of the LPD family.

Donations can be made to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild via their website HERE. Additional information on this tragedy and the lives of the Officers can be found on both the Lakewood Police Department website and the Guild website.


Arcadia family bound in home invasion robbery - SGVTribune.com

Arcadia family bound in home invasion robbery - SGVTribune.com

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Tis the Season...Don't Become a Victim!

With "Black Friday" upon us, tis the season for thieves to be looking for an easy target. Shoppers everywhere will be crowding stores and check-out counters in search of grabbing bargains and deals. But just as you may be shopping for a gift, the bad guys (and gals) may be shopping for your wallet, credit & debit cards, car keys, or your recently purchased treasures. What can you do to help protect yourself?

Start by shopping smart. Always be aware of your surroundings and who is near you. Don't become so engrossed in your shopping or check-out that you fail to see the person sliding up next to you or your cart. Never leave your purse or purchased items unattended in a cart, on a counter, or at a table...not even for "just a minute." Thieves will look for easy targets and persons who may be inattentive to their belongings. That open purse or wallet next to you while you are making your purchase is an invitation for theft.

Be mindful of your personal space. If you are "bumped" on the side or someone just happens to slide up close to you, check your wallet or purse and make sure that you have not become the target of a thief.

Watch your cards! Credit, debit, charge cards are easily "skimmed" by use of portable devices meant to quickly capture your card information. Your information can be later transferred to a magnetic strip on a different card and used for theft. The employee should be sliding your card right in front of you. If there is a need to move to a different register, go with them.

Keep an eye on your accounts. Check your balances and statements often. Watch for any unauthorized activity and report it immediately if discovered.

Don't leave valuable items in your vehicle. Do your best not to use your car as a storage compartment. Thieves will target persons who load up their vehicle and then walk away. Keep any items out of plain sight.

Tis the season for celebrations, not for becoming the unfortunate victim of theft. Do what you can to help prevent a crime before it happens! Don't become a victim!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Annual Festival of Bands - Road Closures

The City of Arcadia is hosting the 56th Annual Festival of Bands Parade on Saturday, November 21, 2009. Forty high school bands will compete in this prestigious event. There will be a number of street closures associated with the event that may affect vehicular travel. The parade will take place on Baldwin Avenue and Duarte Road in Arcadia on Saturday, November 21, 2009. Street closures will be as follows:

 Baldwin Avenue between Huntington Drive and Naomi Avenue – CLOSED for vehicular traffic from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Duarte Road between Golden West and El Monte Avenue – CLOSED of vehicular traffic from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 Campus Drive between Santa Anita Avenue and Holly Avenue – CLOSED from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Residents living south of Huntington Drive, north of Duarte Road, east of Baldwin Ave, and west of Holly Ave are encouraged to use the intersection of La Cadena and Huntington Drive as the primary entrance and exit from the area. Other residents will be allowed into the surrounding areas with proof of residency.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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Weekend Indecent Exposure

A teenage female was approaching her residence on foot Saturday morning when she noticed the shadow of a person behind her. The victim felt someone touch her and looked to see a male exposing himself. The suspect then ran off and fled in a vehicle. The incident occurred shortly before noon in the 100 block of W. Arthur. The suspect was described as a male white, 20-25 years, wearing a beige sweatshirt. The suspect vehicle was a white SUV.

You should always be alert to your surroundings. Look around and be aware of who and what is near you. We get comfortable in areas that we are familiar with, like your home and business. Take a look when you pull into your driveway or park your car. If you notice someone suspicious, call your local police and be prepared to drive off if necessary. Always be alert to your environment!

Tuesday Tip - Stay Informed!



A recent article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune relates the story of how a couple’s involvement led to the arrest of several burglary suspects. Quite often, residents will ask what they can do to help prevent crime in their neighborhood and what they can to do help the police. You don’t necessarily need to become physically involved to be a great asset to Law Enforcement and you neighborhood in combating crime. The news article gives an excellent example of being a great witness. The man took photos of the suspects and their vehicle while his wife called the police. These photos may become evidence used later in court should the suspects choose to fight their charges. Sometimes the best asset is being a great witness and alerting police to things that don’t appear right, in addition to the obvious crime in progress.

A proactive step that you can take is to empower yourself with a little bit of local knowledge. Use community wire and crime mapping services such as Nixle, CrimeReports.com, or CrimeMapping.com.

Nixle is provided free to anyone who wishes to subscribe to email and text alerts/messages to their computers or cellular phones, from their local cities and police or sheriff agencies. These messages will range from community bulletins, traffic advisories, to alerts that may discuss emergency notification, missing persons, crime information, and more. You can subscribe to more than one address or area. Monitor information that pertains to your home, your work, or any other jurisdiction that you have an interest in.

Up to date crime information is also important and can give you insight into criminal activity in your neighborhood. Knowing that there has been a rash of residential burglaries, auto thefts, or other criminal activity in your area may assist you in being more vigilant in crime prevention and taking steps to prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Services such as CrimeReports.com and CrimeMapping.com are used by many police and sheriff departments to provide crime information to their communities. Some of these services even offer daily or weekly alerts to criminal activity via email. As an example, the City of Duarte, patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, participates in crime mapping and a screen shot example is pictured above.

Not all cities and counties make these types of services available, but the trend is growing. Check your local city website or visit the sites mentioned and see if your area is covered. Contact your local police, fire, or city personnel and express your desire to participate if they already don’t offer these services. Arcadia is currently exploring the possible use of such services. Empower yourself with a little knowledge and take an active role in helping to prevent crime in your neighborhood! Stay informed!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"A Look Back" - Bicycle Safety

A look back to when the kids still road bikes to school...a bicycle safety inspection is conducted by a member of APD. Bike rodeos were a common event years ago. Officers would conduct inspections, licensing and provide basic bicycle safety instruction during the rodeo. Our personnel wore tan uniforms through early 1987.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009


Wishing all Veterans the best on this Veterans Day, November 11, 2009. Thank you for your service to us all! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of our service members currently on active duty throughout the world.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Unattended Keys = Auto Burglary & Theft

The victim of an auto burglary reported that on Saturday, November 7th, he parked and locked his vehicle near First Avenue Middle School at about 4:45 PM. The victim went to the basketball courts and left his keys unattended near the court, while playing ball. At some point during the pick-up game, his keys were taken. The suspect(s) gained entry to the locked vehicle, took the victim's wallet, cash and golf clubs. The suspect(s) then made their way to the mall and used the victim's credit card to make fraudulent purchases.

