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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Car jacking

Car Jacking is an aggressive, random form of auto theft is increasing now-a-days. A driver of any transport vehicle can be a target of someone with a weapon. This can happen anywhere, anytime, day or night. Here are some safety measures:
  • Always keep your doors locked.
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas.
  • Be alert of your atmosphere, of people approaching your vehicle.
  • Stick with traffic; avoid calmly traveled streets, especially after dark.
  • Keep your car and house keys on separate key chains.
  • Keep the garage door opener in your purse or briefcase.
  • When stopped in traffic, always leave enough room to make an emergency getaway.
  • If someone is threatening you with a weapon, give up the vehicle -- it is not worth your life.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Preventing Vandalism

  • Park in open, well-lighted, and populated areas near your destination. Avoid parking near trucks, vans, dumpsters, and other objects that obstruct visibility and provide hiding places. Avoid parking near strangers loitering or sitting in vehicles.

  • Park in your garage, if you have one. Don't leave your vehicle on the street, in an alley, or on your driveway. If you have to park on a street, avoid dark or isolated areas.

  • Don't leave your vehicle in an unattended public lot for an extended period time.

  • Buy a vehicle with interior hood and truck lock releases. Install a secondary hood lock if your car does not have one. Also install a locking gas tank cap.



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Friday, June 12, 2009

Failure to Return a Borrowed Car

If you have loaned your vehicle to another person to drive and this person does not return the vehicle, certain documentation is required to report the car stolen. Since the vehicle is being operated with permission of the owner, this permission needs to be rescinded. Send a registered letter to the person. The language of the letter should include:

"Your permission to operate this vehicle is rescinded. You are to stop operating the vehicle immediately. Park the vehicle legally and notify me of the location, so I may recover it. If you fail to comply with these instructions, I will report the vehicle as stolen." (Including language that instructs the borrower to return the vehicle implies further permission to operate the vehicle.)

Keep a copy of the letter and post office documents needed to send it. After the letter is sent, a reasonable period of time should pass before taking further action. Typically, two weeks is adequate for the letter to reach the address and for the person to make contact with you.

If you are not successful in getting your vehicle back, call the Auto Theft Unit and make an appointment to come to the office and report the vehicle as stolen. These reports will not be taken over the phone. You will be required to appear in person and sign the theft report.



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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Brian Truchon Named Special Agent in Charge of Kansas City Division

Brian Truchon has been named special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBIs Kansas City Division. Director Robert S. Mueller, III appointed him to this position to replace SAC Monte C. Strait, who is retiring. Most recently, Mr. Truchon served as chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.

Mr. Truchon entered on duty as an FBI special agent in 1987. Upon completion of training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, he reported to the Salt Lake City Division, where he investigated white collar crime and drug violations. In 1991, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Division, where he investigated terrorism and gang matters. As part of the Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force, he led the Los Angeles Riots Civil Unrest investigation. He also led a complex criminal enterprise investigation targeting the Grape Streets Crips, one of the city's most notorious street gangs.

In 1996, Mr. Truchon was promoted to FBI Headquarters as a supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division's Safe Streets and Gang Unit. He was promoted to a field supervisor in the Phoenix Division in 1998, where he supervised the Violent Crime, Public Corruption, and Criminal Enterprise squads. He also served as the acting assistant special agent in charge of the Phoenix Division's National Security Branch from 2004 through 2005.

Mr. Truchon was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Portland Division in 2006. He was subsequently selected to serve as an inspector in charge and was assigned as the director of the MS-13 National Gang Task Force at FBI Headquarters. As director of the task force, he was responsible for all national and international FBI investigations targeting both MS-13 and the 18th Street gangs. He coordinated FBI investigations in the U.S., Central America, and Mexico, and worked closely with the White House, the Department of Justice, and the Department of State to develop anti-gang strategies focusing on transnational gangs. He also created the Transnational Anti-Gang Initiative, which co-located FBI agents with Salvadoran National Police resources in San Salvador, El Salvador, to combat MS-13 and 18th Street gang activity.

In 2007, He was promoted to the FBI Senior Executive Service and assigned as the chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters. In that role, he was responsible for all FBI criminal undercover operations, as well as training and support for all FBI undercover employees.

Mr. Truchon was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Arizona State University in 1984. Before joining the FBI, he served on active duty as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army as part of the 18th Airborne Corps, Rapid Deployment Force.



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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gov. Perry Appoints Wilson and Wright to Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Mark Wilson of Brandon and Margaret "Jerry" Wright of El Paso to the Automobile Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2015. The authority assesses the scope of motor vehicle theft in Texas and supports a statewide law enforcement network through grants, auto theft reduction initiatives, education and public awareness.

Wilson is a sergeant in the Fort Worth Police Department and enforcement team supervisor for the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force. He is a volunteer as a referee with Fort Worth Football Officials and a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association. Wilson served in the U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard, and attended Wright State University in Ohio and the University of Alabama. He replaces Jason Hartgraves.

Wright is a senior associate at TVO North America. She is chairman of the El Paso Community College POCT Advisory Board of Directors, a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and YMCA Reach Academy, and a board member of the Central Business Association and El Paso YMCA. She is also a volunteer with Junior Achievement of El Paso, El Paso Humane Society Telethon and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Wright received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is being reappointed.



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Protect Your Car from Carjackers - And Maybe Save Your Life

Carjackers threaten armed violence, or worse. But you can help protect yourself and your car by taking some simple precautions.

  • Before getting into your car, pay attention to your surroundings and be alert to nearby activity

  • Always approach your car with your keys in hand

  • Always check the back seat before opening your car door

  • Make sure doors you left locked are still locked when you return

  • If someone is loitering near your car, don't approach it

  • Once you're in your car, keep your doors and windows locked

  • Carry a cellular phone and know your emergency numbers - Non emergency (703) 385-7924, Emergencies 911 and #77 for Virginia State Police

  • Avoid high-crime areas, especially after dark

  • Be wary of people who approach your vehicle to ask for directions or change, or to hand out flyers

  • When stopped in traffic, leave enough distance from the car in front of you to pull away quickly if necessary

  • Stop only at ATM's that are well-lighted and visible from the street - pull as close as possible, then check your mirrors and look outside before opening your window

  • If an armed carjacker confronts you, don't resist - get out of your car quickly; it's better to lose your car than your life.



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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Recovering a Stolen Vehicle or Property Taken from a Vehicle

  • Call the police immediately and provide a complete description of the vehicle and any property taken from it, including a stolen license plate. Vehicles should be described by: year, make, model, color(s), VIN, insurance company and policy number, license plate number and state, and name of any tracking and locator system installed in the vehicle. Property should be described by type, make, model, serial number, and fair market value. (It is important to report all vehicle crimes to the SDPD even if the loss is small and you are not planning to file an insurance claim. This enables the Department to assess the magnitude and nature of the problem and assign prevention, patrol, and enforcement assets accordingly.)

  • Etch your driver's license number on all removable valuable items, e.g., audio equipment. Also etch the number on various places on the vehicle itself.

  • Don't leave your driver's license in the vehicle.

  • Keep a record of the VIN, license plate number, and insurance information in your wallet or purse. Also be able to provide the information listed above for any property that might be stolen from the vehicle.

  • Don't leave your vehicle title (pink slip) in the vehicle.

  • Install a vehicle tracking and location system that can be activated after the vehicle is reported as stolen.



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