Tax season is here! While many folks will have legitimate contact with their tax accountants and the IRS, we would like to remind you of recurring fraud schemes where scammers reach out to you. One of the most widespread attempts to come between you and your money is by use of phone calls to you where scammers claim to be representing the IRS. Many times, they will threaten you with a lawsuit or pending criminal action if you don't send payment immediately. These calls can be automated and recorded, directing you to call. Don't fall for these scams!
The IRS will not:
Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
Visit the IRS website for additional information on scams.
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Valentine's Day this Friday! But, please don't let any hearts be broken by driving under the influence and causing someone to be injured. If you are out celebrating the holiday with a loved one, make sure to get everyone home safely! That broken heart could even be your own, should you be arrested for DUI.
The votes are in and the name has been selected......We are excited to introduce K-9 Kaiser! The Arcadia Police Department would like to thank the students and staff of the Arcadia Unified School District for their participation.
Officer Cvetkovich and Kaiser are currently in K-9 school and will be ready for patrol in early May. We look forward to sharing their progress through their training and once they hit the streets. Please follow our K-9 program on their Instagram Page at @arcadiapolicek9.
Traffic collisions can be stressful and confusing. Take the time to be prepared ahead of time so that collecting information accurately and completely will be easy. Check with your insurance agent or a local body shop, sometimes they will supply you with a pre-printed checklist that you can keep in your glove box. Another resource is the DMV. There is a page devoted to collision information, including reporting requirements to the State. See theDMV page HERE.
The first thing to do is to check for injuries to you or any other involved driver or passenger. If someone is injured, call 9-1-1 and report the collision immediately. If there are injuries that require medical attention, leave the vehicles in place until police and fire personnel arrive.
If no one is hurt and the vehicles are able to be moved, remove them from the roadway. Pull to the side of the road, into a parking lot, or on to a side street - out of traffic. Evaluate the damage and if there is substantial damage or injury, the police should be called to the scene. If the damage is minor and no one is injured, exchanging information between drivers is acceptable. Most drivers believe that a police report is always required. This is NOT the case and some agencies will not even respond to minor collisions. Absent prosecution for major collisions, death, hit and run, unlicensed drivers etc, the police report is simply paperwork for the insurance companies.
When exchanging information, record the following:
•Date, time and location of the collision
•Name, address and phone numbers of all drivers and passengers
•Drivers license numbers for involved drivers
•Insurance company name, policy number, and policyholder for all drivers or vehicles
•Complete vehicle information of involved vehicles to include the license number, make, model, color, a description such as a pick-up, four-door, etc and the name of registered owner if different
•Description of any damage
•Photographs of damage, or lack thereof, other parties and scene if safe to do so
•Note lane position of each vehicle and where the vehicles were prior to and at time of the collision
•Note any unusual conditions such as inoperative lights, vision obstruction
•Note/photograph any physical evidence like skids or debris resulting from the collision
Remember, you must carry with you and present to a police officer, your driver's license, proof of insurance and current vehicle registration when stopped by an officer or involved in a collision.
In California, it is a crime to not stop if you are involved in a traffic collision. As mentioned above, usually traffic collisions are just paperwork for insurance companies. When you fail to stop when involved in a collision, you can be charged criminally. The fact that you don't have a valid driver's license or current auto insurance is not worth being charged with a Hit-and-Run.
Following Too Closely is the technical term for Tailgating. Unfortunately, this is a term that is all too often used in collision reports as the “Primary Collision Factor”. Maintaining distance between vehicles while driving is one main key to preventing collisions. Even the best driver, with great reaction time, still takes a moment to perceive the need to slow or stop, and then apply the vehicle brakes. With all the rain we have had recently, this is an important topic to think about.
Increasing following distance between vehicles can improve our ability to perceive a problem, apply brakes if needed or take some other evasive action. Time and distance is your friend when it comes to speed. As a young driver, you are taught about the Three Second Rule. Sometimes we forget this one important piece of advice. But maintaining a following distance of three seconds between vehicles will definitely increase your ability to avoid a rear-end collision. An alternate recommendation is to maintain a following distance of one car length per 10 mph while driving. So, if you are driving 65 mph on the freeway, you should be about 6-7 car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you.
Don’t be overconfident, either in your ability as a driver or in your vehicle. Remember these basic rules and greatly increase your chance to avoid a collision. Think about this; tailgating the car in front of you is not going to "push" them out of the way or down the road. Your disregard for safe following distance will only increase your chances of causing a collision. Take a breath, take your time and we'll all get there in one piece.
It is not uncommon for us to be asked what type of activity makes something suspicious. Or perhaps a caller is hesitant to call us for fear of knowing whether or not to report something. There is no absolute answer, but we would like to offer you some tips for provoking thought about what type of activity may be considered suspicious.
Click on the photo above and print out our handy cheat sheet for Suspicious Activity.
Remember, when in doubt, call us! If you See Something, Say Something!
We are excited to introduce the newest member of the Arcadia Police Department! This newest member is an almost three year old, pure bred, German Shepherd who arrived from Germany a few days ago. He will be joining our K-9 program along with his new partner Officer Nick Cvetkovich. Nick and his K-9 partner will spend the next 13 weeks in a training academy learning both patrol and narcotics detection skills.
So the big question is.....What is Officer Cvetkovic's partners name? As you are aware, our Police K-9 Program already has another dog named "Kota." Kota has become quite popular with our community in recent months, and we believe our newest K-9 will soon follow that same path. And what better way to introduce him to our community than to let our Arcadia students name him for us! Since we'd like both of our K-9s to have names that begin with the letter "K", we've narrowed down the choices for our newest K-9 to three names.
They are: Kasch (pronounced "Cash"), Kaiser, and Khan.
We will be providing pictures of our newest K-9 and the three names to the Arcadia Unified School District. Students from each elementary class and middle-school home room will vote on the names and provide the results to the school district. Once the votes are counted, the result will be provided to the police department. The formal announcement will be made on February 4th at the City Council meeting.
Please join us in welcoming the new additions to our K-9 Unit!