Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending November 23, 2005

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.

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS

Everyone is looking for extra money or gifts during the holiday season, from mid-November through early January, and that includes criminals. They are out in force trying to separate you from your money and property. Be extra vigilant during the holiday season and keep the following tips in mind:

PERSONAL SAFETY WHEN SHOPPING

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible.

  • Know exactly where you park your car.

  • If shopping at night, park in well-lit areas.

  • Avoid shopping alone.

  • Carry keys, cash and credit cards separate from each other and be constantly paying attention to your surroundings.

  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If possible, avoid carrying a purse. Use a fanny pack or deep pockets in clothing to carry what you need. Limit the number of credit cards that you carry.

  • If you have to carry a purse, carry it close to your body and always zipped or snapped.

  • Be aware of strangers “accidentally” bumping into you. Pick-pockets use this as a diversion.

  • Avoid carrying large packages that block your vision and make you a target for thieves.

  • Avoid shopping until you are exhausted. You are more alert when you are less tired.

  • When hurried or in a crowded shop, make sure you get all forms of identification and credit cards returned to you before you leave.

  • Leave the mall/store well before closing time. This way, there is a greater assurance you will walk out with other people. There is safety in numbers.

  • Use an escort or mall security if you have too many packages or if you are leaving the store after closing.

  • Be alert while walking to your car. Check under and around your car as you approach it. After checking your car, lock it immediately upon entering it.

  • If you see a van parked next to your car, you can choose to enter your car through the passenger side.

  • Avoid using automatic teller machines at night and remember to keep you others from seeing when you type in your PIN.

HOME SAFETY

  • Do not leave the boxes of your Christmas gifts (such as computers, televisions, etc) at the curb as this advertises the contents of your home to potential thieves.

  • Ensure door and windows are locked at all times, even when you are home.

  • Use timers on lights to give the appearance you are home when you are not.

  • If you order gifts to be delivered to your home, ensure someone is there to accept the package. Have a trusted neighbor keep a lookout for the packages.

  • If you go out of town for the holidays, make sure you ask a trusted neighbor, friend or family member to check the house at least once a day and pick up mail and newspapers. Provide your contact number in case of emergency.

  • Keep garage doors closed and be sure the door from the garage into the home is secured.

  • Make sure your home address is not showing on your luggage.

CAC:

THERE WILL BE NO MEETING IN DECEMBER. Our next CAC meeting will be held at the Franconia Government Center, 6121 Franconia Road, on Wednesday evening, January, 18, 2006, in the big meeting room.  A Social Period begins at 7pm, with the General Meeting beginning at 7:30pm.

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 seminars are scheduled at the Franconia District Station, located at 6121 Franconia Road, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.on December 10, 2005 and January 14, 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 17-23, 2005

NARCOTICS OPERATION

The Special Investigation/ Money Laundering Unit of the Organized Crime and Narcotics Division will conduct an operation at stores and pharmacies to ensure compliance with Governor Mark R. Warner’s Executive Directive 8. This order requires the removal of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine or any of their salts, isomers, or salts of isomers from the general public’s access. Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine are substances used in the illegal production of methamphetamines. Although methamphetamine labs have not been discovered in Fairfax County, methamphetamines are available for illicit purchase in the area. Other areas in the Commonwealth of Virginia are suffering from the presence of methamphetamine labs and their devastating effects. The purpose this effort is to minimize the potential for methamphetamine abuse to gain a foothold in Northern Virginia. According to Executive Directive 8, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine must be kept behind the store counter or in a locked case. Consumers are required to present photo identification and sign a log in order to purchase these substances. Stores and pharmacies that are not in compliance will be issued a summons pursuant to Virginia State Code 32.1-27.

BANK ROBBERY

Bland Street, 7000 Block:On November 21, around 2:55 p.m. a man walked into the BB&T bank, located at 7000 Bland Street, approached a teller and demanded money. The 24-year-old female teller relinquished cash to the suspect and the suspect fled on foot along Amherst Avenue. No one was injured. The suspect was described as a white male, between 35 to 45 years old, 5 feet 6 inches, 150 pounds and wearing a dark sweatshirt and jeans with a dark ball cap.

LARCENIES

Beulah Street, 7700 Block

Wallet stolen from person at lodge.

Bibbings Way, 6100 Block

Tires stolen from vehicle.

Bradlick Shopping Center, 6900 Block

Alcohol stolen from business.

Catlett Street, 7200 Block

Tools stolen from vehicle.

Commercial Drive, 6800 Block

Global Positioning System equipment stolen from business.

Corder Lane, 6800 Block

Purse stolen from vehicle.

Dublin Avenue, 5400 Block

Tools, gasoline and ladder stolen from vehicle.

Edsall Road, 6200 Block

Keys stolen from business.

Grayson Street, 5900 Block

Tools stolen from vehicle.

Gunston Plaza,  7700 Block

Radios stolen from vehicles. (Three reports).

Hechinger Drive, 6900 Block

Computer and bag stolen from vehicle.

Kinsdale Court, 7100 Block

Stereo stolen from vehicle.

Layton Drive, 7200 Block

Tools stolen from vehicle.

Little River Turnpike, 7200 Block

Condoms stolen from business.

Liverpool Lane, 6000 Block

Stereo equipment stolen from vehicle.

Loisdale Court, 6500 Block

Bag stolen from person at business.

Mallory Circle, 7300 Block

Money and candy stolen from vehicle.

Pohick Bay Drive, 6500 Block

Tow bar and tow bar cover stolen from vehicle.

Richmond Highway, 9100 Block

Alcohol stolen from business.

Southward Way, 6000 Block

Manual stolen from vehicle.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

Money stolen from business.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6700 Block

Cellular telephone stolen from business.

Unity Lane, 9500 Block

Wallet stolen from person at business.

VEHICLE THEFTS

Bradmore Street, 6000 Block

1996 Chevy Blazer reported stolen.

Edsall Road, 6200 Block

2004 GMC truck reported stolen.

Fisher Woods Drive, 8500 Block

2001 GMC Yukon reported stolen.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6500 Block

1992 Crown Victoria reported stolen.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6700 Block

2000 Suzuki motorcycle reported stolen.

Springfield Mall Shopping Center, 6700 Block

1990 Ford Thunderbird reported stolen.

Terminal Road, 8500 Block

1988 Toyota reported stolen.

Versar Center, 6800 Block

Trailer reported stolen.

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