Don't give thieves the opportunity. Don't become a victim. Keep the door key or alarm fob in your pocket. Do not leave your property unattended.

Tuesday Tip - Prevent Teen "Sexting"

What is "sexting?" In a nutshell, it the exchange of sexually explicit messages or photos between persons by use of cell phones, email or other electronic devices. Law Enforcement is becoming more aware of these incidents and in some instances, persons are being prosecuted for child pornography laws. The LA Times ran an opinion article earlier this year that discusses varying approaches to prosecution. Bottom line is that parents need to make themselves more involved in educating their teens. Below are a couple of websites that offer tips to both parents and teens alike, on education, awareness and prevention of sexting:

Think before you hit "send." There is no real delete in cyberspace!

Friday, November 6, 2009

"Hands On" Social Media Demo

Several vendors set-up shop in one of our Department training rooms last week, peddling the newest models of body armor, Airsoft weapons, and assorted tactical gear. Live demonstrations followed in the range and the hands-on experience was well worth the time invested to attend. I have learned over the years that those of us in Law Enforcement like to see and touch new products and technology. You only need to look at the attendance numbers that regional trade show events like CopsWest and Trexpo produce to see that our profession is in love with the latest and greatest when it comes to tools of the trade.

Up to date equipment, use of modern technology, continual training and development of personnel, and constant evaluation of policy and procedure are a few examples of positive attributes of a progressive and quality Law Enforcement agency. But in the society and culture that surround us today, that is not enough. It is said that change is slow and difficult. The days of strict “paramilitary” police work have past. Society has asked Law Enforcement to evolve into a business that includes community partnerships, transparency, and accountability, while at the same time, upholding the law and “fighting” crime. We have not been asked to step away from our role as Law Enforcement officers, but rather to improve the way we do business. Answering these challenges and changes for Law Enforcement is not necessarily something found in a booth at the next trade show, but rather a change in philosophy and simply modifying the “way“ that we do business.

Law Enforcement managers should look to their own personnel for one easy answer to help in this “change.” At a recent #140 Character (Twitter) conference, Chief John Stacey of the Bellevue Police Department in Nebraska discussed BPD’s use of social media. Chief Stacey described how a young officer “lit up” during a recent briefing where the Chief mentioned that he would be out of town for a Twitter conference. The young officer was surprised that the Chief knew what Twitter was all about. That officer and the Chief had never really engaged in conversation before that moment but because of that common ground have developed a new and improved rapport. This small example serves as both a tool for internal personnel development and investment in an agency, but moreover breaches the tip of a much greater tool for reaching out to your community.

Chief Stacey is among a growing group of Law Enforcement administrators that have embraced the use of social media as a tool to engage, communicate, and interact with the folks that their police agencies serve. The Los Angeles Police Department, the Sacramento Police Department, and the Whittier Police Department in California, each host a blog, and actively interact with their communities. Some police agencies, like Bellevue, have taken the use of social media further. Bellevue PD, like the Lakeland Police Department in Florida, has both a Twitter and a Facebook page. BPD even encourages their individual police officers to send “tweets” about activity while at work. The Oxnard Police Department in California has asked a lead officer from each beat or sector within the City to send out Twitter updates specific to their service area. OPD also produces web video providing crime info, press release information, and other information to promote their agency.

YouTube is also being used by Law Enforcement to deliver assorted messages and embedded video. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in Nevada and the Milwaukee Police Department in Wisconsin are two agencies utilizing YouTube. Media releases, crime prevention tips, suspect wanted bulletins, missing persons, are all examples of potential use of video releases from a police agency.

The Boca Raton Police Department in Florida and Chief Dan Alexander have taken the concept of mixing social media and Law Enforcement even further. BRPD has a project called VIPER that packages the best of their use of social media use in a one stop shop. VIPER allows the Boca Raton community to interact with BRPD by use of video, Twitter, Facebook, crime mapping, news, email alerts, and more. BRPD provides text messages and email information through a service known as Nixle. Nixle is available at many agencies and local government agencies across the country.

Social media experts and consultants are a great resource for researching and implementing a social media plan for your Law Enforcement agency. Christa Miller of Cops2Point0.com has been and continues to be an excellent source for me and others in our field. Lauri Stevens from LAwS Communications and ConnectedCOPS.net is passionate about assisting Law Enforcement in their social media strategies. Lauri moderated the panel discussion with Police Chiefs Stacey, Alexander, and Assistant Chief Whitney at the #140 Character Conference in Los Angeles. Other sites such as DailySplice.com, CrimeReports.com, and MichaelVallez.com provide excellent information and insight into the topic.

Think about your own personnel, your family, and friends. How many of them are carrying a web enabled phone with them everywhere they go? Technology has put cameras, news reporting, and instant delivery of information in the hands of virtually every person on the street. Take advantage of this wave and go “hands on” with social media. Explore the benefits and learn about the positive impact your agency can have by interacting, listening, and being involved with your community by using social media as a tool for Law Enforcement.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Protecting Your Laptop

Who does not own a laptop computer? Students, professionals, the "tweeting" mom, just about everyone these days is using a portable computer to communicate and manage their lives. We take them with us and many times, unfortunately, persons are victimized by thieves stealing the laptop. Laptops are stolen from vehicles, dorm rooms, tables in a coffee shop, a hotel lobby, you name it. What can you do to help recover your property? There are companies that offer tracking services to assist in the recovery of stolen computers.

