Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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
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.
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
Thursday, December 24, 2009
- 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
- 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
Friday, December 18, 2009
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
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
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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, December 1, 2009
- 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
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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
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
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!
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
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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.
Think before you hit "send." There is no real delete in cyberspace!
Friday, November 6, 2009
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
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.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.
The members of the APOA wish the best and a speedy recovery to our Officer.
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.
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
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
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We are proud of AMET’s accomplishment and for representing the Arcadia Police Department in such a fine manner as they always have done.
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
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
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:
- 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
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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, September 1, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
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/."
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
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- 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
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
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
- 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
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
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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
- 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
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!