October 31, 2020

Report for the Virginia-Highland Security Patrol for November 2020

 CRIME STATS

Virginia Highland Security Patrol

September 21, 2020 through October 24, 2020

                                The Activity Report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts

Directed Patrols:  29

Drop ins/Park and Walks:  26

Suspicious person:  7

Alarm Response:  2

Suspicious Vehicle:  0

Parking Complaints: 0

Noise Complaints:  0

Out of town Checks:  12

Abandoned Auto:  0

VAHI Patrol Member Contact: 6

Lost Person:  0

Street Obstruction:  0

Wanted Persons:  0

Intoxicated Persons:  0

Found Property:  0

Criminal Trespass:  0

Info for Officers:  4

Shots Fired:  0

Calls for service (cell Phone):  3

 

 

 

News and Notes

 

NO SIGNIFICANT INCIDENTS THIS REPORTING PERIOD THRU 10/24/2020

Holiday Safety Tips:

For Your Car:

  • Be mindful of your parking spot and park as close as possible to the store. Try to shop during the day, but if you must shop at night, park in well-lit, high-traffic areas
  • Try to avoid parking near cars with dark tinted windows, or cars that obstruct your view
  • Do not leave car doors unlocked or the windows down /sunroof open, even if you’re just making a quick stop. Thieves are good – and fast – at what they do
  • Avoid a smash and grab – don’t leave anything in plain view in your car that could perceived as valuable (criminals don’t know that your duffle bag only contains gym clothes)
  • Prior to arriving at the mall, lock all valuables in the trunk of your vehicle. When at the mall, do not take packages to your car and then return to the store. Packages should be secured in the vehicle trunk only before leaving to go home or to another shopping center
  • Don’t fumble for your keys when you arrive at your car. Have them ready to use before leaving your home, job or the mall
  • Don’t electronically unlock your vehicle until you are within distance of your car door. And only unlock the driver’s door, unless others are riding with you
  • If you are ready to leave the mall and feel uneasy about entering the parking lot or garage by yourself, stay in the mall and ask for a security escort
  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked at a gas station, even while pumping gas
  • When banking, be aware of your surroundings in drive-up ATMs and when returning to the parking lot from a walk-up ATM or inside the bank
  • At home, park your vehicle in your garage or lock your door when taking packages into and out of your house. Do not leave your keys, garage door opener, valuables (such as laptop computers, tablets, backpacks or purses) or items with personal information in plain view

While Shopping:

  • Shop with a friend. There’s safety in numbers
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash
  • Carry only the credit cards you intend to use
  • Do not carry a wallet in your back pocket. It should be in your front pants pocket
  • If you carry a purse, wear the straps across your body instead of around your arms or shoulders. Consider using a fanny pack instead
  • Don’t buy more than you can safely carry. Ask a friend or store employee to help you carry your purchases to your vehicle
  • Thieves or robbers often look for “high value” shopping bags with your purchases. When possible, slip bags/purchases in a plain bag
  • Use ATMs and credit card readers wisely. Have your card ready before approaching the machine and use ATMs in high traffic areas. Test them for skimming devices
  • Shopping with children?
    • Teach them how to ask mall personnel or store security employees for help
    • Make a plan, and identify

Personal Safety:

  • Dress casually and comfortably
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you
  • Be aware of your environment. Don't walk or park in poorly lit areas
  • Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by your devices – it’s easy to be caught off-guard while talking on a cell phone or posting an update on your tablet. Smartphone theft is a year-round problem, and the last thing you want is for your phone (and packages) to end up under someone else's tree!
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Con artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings
  • Consider having a chemical agent or loud audible alarm in your possession
  • If you believe someone is following you, cross the street, switch directions, walk into a store or restaurant. If you're really scared, yell to attract attention and scare off the thief
  • Keep a record of all of credit card numbers (and issuer information) in a safe place at home. Notify your credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused

 

If you see someone or something suspicious, please report it to the police.  When driving or out walking, keep an eye out in the neighborhood, what you see and report just might prevent a crime.

 

Reminder:  All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the Virginia Highland Security Patrol Phone.

