ticket item for thieves in the city. With the holidays approaching, it is a good idea to be especially
vigilant. If you purchase a flat-screen television, please do not leave the cardboard box that it came
in sitting beside your recycle bin; that is simply a ready advertisement to potential thieves about
the items that await them inside your home. Also, be certain to jot down the serial number (located
on the back of the set). If your set is stolen and later recovered, the serial number will provide proof
to the police that the television set belongs to you.
something weird or different, write it down. If you see suspicious activity, try to get a license number (or
partial), the year, make and model of the car if there is one. Write down descriptions of suspects.
But don't put yourself in danger. Call the police!
Call the non-emergency number: 385-5000 or 911 if the need is urgent.
GPS units are a favorite target. Police say over 600 GPS units
were stolen in Virginia Beach in the first nine months of 2009.
Don't mark a 'Favorite' in your GPS labeled as your 'Home'. Give
your home another name. If thieves steal your GPS while you are
in a store, for instance, they won't know how to ransack your
home while you are away. They won't know where your home is.
HOME SECURITY – DID YOU KNOW?
The Virginia Beach Police Department is seeing an increase in burglaries where large screen televisions in particular are being
targeted. With the holidays approaching in the next couple of months, now is the time to take action. The following tips can reduce
your chances of being burglarized:
• Make sure exterior doors are solid hardwood or metal-clad with deadbolt locks
• Have a wide-angle peep-hole in the front door and never open your door to a stranger
• Make sure glass panels near or around doors are shatter-proof
• Make sure all doors, including the garage door, and windows are securely locked when leaving
• Shrubs and bushes should be trimmed back to eliminate hiding spots
• Keep lights on around all entrances of the house at night
• Make sure your house number is clearly displayed and visible from street
• Keep a list of the make, model & serial number of all electronics and valuables; photograph or videotape all valuables and keep
the list & photos/videos in a secure place
• Call the Police Non-emergency number (385-5000) immediately if you notice suspicious person(s) or activity in the area; call
911 for emergencies (crimes in progress)
• Participate in Neighborhood Watch; if you don’t have one in your community, now’s the time to start one!
WHEN GOING ON VACATION
• Set up light timers for interior lights to go on and off inside your home at night; dusk to dawn lights should be installed on
exterior light fixtures
• Have a trusted neighbor bring in your newspaper, mail, and miscellaneous flyers and ads every day
• Ask that trusted neighbor if he or she would park their car in your driveway to give the appearance house is still occupied
Please contact the VBPD Crime Prevention Unit at 385-1757
for further tips on how to stay safe!
|New Crime Fighting Technology
Release Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 11:45 a.m.
For the first time, mobile phone and computer users in Virginia Beach now have the ability to provide anonymous crime fighting tips through the
power of anonymous text messaging and online Web Tips.
Virginia Beach Crime Solvers, Inc and CrimeReports, the industry leader in law enforcement tip management software, have joined together to
provide this service which allows citizens to send anonymous tips through a text message from a mobile phone or an online message from their
The popularity of text messaging has created a significant opportunity for the public to help us fight crime. The ability for any citizen who owns a
mobile phone or computer to assist in crime solving is of great importance to us and we are excited to play such a pivotal role in the transmission
of these crime-fighting tips. There is no doubt that this program will dramatically increase our law enforcement capabilities.
Using Text‐A‐Tip, information is anonymously received and securely replied to with complete confidence. The service was built specifically to
allow text messaging or computer tipsters to remain anonymous by encrypting the text or online message and routing them through several
secure servers, protecting the personal details of the tipster.
It also allows us to respond to the originating tipster without ever knowing their identity. The user’s information is always given an alias and a
unique ID before being sent. This secure application allows the tipster and the investigator to have a two‐way dialog while always keeping the
user’s identity completely anonymous.
Citizens now have Three Ways to submit their tip securely and anonymously:
By “Phone” calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887)
By “Cell” texting "VBTIP" plus the message to “CRIMES” (274637)
By “Computer” logging onto www.crimesolvers.com and selecting “Submit a Tip”
|Thalia Civic League,
Serving the Thalia Community since 1953
|Did you know?
Because of recent property crimes in Thalia, a special meeting to
discuss home security and crime prevention was held at Thalia
Elementary School on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013.
Mark Wilging of Coastal Security Group joined us to discuss tips on how to reduce the
chance of a break-in, and demonstrated some of the latest products his company
Officer Shank from the Virginia Beach Police Department spoke about recent crime
problems and stressed the importance of calling 911 when you see something
suspicious. CALL THE POLICE FIRST, then make whatever other calls you need to
make. That gives the police a better chance of finding the individual(s) you find
School is out now and there will be young people wandering about. Remember:
Curfew for youths under 18 years of age is 11PM, unless they are in front of their own
John Shourds is our Neighborhood Watch coordinator. He shared information
about our Neighborhood Watch program. Report any suspicious activity to him as well,
AFTER you have called the police. His number is: 696-1997. He will share any
information he gets with officer Shank, who also attends our civic league meetings on a
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING
|If you have questions or
please make them known to
Neighborhood Watch Meeting 6/18/13 - Notes courtesy of Joanna Wauhop:
Meeting Conducted by John Shourds- Neighborhood Watch Coordinator (NWC)
Sales Presentation by Coastal Security-757-453-6900
Officer Shank from VBPD spoke about general info regarding crime and our neighborhood, etc. He actually said that our REPORTED
crime rate is low in comparison to other parts of the city. They do expect increases during the summer months with students out of school.
What is it? The VBPD communicates with NWC, John Shourds, about items of interest to our neighborhood.
How do we get involved?
• Report all incidents/crimes to the police first-even if nothing of great value is stolen, Office Shank said you can call and say you do not need
an officer to respond but you want to fill out an incident report. He assured us that we are not burdening the police by doing so. The more
reports we file, the better chance they have of establishing a pattern or connecting the incidents together by time and location.
• Call or email our neighborhood watch after calling the police - John Shourds 757-696-1997. firstname.lastname@example.org
• Join Facebook/Email list- Join “Thalia Neighbors” group on Facebook or send an email to email@example.com to be put on the
Neighborhood Watch email distribution list.
• Go to the meetings/Get involved- Lack of participation in civic league has been brought up on several issues (dredging, neighborhood
watch, etc.) Next meeting in September. Don’t complain and then not show up at meetings or volunteer to help change things.
• LOCK YOUR HOME AND YOUR CAR-make it difficult/time-consuming for someone to get in your home or car. They are looking for quick
• Install better lighting around your home-We live in an older neighborhood that can be very dark at night because of the outdated
lighting on some homes and trees, etc.
• Install a security system/camera/alarm- There were a few options presented at the meeting- private company, Logitech system from
Best Buy, etc.
• GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS!-You don’t have to be best friends but at least know if something is unusual or if they are out of town,
etc. Exchange phone numbers.
• Backup your computer files with an offsite storage provider or hard drive that is away from your home.- Someone spoke last night of lost
photos and documents because his whole computer and attached hard drive were stolen.
• Deliverymen (i.e. newspaper, etc) can also be checking for unlocked vehicles.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING
Report what you see. If there is something weird or different,
write it down. If you see suspicious activity, try to get a
license number (or partial), the year, make and model of the
car if there is one. Write down descriptions of suspects.
But don't put yourself in danger. Call the police!
Call the non-emergency number: 385-5000 or 911 if the
need is urgent.