»Orange Police i-Watch Bulletins

The i-Watch Bulletin program is a public service of the City of Orange Police Department, providing public safety information for businesses and residents of the City of Orange

+-HOLIDAY PARCELS THEFT PREVENTION

During the holidays, there is an increase in the thefts of packages that have been delivered by UPS, FEDEX, etc. and left on the front steps of homes. To avoid theft of packages delivered to your home, we recommend the following prevention tips:

  • Remove package from outside as soon as delivered
  • Have the items delivered to your place of business if you are not home during the day
  • Have it delivered to a neighbor or friend nearby that can take delivery
  • Require a signature
Report any suspicious activity by calling the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444 or 9-1-1 for any in progress crime or emergency.

+-RESIDENCE BURGLARY ALERT

We are experiencing a number of residential burglaries in the City of Orange occurring when doors or windows are left open or unlocked.

To help prevent burglaries:

  • Keep your doors and windows locked
  • Secure your side gates and garage side doors
  • Keep outside lighting on during hours of darkness
  • Maintain landscaping to prevent hiding place

Immediately report any suspicious activity by calling the Orange Police Dispatch at (714) 744-7444 or 911 for any in-progress crime or emergency.

Thank you for your help in keeping the City of Orange safe.

+-Suspicious Door Knocks

CALL THE POLICE

  • If someone knocks on your front door and you don't know them.
  • If you see unfamiliar people knocking on your neighbors' doors.
  • "Door-knock" or "solicitor" burglars have been spotted in Orange. They sometimes pose as solicitors or service technicians and knock on the front door to see if anyone is home. When nobody answers the door, the thief will look for a back door or window to break into the home. Unlocked doors and windows only make it easier for the burglars!
  • Some suspects have even driven high-end vehicles during their crimes to blend in to our nice neighborhoods.
  • Let people know you are home. Thieves usually break into unoccupied houses.
  • Lock all your doors and windows when you leave, even if it's only for a few minutes.
If you see someone knocking on doors in your neighborhood, call the Orange Police Department immediately at (714) 744-7444 or 911 for any in-progress crime or emergency.

24-hour non-emergency number:
(714) 744-7444

+-Vehicle Burglaries Occurring in Your Neighborhood

A series of auto burglaries have been occurring as a result of unlocked doors.  Most of the burglaries happen when valuable items are left in plain view.  To help prevent auto burglaries:

  • Lock Doors
  • Roll up windows   
  • Remove all valuable items         
Report any suspicious activity immediately by calling the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444 or 911 for any in-progress crime or emergency.

Do not report any in-progress crimes via i-Watch.

+-Bicycle Theft

We are experiencing a number of bicycle thefts in the City of Orange occurring when they are left unattended or garage doors are left open.

To help prevent bicycle thefts:

  • Lock your bike when in your garage or on your porch
  • Lock your bike to something that's permanent such as a bicycle rack, parking meter, or metal fence post
  • Use a combo or flat key U-lock
  • Put your lock through a closed part of your bike frame
Write down your bicycle serial number and keep it in a safe place with a photo of the bike to ensure proper identification if it is recovered. Additionally, the Orange Police Department will license your bicycle at the police station (1107 N. Batavia St.). This could help law enforcement return the bike to you in the event of its recovery.
 
If your bicycle is stolen, remember to include the serial number in the crime report to the police department. Call the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444 and file a report of your bike theft as soon as possible to get the serial number into the system.

Report any suspicious activity by calling the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444 or 911 for any in-progress crime or emergency.

+-Residential Burglary

We are experiencing a number of residential burglaries in the City of Orange occurring when doors or windows are left open or unlocked.

To help prevent burglaries:
     * Keep your doors and windows locked
     * Secure your side gates and garage side doors
     * Keep outside lighting on during hours of darkness
     * Maintain landscaping to prevent hiding places

Immediately report any suspicious activity by calling the Orange Police Dispatch at (714) 744-7444 or 911 for any in-progress crime or emergency.

Thank you for your help in keeping the City of Orange safe.

+-Catalytic Converter Thefts

Like many cities throughout Orange County, the City of Orange has been experiencing thefts of catalytic converters from vehicles. Catalytic converters are not serialized making it very difficult for law enforcement officers to identify who the victim is and return the property to its rightful owner. Engraving an ID number on a catalytic converter gives you a chance at recovering stolen items; it also warns potential thieves that your property is traceable by law enforcement.

Typically, catalytic converters are stolen from cars and trucks in driveways, strip malls or in parking garages.  The most commonly targeted vehicles are SUVs and trucks since the converter is easily accessible.

How you can prevent catalytic converter theft - Take the following initiatives to avoid catalytic converter theft:

  1. Have the converter welded onto your car - To prevent thieves from stealing your catalytic converter, you could have your mechanic weld it on. The main drawback is that, should you ever need to have it repaired or replaced, it will be more difficult to remove and possibly cost more for labor.
  2. Park strategically - When out running errands, park in well-lit areas close to the door. If you park in your driveway, consider installing a motion spotlight over your vehicle and back your car into driveway.
  3. Invest in a lock - Invest in a specially devised lock that secures your converter, and you could save yourself time and money in the long run. A few versions exist and can cost anywhere from $100 to $150. Many come with a warranty against theft as well.
Report any suspicious activity by calling the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444 or 9181 for any in progress crime or emergency.