A recent case was cleared by APD in cooperation with a company named Computrace, aka Lojack for Laptops. The laptop was covertly monitored after being reported stolen and information was gathered that led to the person currently in possession of the computer. In this case, no one was prosecuted, but the property was recovered. The PI Newswire, a blog dedicated to those in the investigations field, ran a post titled "Spying on a stolen laptop" which details the recovery of a laptop by use of a product from InertLogic using similar technology.

The best defense is obviously prevention. Don't give thieves the opportunity to take your property. However, this type of product is like an insurance policy and could help law enforcement recover your property. Take a look and review different products to see if this style technology is of benefit to you.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween 2009!



Celebrate Halloween safely! Watch out for all the ghosts and goblins roaming our streets tonight. As always, Don't Drink and Drive!

Happy Halloween 2009!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wanted for Commercial Burglary


During late August and September, two commercial burglaries occurred, both to businesses in the 300 block of South First Avenue. Entry was gained by smashing windows and in both cases, large plasma televisions were taken. The two suspects pictured are both male Hispanics. The photo above shows one suspect looking directly into the surveillance camera. A possible suspect vehicle associated with the crime is described as a Nissan Maxima, dark in color. Anyone who recognizes either of these suspects is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Winds Lead to a Busy Night

The winds last evening lead to an increased call load throughout the City. Power lines down and power outages throughout the area, audible alarms and blacked out intersections kept units busy. No injuries were reported due to the winds, however, units did respond on downed trees or limbs on both a vehicle and a house at different locations. Damage was minor in both incidents.

MADD Launches New Campaign




MADD has launched a new campaign called, The Power of Parents. Visit the website and take a look! Help prevent teen drunk driving and underage drinking. Remember, "It's Your Influence."

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Receiving Stolen Property Arrest

Last night around 10:00 PM, Arcadia Officers were called to the 00 blk. of Alta Street on report of a suspect possibly burglarizing vehicles. Responding Officers found a person matching the suspect description walking in the area. He was ultimately detained and found to have stereo face plates taken in a local auto burglary. An 18 year old Arcadia man was arrested and booked at APD. Any additional burglary victims are asked to call APD at (626) 574-5151.

Tuesday Tip - Halloween Safety

The safety of our children is on our minds each and every day. The celebrations and traditions that go along with Halloween add to the importance of monitoring our children's activity and giving them the guidance to help keep them safe. Here are a couple of websites that offer good tips on Halloween safety:

There are also options to traditional "trick or treating" that allow your children to celebrate in a controlled and safe environment. The Arcadia Public Library is offering a trick or treat in the library on Wednesday, October 28th from 4:00-6:30 PM and the City is offering their 6th annual Halloween event at the Community Center on Friday, October 30th from 4:30-6:30 PM. See the City of Arcadia website for details.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Short Pursuit Leads to Arrest

A 23 year old Temple City man led Arcadia Officers on a short pursuit Monday night at about 10:00 PM, crashing his Toyota pick-up into the curb and a fire hydrant at Live Oak and Bradford. The suspect had been driving recklessly in the area of Baldwin and Workman prior to the pursuit and was taken into custody at the collision scene.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Earthquake Safety

Law Enforcement along with all emergency service personnel respond when an earthquake strikes. The better prepared every family and individual is, the better off we will all be in the event of a catastrophic quake. Emergency services are prioritized in the event of a disaster and you may not receive the immediate response from police, fire, medics, public works or any other service that would normally occur on a daily basis. FEMA has a website dedicated to earthquake preparedness and includes topics of what to do BEFORE, during and after an earthquake. Other websites have earthquake and disaster preparedness lists and are a great resource for preplanning. The American Red Cross has ready made kits available as well. Take the time to research the topic. Discuss options with your family and be ready in the event of a significant earthquake in our area.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Farewell to Sergeant Ray Casey


Retired APD Sergeant Ray Casey lost his battle to cancer last week, passing away on October 8th. Ray, who was 77 years old, served the City of Arcadia for 28 years, retiring in May of 1989. Ray was described by many of us as a great leader and supervisor, a great friend, and simply put, "A Cops Cop." A memorial service was held for Ray earlier today at Annunciation Catholic Church. Ray will always be remembered at APD. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Bears Destroyed

Over the course of the last few months, Officers were alerted to the continual presence of two adult black bears that were frequenting neighborhoods near Hillgreen Place, Highland Oaks Drive and Canyon. The bears appeared to be "nesting" to the rear of one home and had become a dangerous nuisance to residents. Attempts were made using conventional means to remove the bears from the area. Through communication with the Department of Fish and Game, the decision was made to destroy the animals. On two separate occasions during the week of October 5th, Arcadia Officers were alerted to the presence of the bears and did destroy both animals. The carcass of each bear was removed by Fish and Game officials.

Morning Residential Hot Prowl Burglary

On Wednesday morning, October 14th, a resident in the 1100 block of Singingwood was awakened to see a male suspect rummaging through property in his bedroom. The suspect fled out the front door with a loss of some cash and credit cards. The incident occurred shortly after 7:00 AM and it appears that the suspect possibly gained entry through a kitchen window.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Drop, Cover and Hold On!

The Great California Shake Out will take place tomorrow, 10/15/09, at 10:15 AM. Take a look at the website for information on the internationally recognized, "Drop, Cover and Hold On!"

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Strong Arm Parking Lot Robbery

A female shopper was knocked to the ground and her purse was stolen while walking in the parking lot of the President's Square shopping center at about 5:20 PM Sunday. The female was walking in the lot when the lone suspect ran up to her and tried to grab her purse. The victim resisted and was knocked to the ground. The suspect then pulled the victim's purse from her arm and ran to an awaiting vehicle. The suspect vehicle was described as an older model Honda, gray in color. The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 20-30 years old, short dark hair, wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.

Two Men Robbed at Gunpoint

Early Sunday morning at about 7:50 AM, two men were seated in their vehicle outside their employer in the 5600 block Peck Road when they were confronted by a lone suspect brandishing a handgun. The suspect pointed the weapon at the victims demanding their wallets and cash. The victims complied and the suspect fled in a older model gray sedan, possibly a BMW. The suspect was described as a male Hispanic, 20-25 years with a shaved head, last seen driving south on Peck Road.

