Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Police Notes for Buckingham Dec. 12, 2007

Police released their annual holiday safety reminder yesterday. Here it is in full (scroll past this for this week's crime log):

The Arlington County Police Department is reminding residents to keep their guard up during the holiday shopping season. Robberies and thefts often increase around the holidays, and it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your property.

  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. There’s been a recent spike in vehicle break-ins and in many cases the thieves were after GPS devices, iPods and other valuable items.
  • Keep packages and shopping bags hidden from view. If possible, place them in the trunk before you get to where you’re going to park.
  • Park in well lit areas & always lock your car doors.
  • Don’t leave your car running and unattended, even in a driveway.
  • Avoid carrying a large amount of cash. Carry only those credit cards you intend to use.
  • Women should carry purses close to the body, with the opening or flap to the inside. Never leave a purse in a shopping cart.
  • After the holidays, don’t put the boxes of high-dollar gift items out by the trash. That advertises that you’ve got the new items in your home. Break down the boxes, turn them inside out, or discard them in bags or a trash receptacle.
  • Guard against burglaries by securely locking all of your home’s doors and windows. If you have dead-bolt locks, use them.
  • If you are traveling for the holidays, have a friend or neighbor collect your mail and newspapers or have your service suspended while you are away.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Report anything or anyone suspicious that you observe. Over the Thanksgiving holiday vandals damaged dozens of parked cars on Arlington streets, and residents are urged to call 911 immediately if they witness criminal activity. A vehicle description or license plate number could help officers quickly catch the perpetrators.

    Dec. 7: Indecent Exposure, 4400 block N. 4th Rd. Around 11:36 p.m., a 25-year-old woman was in the laundry room in an apartment building when a man knocked on the window and began masturbating. K-9 did a track but the suspect had fled the scene. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-twenties, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 pounds, with shaggy black hair, wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt. The investigation is ongoing.


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