Beware of phone calls claiming to be the “Arlington Sheriff’s Department” threatening your arrest and demanding immediate posting of a cash bond using cash cards. It is, of course, a scam. ACPD Crime Prevention and Safety Programs webpage.
Police Foot Chase 10th & Irving
The Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit announced the arrest of 2 suspects in vehicle-related property crimes. At approximately 5:30 AM on Oct 12 police observed a vehicle with 2 subjects walking alongside and appearing to look into parked vehicles in the area of 10th & Wilson. After a police chase the suspect’s vehicle became inoperable at 10th & Irving. Following a brief foot pursuit 2 of the 4 were taken into custody. The other 2 remain at large.
The method of theft is consistent with other vehicle-related property crimes reported in Arlington: perpetrators check vehicle door handles and enter unlocked vehicles. News Release Lock your doors!
Arlington Bans Firearms in County Buildings, Parks & Special Events
The restrictions will apply where the County has posted notice at entrances to buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at entrances to events. News Release
County Not Enforcing COVID Restrictions
Virginia’s Phase 3 Executive Order restricts mass gatherings to 50% of event space capacity or 250 people, whichever is smaller and requires face coverings in public settings. Further, the Arlington County Board adopted an emergency ordinance on July 31 prohibiting congregation of more than 3 people in posted areas (primarily in Clarendon and Rosslyn).
A spokesperson for the County told DCist that ACPD has not issued any citations for mass gatherings, congregating, or people flouting rules regarding mask-wearing. DCist County officials seem wracked by self doubt whether anything they do will be effective: choosing to give lip service to protecting public health, but choosing not to act.
County Board Member Garvey told the Washington Post “I don’t know that we should keep our schools closed in order to keep our bars and restaurants opened.”
Meanwhile, the County has permitted a large street fair in Clarendon for Sept 5-6 (Labor Day weekend), which will likely spill over into Lyon Village. ARLnow
31 Vehicles Stolen in July
Motor vehicle thefts are on the rise. Thieves are targeting cars left running unattended and parked with keys left inside. Of the 31 vehicles stolen in July, 9 were running unattended and 12 were unlocked with keys left inside. The victims are often food delivery drivers who return from their delivery to find their vehicle has been stolen. News Release
ACPD Use-of-Force Complaints Rise in 2019
There were 67 use of force complaints involving 150 officers processed by ACPD Office of Professional Responsibility in 2019. Citizens were injured in 48 of the incidents. Hospital care was necessary for 22 citizens. Officers were injured in 26, with hospital care necessary for 8 officers. Only 1 complaint was determined to violate ACPD policy. There were 7 civil actions filed against Arlington County Police personnel. ACPD 2019 Annual Report
Police Expand Online Incident Report System
The Arlington County Police Department is expanding its online reporting system to allow more police reports to be filed online. Members of the public can now file reports of minor property damage crashes online. The online form is now also available in Spanish.
File Police Report Online
Is a helicopter repeatedly flying around your home? Don’t be tempted to step outside for a look. Its probably the police searching for a suspected criminal at large in your neighborhood.
ACPD asks that the public report non-emergency incidents using its online reporting system.
To report in-progress crimes call 703-558-2222 or 9-1-1 in emergency.
All police operations remain fully functional. Officers continue to proactively patrol the County and respond to in-progress crimes and emergency calls where there is an immediate threat to life, health or property.
The public may observe officers wearing protective gear such as gloves, masks or eye protection to help reduce possible exposure.
Another Vehicle Break-In Arrest
Responding to a citizen report, Arlington police discovered a man inside a vehicle. During the course of the investigation it was determined that the suspect had also gained entry to two other vehicles in the area. A 68 year-old D.C. man was arrested, charged, and is being held on no bond. Among the charges is a charge of carrying burgler tools.
Police determined that on February 2, 3, and 10, the two suspects forced entry into three vehicles parked in the 1400 block of Key Boulevard by smashing the cars’ windows. The suspects then allegedly stole personal property. Felony warrants have been obtained for two suspects. Both are being held in D.C. pending extradition to the Virginia.
Utilizing various investigative resources, including witness accounts and surveillance video captured in the area, detectives developed information on possible suspects.
To help residents keep their vehicles and property safe, the Arlington County Police Department is sharing ways we can work together to reduce and prevent property crimes in our community.
The identification and apprehension of suspects is just one step in reducing crimes of opportunity. Thieves are looking for easy, low effort opportunities to steal. Thieves often target multiple unlocked vehicles parked on streets, in driveways and in garages to rummage through personal property and steal items of value as well as vehicles with keys left inside.
Method of Theft
Larcenies from auto are often crimes of opportunity with thieves taking advantage of unsecured doors and windows to steal items left unattended or out in plain view.
Based on surveillance video, witness accounts, interviews with victims and interviews with suspects apprehended in past cases, the evidence suggests that the suspect(s) are trying door handles and entering those vehicles that are found to be unlocked.
Arlington County Police, as well as our regional law enforcement partners, do not have any confirmed cases in which thieves have entered vehicles using sophisticated electronic technology.
When and Where Thefts Occur
Larcenies from auto have been reported in nearly all neighborhoods across Arlington County, typically during the overnight hours and can occur on any day of the week. Suspects will often commit a series of larcenies from auto by targeting numerous vehicles at a time.
The Department is deploying electronic signboards in various locations throughout the County as a high-visibility community reminder to lock vehicles and safeguard personal property. The signboards are part of a public awareness campaign and will be periodically moved to different neighborhoods to help spread important crime prevention messaging.