Motor Officer Injured

Shortly after 7:00 AM yesterday, an on-duty Arcadia Motor Officer was injured when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of Huntington Drive and Second Avenue. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, however, the Officer was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

The members of the APOA wish the best and a speedy recovery to our Officer.

Auto Burglary Suspect in Custody

Over the course of Friday night to Saturday morning, at least seven auto burglaries or thefts from vehicle occurred in the area of the "San" streets. Victims reported crimes occurring on San Miguel, San Antonio, San Luis Rey, and Santa Cruz. Reported loss included various items, cash, stereo equipment, garage door openers, and other items.

On Sunday afternoon, a Monrovia Police Officer detained an individual who was in possession of some of the stolen property. Follow-up investigation by Arcadia Officers at a local hotel revealed additional property related to the auto burglaries. A 32 year old male from Pasadena was arrested and booked at APD on suspicious of auto burglary. This case is a good example of good communication and cooperation between local police agencies.

If you were the victim of a similar crime and have not reported the incident, please contact APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.

Tuesday Tip - Avoid that Parking Ticket




School has been back in session for some time now and although traffic has settled down from the first few weeks, there is certainly no shortage of violations near the schools. Some of the most common complaints and requests for service are related to parking violations. In the rush to drop off a child, it is not uncommon to find parents double parking, stopping in a lane of traffic to drop off or pick up a child, parking/stopping in a red zone, parking well away from the curb because "the trash can" was in the way, blocking or impeding a resident's driveway...you name it, we see it.

Here are a few suggestions to help alleviate the congestion and avoid a parking or moving citation:
  • Leave a few minutes earlier and avoid the rush.
  • Park a little further away and walk your child to school.
  • Obey all parking regulations.
  • Follow the school's traffic plan.
  • Be patient.
  • Keep off the phone and pay attention.
  • Set the example, don't encourage unsafe or illegal behavior.
  • Be courteous to the neighbors. It is not OK to impede a driveway even if only for a few minutes.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Red Ribbon Week 2009



Red Ribbon Week will run in Arcadia from October 25th-31st, 2009. Red Ribbon Week began in remembrance of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena who was kidnapped and murdered in Mexico in 1985. Agent Camarena had been working undercover for the DEA and was key in developing information that led to the eradication of large scale narcotics manufacturing operations in Mexico. Mexican cartel leaders sought revenge for these operations, murdering alleged informants and ultimately Agent Camarena. The Red Ribbon Coalition website gives a well written summary of the history of Red Ribbon Week and offers an excellent tribute to slain DEA Agent "Kiki" Enrique Camarena.

Following his death, in Agent Camarena's home town, Calexico, CA, the public outpouring of support turned in to an organized community response in which citizens dawned red ribbons. They became a voice for prevention in order to reduce the demand for illegal drugs and use of drugs in America. The following year the California State PTA adopted the Red Ribbon Campaign. Then, in 1988, Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationally with President Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan serving as the Honorary Chairs.

Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Arcadia Officers Arrest 4 in Stabbing Incident

The stabbing of a 16 year old victim last week led to the service of search warrants this morning at four locations in the City of Arcadia. Arcadia Detectives were assisted by other members of APD and several outside agency gang investigators who fanned out armed with the search warrants, as well as arrest warrants for four suspects in the stabbing. Three adult males and a 17 year old male, all from Arcadia, were arrested and booked at APD on felony charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

GMA Video on Staged Collisions

ABC's Good Morning America ran a story on staged collisions this morning. Link to the story and video HERE. The report gives good information to be aware of in relation to insurance fraud and staged car collisions. Refer to the previous blog entry on having a "checklist" and tips if you are involved in a car crash.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

AMET Awarded Mayor's Trophey in Hesperia

Congratulations are in order for Agt. Bruce Smith and the members of the Arcadia Mounted Enforcement Team, who were recently awarded two trophies in the Hesperia Days Parade and competition. AMET won a trophy in the “Open Equestrian” category for their division and a large trophy for the Mayor’s Award. Their success is a tribute to the pride and dedication each team member has in achieving individually high levels of skill in horsemanship as well as their overall team presentation.

We are proud of AMET’s accomplishment and for representing the Arcadia Police Department in such a fine manner as they always have done.

Tuesday Tip - Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence calls are all too common on police blotters. California law has evolved over the years and encourages officers to make arrests in these types of incidents. October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month by the Domestic Violence Awareness Project. The purpose is to bring education and prevention efforts to the forefront and help reduce the number of domestic violence victims.

Additional information and resources on domestic violence issues can be found at the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council, the Los Angeles County District Attoryney's Office, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence websites. If you are a victim or know someone who is a victim, put an end to the cycle. Call your local police agency or a hotline today.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Teen Suffers Knife Wounds

At about 3:45 PM today, a teenage male and his companions were confronted by several other male teens near Duarte Road and Santa Anita Avenue. The confrontation became physical and a knife was pulled by one of the involved juveniles. One male teen was slashed multiple times and suffered superficial wounds. The suspect juveniles ran off to an nearby vehicle and fled. The victim was transported to a local hospital by friends prior to the arrival of police. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Oak Tree @ Santa Anita Opens Today

The Oak Tree race meet opens today at Santa Anita Park. Expect some traffic delays in the area of the track and mall. Peak traffic times will run between 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and again from about 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. S/B lanes of Colorado Place between Colorado St. and Huntington Dr. will be closed to thru traffic from about 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Traffic will be diverted E/B Colorado St.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Secure Your Guns!

The death of a 2-year old in Vacaville last week serves as a dramatic reminder for the need for gun safety in the home. California law requires secure storage of firearms when children under 18 are likely to be present and you are in control of the premises. Definitions and exemptions can be found in Penal Code section 12035, Criminal Storage of a Firearm.