October 11, 2020

VaHi Safety Report - Early October, 2020

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October 1, 2020

Report for the Virginia-Highland Security Patrol for October 2020

 CRIME STATS

AUGUST 23, 2020 through SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

The Activity Report is a summary of what our FBAC Patrol Officers do on their shifts

Directed Patrols:  30

Drop ins/Park and Walks:  28

Suspicious person:  5

Alarm Response:  3

Suspicious Vehicle:  2

Parking Complaints: 0

Noise Complaints:  1

Out of town Checks:  13

Abandoned Auto:  1

VAHI Patrol Member Contact: 5

Lost Person:  0

Street Obstruction:  0

Wanted Persons:  0

Intoxicated Persons:  0

Found Property:  0

Criminal Trespass:  0

Info for Officers:  5

Shots Fired:  0

Calls for service (cell Phone):  6

 

 

 

Significant Incidents:

Aggravated Assault  - 1025 Virginia Ave

On August 24, police responded to a caller requesting a report for threats made.  The victim stated that he is the owner of Paolo’s Gelato at 1025 Virginia Ave NE.  He stated that on August 23, someone from a neighboring business (Highland Woodworking) pushed their way through the line at his establishment.  The suspect came in carrying a box of ice cream cones that had been thrown away and a hammer. The person threw the box behind the counter and stated that he would bash the head of any person he saw throwing trash into his dumpster again. Apparently an employee from Paolo's Gelato had thrown the box of cones into the wrong dumpster. Victim stated that there were employees inside at the time the incident occurred. Victim described the suspect as an older gentleman and stated that he wanted to file a police report to document the incident.  The store manager allowed police to view the video footage and it confirmed the victim’s description of the events.

Commercial Burglary - 806 N. Highland Ave

On September 19, police responded to an alarm call at 806 North Highland Ave NE (Cloud 9 Smoke and Vape Co).  Upon arrival, officers observed the front glass door of the business had been shattered with a large rock.  The manager of the store arrived on scene and confirmed that items had been taken, including at least $20-40 worth of assorted Swisher Sweet cigar wraps.  The manager stated that he would have to conduct a full inventory count to know exactly what was taken.  Police examined security footage from the store which showed that at 5:57am a black male wearing a white hat, blue shirt and blue jeans was standing in front of the door then used a large rock to break the front glass door. The suspect was inside the location for about 20 - 30 seconds before exiting and fleeing southbound on North Highland Ave NE.

Commercial Burglary - 794 N. Highland Av

On September 17 at 11:56 a.m., police responded to 794 N Highland Ave (Atkins Park Restaurant) in response to a call about a forced burglary.  The owner stated that her manager locked the restaurant up at approximately midnight and turned the alarm on.  At 2:49 a.m., the owner received a call from her alarm company stating that a motion sensor went off.  The owner instructed the alarm company not to dispatch police since the alarm was known to be very sensitive.  However, upon returning to the restaurant this morning at 11:45 a.m., the owner noticed that the side window had been broken with a brick and six bottle of liquor had been taken.  Security footage was not immediately available, but a partial fingerprint was lifted from the broken window.

Commercial Burglary - 842 N. Highland Av

On September 14 at approximately 4:25 a.m, police responded to a business burglary call at 842 N Highland Ave (Truva Turkish Kitchen).  Upon arrival, police met with the owner who stated that his restaurant had been broken into at approximately 4:11 a.m.  The owner viewed video surveillance footage of suspects throwing a rock at the door and forcing entry into the restaurant, where they stole approximately 11 bottles of liquor, valued around $600 in total.  The owner was provided with an incident case number and a report was made.

If you see someone or something suspicious, please report it to the police.  

When driving or out walking keep an eye out in the neighborhood, what you see and report just might prevent a crime.

Yard Signs - Is your sign looking a little worse for wear? Replacements are available. John Wolfinger has them on his front porch at 1054 Vance Avenue, NE.  Just open the screen door and come in. Signs are staked to your left.

Reminder:  All members call 911 first if you see a crime in progress or a suspicious person or activity, and then call the Virginia Highland Security Patrol Phone.