Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for September 18 - 24, 2016

Weekly Tip - Secure Your Safe!

Safes of all sizes have become readily available for use at home. Whether you are looking to safeguard valuables, weapons, or paperwork, there are many factors to consider when choosing the type of safe your will purchase. Take the time to research this information before you shop!

Once you have the safe, now you need to properly secure it in your home. Most safes are designed to be bolted down to floors, heavy duty shelves, or some stationary object like a wall stud. It is important to secure the safe in order to discourage removal from the location. Just like your home, you want to harden the target and make it as difficult to open or remove as possible. Unfortunately, our officers have taken burglary reports where home safes have simply been lifted up, easily removed, and then taken from the location by the thieves.

An online search will reveal many companies offering constructive suggestions and instruction on how to secure a safe within your home or business. Tips on selecting a location can also be found. Bottom line...if you invest in a safe, take the steps necessary to properly secure it in your home!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Great Turnout for Coffee with a Cop at Arcadia Elk's Lodge

Members of Arcadia Elk's Lodge #2025 were gracious enough to host Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with folks from our community. The Elk's served a buffet breakfast to over 174 people during the event. Please visit the APD Facebook page for additional photos of the event.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Weekly Activity Highlights for September 11 - 17, 2016

Weekly Tip - Spot the Tot! Prevent Backovers!

Children can be injured or killed by backover incidents. Most often, these unfortunate situations are preventable. ALWAYS take the time to look behind and around your vehicle before backing, especially in familiar places like your own driveway.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some tips to prevent backover incidents:

  • Teach children not to play in or around cars.
  • Supervise children carefully when in and around vehicles.
  • Always walk around your vehicle and check the area around it before backing up.
  • Be aware of small children-the smaller a child, the more likely it is you will not see them.
  • Teach children to move away from a vehicle when a driver gets in it or if the car is started.
  • Have children in the area stand to the side of the driveway or sidewalk so you can see them as you are backing out of a driveway or parking space.
  • Make sure to look behind you while backing up slowly in case a child dashes behind your vehicle unexpectedly.
  • Take extra care if you drive a large vehicle because they are likely to have bigger blind zones. Roll down your windows while backing out of your driveway or parking space so that you'll be able to hear what is happening outside of your vehicle.
  • Teach your children to keep their toys and bikes out of the driveway.
  • Because kids can move unpredictably, you should actively check your mirrors while backing up.
  • Many cars are equipped with detection devices like backup cameras or warning sounds, but they cannot take the place of you actively walking around your car to make sure your children are safely out of the way. Do not rely solely on these devices to detect what's behind your vehicle.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Coffee with a Cop TOMORROW at Arcadia Elk's Lodge

Join your neighbors and officers for coffee and conversation. No agendas, no speeches. Our Mobile Command Post will be on display and the Elk's are providing a complimentary buffet breakfast. For additional information, contact APD Community Affairs at 626.821.2648. TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 21st, 8:00-10:00 am. Parking to the rear off Morlyn Pl.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Weekly Tip - Get a Car Seat Check-Up!

The week of September 18-24, 2016, is National Child Passenger Safety Week. This week serves as a reminder to parents and everyone who transports kids to make sure that they are properly fitted for their car/booster seats and seat belts. Visit the website for safety tips and information on where you can find a seat check station. Locally, the California Highway Patrol, Baldwin Park Station, and the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, both offer child seat inspections, by appointment.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Arcadia American Legion Post 247 Supporting 1st Responders

A big thanks to our Arcadia American Legion Post 247 for the wonderful breakfast in support of 1st Responders! Our Patrol Officers enjoyed a great meal and friendship! Please visit our APD Facebook page for a few more photos.

Never Forget!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Weekly Tip - Get to Know Pasadena Humane Society

The Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA (PHS) is the primary animal care and control service for the City of Arcadia. PHS provides many services to our residents to include: assisting stray and injured animals, barking dog issues, dog bites, pet lost and found, cruelty investigations, feral cat trap-neuter-return, assistance during natural disasters, cruelty investigations, assisting homeowners with wildlife removal, picking up dead animals on public streets, affordable spay/neuter services, vaccination clinics, microchipping, pet adoption, dog daycare, dog boarding, dog behavior and training classes, and humane education classes.

