Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending November 5, 2003

Police Officer Philip Edwards
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
Edwards e-Mail: philip.edwards@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.

For Your Information:

Date Change:

The Neighborhood Watch training class scheduled for Nov 26 at the Franconia District Station has been changed to Nov 19th. The time will still be at 7pm.

Phone Scam – Senior Citizen Alert:

Fairfax County Police would like to warn senior citizens of a telephone scam designed to siphon money from their credit cards. Several reports have been taken from victims who said they received a phone call from a "representative" who claimed to be from their credit card company and that there is a problem with their account. Believing the story, the victims gave the caller pertinent information regarding their account, including personal identifiers.

The suspects then used the information to make unauthorized money transfers to locations in Miami, Florida. The suspect then contacted the Phone Company and had the victim’s telephone number forwarded to their number so the money transfers could be confirmed as authorized by the suspect.

Montgomery County Police, who have over 39 cases of this nature, have made several arrests in connection with this scam. There are two reported cases of this fraud in Fairfax County. If anyone believes they have been a victim of this scam and have not reported it, please contact Fairfax County Police at (703) 691-2131. If anyone has information regarding this investigation please contact Fairfax County Crime Solvers at (703) 691-8888.

Mature Operators Driver Improvement Program (MODIP):

The Franconia District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department will be offering Virginia residents 55 and older enrollment in the Mature Operator's Driver Improvement Program (MODIP). This eight-hour class covers safe driving information for mature drivers. The course 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 held the second Saturday of each month.

The next MODIP class is being held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on Saturday, November 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration is required and can be done by contacting the MODIP reservations line at (703) 924-6588. The fee for this course is $10 per person for books and materials.

CAC

Mark your calendars! The next CAC meeting will be on Wednesday, October 15. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm, social period begins at 7:00 pm in the Franconia Government Center Social Room.

Fairfax County Police Department Receives Prestigious International Award

The success of the Fairfax County Police Department’s program aimed at reducing serious accidents along the Fairfax County Parkway has earned the department the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. The Webber Seavey Award is presented annually to agencies and departments worldwide in recognition of promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement’s contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities. The award is jointly sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola.

Operation Safe Speed" involved a comprehensive public awareness campaign and an intensive enforcement effort along the Fairfax County Parkway. In the last two and a half years, the highway has seen more than 2,700 crashes, including 1,000 resulting in injury and 13 fatalities. Since the campaign began only one fatal crash has occurred along the Fairfax County Parkway. Speeding also has been dramatically reduced, with only 4.8 percent of drivers driving more than 15 miles per hour over the limit compared to 8.7 percent prior to the campaign’s launch.

Upon receiving the award, Traffic Division Commander Captain Jesse Bowman stated "We are very honored to receive this award and the international recognition that accompanies it. This award is the result of the initiative, creativity and hard work by the officers of the Traffic and Patrol Divisions. Their joint efforts enabled us to change driver behavior on the Fairfax County Parkway."

More than 144 nominees competed for this year’s award. The Fairfax County Police Department was selected as one of three international law enforcement agencies to receive top honors. "I am tremendously proud that the Fairfax County Police Department has received the Webber Seavey Award. It is an international recognition of the professionalism and dedication of the men and women who serve the department and the county" remarked Colonel J. Thomas Manger, Fairfax County Chief of Police.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
October 23-29, 2003

LARCENIES:

Ashland Woods Lane, 9200 Block Cash reported stolen.
Aspenpark Road, 7500 Block Airbags taken from parked vehicle.
Axton Street, 7500 Block License plates taken from parked vehicle.
Cannon Lane, 5700 Block Videotapes and magazines taken from residence.
Commerce Street, 7200 Block Cash taken from business.
Commercial Drive, 6800 Block Cash taken from business.
Electronic Drive, 6700 Block Tools and lawn equipment taken from business.
Flanders Street, 5800 Block Wallet taken from parked vehicle.
Franconia Road, 6500 Block Cellular telephone reported stolen.
Frontier Drive, 6700 Block Bicycle reported stolen.
Industrial Road, 6700 Block Cash taken from business.
Ives Place. 5400 Block Halloween decorations reported stolen.
Lagrange Street/Pohick Road Log splitter reported stolen.
Loisdale Road, 6600 Block Stereo taken from business.
Loisdale Road, 8100 Block Gasoline taken from service station without payment.
Mary Caroline Circle, 6900 Block Jewelry taken from residence.
Old Keene Mill Road, 7000 Block Cash taken from business.
Pioneer Drive, 6200 Block Hammock taken from residence.
Richmond Highway, 9100 Block Printer taken from business.
Skyles Way, 7000 Block Stereo taken from parked vehicle.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Jewelry taken from business.
Springfield Mall, 6700 Block Jewelry taken from business.
Telegraph Road, 7600 Block Computer reported stolen.
Terminal Road, 8300 Block Computer reported stolen.

VEHICLE THEFTS:

Amherst Avenue, 5800 Block 1994 Honda Accord reported stolen.
Commerce Street, 7000 Block 1992 Toyota 4Runner reported stolen.
Conell Court, 7900 Block 1995 Ford F350 reported stolen.

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