“It takes all of us”
As we come to the end of another year we have seen a concerning trend across the City of Scottsdale. The number of Residential daytime burglaries has been on the rise. These incidents normally take place when the residents are away from the house. Many times the perpetrators gain access through back yards and take advantage of unsecure doors and windows or force their way into the home. Now, this is not a phenomenon exclusive to our city. Cities across the valley are seeing increasing burglary numbers. Whether this is the result of the current economic climate or the dynamic population growth of the valley in recent years it is unacceptable.
As a Police Department we take this issue very seriously and have aggressively confronted the problem. Officers and members of the Police Department have worked hard to “think outside of the box” and confront this issue. The hard work and collaboration has resulted in numerous subject contacts and arrests directly related to the daytime burglary problem.
Now is when you, as a resident of Scottsdale, fit into the solution for this problem. Despite all of our efforts as a Police Force we cannot do this alone. We need your help. So, what can you do? First, we have learned through experience that the best deterrent to crime is concerned neighbors and informed citizens. Get to know as many of the neighbors in your community as possible. Learn what is “normal” for your neighborhood. Are your neighbors full or part-time residents? What kind of vehicle does your neighbor drive? Do they have kids? Do they have a pool or landscape service? Knowing the answer to these questions will help you determine what defines “suspicious activity”.
Once you see suspicious activity call the Police. Your concern and action could prevent your neighbor from being a victim, and may help us take another bad guy off the street.
In closing, remember that this current trend has touched residents across the entire city, but also be aware that the City of Scottsdale is still an extremely safe place to live. Help us to keep it that way by being aware of your surroundings and knowing your neighborhood. Report suspicious activity and look out for each other as we enter the Holiday Season.
Document Shredding – Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 am at 9000 E. Indian Bend, East side of the North parking lot in the Pavilions Plaza. "Shred It" will shred up to 5 boxes per person. Paper Documents ONLY! Paper clips and staples do NOT have to be removed. POSA will be accepting donations to help support POSA Outreach. Suggested donation of $2 per box. Please contact Officer Kory Sneed at 480-312-5696 for more information. Click here for flyer.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Holiday Lights – Thursday, December 9 – Friday, December 30 (excluding December 24 & 25) at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. All Aboard Arizona’s most unique holiday event! Take a train ride through many festive holiday lights and displays turning the Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. Opening night festivities will include a tree lighting ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa. Santa will be at the park through December 23. This event is FREE but the train and carousel rides are $2.00 each. Children under three ride free with a paying adult. For additional information, please call (480) 312-2312 or visit: www.therailroadpark.com
Public Safety Community Contact Numbers
and E-mail Links
- Scottsdale Police Non-Emergency 480-312-5000
- Scottsdale Fire Department 480-312-8000
- SPD Drug Enforcement Hotline - Suspected illegal activity, 480-312-TIPS (Hot lines are not monitored)
- SPD Traffic Enforcement Hotline - chronic traffic problems, 480-312-CARS
- Code Enforcement 480-312-2546
- Child Safety Seat Installation 480-312-BABY
- CPR/First Aid Classes 480-312-1817
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From the Desk of Commander Johnny Cervantes
Seasons’ Greetings! Given the recent increase in burglaries the city has been experiencing I’d like to first assure you that we are using several tactics to address the issue and reduce crime. Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss what you can do to assist us in solving property crimes in Scottsdale.
Many times investigations result in the seizure of large amounts of what is believed to be stolen property. The problem we face as law enforcement is that many times there is no way to correlate the seized property with a particular burglary or theft case and ultimately confirm it is stolen property. This is where you as an individual can help the police department and most importantly yourselves.
One of the best ways to recover stolen merchandise is to have personal property properly marked. The department uses these unique identifiers such as serial numbers, to match reported stolen property to the various items recovered by detectives during an investigation. It can be very frustrating to investigators when a large amount of stolen property is recovered, but there is no way to link it the victim of the crime. This connection is imperative to confirming the item is stolen in order to make arrests and subsequently clear cases.
Please record all serial numbers, including the make, model and color of the item, and keep it in a safe place such as a safe or safety deposit box. It is also helpful to photograph and/or digitally record your valuables to document the items. This is beneficial for insurance purposes as well. Other important factors that may lead to the recovery of stolen property are unique identifying marks on the items such as an engraved number that has meaning to the owner, or the use of a fluorescent pen. In the unfortunate circumstance you may become the victim of a theft or burglary the information will be entered into the department’s records management system. As previously mentioned, if the item is located officers run the item through our database. This does two things, it confirms that is in fact stolen and it identifies who the owner/victim is.
Finally, give your house a “birthday” or “anniversary”. On this date confirm everything is properly documented and that photos/videos are updated with new items you may have purchased over the year.
Have a safe Holiday Season, and very Happy New Year!
Commander Johnny Cervantes
The FBI's Child ID App Putting
Safety in Your Hands
You're shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?
Now there's a free new tool from the FBI that can help. Our just launched Child ID app—the first mobile application created by the FBI—provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children so that it’s literally right at hand if you need it. You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot. Using a special tab on the app, you can also quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks.
The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.
We encourage you to share the word about this app with family and friends, especially during upcoming activities in your communities to raise awareness on crime and drug prevention. For its part, the FBI is working to publicize the app with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)—its long-time partner in the National Child Identification Program, which provides a physical kit to gather your child’s pictures, fingerprints, personal characteristics, and even DNA to keep with you in case of emergency. The AFCA is producing a public service announcement about the app and will spread the word at various football games during the upcoming season.
Article from http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/
Right now, the Child ID app is only available for use on iPhones and can only be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes, but we plan to expand this tool to other types of mobile devices in the near future. And we’ll be adding new features—including the ability to upload other photos stored on your smart phone—in the coming weeks and months.
The FBI's new Child ID app can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes.
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Podcast: About the Child ID App