Gun safety starts at home. If weapons are present in a home, children need to be taught proper weapon handling and safety. Weapons need to be properly secured. In the event that a child finds a gun, the National Rifle Association Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program teaches children the following:
  • STOP!
  • Don't touch!
  • Leave the area!
  • Tell an adult!

The NRA also offers additional information for parents on gun safety, training and additional information HERE.

There is no excuse for having an unsecured weapon in your home. Gun safes are reasonably priced and are readily available. Use of a gun safe is preferred but many police departments offer simple gun locks for free. APD offers gun locks at our front counter. Check with your local agency for availability.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Arcadia Officers Arrest 3 for Burglary

A resident returned home to find two male burglary suspects in her home at about 12:40 PM today. The incident occurred in the 1100 block of Encanto. The pair ran from the home when confronted by the victim, dropping property as they fled. An alert passerby saw the pair running and followed them while calling APD. Officers detained the pair of suspects and a third suspect driver after they entered a vehicle a short distance away. Two 17-year old juveniles and a 25-year old Pasadena man were booked at APD for residential burglary.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vehicle Crash Test - 2009 vs. 1959

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted this test to demonstrate the advances in motor vehicle safety over the last 50 years. In this test, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu and a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air are both going 40 mph and the vehicles collide offset, driver side to driver side. Older may not prove better in this case.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Tip - No Community is Immune





It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Richard Ramirez terrorized Los Angeles County. KABC7 aired a story recently that recaps the activity of the "Night Stalker" and his capture. Additional information can be found on the topic through Wikipedia and Crime Magazine.

Although Ramirez struck throughout LA County and the bay area, Arcadia and Monrovia saw multiple victims and crimes. It was not uncommon to see open windows and doors while driving around our community prior to the tragic crimes committed by Ramirez. During the height of his activity, homes were locked up tight and we seemed to pay more attention to safety in our residences. Many times predators look for easy targets and crimes are committed based on opportunity. Take the time to look around your home. Take steps to make your residence safe and less attractive for a crime of opportunity. Lock your doors and windows. Burglary prevention and home security tips can be found in a previous post on the topic HERE. Remember, no community is immune.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Juvenile Stabbed

A 17 year old male was stabbed at about 9:30 PM Saturday night on Huntington Drive near Santa Anita Avenue. The victim was walking with several other friends when he was allegedly stabbed in the abdomen by a male suspect as they passed on foot. The suspect fled the scene but was later arrested by Arcadia Police. A 61 year old male transient was booked at APD for assault with a deadly weapon. The victim was treated by AFD and transported to a local hospital.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Teen Suicide Prevention

Teen suicide is not something that is not often openly addressed but is a reality in any community. Glendora faced this reality recently with the tragic death of a high school student. There are countless resources for teens and parents that are underutilized. Most medical plans offer some form of counseling, church and clergy, school counselors, private and public help lines, publications and even on-line. Don't ignore warning signs or life changing events that can trigger thoughts of suicide. See some of the links and resources below:

Friday, September 11, 2009

We Will Never Forget

September 11, 2001
Take a moment today to remember those who lost their lives!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Arcadia Community Picnic This Saturday

Don't forget...the Arcadia Community Picnic will be held this Saturday, 09/12/09, from 4 PM t0 7 PM on the City Hall lawn.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Arcadia Elks Honor Local Police & Fire

Thanks to the BPOE Arcadia Elks Lodge #2025 for their annual Police, Fire, Sheriff and CHP Appreciation Luncheon today! Police and Fire personnel from Arcadia, Monrovia and Sierra Madre were in attendance today for the annual event. The Elks presented the Arcadia Police Explorer Post with a donation check as is their custom each year. Thanks to the Elks for remembering all of us!

Armed Robbery

Two armed suspects made off with about $100 in cash from Mail Box Postal at 411 E. Huntington Dr. at about 1145 AM today. The suspects were described as male African Americans in their 20's wearing dark clothing and armed with handguns. The duo was last seen running away on foot.

Police Reserve Coordinator of the Year


Congratulations to Detective Dan Crowther for being named Reserve Coordinator of the Year by the California Reserve Police Officers Association. On Friday, August 28, a contingent of APD employees attended the awards luncheon at the Towne and Country Inn in San Diego to support Dan as he received his award.

Dan was nominated by APD Reserve Police Officers for his dedication to the APD program, his innovative use of police reserves, and providing for on-going training of our staff. Receiving this recognition is quite an achievement when you take into consideration the number of Reserve Coordinators there are within police agencies throughout the State. Congratulations to Dan!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Weekend Activity Sampling

Robbery - A 67 year old female had her purse stolen from her arm while sitting on a bus bench near Duarte and Lovell last Friday. The strong arm robbery occurred at about 1230 hrs. The suspect was described as a male African American, about 25-30 years old, who ran to an awaiting black SUV.

Vehicle Burglary - Auto burglaries continue to be reported in the parking areas of the 24 Hour Fitness at First and Santa Clara despite two recent arrests. APD has conducted numerous patrols in the area and is working with the staff at location to increase security and awareness of the problem.

Residential Burglary - Several north end homes were victimized since last Friday in the 200 blk of E. Sycamore, the 700 blk of Carriage House, and the 200 blk of Carolwood.

Tuesday Tip - CSPD Crime Prevention Video

The Colorado Springs Police Department in Colorado Springs, CO, uploaded a 7 minute video to YouTube that is a very nice crime prevention piece. Although laws may differ from our town, the crime prevention techniques and concepts in the video are well worth your time to view. Take a look at the video HERE.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Slow Down, School is in Session!

Arcadia High School students returned yesterday and Arcadia middle and elementary schools open today! School being back in session equates to additional traffic and hazards on our roadways. SLOW DOWN! Traffic and Patrol Officers will be paying extra attention to the streets near and around our schools. Speeding, unlawful turns, double parking, dropping off your child in the street...take your pick, we will be targeting you if you are not driving safely near our schools. As always, drive safely, drive smartly! Don't be part of the problem, help be the solution.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Pasadena PIO: Station Fire Update for Pasadena

Pasadena PIO: Station Fire Update for Pasadena

Good information for local communities on the fire as well as health related tips.

