Sully District News

July 2014

Officer: PFC T.M. Gerhard

Address: 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, Virginia, 20151


Phone number: 703-814-7051, TTY 711

About your Crime Prevention Unit

Under PFC Gerhard's direction, the Crime Prevention Section at the Sully District Station is focused on fostering a close relationship with the community.

The Sully District Crime Prevention Office thanks you in advance for your patience during our current budget struggles. With the reduction of the Crime Prevention Staff and the elimination of the School Education Officer, we cannot continue to provide presentations and / or public appearances like we have in the past. We will continue to focus on our Neighborhood Watch Communities, our liaisons with other homeowners groups and associations, and our partnership with the Citizens Advisory Committee. Requests for others activities will be handled on a case by case basis and we will continue to do our best to deliver superior services in a timely manner.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (second Wednesday of every month)

Topic: The Citizens' Advisory Committee and the Sully District Police Station present...The United States Secret Service. Learn about counterfeit money and how the president is protected! Questions? 703-814-7051 or

Location: 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Contact: Citizens' Advisory Committee Chair, Leslie Jenuleson:

Upcoming Events and Trainings

Car Seat Checks

Car Seat Installation

The Sully District Station conducts car seat inspections twice a month from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. We encourage parents to install the seat prior to arriving. Officers will inspect the car seat as well as provide education on how to properly fit your child in your car seat. This free service is on a first come, first serve basis as only the first thirty five vehicles will be inspected so we can ensure every parent receives the proper training. Please contact the Sully District Station at 703-814-7000 x5140 for upcoming inspection dates. Cancellations may occur last minute due to inclement weather!

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Neighborhood Watch Training

Please contact the Crime Prevention office at 703-814-7051 or email to arrange a training date for your group or to learn about how to get Neighborhood Watch started in your community!

As the summer kicks off, the Sully District Station would like to remind you about the 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime! On Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 communities across America will be participating in National Night Out to join together and take a stand against crime! Your local police officers and firefighters will be out in force, visitng your events to support National Night Out as well as hear your concerns and discuss options to help reduce and deter crime. There is NO cost to register and your community does NOT have to participate in Neighborhood Watch to join in on the fun! There are several ways communities can participate: lights on campaign, cookout, ice cream social, pizza party or host a block party! Contact PFC Tara Gerhard at 703-814-7051 or for questions or to register!

You are the eyes and the ears of the community! What you think is out of place or doesn't seem right should be considered suspicious and should be reported to the police. There are several ways to report suspicious activity to the police. You can call the non-emergency number, 703-691-2131 to have an officer dispatched to a specific location, or make a tele-report through the police department's Citizen Reporting Service (CRS). You can also make a police report online at Remember, no matter how trivial the information might be, it could be the information that helps solve a crime!

Windows, like doors, provide an opportunity for unwelcome entry by an intruder. There are many different kinds of windows and a variety of security devices. All ground floor windows as well as those easily reached from the roof, porch, carport, etc. should be secured. Basement windows are one of
the most common points of entry for burglars. Often hidden by bushes or trees, this provides intruders with an ideal place to work unobserved. Such windows should have glass replaced with plexiglass or polycarbonate.

Double Hung Sash-type Windows: To secure these windows, drill a hole that angles slightly downward through a top corner of the bottom window into the bottom of the top window, on both sides. Then place a dowel pin or small nail into the hole to prevent the window from being opened. Open the window 2 1/2 inches and re-drill the exterior frame, using the interior hole as a guide to provide safe ventilation. Auxiliary latches also may be purchased.

Casement Windows- Crank Type: Casement windows are more secure than most double hung windows. They are opened with a geared-crank arrangement and are often too small to allow human entry even when they are successfully opened. Intrusion is usually possible only after smashing or cutting the glass. Make sure the latches operate properly and there is no excess play in the crank handle. There are several different types of locks for casement windows. You should remove the crank when not in use.

Sliding Windows: Sliding windows should be secured by the same methods as sliding doors. Both the pan-head top screws and the bracing devices (metal rod, wood dowel or steel pins) are effective on this type of window, if the slider is on the inside. Several types of auxiliary locks are available for installation.

Please remember, you are more likley to have a fire than a burglary. In the event of a fire or other emergency, bedroom windows should provide a means of ready escape. Keep this in mind for basement windows as well.

There are other products available to help maintain a safe home. Consider installing window security film. These films help delay if not deny entry to a burglar who is attempting to break glass to gain access to your home.

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