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Welcome 2017 with a Safe New Year's Eve!

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We will celebrate New Year's Eve tonight and there are a number of things to consider when it comes to celebrating safely. Here are a few things to think about for our New Years celebrations: • Don't Drink and Drive! •Use a  designated driver , or if need be, call  AAA Tipsy Tow  for a ride home for you and your car. See AAA website or call 800-400-4222 for information. • DO NOT fire weapons  into the air. Bullets and projectiles can travel long distances causing injury and death. You have no control where a projectile will land when fired indiscriminately into the air. • Stay inside at the stroke of midnight! Celebrate with friends and family indoors. • Keep an eye on your pets . Loud noises, fireworks, gunshots, all can be frightening to animals. Keep your pets indoors or consult your veterinarian for options. Make sure they are wearing collars with identification should they become lost. Remember to celebrate safely and smartly. Enjoy the New Year celebration!

Trending in Arrests

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Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. Drug arrests are often found in our weekly logs and many stem from traffic stops and other contacts. Kristoffer D. Kohl, a 43-year-old male from Fontana was stopped for a traffic violation after leaving one of our local motels on December 17th. The male had an active warrant out of San Bernardino County for a narcotics violation and was found to be in possession of narcotics/paraphernalia when he was contacted. Kohl was booked at the Arcadia City Jail on the "no bail" warrant, the felony drug charge, and a violation of his probation. And, yes, bait package arrests continue with several this past week and 3 arrested on Tuesday. Property crime and residential burglary continue to spike in this holiday season. Most burglaries are daytime with the point of entry being a rear door or window. Please remember to be vigilant in your neighborhoods and if you see anyone or anything out

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 18 - 24, 2016

https://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=8918

In Town for the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl Game?

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Visitors in town for the parade or big game?  Have a friend staying at one of our local hotels?    Nixle is a great resource for those living in town or visitors to the area. The two major agencies responsible for Tournament of Roses activity both have Nixle accounts and share valuable safety information with the public. The  Pasadena Police Departmen t  and the  Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department , along with other local police agencies like Arcadia, Burbank, and South Pasadena, all use the Nixle platform for instant messaging. We would like to encourage everyone, including those visiting the area, to take advantage of these services and subscribe to local public safety before the need arises. A simple method to subscribe for Nixle alerts regarding the Parade or Rose Bowl is to text "ROSEPARADE" to 888777. For those in Arcadia, text either 91006 or 91007 to 888777 and you will be included in any emergency alerts sent by APD.  Check with your host or concierge for t

Weekly Tip - Slow Down!

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In 2016, there have been approximately 939 traffic collisions reported in the City of Arcadia.   Of these collisions, unsafe speed was the primary collision factor in at least 137 of the accidents. Traditionally, speed has played a role in a high percentages of collisions, and most recently, speed was indeed a factor in a fatal collision in town. The fundamental goal of our Traffic Bureau is to seek to reduce traffic collisions through a three-pronged approach of engineering, education, and enforcement.  Our Traffic Bureau continues to take steps toward accomplishing our goal by conducting selective and proactive enforcement of drivers driving at an unsafe speed on certain roads throughout the City. Please SLOW DOWN and  Watch Your Speed! To provide information on problem locations, or for questions, additional information, please contact Sergeant Kollin Cieadlo, Traffic Supervisor, 626.574.5475.

Upcoming DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

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Upcoming DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint The Arcadia Police Department will be hosting a DUI/Driver’s License checkpoint within the City of Arcadia. The checkpoint will run from 6:00PM Friday, December 30th through 2:00AM December 31 st ..  One 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 Face

Expect Traffic Delays in Arcadia Today

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The  day after Christmas  is sure to bring many visitors, shoppers, and racing fans to the City of Arcadia. The  Westfield Santa Anita Mall  will be filled with people seeking sales, exchanges, and returns. The  Santa Anita Race Track  comes to life once again, with opening day for live racing. Yes, today will surely be a busy day in town! The mall can be accessed off Baldwin Avenue and Huntington Drive. Shoppers may see gate closures inside Gate 8 (north of JC Penney) and best times for arriving or departing the mall would be earlier in the morning, mid-afternoon, or evening hours, after the race track has closed. Please use Gates 9 or 10, just north of Huntington Drive, for mall access. Santa Anita Race Track  gates will open at 10:00 am and the first post is at noon. Racing fans can access Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue, however, other gates may be less congested. Suggested routes for easier access may include: From the west or northbound on Baldwin Avenue, use Huntington Drive to Gate 3

Merry Christmas 2016

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Merry Christmas to All! From our house to yours!

