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 August 3, 2014

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, September 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Topic/Speaker: The World Police & Fire Games - Summer 2015

Location: 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, Virginia 22152

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Topic/Speaker: Community Outreach Liaison for the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management

Location: 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, Virginia 22152

Contact: wscacmailbox@gmail.com 

 

Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Training:

   Wednesday, August 13th at 7:30 p.m.
   Robinson High School
   5035 Sideburn Road
   (in the Gold Cafateria)
   Hosted by the Kings Park West Neighborhood Watch

   Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m.
   Pohick Library
   6450 Sydenstricker Road
   (in the meeting room)
   Hosted by the Edgewater and Orange Hunt Neighborhood Watches

Car Seat Checks
July 10, 31
August 7, 14
September 18, 25
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.


 

The Scenario: Your phone: Ring, ring ,,, You answer: Hello?  The scam begins.  Hi, I'm calling from Microsoft to advise you that your computer is infected with a virus that is causing problems with your internet service provider.  

By this time, you should have hung up!  If you don't, the caller will inform you that if you don't install a program of some sort immediately on your computer, it will be easy for outsiders to raid your computer, destroy all the information on your hard drive, and make it impossible for you to access the Internet.  They will go on to detail other horrors that might befall your computer and your personal information if you don't take immediate action.

Of course, the scammer just happens to have a program you can download (for a price) that will take care of the problem.  But to get it, you will be asked to send a sum of money in exchange for an Internet address of a site where you can download the progam.  If you give the caller any personal information, a credit card or bank account number, you will lose your money instantly.  Should you be lucky enough to receive an address for the download and install the program on your computer, you will open everything stored on your computer to the scammer.

Never give any information or money to a caller you don't know.  If you are concerned about what the caller tells you, hang up.  Access the company website directly using an Internet address or phone number that you found by your own research.  Do not ever call a phone number or access a website that a caller gives you without independent verification.

 

The Scenario: Yet another scam for concern.

Your phone rings and you answer it as in the example above.

The caller informs you that you have missed your jury duty and are subject to arrest.  You tell the caller that you have never received a summons for jury duty.  He or she tells you that there may have been a record keeping mistake, but to clear it up, they will need certain personal information like your Social Security number and possibly banking information or a credit card number.  Hang up without giving this person any personal information.

Any time that you are notified for jury duty, you will receive an official summons from the Clerk of the Court on official stationery or a court form.  This will always come in the mail, or in rare instances, it will be given to you by a uniformed Deputy Sheriff.  You will never receive a jury duty summons on the phone.  Should you have any questions about the summons, call the Clerk of the Court issuing it.  Before calling, independently verify the correct phone number. 

 

Is Your House Safe?:

If you are working in your yard, always lock your doors, including the garage door.  This may seem unnecessary or to be a major inconvenience, but it only takes a thief a few seconds to slip into an unguarded entrance.  Once inside, it is easy for a burglar to grab a purse, wallet or other small items of value and be long gone before you discover that you had an unwelcomed visitor.  As always, if you notice suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood, get a good description and call the non-emergency police number (703-691-2131) immediately.

In like manner, never leave your automatic remote control garage door opener in your vehicle.  This is especially true if you leave your car unsecured and unattended.  A thief can easily steal your remote and visit your house later while you're at work, at church, or some other activity in your daily routine.  So how does the criminal find out where you live?  Look in your glove compartment.  Most people keep their auto registration, insurance card, and other documentation that contains your address in this location.

 Remember:  If you hear or see something, say something!!  Call the non-emergency police number at (703) 691-2131 immediately!

 

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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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