The PHS website is filled with useful tips and information on all of their services and much more. Pay them a visit at their facility in Pasadena when you have the chance!

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel. 626-792-7151 Fax 626-792-3810

For additional Animal Control information, please visit the City of Arcadia website.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic in Monrovia

Arcadia residents are invited to take part in Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA's low-cost vaccine clinic in neighboring Monrovia on Thursday, September 15th, 6:30-8:30pm, at Library Park.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Labor Day Weekend DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

Upcoming DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint

The Arcadia Police Department will be hosting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint. The checkpoint will run from 6:00PM Friday, September 2nd through 2:00AM September 3rdOne of the goals of our enforcement activity is to promote public safety and increase awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.  This will be accomplished by providing a highly visible enforcement and publicity campaign, in order to deter intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel and driving.  Through these efforts, we also seek to reduce the number of injuries and deaths associated with collisions involving intoxicated drivers.

We would like to remind the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving.  Help save a life; call 9-1-1 to report drunk drivers. It simply is not worth it to drive while impaired. 

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! 

Funding for these operations is provided from a grant administered by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Robert T. Guthrie
Chief of Police

By: Kollin Cieadlo

Traffic Sergeant

Help Prevent Residential Burglary

Residential burglary prevention continues to be a focus of the Arcadia Police Department. Increased patrol presence, Investigators working surveillance, follow-up on leads/tips, and recovered stolen property, are all pieces to a much larger puzzle when it comes to preventing residential burglaries and property crime. One of the most important pieces to this puzzle is the resident. It is very important to discourage the would be thief and make their job as difficult, time consuming, and as noisy as possible.

Burglaries have occurred throughout the City and surrounding areas with random patterns. Locally, we have seen typical daytime occurrences up through evening hours, several with forced entry by breaking sliding doors. Remember to be proactive in prevention!

Here are a few quick tips to help keep your home safe:

•Close and lock your windows and doors! Thieves look for an easy target.

•Lock your garage door. Thefts from garages are common and it offers ready access to pry tools.

•Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed so that windows and doors are visible.

•Maintain your home and make it looked lived in. Arrange for care if you leave on vacation.

•Don't leave newspapers, mail and door hanger materials in place. Arrange for a trusted friend or neighbor to collect these items for you.

•Know your neighbors! Be familiar with cars, faces and who belongs in your neighborhood.

•Leave different lights on when you leave. Use timers when gone overnight.

•How about a radio with a talk show station tuned in when you are gone?

•Use window stops/pins to prevent windows and sliding doors from being opened.

•Maintain lists of account numbers, valuable item serial numbers and important phone numbers. Duplicate the list and maintain a copy elsewhere. Video or photo your belongings. This aids in property recovery as well as insurance replacement.

•Get an ALARM. Even simple alarms that are not connected to a central system are a deterrent. Test and maintain the alarm monthly. If it activates, let the police respond and check the home!

•Ask and look for helpful tips. Your local police agency will usually offer home inspections and there are plenty of websites that offer prevention tips and ideas.

•Watch for and REPORT suspicious persons and activity. Most arrests that are made for burglary are not from a report by an alarm company, but rather from a local resident. If you see someone that does not belong in your neighborhood or on a neighbor's property, call the police.

If you return home and believe your home has been burglarized, do not enter the home. Call the police and wait out front. Tell the Dispatcher of your observations and that you have not searched your home. Chances are that the burglar is gone, but you don't want to confront them if avoidable. Entering the home may also destroy certain types of evidence that Officers will be looking for.

Additional tips and information; Crime Doctor. You can also contact the APD Community Outreach Office at (626) 821-2648 for prevention tips and information on Neighborhood Watch.