Happy Hanukkah 2016!

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Wishing the best during the celebration of Hanukkah!

Holiday Hours for Records Section

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The Arcadia Police Department Records Section will close at 6:00 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, remaining closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. The Records Section will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, December 26, 2016, and again on Monday, January 2, 2017, following the respective holidays.

Last Minute Shopping? Think About Your Personal Safety!

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Our personal safety is something that we should always be considering, especially when out in public. The shopping season is in full swing and our shopping centers will be packed these last days before Christmas  Here are some tips and thoughts on steps you can take to help maintain your personal safety: • Awareness & Avoidance  - Not enough can be said for being aware of your surroundings. It does not matter where you are, at home, out shopping, driving, at the park,  DO NOT settle into a fog  and become so involved in your task that you fail to look around.  Scan the area  before you head out. Look around and see what potential threats may be looming. Are there suspicious persons parked by your car? Is there a car approaching slowly from behind? If you see something that makes you suspicious or uncomfortable, walk away, return to the store, and report the activity and your observations to security or store staff. • Be a Good Witness  - If you see a crime or fall victim, be the be

New "Pixel" OS For PC And Mac Breathes New Life Into Old Computers

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Pixel is a lightweight operating system with a clean desktop UI, and is now available for PC or Mac users who might want to throw old hardware into renewed service. The lightweight Linux-based OS now comes as a downloadable image you can either burn to a DVD or load onto a USB drive.  That means if you have an old laptop lying around, like an ancient ThinkPad, you could get it going again with a modern OS for basic tasks, including web browsing via Chromium which is pre-installed.It  really sounds like a pretty low-risk way to recycle old hardware you might have hanging around. If you experience any problems with the OS contact Computer Service Now for all of your computer service and troubleshooting  See full story here

Trending in Arrests

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Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. Package Theft and Bait Package Arrests continue...'tis the season. This week's post is highlighted arrest where the theft of an APD bait package lead to a multiple suspect arrest and the recovery of a stolen vehicle. In a separate  theft of a bait package on Friday, December 16th, a parolee and a second suspect were also arrested as a result of this program.  Back on the morning of December 8th, the trio was involved in the theft of a bait package from the porch of a home in the 1700 block of N. Highland Oaks, Arcadia. A short time later, officers found the suspects parked in a business parking lot on Huntington Drive in Monrovia with the help of the GPS device in the bait package. Not only was the bait package recovered, but officers found narcotics, stolen mail, burglary tools, a ski mask, and a taser inside the suspect vehicle. During the investigation, officers also learned

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 11 - 17, 2016

https://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=8902

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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This Holiday Season, The Arcadia Police Department Is Looking For Drunk Drivers Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over   This holiday season, The Arcadia Police Department will be out looking for drunk & drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 17-day DUI crackdown throughout the region. The Arcadia Police Department will be conducting a DUI/CDL Checkpoint during the evening hours of December 30, 2016. Drugs such as prescription medication, marijuana or illicit drugs can impair judgment and get you the same DUI arrest as alcohol.  Nationally in 2014, 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes with 9,967 people killed in crashes involving an impaired driver.  In California, total highway deaths were reported at 3,126 with 1,155 lives los

Weekly Tip - Pedestrians, Crosswalks, and Right-of-Way

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A common concern that comes to the attention of the Traffic Bureau is drivers failing to yield to pedestrians. We have seen several pedestrian involved collisions in recent weeks, so, this is a good time to remind drivers and pedestrians alike of safety precautions. Pedestrian actions as well as drivers actions are governed by the  Vehicle Code . Drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections, even when there is no marked crosswalk. Use caution when approaching a crosswalk and if you have time to safely stop, yield to the pedestrian waiting to cross. Remember, if the pedestrian has made eye contact with you, they are probably ready to cross. If the roadway is divided, allow the pedestrian to walk past the center line or median before pulling through. If it is an undivided roadway, allow the pedestrian to walk well past the half way point in the road. Always check the curbs and look to see if someone is "darting" off the curb or entering the crosswalk late.