City of Sierra Madre Emergency Information

City of Sierra Madre Emergency Information: "At this time, there is no imminent danger to our residents. In compliance with an order from the US Forest Service and the LA County Sheriff Department, the City is closing until further notice Bailey Canyon, Mt. Wilson Trail and the road up to Chantry Flats.

These are precautionary closures in response to the Los Angeles National Forest 'Area Closure Order' which includes the mountain areas above Sierra Madre. If the fire becomes a threat to Sierra Madre, information will be posted on the City web site, SMTV-3, e-Blast, and City of Sierra Madre Emergency Blog.

Other sources of information about the Station Fire can be found at InciWeb the Incident Information System http://inciweb.org/ and the web sites for the cities of Glendale http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/, La Canada http://www.blogger.com/www.lacanadaflintridge.com/ and Pasadena http://www.blogger.com/www.cityofpasadena.net/."

Los Angeles County Fire Mourns the Loss of Two Firefighters


Los Angeles County Fire Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall and Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones tragically lost their lives in a vehicle accident when the fast moving “Station Fire” overran the area where the Firefighters were driving in. The single vehicle collision occurred near Fire Camp 16 and Mt. Gleason in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday afternoon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Fire Captain Hall and Firefighter Quinones as well as all members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Please join the APOA in keeping all those in Fire Service and Law Enforcement that are working these fires in your prayers. (Photo from Yahoo News)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

APOA Info Blog Gets a Nod

Christa Miller at Cops 2.0 used the APOA Info Blog as a case study and authored a nice piece discussing the APOA's use of social media. Read the post HERE. Cops 2.0 is a great resource for LE agencies, or anyone for that matter, exploring the use of social media. Cops 2.0 offers suggestions, posts many discussions, conversations and examples on the topic.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Drivers License Checkpoint

APD personnel conducted a drivers license checkpoint in the 12300 block of Lower Azusa on Wednesday evening from about 5:00 PM till 10:00 PM. Thirteen (13) vehicles were stored or impounded, thirteen (13) misdemeanor citations were issued for drivers license violations, and citations were issued for eighty-five (85) infraction violations, seventy-two (72) of which were for no proof of insurance.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics

Our annual Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for Special Olympics was held at Wood Ranch Grill, Westfield Santa Anita Shoppingtown, on Wednesday night, August 26th. APD raised over $1,200 for Special Olympic athletes. Thanks to Chief Bob Sanderson, Captain Gene Gioia, Dispatch Supervisor Chris Campbell, Records Manager Janice Cumming, Senior Records Technician Audree Luevano, Administrative Assistants Nancy Chik and Norma Zamudio, Dispatcher Kristi Ortiz, and Officers Bryant Agcoili, Jeff Stark and Larry Peralta, and Sergeant Brian Ortiz for their efforts and participation in this worthy event.

Mall Burglary Nets Big Loss

Sometime between 9:00 PM and midnight last night, a suspect cut locks on cabinets located in a mall kiosk and made off with over $11,000 in cell phones. Champs Wireless, a kiosk business located inside the Westfield Shoppingtown, was the victim. APD will be looking into security video for any possible suspect information.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Not much of a view today with a blanket of smoke from the Morris Dam fire.

School Starts Next Week!


Arcadia schools start back in session next week: Arcadia High School on Monday, August 31st and the elementary/middle schools return on Tuesday, September 1st. The AUSD calendar can be found HERE. This means that we need to be aware of our children during our commutes during the day. Allow extra time for your drive if you pass near a school. Traffic will be heavier than normal during the first few weeks of school as parents grow accustomed to drop-off and pick-up routes for our schools.

Be part of the solution, not the problem!

  • Slow down!

  • Allow extra time for your travel.

  • Be alert for pedestrians and bicyclists.

  • Don't double park or violate parking restrictions!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fees, Fees, Fees

The Pasadena Star News is reporting on the recent Arcadia City Council approval of fee increases citywide. Most folks will see fee increases in parking citation fines and collision report processing from APD. See the newspaper article HERE. Many comments on the topic have been posted and some are quite right in that the City is passing on the cost of service. The State has raised the amounts that we contribute for citations and when you compare numbers across the board, APD is actually well within the norm or below. Everyone has unfortunately felt the pinch and municipalities are no different.

AFD & APD on scene of minor carport fire in 900 blk W. Duarte Rd.

Tuesday Tip - Weed, Dope, Drugs, Alcohol?

Just like towns all over, don't be naive and think that marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, and other assorted drugs of choice are not used and abused in our town. The only things that change are the players and locations. You may not see drugs openly sold on a street corner or have an abundance of known dope houses to choose from, but they do exist. Specific drugs and their use ebb and flow over time. Rolling meth labs, LSD tabs were popular for a while and now ecstasy along with the old staple, marijuana, with young folks. And, don't forget prescription drug and alcohol abuse.

What can we do about it? Start at home with family and friends. Watch for signs of drug use and help with intervention. Be a good parent! Check with your kids, talk with your kids, know your kids. Here are two websites with additional information on teen drug use, tips for prevention and detection:

What about your neighborhood? What if you suspect drug activity near your home? Get to know your neighbors! You don't have to be best friends, but do know who belongs and who doesn't. What cars do they drive? What kind of hours do they keep? If comfortable, exchange emergency contact information with each other.

Excessive activity at a home? Different people or vehicles coming and going? This could be during certain times or throughout the day or night. Track activity at a suspected location with good notes. Write down license plate numbers and descriptions of persons if you can. Note dates and times of the activity. Where does the activity take place? Are the persons entering the home through the front door or are they walking through a side gate? Where does it look like transactions are taking place?

