Franconia Regional Crime Report
Period ending November 24, 2004

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.

DEER ALERT

Please be extra vigilant for deer while driving during the Fall. To avoid a dangerous and often costly collision with a deer this Fall follow these driving tips:

1. Always wear your seat belt to reduce the possibility of injury in case of a collision.

2. Be alert for deer; drive cautiously —especially if you see a deer crossing sign. (CONTRARY TO THE OLD TV COMMERCIALS, DEER CANNOT READ THE SIGNS, [BUT YOU CAN]). Be especially alert at dusk and dawn from mid-October to January. Peak deer movement in the Fall coincides with the time change back to Eastern Standard Time, shifting rush hour into darkness and hindering a driver's ability to see deer.

3. If you spot a deer near the roadway, slow down and be ready for the animal to dart into the road (they learn how to do this from squirrels). Honk your horn to try to scare the deer away—it sometimes works--and deer often travel in groups, so if you see one deer near the roadway, be cautious—there might be others.

4. If 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 your headlights on during overcast days and use your 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.

5. If a deer runs into the roadway in front of your car, 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). BUT, If you can’t avoid hitting a deer, slow down as much as you can, grasp the steering wheel firmly with both hands and 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 window). If the animal is injured or killed, report the collision through the non-emergency line at (703) 691-2131.

HOWEVER, IF YOU OR ANY OF YOUR PASSENGERS ARE INJURED, CALL 911.

STATISTICS In 2003 there were at 177 reportable crashes between vehicles and deer in Fairfax County with 22 resulting in injuries to people. 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.

Drive like your life depended on it. It just might!

STOLEN AUTO RECOVERIES:

Detectives in the Fairfax County auto theft squad, with information and assistance from New York City Police Department (NYPD), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Virginia State Police and the National Insurance Crime Bureau, have recovered over $600,000 of stolen vehicles in Fairfax County. An investigation of a multi-state automobile theft ring, conducted by the NYPD and the FBI has lead Fairfax County Police to 12 stolen vehicles in the county.

The thieves stole cars in the New York City tri-state area (NY/NJ/PA). They replaced the vehicle identification numbers (VIN) on the stolen cars with legitimate VINs from cars registered in other areas, mostly Canada, and then resold the cars, with the "cloned" VIN, in other locations, including Virginia. Investigation in Fairfax County has determined that the sellers were Latinos and targeted other Latinos. The cars, six Cadillac Escalades (1-2003; 3-2004; and 1-2005); two 2004 GMC Yukons; one 2003 Yukon Denali; one 2001 Toyota Camry; one 2002 Toyota Sequoia; and one 2003 GMC Envoy were mostly sold through word of mouth or by placing a sign in the car and setting the car on the side of the road. The buyers purchased the vehicles at a steep discount from the current value. For example, a 2004 Cadillac Escalade which retails (without extras) at $56,385 might be sold for $30,000 or less.

The investigation into the sellers in Fairfax County is still continuing and arrests and further recoveries are expected.

CAC:

NO MEETING IN DECEMBER!

The next CAC meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2005, at the Franconia Government Center in the public meeting room. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend. The meeting begins at 7:30pm, pre-meeting social period begins at 7:00pm.

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 held the second Saturday of each month at the Franconia District Station. The next MODIP classes are being held at the Franconia District Station located at 6121 Franconia Road, on December 11, 2004, and January 8, 2005, 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 $10.00 per person for books and materials.

Weekly Incident Summary Report
November 18-24, 2004

LARCENIES

Archstone Way, 6000 Block Golf cart stolen from business.
Backlick Road, 6400 Block Stereo stolen from vehicle.
Blanford Court, 7500 Block Cash stolen from vehicle.
Brookland Road, 5900 Block Compact disc player, adapter, cellular telephone and charger stolen from vehicle.
Brookview Drive, 5900 Block Radio stolen from vehicle.
Cinder Bed Road, 7700 Block Cash stolen from vehicle.
Commercial Drive, 6800 Block License plates stolen from vehicle.
Fallswood Way, 7600 Block License plate stolen from vehicle.
Franconia Road, 6100 Block Gasoline stolen from service station.
Gunston Plaza, 7700 Block Beer stolen from bus.
Junction Boulevard, 6800 Block Weights stolen from gym at apartment complex.
Manchester Boulevard, 7000 Block License plate stolen from vehicle.
Newington Road, 6600 Block Two air conditioners and a generator stolen from construction site.
Norham Drive, 5900 Block Gym bags stolen from vehicle.
Pohick River Drive, 7700 Block Gasoline stolen from construction site.
Rose Hill Drive, 6100 Block Beer stolen from business.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block License plate stolen from vehicle.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Purse stolen from business.
Springfield Mall, 6500 Block Wallet stolen from locker.
Telegraph Road, 7600 Block Cellular telephone stolen from school.

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