Friday, December 18, 2015

Package Thieves Take the Bait - GPS Tracking Device Program

The holiday season is a time known for being with family and friends and for gift giving.  As the holidays draw nearer, the number of packages ordered, shipped and received increases dramatically.  Would-be thieves are aware of this, and often roam residential neighborhoods looking for easy targets of opportunity.  The Arcadia Police Department is committed to reducing property crimes this holiday season by taking a proactive approach to catch criminals as they commit crimes.

The police department has procured a number of GPS tracking devices in an effort to accomplish this goal.  Detectives are partnering with citizens and local businesses and placing bait packages equipped with tracking devices, which notify police personnel when packages have been stolen.  This technology allows officers to locate suspects with a high degree of accuracy, in order to stop criminals from continuing their crime spree.  Thus far, Arcadia Officers have arrested four (4) career criminals for thefts, by using this new technology.  In our most recent case, officers discovered a number of other packages that had been stolen from Arcadia residents, in addition to the bait package deployed by the police department.  This arrest ensured the items intended to be received by our residents were delivered in time for the holidays.  If you wish to partner with the police department to stop crime in your neighborhood this holiday season, and beyond, please contact Detective Sergeant Brett Bourgeous at (626) 574-5163. 

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Brett Bourgeous, Sergeant

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