A signboard deployed in your neighborhood doesn’t necessarily mean that larcenies from auto have been reported in the area.
Take Action with these Crime Prevention Tips
No matter where you live, follow these crime prevention tips to help reduce the likelihood for criminal activity.
Never assume your home or neighborhood is immune from criminal activity as criminals will purposely seek out homes or neighborhoods that they believe present easy targets.
● Close and lock all windows and doors when you park. Pull on the door handle to verify it’s locked.
● Keep your garage door closed and locked. If a thief can get into a vehicle, they can have access to a garage door opener and can gain access to your home.
● Park in well-lit areas and activate exterior lights at your home.
● Never leave the area while your vehicle is running. Doing so is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
● Take all valuables out of your vehicle.
● Do not leave your keys, key fobs, or valet keys in your vehicle. This includes keys to a secondary vehicle.
● Consider installing effective home surveillance cameras. Be mindful that if a home surveillance system captures a larceny from auto in progress, they do not always provide the overwhelming evidence needed to prosecute a case.
● Participate in the #9PMRoutine and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to do so too.
Report Suspicious Activity to Police for Investigation
Arlington County Police officers proactively patrol Arlington’s neighborhoods to identify and prevent criminal activity.
The department’s efforts are enhanced by the active involvement of residents. When residents call to report suspicious activity, they aid not only the police, but help make their neighborhoods a safer place to live and work.
Suspicious activity is an occurrence that is out of place in your neighborhood. Common suspicious activity factors in larcenies from auto cases include observing individual(s) looking into your or your neighbors’ cars, individual(s) walking down the street and trying multiple vehicle door handles, and vehicles with open doors with the interior dome lights on.
Factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. The public should report only suspicious behavior and situations rather than beliefs, thoughts, ideas or expressions.
Residents observing suspicious activity should contact the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.
If you see a suspect in your vehicle, do not approach them and dial 9-1-1 immediately.
Captain W. Vincent, Arlington County Police Department
App to Report Traffic Safety Violators
Starting up in DC now. Hopefully Arlington will follow.
The Our Streets app allows users report traffic safety violations directly to DC government. The app connects to the complaint system at DC’s DFHV (Department of For-Hire Vehicles, which regulates taxi and ride-hailing companies).
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Another pedestrian struck: Washington Blvd
The stretch of Washington Blvd between N. Quincy St and Glebe Rd near Ballston has been the site of several serious pedestrian collisions. Some pedestrians have said cars often do not stop for them along this four-lane road, even in crosswalks. Please observe extra caution along this stretch of Washington Blvd.
There is now a low-tech, fast, easy, and cheap ($11 at Amazon) way to break into cars. Leaves no marks. Afterwards it will look like you failed to lock your car.
Vehicle theft is a multi-billion-dollar crime that costs victims time and money. According to the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Reporting Program, there was an estimated 773,139 thefts of motor vehicles nationwide in 2017. Motor vehicle thefts in Arlington rose 15% last year (ACPD 2018 report).
By educating yourself on the common methods of theft and taking some simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of having your vehicle become a target.
Recap from Sept 9, 2019 General Meeting
Thanks to Sgt. Tom Rakowski and Officer Kristen Oesterling of the The Arlington County Police Department who spoke to LVCA members at the Sept 9 General Meeting.
- Do not hesitate to call if you see something suspicious or are fearful. Your calls help ACPD fight crime. Do not assume someone else will call. Think about what could happen if you fail to call.
Over the summer, there have been several car break-ins in Lyon Village. It is a crime of opportunity. The thieves are typically out late at night looking for cars with unlocked doors and visible valuables. When you exit your car, be sure to always lock it and don’t leave any valuables inside. Try to leave your car parked in a lighted area and be attentive to any suspicious activity.
If you see or hear something, call the police immediately, either on the non-emergency number 703-558-2222 or 911 for emergencies.
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The next LVCA General Meeting will take place at the Community House at 8:00 pm on Monday, Sept 9, 2019.
- Police Update
- Home Renovations for Aging in Place
There were 9 reported break-ins of unlocked vehicles on Friday night on Key, Highland, Johnson, and 17th. Many more have been reported in the past few months within Lyon Village.
Be sure to keep parked vehicles locked and not leave valuables in them.
Police request that you contact Officer Black #1662 at email@example.com if you…
- Have any security camera video from Friday night/Saturday morning that shows attempted or actual break-ins or of a dark sedan dropping off possible perpetrators.
- If you find any belongings dumped in your yard.
The Case Number is 2019-07200138
The intersection of Lee Hwy (Rt 29) and N Kirkwood St floods frequently so is best avoided during periods of heavy rain. Flooding at Lee & Kirkwood on July 8 disabled several cars. Arlington Police reported 25 water rescue calls county-wide during the morning of July 8.
Unfortunately, there are few alternatives when this intersection is impassable. Probably the best is to go the long way around via Wilson/Clarendon Blvds or N 13th St.
As flooding is expected to become more frequent, remember that it is unwise to drive through deep water. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your car away.
Avoid parking in low-lying areas when storms are forecast.
Recently there have been some bicycle thefts in the Clarendon area. Protect your bike from theft. U-locks are the most effective locks to use. When leaving your bike in a public area always secure the bike to a bike rack or other immovable object even if just for a short time. When at home, secure your bike in a safe location such as a locked garage or other inside location.