If you see what you believe to be a crime in progress, call the police immediately. If you simply suspect that someone is selling drugs or that a home is being used for drug sales, there are a few ways to get that information to the police. You can call and ask to speak with a narcotics detective or provide the information to a desk officer or other personnel to pass on for further investigation. There are sources on the web, like We-Tip or Crime Stoppers, that accept anonymous tip information. Just don't ignore the problem. Help keep our neighborhoods safe and drug-free.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

On-Line Reporting...Save Time!

APD started accepting on-line crime reports a few months back! Satisfy those insurance needs, save time from visiting the Department or waiting for a beat unit to arrive...many of the common police report classifications are allowed to be submitted via the web. Click HERE to visit the APD on-line reporting link. Reports with no suspect information and fall under categories such as minor vandalism, theft, auto burglary, ID theft, annoying phone calls, and lost property may be submitted if the crime occurred in the City of Arcadia.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Machine Pistol Recovered




Detectives conducting follow-up investigation at a home in the 500 block of Santa Cruz Road found a Mac-10 machine pistol yesterday. A 42 year old Arcadia man was booked on felony controlled substance and weapons charges.

Top Ten American Police Cars

Click on the photo to see the Top Ten American Police Cars, according to PoliceLink and Jalopnik.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Partying Leads to Fight

Several calls regarding a group fighting in the street were received last night at about 11:20PM in the 1100 block of Greenfield. Officers arrived to find the group dispersing but did find one 19 year old man with a laceration to his head. Information from persons in the area was that a party had been taking place at a nearby residence when several fights broke out between persons at the party. The "fights" spilled out into the street and the police were called. The victim of the head injury was treated at a local hospital. Although many subjects were contacted in the area, no suspects were arrested on charges pertaining to the fights.

Be a Good Witness!

KABC 7 is reporting on a tragic story out of LAPD Foothill Division this morning where one man was killed and another pistol whipped after confronting a group of burglary suspects. This serves as a reminder to do what you can to be a good witness if you observe or suspect a crime in progress. Call your local police and report what you see. Do everything you can to avoid confrontation with a suspect. Don't chance your own personal safety when at all possible.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Activity for Last Week

Not a lot of updates over the last week...out of town for a brief stint. Arcadia's Best has a nice summary of activity for the time period including info on an armed street robbery and an indecent exposure. Take a look HERE.

Tuesday Tip - How Much is Too Much Information?

Social media websites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and others are used daily by all of us to share experiences and information. Some of this information is personal. People share photos, current whereabouts, vacation plans, stories, news, family updates...you name it. But when does this sharing become too much? Only you can answer that question based on your own comfort level. Some things to consider before you post your next update might include:
  • WHO is reading your post or update? Just your friends? Remember that there is always a way to access information that you believe to be private. Take your pick - a boss, a feuding friend or ex-spouse, a predator or criminal?
  • Giving constant updates of your whereabouts or plans gives criminals the knowledge that your home or business may be vacated, inviting theft or burglary.
  • Personal information can be used to facilitate identity theft; birth dates, current address, where you were born, a maiden name.
  • Job searching? Background investigators use tools to search your past and present Internet activity. One too many embarrassing photos or comment posts could doom your chances when job hunting.
  • For those of us in Law Enforcement, remember that personal posts, website info, etc. is being used in court in attempts to show a bias or discredit you as a witness.

Bottom line is that everything that you post on-line is accessible, even deleted content sometimes. Your personal information is more easily obtained these days. Take a moment to query your name, your address, your phone numbers. Look at county records for home purchases and deeds. Do what you can to protect yourself from those who would victimize you. Many legitimate search sites will remove your personal information if you ask. And as far as social media goes, take a moment to think about what you are posting before you click that mouse.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Don't Be Scammed in Your Doorway!

Over the course of the last few weeks, APD has responded on a few reports of residential burglaries wherein the victim was lured into walking outside their home by a stranger. In these instances, the suspect who knocked at the door was a nicely dressed female who claimed to have some sort of legitimate reason to lure the resident outside. Excuses range from a neighbor doing construction to surveying the property were some of the reasons that the suspect would give to the resident. While the resident accompanied the female, a male suspect would slip in the front door and rummage through belongings, looking for money and jewelry. When the crime was complete, the pair would flee.


Whenever anyone comes to your door that you do not know, first attempt to verbally identify them without opening the door. If you do open the door, ask them to show you some form of proper ID along with legitimate business cards or uniform. If you are in any doubt as to who you are dealing with, close and lock your door and call the police. Chances are that if the person is legitimate, they will gladly show you their identification and there will most likely be a work related vehicle directly in front of your home. If they are up to no good, they will move on when you confront their purpose. Be a good witness and give the police a description of the persons involved. By no means should you walk away from your home or allow an unknown person in your home. Stay safe, stay alert!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Ruse Burglary

On Wednesday afternoon at about 1:30 PM, a woman knocked on a resident's door near Lemon and Santa Anita. The woman said that she needed access to the resident's backyard due to construction at a neighboring home. The resident accompanied the female suspect to the rear yard. While the resident was occupied, a second suspect slipped into the home and stole jewelry and cash. The female then quickly fled the scene. The female was described as a having brown shoulder length hair with blond streaks, wearing a dark skirt, between 20-30 years old, 5-04, slender build. The second suspect was not seen. Two similar burglaries occurred back on July 18th.

Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics

Save the date! APD will participate in our annual Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics, hosted at Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill at the Westfield Santa Anita Mall on Wednesday, August 26th, from 5:30-9PM. For additional information, contact Sgt. Brian Ortiz at (626) 574-5174.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Near Drowning

For the second time in the last few weeks, a child was pulled from a residential pool in Arcadia not breathing. Yesterday at about 5:30PM, Officers, along with AFD, responded to the 1400 block of Oaklawn in North Arcadia on report of a possible drowning. A 5 year old boy was found under water by his mother while swimming with several children. The child was administered CPR by paramedics and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

2 Arrested for Auto Burglary

Sunday afternoon at about 4:45PM, Officers were called to the Westfield Santa Anita Shoppingtown on report of a suspicious vehicle and subjects, possibly involved in an auto burglary. An Officer found the vehicle fleeing the area at a high rate of speed and was able to stop the vehicle. Two 19 year old males from Los Angeles were detained and during the investigation, a stolen GPS device was seen on their vehicle floorboard. It was learned that the pair broke into a car parked at the mall, stole the GPS and then fled when observed by witnesses. Thanks to the quick call from the witnesses and mall security, the two suspects were arrested.

