Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Weekly Tip - Dangers of Deep Frying Your Turkey

Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
Thanks to the US Fire Administration for the safety info. Take a look at their webpage for additional tips.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 15 - 21, 2015

Holiday DUI Enforcement Operations

Contact:  Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo – 626-574-5475

DUI Enforcement Operations Planned

Arcadia, CA - Officers from the Arcadia Police Department’s Traffic Bureau will be deploying to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the Department’s ongoing traffic safety campaign.  DUI Saturation Patrols will deploy on November 25, 2015 between the hours of 6:00 PM and 2:00 AM in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and/or arrests.

In California, this deadly crime led to 867 deaths and over 23,000 serious injuries in 2013 because someone failed to designate a sober driver.  Nationally, the latest data shows over 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver. Over the course of the past three years officers have investigated 119 DUI collisions which has resulted in 76 people being injured.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role.  They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. 

The cost of a ride home is cheap, nothing compared to a $10,000 DUI conviction and the ‘inconvenience’ of not driving your own car home is nothing compared to the inconvenience of spending time behind bars.

Funding for this DUI operation is provided to the Arcadia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to ‘Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1.

Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo
Traffic Sergeant

Don’t forget to visit the Arcadia Police Department News & Information Blog or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Nixle for other pertinent news and information.  Remember, the solution begins with you!

New City of Arcadia Website - Update Your Bookmarks

The City launched a new and improved website last week. With the site comes new Department pages and links. Please take a moment to view the new website and update your bookmarks or favorites. You can find the new APD page at

WANTED - Turkey on the Loose

WANTED: Loose turkey trying to escape Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2015

APD Records Section Closed for Thanksgiving

The Records Section of the Arcadia Police Department will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015.  The Records Section will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015.

The lobby will be accessible for emergency assistance and weekend parking permits from the Topek machine. We will NOT be citing for Overnight Parking on Thanksgiving night.  A parking permit is not required Thursday night to Friday morning, November 26-27, 2015.  Overnight Parking Enforcement will resume on Friday night and permits will be required.

Please see the following post for daily operating hours in the Records Section: 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

ROAD CLOSURES - 62nd Annual Festival of Bands

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, the City of Arcadia is hosting the 62nd Annual Festival of Bands Parade. Forty high school bands will compete in this prestigious event. There will be a number of street closures associated with the event that may affect vehicular travel.  Street closures will be as follows:

-  Baldwin Avenue between Huntington Drive and Naomi Avenue – CLOSED for vehicular traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

-   Duarte Road between Golden West and El Monte Avenue – CLOSED of vehicular traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

-  Campus Drive between Santa Anita Avenue and Holly Avenue – CLOSED from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Residents living south of Huntington Drive, north of Duarte Road, east of Baldwin Avenue, and west of Holly Avenue are asked to use the intersection of La Cadena Avenue and Huntington Drive as the primary entrance and exit from the area.  Other residents will be allowed into the surrounding areas with proof of residency.

Please visit the Arcadia Music Club site for additional information and order of band participation.

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 8 - 14, 2015

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weekly Tip - When Should I Get My Child a Cell Phone?

A question plaguing many parents is the topic of when to get a cell phone for their child. The answer is not a clear one at all, but rather based on many individual factors about the child and family needs. offers a nice guide with tips and information to consider before diving into a cell phone purchase for your child.

"There are lots of things to think about when parents consider buying kids their first cellphones. Of course the “right time” and the right phone vary by child, his or her maturity level and the family budget. Some parents want their young children to have a phone so they can call or be reached at any time. Others prefer to wait till they're teens. Factors to consider include: whether a child can use a phone with respect for the device, your rules and the people they interact with on it; if he or she can stay within the usage allowances included in the service plan and whether the child knows when to turn the phone off (e.g., at bedtime)."

