West Springfield District Station Weekly Information Bulletin


Due to personnel changes, the weekly section, for some time, will not be updated on a regular basis. You can find current information for the department on our blog at http://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/.

Week of January 26, 2015

MPO Frey and McGruff Phone number:  703-644-5026, TTY 711

Address: 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

About your Crime Prevention Officer

MPO J.T. Frey is completing his 24th year with the police department. J.T. has been assigned to the West Springfield District Station for his entire career. For 14 years, J.T. was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section and his primary focus was the investigation of property crimes.

Under J.T.’s direction, the Crime Prevention Section at the West Springfield District Station is focused on Neighborhood Watch training and community education.

The West Springfield District Crime Prevention Office also thanks you in advance for your patience during the budget woes. 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 and all elementary and middle school related events, whether public or private have been put on hold . 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 Council. Requests for others activities will be handled on a case by case basis and we will continue to do our best to deliver our services in a timely manner.

Citizen's Advisory Committee Meetings

Next Meeting: Tuesday, Febrtuary 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Topic/Speaker: Fairfax County Police Department Organized Crime & Narcotics - Street Crime Unit  *** (Note Change)

Contact: wscacmailbox@gmail.com 

 

Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Training:

TBD

 

Car Seat Checks
January 29
February 19, 26
5 - 9 p.m. at the West Springfield Station
By appointment only!
To schedule an appointment, please call 703-644-7377, TTY 711 and press 0 at the recording. 


View daily Fairfax County crime reports.


Crime Prevention Tips: Holiday Tips and Cautions

GM (General Motors) Recall Phishing Expedition. This will usually come in your email.  Of course, if you don't own a GM vehicle, this will not apply to you.  Should you drive or lease one of these vehicles, it will attempt to get you to click on a link that serves no other purpose than to gather your personnel information.  Do not click on the link and delete the email.  If you are concerned about possible recalls on your vehicle, contact GM directly, your local dealer, or the National Transportation Safety board. It is highly unlikely that you will ever receive a call or email concerning the safety of your vehicles. NEVER give out any information to an email link or a phone caller unless you have initiated the email or call and are sure that the phone number and email address are valid.

Tax Time.   Tax time is almost here. File your taxes as early as possible to prevent fraudulent filing by others who have obtained your personal information. If you receive phone calls or emails from folks pretending to be an IRS agent and claiming you owe money that is due immediately, hang up at once or delete the email. The IRS will only contact you by mail.

Payment by Money Order or Gift Cards.  If you are told that payment for an item must be given either by money order or a gift card, be suspicious of a scam. Never send money orders or gift cards in payment for anything unless you are sure of why the payment is being made or the gift cards are for a valid reason.  Should you become a victim of such a crime, recovering your money may be very difficult, if not impossible.

Disposing of your gift packaging.  Thieves like to shop too, and some would rather spend their time breaking into your home rather than shoplifting.  If you receive a computer, TV, stereo, X-box, or other expensive gift, dispose of the boxes in your covered trash cans.  If the box is too big, cut it up and place it in the can.  If this is not possible, cut the seams, turn it inside out, and place the can on top of it.  Don't make it easy for someone to see what you got for Christmas.  This tip is valid not only at Christmas time, but any time during the year.  

Going out of town.  Be sure to arrange for a trusted neighbor to pick up your newspapers, mail, retrieve your garbage cans and any other articles that may indicate that you are not home.  Temporarily stop your newspaper and place a "hold" on your mail.  If your neighbor has more than one car, ask them to park a spare car in your driveway while you are gone.  And if it snows, ask them to make sure there are tire tracks in your driveway. 

Parking while shopping or at home.  Now is the time of the year where the daylight hours are shorter and it gets dark earlier.  Always park in well lit areas in malls and parking garages.  When walking to your car, try to keep one hand free. If you have too many packages, ask a trustworthy person for help or make several trips.  Always place your items out of sight, preferably in the trunk.  Never leave anything in your car at any time that can be seeen from the outside. Always, always lock your vehicle. If you notice anyone lurking around your vehicle, do not attempt to enter it.  Notify security.  Always look inside your vehicle, and around it, before attempting to enter it. Have your key ready and and if you have a remote fob with a panic button, be prepared to use it, if necessary.  Lock your doors as soon as you have entered your car.

 

 Remember:  As always, if you hear or see something, say something!!  Call the non-emergency police number at (703) 691-2131 immediately or 911 if it is an emergency.


 

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If you have any questions, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 703-644-5026, TTY 711. Please share this information with family, friends and community members.

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