Shotgun in Vehicle Leads to Arrests

Early Saturday morning at about 2:15AM, two men were contacted during a traffic stop near Huntington and Second. During the contact, Officers observed a shotgun in the rear of the vehicle. The investigation found ammunition for the weapon also in the driver's compartment. The pair had been in the area visiting at a party. Arrested on the weapons charge were a 20 year old and an 18 year old, both from Long Beach.

3 More Hondas Taken Last Friday Night

Three (3) Honda cars, one Accord and two Civics were taken on Friday evening from the Westfield Santa Anita Shoppingtown parking lot between about 6:00PM and 10:45PM. The Hondas ranged in year from 1992-1998. Similar vehicle thefts occurred about two weeks ago on a Saturday evening at the mall. APD is working with the mall regarding the thefts. There is no suspect information.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Help Prevent Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is one of those topics that is not often addressed. Our population is growing older and the frequency with which we encounter various cases of elder abuse is growing in LA County. Recently, APD has been investigating two cases of elderly fiduciary abuse occurring in town. Elder abuse can come in many forms such as physical abuse, mental abuse, neglect or abandonment, and financial abuse. Elder abuse most often occurs where the senior lives. The abuse can take place at home, at a relatives home or perhaps in nursing home care. The abuser can be an adult family member, a friend, a caretaker, or a predator seeking out an elderly target. Elder abuse is not easily detected so it is up to all of us to be aware of warning signs;



Physical or Emotional Abuse

  • Unexplained bruises or injury

  • Broken bones

  • Controlled or restricted access to visits, friends or family

  • Threatening or belittling behavior on the part of a caregiver

  • Behavior by the elder mimicking dementia or childlike actions

Neglect or Self-Neglect

  • Unusual or untreated sores or wounds

  • Malnutrition, weight loss or dehydration

  • Unsanitary living conditions

  • Being left dirty or unbathed

Financial Abuse

  • Unusual or unexplained withdrawals from bank accounts

  • Items or cash missing from the home

  • Suspicious changes in wills, powers of attorney, titles/deeds etc.

  • Unpaid bills or additions of persons to accounts

  • Mail is missing or changes of address

These are just some of the indicators of possible elder abuse. Pay close attention to your older family members, neighbors and friends. Adult Protective Service (APS) is an LA County group that responds to reports of suspected elder abuse. APS can be reached at (877) 4 R SENIORS. A social worker will respond accordingly along with Law Enforcement resources if needed. Another resource for information on elder abuse can be found at HelpGuide.com.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Don't Panic - Police Use Social Media Too!

The title pretty much says it all. The use of social media by Law Enforcement is growing; be it by individual Officers or by Departments. There are a multitude of reasons why the use of the Internet and social media has caught the eye of police. The most obvious is for investigative purposes. Solving crimes and tracking down people is much easier with the use of the Internet. Just like anyone can search for names, phone numbers, locations and information using various search engines, so do we. There are also services that provide much more detailed information that conduct more intense searches for a fee. This type of information is not unique to Law Enforcement, but is available to just about anyone who is willing to pay for it.

Law Enforcement has also gotten better at sharing information between agencies which allows for greatly improved capability to identify suspects and link criminal information. Secure Internet has provided that ability to us. The Internet has also allowed us to use sites to look for criminal activity. Sites like Craiglist and Ebay allow us the opportunity to proactively go after persons who participate in criminal behavior. Other sites where sexual predators seek victims or trade information are monitored and participated in so that we can further investigations as well.

The most important thing to remember is that just like you, the information that we access on a daily basis is public and readily available by anyone when it comes to normal use of the Internet. Unless we are conducting an investigation that is criminal in nature and we obtain search warrants or court orders, private information us exactly that - private.

A growing aspect to the use of the Internet by Law Enforcement is the use of social media. Social media is a great opportunity for police to interact with the community, share information, keep the community informed and vice versa. CNN ran a recent article on the topic, taking a look at Lakeland Police Department in Florida. A similar post on DygiScape by Joe Manna offers some links to other Law Enforcement uses of Twitter. Both articles discuss the use of social media by police. Cops2point0.com is a website hosted by Christa Miller and Scott White that is dedicated to examining and discussing better uses of social media by Law Enforcement. A few other local agencies use blogs or Twitter to reach out to their community. Take a look at Whitter PD, LAPD, and LASD Santa Clarita Station.

In addition to agency websites, there may be police associations, like APOA & Torrance POA, or individual police officers that host their own blogs, Twitter, Facebook or other social media related sites. Take a look at PoliceOne.com for a list of just some police related blogs. It is interesting to read the assorted posts and opinions.

Bottom line, don't panic...police use social media too!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

National Stop On Red Week


The week of August 2-8, 2009 is National Stop on Red Week. The Federal Highway Administration created the program in 1995 to education the public and promote safe driving habits. The program calls attention to the dangers of red light running each year. Regardless of measures taken by Law Enforcement agencies to convey to the public the dangers involved, some motorists still continue to ignore the law and run red lights. Red light running is one of the leading causes of collisions throughout the State. Additional information can be found at the FHWA website or at StopRedLightRunning.com. As always, drive safely and drive smartly!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Residential Burglary Arrest

A 29 year old man from Los Angeles was arrested early yesterday afternoon on suspicion of residential burglary by Arcadia Police Officers. An Officer noticed a vehicle pulling away from a home where a burglary alarm had been activated. The vehicle and subject were stopped and evidence related to burglary, including a large amount of currency and Asian coins, along with other items led police to believe that the individual was indeed involved in the crime. An area around the original incident, the 1800 block of South Sixth Avenue, was searched for possible additional suspects but none were found.