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Attempted Murder Arrest at Arcadia Home

Incident:  Attempted Murder

Contact:  Watch Commander – (626) 574-5156

Date / Time of Press Release:  November 11, 2015 – 7:30 A.M.

On Wednesday November 10, 2015, at about 10:33 PM, Arcadia Police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of South Second Avenue. The call was regarding a possible fight amongst the residents of the home, and the suspect was armed with a knife. Officers determined the suspect was holding an elderly woman hostage inside the residence. The suspect eventually walked outside, and was taken into custody without incident. Officers went inside, and found the victim suffering from lacerations that were not life-threatening. Arcadia Fire Department Paramedics provided immediate medical aid, and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment.

The suspect was identified as Michael James Burbank, a 56-year-old resident of Arcadia. Burbank was charged with violations of PC 664/187(a) – Attempted Murder, PC 207(a) – Kidnapping, PC 210.5 – Taking a Hostage, PC 236 – False Imprisonment, and PC 368(b)(1) – Elder Abuse. Burbank was booked at the Arcadia Police Department and transferred to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for housing. Burbank’s bail is $500,000, and his County Booking Number is 4497739.

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 #1505623. 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 web page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Tom Cullen, Lieutenant

Weekly Tip - Lock Your Car...Please!

Limiting the criminal's opportunity and ability to commit a crime is a great step toward crime prevention and doing your best to not be victimized.

In recent weeks, we have had a number of thefts from vehicles reported. A common denominator in these thefts were that folks left windows down and vehicles unlocked. Whether parking in your driveway, garage, or in a parking lot, take the time to Lock Your Car...Please!

Leaving keys inside a vehicle also provides great opportunity to have a car stolen. Convenience is usually an excuse, especially with some newer models with push button starts and proximity remotes, or some who simply toss their keys onto the floorboard.

Help yourself from becoming a victim! Lock It, Hide It, Keep It!

Veterans Day 2015 - Honoring Those Who Served

Please join us in honoring and saying thanks to all who have served our Nation.
Happy Veterans Day 2015!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 1 - 7, 2015

Annual Appreciation Lunch from the Arcadia Chinese Association

A big "Thank You" to members of the Arcadia Police Department came today in the form of an early Thanksgiving lunch, provided by the Arcadia Chinese Association.  Chief Guthrie was joined by members of the ACA and ACA President Francine Chiu for a photo before lunch.  ACA President Chiu took a moment to express gratitude to members of the Department and say "Thank You" for our service.  Thanks to the ACA for the great lunch and for taking the time to honor members of our Department! 

Recurring Road Closure for Downtown Arcadia Street Market

The Downtown Arcadia Street Market is once again a happening spot in Arcadia on Saturdays!

To accommodate the Street Market, First Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Huntington Drive and Santa Clara Streets, from 3:00 p.m. to midnight, on Saturdays.

For additional information on this and other events, visit the Downtown Arcadia site.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Weekly Activity Highlights for October 25 - 31, 2015

Weekly Tip - Help Prevent Package Theft!

Are you beginning to order Christmas presents over the phone, via the Internet, or by mail? Chances are that those packages will be delivered straight to your front porch. The majority of deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your door, even if no one is home to accept them. This time of year brings out those looking for a crime of opportunity as well as those thieves that actually target your delivery. Thieves will follow or watch for the UPS, Fed Ex or other delivery trucks and then target a home after a delivery is made.

Here are some suggestions for helping to prevent a theft of your packages:
  • Use your workplace as the shipping address.
  • Track your shipments by phone or on-line so you know what day they should arrive.
  • Ask you neighbor to watch for your delivery and then hold the items until you arrive home.
  • Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons and vehicles sitting or cruising the area. See Something, Say Something!
  • Request a signature delivery option, if available.
  • Have the shipment be held at the shipping facility such as a UPS office.
  • Utilize a "mailbox" businesses in your town and see if they will accept shipment of your item for a fee.
  • If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, then report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and your local police.
These tips are good year round, not just at holiday time!