Thursday, June 27, 2013

Alert Arcadia!

The City of Arcadia's new mass emergency notification system, Alert Arcadia, enables the City to provide important information to you quickly during time-sensitive or emergency situations.

The City will send messages to you primarily in crisis situations, such as fire, earthquake, severe weather, or other similar local emergencies. Messages may include safety alerts and directions on what to do, shelter locations, and evacuation orders.

Once signed up, you will receive time-sensitive messages in ways you customize and specify, including home phone (landline or VoIP), cell phone, work phone, text message, or e-mail.

In addition, if you own an Apple or Android device, you can also view City messages and manage your account settings through a free app called Blackboard MyConnect.

You decide the best ways for the City to alert you and who the City should alert. For example, you may add the contact information of your adult children or relatives, whether or not they live in Arcadia. Alternatively, family members may register directly and sign up for their own Alert Arcadia account.

Sign up for Alert Arcadia today. Stay informed.

We will still make use of other valuable platforms to deliver relevant and emergency information to the community!  Take advantage of Nixle, Twitter @ArcadiaPD, Nextdoor, Facebook, and stay connected with APD!  By using multiple platforms, we are able to reach the widest group of folks in our community - information you want, delivered through a platform you use.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Weekly Activity Highlights for June 16-22, 2013

Weekly Tip - All Fireworks are Prohibited in Arcadia

With fireworks stands popping up in some surrounding communities, we would like to remind everyone, use or possession of any form of fireworks is illegal in the City of Arcadia. In addition to our officers watching for violations, the Arcadia Fire Department will also have area patrols through the 4th of July holiday. Violations may result in arrest or citation, and seizure of all fireworks.

The best and safest source of 4th of July entertainment can be found at a professional fireworks show. Check HERE for a list of shows throughout Los Angeles County (updated annually near the 4th).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Attempted Murder - News Release

Incident:  Attempted Murder  

Contact:  Watch Commander – (626) 574-5156

Date / Time of Press Release:  June 25, 2013 – 4:45 P.M.

On June 25, 2013, at about 1:38 PM, the Police Department received 9-1-1 calls with people reporting shots fired in the area of Lovell Avenue just south of Duarte Road. Witnesses reported that the suspect and victim vehicles left the area. A vehicle window had been shot out.

Officers responded to the area and confirmed that a shooting had taken place. The male adult victim later returned to the scene of the shooting. The victim said that he had been standing on the east sidewalk and the suspect stopped his vehicle on Lovell Avenue. The victim and suspect exchanged words, and the victim thought the suspect was about to shoot at him. The victim ducked, the suspect shot at him, and the victim’s vehicle was struck. The victim was not hit by the shots. The motive of this shooting is still under investigation.   

The suspect was described as a male, African-American, with a medium build, in his early 30’s, wearing a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt, and he used an unknown weapon. The vehicle was described as a 2006, black, four-door, Toyota sedan.

This incident is being investigated by Arcadia Police Department Detectives. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5151, case #13-2988

If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip page at
Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Tom Cullen, Lieutenant

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Weekly Tip - Speed Trap?

Officers are often asked questions about speeding and speed enforcement. The best answer is to obey the speed limits and you will never have a problem. Too often, drivers feel that because the "flow" of traffic is faster, or "everyone" is speeding, then it is perhaps OK to drive fast. The DMV does a nice job of summarizing and explaining speed limits in California.

A phrase that is often tossed around but not understood is "speed trap". Many drivers feel when a speed limit appears to be posted too low or an Officer is perceived to be "hiding", then this equates to a speed trap - not so. California and Federal law dictate how roadway speed limits are posted. If radar or laser is used for speed enforcement, roadways require speed surveys. Contrary to what a particular website will profess, the usual belief that you have fallen victim to a speed trap is false. Arcadia has many entries on the site and it demonstrates that we are making an impact with high visibility enforcement.

