Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending October 18, 2006

Police Officer Jim Nida
Crime Prevention Unit
Fairfax County Police ~ Franconia Station
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22310-2508

Main Desk:

703.922.0889

Office:

703.922-8263

FAX:

703.719.6436

http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police ~ Fairfax County Police Department
http://www.vcpa.org~ Virginia Crime Prevention Association
Officer Nida's e-Mail:
james.nida@fairfaxcounty.gov

The following information is authorized for release by the Fairfax County Police Department - Public Information Office (PIO). For questions concerning any portion of this report, please contact PIO at 703-246-2253.

Be Alert for Deer in the Autumn

It’s that time of the year again: Amorous deer are on the move, preparing for preservation and increase of the species. Savvy deer know that discharge of firearms in Fairfax County is against the law, except on authorized shooting ranges. It sometimes seems that deer migrate to the County to avoid hunters.

The Fairfax County Police Department advises citizens to be extra vigilant for deer while driving during October, November and December. To avoid a dangerous and often costly collision with deer this fall, police offer the following driving tips:

Always wear your seat belt to reduce the possibility of injury in case of a collision, be it with a deer, another vehicle, a pedestrian or an inanimate object.

Be alert for deer; drive cautiously—especially if you see a deer crossing sign. Be especially attentive at dusk and dawn during deer breeding season from mid-October to January. (Peak deer movement in the fall coincides with the time change back to standard time. This shifts rush hour into darkness hindering a driver's ability to see deer.)

When you spot a deer near the roadway, slow down and be ready for the animal to dart into the road. Honk your horn to try to scare the deer away. Deer often travel in groups, so if you see one deer near the roadway, be cautious for others.

When you see a deer on a roadway, flash your headlights from bright to dim and honk the horn to encourage it to move away from the road. Drive with lights on during overcast days and use high beams at night whenever possible. (Though headlights can confuse deer, the reflecting light from their eyes will help you to see them.) Warn drivers following you of the presence of deer by tapping on your brakes.

If a deer runs into the roadway, try to slow down or brake without swerving. Losing control of your car and crashing into another car or a stationary object can be more dangerous than hitting the deer.

If you cannot avoid hitting a deer, slow down and grasp the steering wheel firmly with both hands. Take your foot off the brake at the time of impact so the front end of your vehicle will lift up and enable the deer to go under the car, rather than over it (reducing the danger of it crashing through the windshield or windows). If the animal is injured or killed, report the collision through the non-emergency line at (703) 691-2131.

In 2005 there were 151 reportable crashes between vehicles and deer in Fairfax County with 13 resulting in injuries to people (including one fatality). However, the actual number of collisions is likely between 3,000 and 5,000. If motorists remain alert and slow down to allow more reaction time, it is possible that some of these crashes could be avoided or result in less damage.

Orientation Meeting for Explorers

The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Explorer Post 1742 is open to Fairfax County’s young adults ages 14-20. The program is administered by the Police Department as a service to the residents of Fairfax County. Members receive law enforcement training, citizenship education and experience in leadership roles.  Exploring is a youth-led program with police officers serving as advisors and facilitators for the program. The Post routinely provides community service by assisting police officers with crime prevention activities, fingerprinting and photographing of youngsters, police open houses and community events, as well as distributing public information and “Wanted…” fliers.

Exploring is a great way for young adults to prepare for their chosen career field or help them decide if their interest is strong enough to lead them into a law enforcement career.  Many active Fairfax County Police Officers were once Explorer Scouts, and just as many former Explorers have gone on to varied career fields building upon the skills provided through the Explorer program.

Every two years, Post 1742 participates in a national Explorer conference, regularly bringing home top honors in various law enforcement competitions. 

The Fairfax County Law Enforcement Explorer Post will host its annual recruitment and informational meeting on October 16, 2006, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. and ending by 9 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax Virginia.  Interested young adults and their parents are invited to attend.  No R.S.V.P. is required.  For more information please call 703-246-4311.

CAC:

Our next regularly-scheduled meeting will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2006, in the Helen Wilson Community Room at 7:30 pm in the Franconia Governmental Center. A social period (7pm-7:30pm) precedes the meeting.

MODIP:

The Fairfax County Police Department offers residents 55 years of age and older enrollment in the Mature Operator’s Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight hour course, which provides safe driving information, is sanctioned by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and is presented by certified Fairfax County Auxiliary Police Officers.  Upon completion of this course, drivers are eligible for the Virginia State-mandated insurance premium reduction (check with individual insurance carriers for the amount). The classes are normally held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next seminar is scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on November 11, 2006 Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at (703) 924-6588. The fee for this course is $10.00 per person for books and materials.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
October 12-18, 2006

CHECKPOINT RESULTS

Fairfax County Police Officers from the Franconia District Station conducted two sobriety checkpoints on Thursday, October 12. All motorists were stopped, and the drivers were checked to assure their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs. One checkpoint occurred on Frontier Drive at the ramp to eastbound Franconia-Springfield Parkway (Route 7900) from 11 p.m. to just before 1 a.m. Friday. Two hundred sixty motorists were stopped. One motorist was arrested for DWI, one motorist was arrested for using a false ID and two motorists were cited for other traffic offenses. The second checkpoint occurred from 11 p.m. Thursday to 2 a.m. Friday. Approximately 160 cars passed through the checkpoint conducted on Frontier Drive at the ramp to Westbound Franconia-Springfield Parkway (Route 7900). Three motorists were arrested for DWI and two other motorists were cited for traffic violations.

LARCENIES

Beulah Street, 7200 Block

  Beer stolen from business

Brighouse Court, 7400 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Catskill Road, 6700 Block

  Briefcase stolen from residence

Cindy Lane, 7000 Block

  Portable Play Station stolen from school

Commerce Street, 6800 Block

  Drinks stolen from business

Elmwood Drive, 3100 Block

  License plates stolen from vehicle

Fleet Drive, 6600 Block

  Money stolen from business

Franconia Road, 5500 Block

  Gasoline stolen from business

Franconia Road, 5600 Block

  Chain saws stolen from business

Franklin Drive, 8200 Block

  Money stolen from residence

Kroy Drive, 6400 Block

  Keys stolen from residence

Lackawanna Drive, 7200 Block

  Money stolen from residence

Nicotine Trail, 5800 Block

  Compact discs stolen from residence

Nicotine Trail, 5800 Block

  Wallet stolen from residence

Silver Ann Drive, 6800 Block

  Backpack and laptop stolen from residence

VEHICLE THEFTS

Beulah Street, 7100 Block

  2000 Hyundai Elantra reported stolen

Bland Street, 6700 Block

  1986 Chevy tow truck reported stolen

Campbell Drive, 3200 Block

  1981 Chevy van reported stolen

Point Replete Circle, 7100 Block

  2006 Toyota reported stolen

Rose Hill Drive, 6200 Block

  1997 Honda Accord reported stolen

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  1996 Chevy Tahoe reported stolen

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