Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending November 8, 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.

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 December 9, 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
November 2-8, 2006

COMPUTER SECURITY

(The following tips have been taken in part from PayPal, the financial division of eBay, Inc.)

Safeguarding your computer is one important way to protect yourself against identity theft. A few simple steps go a long way toward improving your online safety:

Use antivirus software and update virus definitions frequently: Protecting yourself and your computer from online invasion is an ongoing task. Many of the widely available antivirus software programs, from companies such as McAfee, Symantec and other manufacturers can help minimize the chances of damage to your computer or theft of your personal and financial information. You can buy antivirus software from online retailers, at stores that sell computer software, or on eBay. It is still possible for an invasion of your privacy to occur, but the average person is seldom an online target for professional hackers.

Keep your operating system up-to-date by installing available patches supplied by your operating system manufacturer, for example, Microsoft, Apple/Macintosh, Linux, etc.

Install and use a firewall program.

Don't open attachments sent from people you don't know! This is important because very destructive viruses are most often contained in email attachments. NEVER open an attachment with .pif at the end, unless you asked someone to send it to you.

In addition to using protective software, you should choose strong passwords to protect accounts. Family birthdays or pet names make convenient passwords, but what's easy for you to remember is also easy for a potential thief to decode. A password that uses a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols, such as "3Earn!haRdt4ever" or “MynAMe22Isjohn4sMith” or"*JohnnYca$h21are better options.

Other password tips include: 

Don't use personal information in passwords, such as your cat’s name or your mother’s maiden name.

Mix upper and lowercase letters

Keep your passwords for each account unique, If you are in an office and you need to record the passwords, write them in your address book and keep them in your wallet or purse. At home, do the same, and NEVER, in either case, leave them near your computer. It is tempting to do so, but if your home is ever burglarized, your identity can be lost if your address book is lost. Computer thieves are smart!  Don't take any chances! Protect your passwords as you would protect your Social Security number

FINALLY, BEWARE OF “PHISHING “ SCAMS:

“Phishing” is a scam employed by unscrupulous persons with the sole intention of stealing your financial identity. They send email messages from your bank or other financial institution, credit card company, etc. telling you of “unauthorized access to your account” or “we are updating our computer system and need your assistance…” They NEVER address you by name, because they don’t have it yet. They ask that you verify your account information by providing your credit card number or bank account number and/or Social Security Number. NEVER, NEVER provide any information of this type over the internet, unless you first CALL your financial institution on their Toll-Free Number(s) and ask if they sent the email message (toll free numbers are on the reverse side of EVERY credit card). In 99.999% of the cases, you will be told that THE INSTITUTION DID NOT SEND THE EMAIL.

Another scam indicates that the IRS wants to verify information about your tax returns and you can do it online as a convenience. THE IRS NEVER SENDS EMAILS. They transact all such activity by US FIRST CLASS Mail. If they call you in the phone, tell them to send you a letter. They WILL do it, because they know about “phishing” scams also.

An educated consumer is the wisest consumer. Beware and be aware!

Crime Solvers Tip Leads to Arrest of another Serial Bank Robber

A call received through the Crime Solvers tip line has led to the arrest of a man wanted for three recent bank robberies. Marcos Francisco Pacheco, 46, of 4745 Hersand Court in Woodbridge, was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of robbery.  These charges stem from two bank robberies at the Wachovia Bank, located at 6300 Richmond Highway, on October 25 and October 31 and a third at the BB&T Bank, located at 5203 Franconia Road, on November 1. He was arrested in the 6800 block of Chelsea Road in the McLean area without incident.

Since November 2005 the tip line has received numerous calls which gave police the necessary information to make apprehensions in 16 different bank robberies, 10 of which occurred in Fairfax County. The Crime Solvers tip line continues to prove a valuable tool, aiding police with the information they need to apprehend offenders.

The Fairfax County Crime Solvers program is operated by a board of business leaders who work to assist the police department in the fight against crime.  The tip line provides an anonymous way for people to report criminal information without having to provide their identities. Callers are paid $100 to $1,000 for that information if it leads to an arrest and indictment. Anyone with information on any crime or fugitive in Fairfax County is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.  As always, callers never have to give their name or appear in court.

GRAND LARCENY

Springfield Mall, 6569 Block:  Police responded to a grand larceny at the DC Diamond Company, located at 6569 Springfield Mall, on Sunday, November 5 at about 11:45 a.m. A 19-year-old Newington-area employee was showing a customer a diamond ring. Another man started leaning over the counter to better see the ring. When all attention was directed at the ring, the man who was leaning over the counter reached into the case and stole a tray of several high quality diamond rings. The suspect walked out of the store without being noticed. The employee had also taken notice of a woman standing near a separate display. Once the suspect had left the store, the woman received a call on her cell phone. She left the store immediately. Police are looking for two suspects. The first was described as a black man in his 40s. He was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds. He was balding with gray hair, a beard and blue eyes. He was wearing a black and white sweater and black pants. The second suspect was a black woman in her 20s. She was 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed about 150 pounds. She had brown eyes and was possibly wearing a brown wig. She had a black coat and black pants.

LARCENIES

Backlick Road, 6600 Block

  Engine hoist stolen from business

Backlick Road, 8200 Block

  License plates stolen from business

Beulah Street, 7200 Block

  Condoms and beer stolen from business

Commerce Street, 6600 Block

  Keys and purse stolen from business

Dalton Road, 5200 Block

  Stereo equipment stolen from vehicle

Electronic Drive, 6700 Block

  Trailer stolen from business

Fleet Drive, 6600 Block

  Television stolen from business

Franconia Road, 6100 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station

Furnace Road, 10500 Block

  Copper wire stolen from construction site

Highland Street, 7600 Block

  Compact discs and sunglasses stolen from residence

Javins Drive, 4200 Block

  Money stolen from residence

Jayhawk Street, 7200 Block

  License plate stolen from vehicle

Little River Turnpike, 6700 Block

  Purse stolen from vehicle

Old Telegraph Road, 6100 Block

  Cellular telephone and cigars stolen from residence

Springfield Mall, 6500 Block

  Wallet stolen from business

Springfield Plaza, 6400 Block

  DVDs stolen from business

Tipton Lane, 4600 Block

  Purse stolen from residence

Villa Del Rey Court, 6900 Block

  Stereo stolen from vehicle

Vine Street, 5600 Block

  Gasoline stolen from service station

VEHICLE THEFTS

Brindle Heath Way, 6800 Block

  1996 Suzuki Motorcycle reported stolen

Gardenia Court, 6100 Block

  1996 Ford Crown Victoria reported stolen

Shepherd Hills Drive, 9500 Block

  1992 Acura reported stolen

Skyles Way, 7000 Block

  1987 Mercury reported stolen

Wolford Way, 7700 Block

  1992 Honda Civic reported stolen

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