For questions about traffic related activity or requests for directed enforcement in a particular area, call the APD Traffic Bureau at (626) 574-5475.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day 2013

"Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever." ~Author Unknown

The Arcadia Police Department would like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all dads, and to anyone who has the role of a father in a child's life!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Home Invasion Robbery - News Release

Incident: Robbery – Home Invasion

Date and Time of Release: June 14, 2013, 02:45 AM

On June 13, 2013, at approximately 11:44 PM, the Arcadia Police Department received a call of a robbery that took place at a residence located in the 500 block of east Norman Avenue. When the officers arrived at the residence, it was confirmed that a home invasion robbery had occurred. There were initially two victims at the residence who were tied up and blindfolded as the suspects ransacked the home. Three additional victims arrived home at the residence while the crime was in progress and they too were tied up and blindfolded. Two of the five victims were males and they were struck by the suspects. They sustained minor injuries. They were treated at the scene by the Arcadia Fire Department paramedics. The female victims were not harmed. All of the victims are adults.

Based on the preliminary investigation, there were five suspects and at least one suspect was armed with a handgun. The suspects fled with the victims’ passports, personal electronic devices, laptops, jewelry and cash. The suspects also took the victims’ car keys; however, their vehicles were not stolen.

The case is currently under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150, case #13-2781.

You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Roy Nakamura, Lieutenant – Operations Division

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Weekly Activity Highlights for June 2 - 8, 2013

Weekly Tip - Safe and Sober Graduation

Congratulations to all the graduates in the Class of 2013. Arcadia High School will celebrate their commencemnt on Friday evening, June 14, 2013. The Arcadia Police Department wishes to remind all graduates and their parents of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Please stay sober during your celebration and never drink and drive.

Remember, California law prohibits anyone under the age of 21 to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.01%. Anyone under 21 years of age consuming any amount of alcohol is prohibited from driving

Live beyond graduation - Don't Drink and Drive!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Attempted Bank Robbery

Arcadia Police Officers were called to the Citibank located at 100 South First Avenue, Arcadia, shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2013, regarding an attempted robbery.

A lone male suspect entered the bank at about 1:21 p.m. and approached a teller. The suspect showed the teller a small black case which he said contained a bomb. The suspect demanded money and said the device would detonate if the teller did not comply. The teller said the suspect grew impatient and appeared nervous, leaving the location on foot before taking any cash. The suspect was in the bank for only a few minutes.

The suspect is described as a male Caucasian, 23-30 years old, brown hair, about 5’-06”, 160 lbs, wearing a red long sleeve sweater and tan baggy shorts.

Anyone with information on this crime is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150.

If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.

Refer case #13-2579.

Robert Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Tom Le Veque

Weekly Tip - Pool & Water Safety

Summer is upon us and one of the biggest attractions during this time of year is the swimming pool. Unfortunately, our pools are also one the leading contributors to accidents, injury and death in the home. Children love water and a pool is an inviting place, not only in the summer, but throughout the year for a young child. That is why there are rules and regulations that apply to all residential swimming pools. Fences, alarms, clearance, self-closing gates and latches, are just some of the requirements. Visit your local City website and view the municipal code requirements or call your local City Hall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a handout available on-line that gives excellent tips for pool safety. See the City of Arcadia website and other sources, such as the Red Cross, for additional tips and resources available on the web.

In addition to the physical requirements, remember to always be aware of your young childs where abouts when pools are near. Even if they know how to swim, keep an eye on them. Set rules for your children about not using the pool without adult supervision, keep toys and other inviting objects away from the pool when not in use, always have a phone available near the pool, keep pool gates locked and shut when not using them, do not place ladders or chairs against the outside of a pool fence. Learn basic safety techniques and take a CPR class. Be proactive and prevent accidents before they happen!

Summer time is also a time for outdoor gatherings and hosting a pool party. Never assume your child is being watched. Appoint someone to be the "pool monitor" at all times. Time is not on your side with a drowning victim. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. Answering the phone, getting another drink, grabbing a snack, all allow time for a drowning. Be responsible and be always aware of what is happening in the pool! If a child is missing, the first place to look should be the pool. In the event of an emergency, immediately call 9-1-1.