New Awareness Tools Keep Public Informed

Source: Fairfax County Police Department Public Information Office

Keep Fairfax County safe and stay updated on the latest public safety information in Fairfax County with two new tools being launched by the FCPD Public Information Office.

The new FCPD News blog is replacing the traditional “news release.” As of April 1, the agency will no longer email releases; all information will be posted on the new, easy-to-read blog. Residents are urged to subscribe to the blog at http://fcpdnews.wordpress.com/ today. All releases will immediately be pushed to the agency’s Twitter feed. The Public Information Office issues dozens of releases each year, covering crime, traffic issues, public events, community concerns, trends and a wide variety of other relevant and important safety issues. All of this information will now be found in one spot; the News blog.

Additionally, police have launched a new crime mapping tool. It is designed to help users better understand where police are responding, and offers users a general description of the incident. Developed in conjunction with the Fairfax County Department of Information Technology’s GIS branch, the new crime mapping application will be a valuable asset for residents, neighborhood civic associations, businesses, and anyone who wants to know the latest police-related events in their neighborhoods. Simply log on to   http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/policeevents/#police , type the address of the location, and all police-related events within a specific radius will populate the screen. Information is, typically, a day behind real-time events. Users may inquire about any location they like; their child’s school, a local business district, a potential area they’d like to move. The new tool provides help to users when making important decisions.

These new additional public safety information tools join others already in place, such as the online crime reporting system, which was updated and improved in late 2013. Residents are encouraged to report all non-emergency crimes/incidents at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/120413citizenreportingsystem.htm.

For more information on these new tools or other public safety information, call the Public Information Office at 703-246-2253 or email FCPD PIO@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Potholes!!!

We’ve all seen some big ones lately. Here is what you can do about it from the Fairfax County Public Works and Utilities webpage:

“Virtually all public roads (interstate, primary and secondary) in Fairfax County are maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Please contact VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623), TTY 711, or use VDOT’s online work request for information or to request maintenance.”

Help Protect Your Neighborhood

from Fairfax County Police Department news release:
Report Crimes Online with New, Updated System
Whether it’s a suspicious person trolling the neighborhood, a mailbox that’s been vandalized, or a stolen bicycle, all crimes matter to police. Online reporting is the quickest, most convenient way of documenting incidents and police urge residents to take advantage of an updated online reporting system. Although the police department has had online reporting capacity for almost a decade, a new, easier, more user-friendly system was installed in December 2013. Police remind residents that no crime is too insignificant to report and that, often, these figures and incidents are used by crime analysts to detect trends and insert proactive, preventive measures. Residents may use the system to report crimes at any time. They will be notified of a report number and may use it for insurance purposes. If appropriate, an officer will notify and or respond to the complainant.

Use the online reporting system to report the following non-emergency crimes/incidents:

  • Bicycle theft
  • Larceny/theft under $5,000
  • Telephone harassment/threats
  • Trespassing
  • Lost property
  • Civil disputes
  • Unoccupied hit & run crashes
  • Solicitor violations
  • Destruction of private property/vandalism
  • Larceny/theft from motor vehicles or parts
  • Suspicious persons/vehicles