Trending in Arrests This Week

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Each week, we will post an arrest of interest pointing toward arrest and crime trends within Arcadia. This week's case is an arrest of two suspects who were booked on suspicion of Grand Theft (GPS Bait Package), Identity Theft, and Possession of Controlled Substance. Officers caught up to this pair of suspects early Sunday morning, December 4, 2016, in the 300 block West Duarte Road. The suspects had stolen a package from a home in the 100 block Lyndon Way. The package was equipped with a GPS device as part of the APD bait program, leading officers right to the suspects and their vehicle, a couple blocks away. During the investigation, officers recovered the bait package, along with money cards, checks, narcotics, and a card embossing machine, all leading to additional felony charges for the suspects. Arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail were Joseph Kamal, 40-year-old male from San Gabriel, and Cristhyn Amador, a 21-year-old female from Temple City. Anyone with information

Weekly Activity Highlights for December 4 - 10, 2016

https://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=8867

Christmas Care Pack for K9 Officer Zoli

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Christmas came a bit early for K9 Officer Zoli and his handler, Officer Foulks! They received a care pack from Isabella at  K9 Warriors  containing an indestructible ball, doggie blanket, shampoo, insect repellent, doggie treats, and a night watch kit for Officer Foulks with coffee and candy...awesome! Isabella is a 14-year-old young lady from South Carolina who sends care packs to police and military K9 units. What a treat! Thanks Isabella!

Weekly Tip - Give Your Alarm a Check-Up?

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Do you have an alarm on your home or business? Take the time to check your system and make sure it is in proper working order. Call your alarm monitoring company before testing the alarm system. If there is an issue with the system, get it repaired. Not only will you help avoid false alarm fees, but you will better protect your property. The City of Arcadia requires alarm permits for all alarm systems. Information on Security Alarm Permits can be found on the City website. The permits help reduce alarm malfunctions and nuisance alarms, as well as maintaining current property owner contact information should there be an issue while you are away from your home or business.

Holiday Suspension of Overnight Parking Enforcement

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Residents and visitors will not have to obtain temporary overnight parking permits for passenger vehicles parked on the City streets from Sunday night, December 18, 2016, through Sunday morning, January 8, 2017. This permit suspension affords the community the opportunity to entertain guests and visitors without worrying about purchasing permits during the holidays. Overnight parking enforcement will  resume on Sunday night, January 8, 2017 . This  enforcement suspension pertains only to overnight parking restrictions  for passenger vehicles between 2:30 am and 5:30 am. All other parking restrictions remain in effect and will be enforced, such as time zones, street sweeping, curb markings, etc. The 2017 permits are available at the City Hall Cashier's Office and are being honored for the remainder of 2016, if properly displayed. If you have any questions, please contact the APD Watch Commander at (626) 574-5156.

Weekly Activity Highlights for November 27 - December 3, 2016

https://www.arcadiaca.gov/home/showdocument?id=8829

Weekly Tip - Parking Lot Survival Tips for the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us - and with that brings large crowds and parking lots filled with anxious shoppers! Private property accidents contribute to a number of our calls for service during the holiday season and most of these incidents are avoidable. Here are some tips to help avoid collisions and other vehicle related incidents on private property: • Slow down , don't be in a rush. The sales will still be going on when you get there. •Obey shopping center or mall stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs. They are there for a reason... SAFETY ! • Drive only in marked isles . Avoid driving across the parking lot and watch out for those that are using parking stalls as a short cut. • Park a little further away . It is probably quicker than driving up and down looking for that perfect spot. • Look all around before backing  out and back SLOWLY from your stall. • Watch for pedestrians  and watch out for yourself while walking in the parking lot. • Avoid the urge  to "beat&

Report Suspicious Activity - Help Prevent Residential Burglary!

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The Arcadia Police Department serves a population of approximately 57,000+ residents, numerous business and commercial locations, all within about 11 square miles. As expected, the men and women of the department cannot actively police every square inch of our city at all times. Therefore, more often than not, residents and visitors serve as the eyes and ears for our dispatchers and officers. Having a large residential community, it is not surprising that some of our most frequent calls for service involve property theft or residential burglary. In most cases, a residential burglary begins with some type of suspicious activity within a neighborhood, often in broad daylight. This activity may range from unknown persons in vehicles perusing the area, to individuals going door to door, determining whether or not residents are home. These individuals will most likely have a driver waiting for them for a quick getaway in case someone begins to question their actions. The best way to decreas