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 October 20, 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, November 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Topic/Speaker: Detective Ryan Young will conduct a presentation on "Scams & Cons".

Contact: wscacmailbox@gmail.com 

 

Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Training:

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Little Run Elementary School
4511 Olley Lane
Sponsored by Rutherford Neighborhood Watch

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Lake Braddock Community Center
9528 Ashbourn Drive
Sponsosred by Lake Braddock Neighborhood Watch

Car Seat Checks
October 23
November 13, 20
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.


Do you know:

What you should put on your night table prior to retiring?  No, it is not a gun, mace, pepper spray or your cell phone. It’s your car keys. If you are one of the folks who has a car alarm and live in a single family house or your parking space is close to your dwelling, it can be a great burglar alarm. You have heard that very few people pay much attention to car alarms, but one going off in the middle of the night is usually enough to wake a neighbor or two. Should you experience a break-in during the middle of the night, a honking car horn or alarm is usually enough to frighten a burglar. You should check the panic button on your car key from your bedside to make sure it will activate your car alarm. This method will work even if the car is in your garage and not in the street.

That you should lock your car doors and set your alarm even though it is in your locked garage?  Your garage is easier for a thief to get into than your house.  And if entered, your car will certainly present a target of opportunity.  So always lock your car, regardless of where you park it.

What the red flag in your mailbox does besides alerting the mail carrier?  It also indicates to a thief that there may be something of value in the box. When you place a bill in your mailbox, it will most probably contain a check. The check can be altered and never mailed leaving you with a late bill which you will not know about until the following month. Some thieves will salvage your bank account number and other valuable information, then mail the check on to the intended recipient. You will probably not realize this has even happened but one day, you may find that your identity has been stolen. Always mail bills and other important items at the Post Office or at a locked Postal box.

That you should remove your keys and preferably lock your car doors when getting gas?  This is especially important if you fill your car from the passenger side. It takes only a few seconds for a thief to slip behind the wheel and take off with your vehicle leaving you with the nozzle in your hand. Many folks walk off leaving the nozzle in the filler which gives the thief an even greater opportunity to steal something of value . Locking your car doors is important, since even if the thief is not after your vehicle, your purse, cell phone, laptop or other valuable items are a tempting target and takes just a few seconds to remove.  

That you should lock your house doors when you are doing yard work? That includes your garage door. You are usually paying too much attention to your task to allow you to keep watch on your doors. Even if you are watching your doors and just walk around to another portion of the yard for just a second, you will typically stay longer than you planned.  This gives a thief a chance to slip-in an unlocked door. This type of thief will typically grab a credit card or cash and you may not realize that you have been victimized until the thief is long gone. 

 

 Remember:  As always, 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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