+-Taxi Cab Scam

Recently, the Orange Police Department has been made aware of a scam involving a taxi cab driver who is showing up at residences. The cab driver states they received a call, from a third party, to respond to your residence. After making contact with the resident, the driver will call the person who supposedly made the call on your behalf, and ask you to talk to the person on their telephone. The person on the telephone will advise you to pay the driver for the inconvenience of having the cab respond to your residence.

Please contact the Orange Police Department if you have experienced a similar incident(s). If you are contacted by a taxi cab driver, requesting you pay for services you did not request, please call the Orange Police Department immediately at (714) 744-7444. If possible, please note the full name of the taxicab company, telephone number, and the driver's full name.

At no time can the driver charge a customer a fee for simply responding to a reserved dispatch call. Once the passenger is picked up, the driver activates the meter and the customer pays the amount shown on the meter upon arriving at their destination. This protects the customer from being overcharged or being defrauded.

What to look for before getting into a taxicab:

  • Current Vehicle Permit - Located on the rear window/left side
  • Current Driver Permit - Must be displayed inside taxicab

For additional information on taxicab consumer tips or to file a comment contact Orange County Taxicab Administration Program at www.octap.net or (949) 654-8294

+-Burglaries in Southwest Areas of Orange

Between August 1 and September 15, there's been an ongoing crime trend of property crimes in two Southwest areas of Orange. In the area of S. Olive and S. Lemon, and the 100-700 block of W. La Veta, there have been several residential and vehicle burglaries in the last six weeks. Also during the same timeframe there were residential and vehicle burglaries along 2000 - 2100 W. Palmyra Avenue, and 1800 - 2000 W. La Veta Avenue. The majority of these crimes occurred during the daytime.

Orange Police resources are being deployed to target the crime in this area. We need your assistance in reducing crime in your area. To help prevent burglaries:

  • keep your doors and windows locked
  • secure your side gates and garage side doors
  • keep outside lighting on during hours of darkness
  • maintain landscaping to prevent hiding places

Immediately report any suspicious activity, to include somebody soliciting door to door in your neighborhood by calling the Orange Police Dispatch at (714) 744-7444 or 911 for any in progress crime or emergency

+-Residential Burglaries from Venting

Recently, there has been a series of residential burglaries in the City of Orange. The suspect(s) are accessing homes through windows or sliding doors left open for ventilation.  These burglaries have occurred on weekdays during daytime hours when residents are not home.

Residential burglaries are crimes of opportunity occurring when doors or windows are left unlocked or vented.

To help prevent burglaries:

  • keep your doors and windows locked
  • secure your side gates and garage side doors
  • keep outside lighting on during hours of darkness
  • maintain landscaping to prevent hiding places

Immediately report any suspicious activity, to include somebody soliciting door to door in your neighborhood by calling the Orange Police Dispatch at (714) 744-7444 or 911 for any in progress crime or emergency.

Thank you for your help in keeping the City of Orange safe

+-Theft of Outgoing Mail

There has been an increase of theft from mailboxes.  Suspects are targeting mail that contains payments earmarked for creditors such as mortgage lenders, credit card companies, financial institutions and retail businesses. The thefts occurred after the victims put outgoing mail into their mailboxes in front of their homes.

    When possible place outgoing mail into an official USPS collection box or give it directly to your letter carrier. They are hard to break into, in a more public setting, and postal employees monitor them at pickup times.

  •     Be actively aware of mail theft in your neighborhood; watch for thefts in progress and report them immediately by calling 911.
  •     Shred all mail going into your garbage that contains your name, address, or other vital information.

Always report suspicious activity by calling the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444 or call 911 for emergencies.

For more information about mail theft, please call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, toll-free (877) 876-2455, or visit their website at postalinspectors.uspis.gov

+-Child Annoyance Alert

In an effort to raise awareness regarding criminal activity occurring adjacent to the city of Orange, we are issuing this i-Watch bulletin.

The city of Tustin has reported they are conducting an investigation into an incident of child annoyance which had occurred on Wednesday, 06/01/2011 at 7:11 PM. According to the Tustin Police Department, two children, ages 10 and 12, were playing in their front yard of their home, which is located approximately one block away from Benson Elementary School (cross-streets being Winsor and Elizabeth Way). During this time, a white van, described as "boxy" with tinted windows on the sides and rear, stopped in the middle of the street and motioned the children to the van. As the children approached, the male driver said, "Hey, get in, get in." The children were frightened by the encounter and immediately ran home before the suspect van sped away.

The suspect and driver of the vehicle was described as a male Hispanic in his mid 40's with dark "buzz cut" hair. He was additionally described as clean shaven and wearing a white shirt. A passenger within the van was described as a female Hispanic, 40-50 year old, with long brown hair while wearing a white shirt.

If you see this vehicle, please contact the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444. Should you have any information regarding the incident in Tustin, please contact Detective Ryan Coe at (714) 573-3250

+-Thefts of Third Row Seat in Full Size SUVs

Recently, there have been thefts of 2007 GMC 3rd row seat throughout the City of Orange. The thieves are targeting late model Chevy, Cadillac, and GMC full size SUVs and stealing the 3rd row seat. The seats are made to easily remove and are a valuable addition to these SUVs.

  •     SECURE THE 3rd ROW SEAT WITH A CABLE LOCK
  •     REMOVE SEAT WHEN NOT IN USE
  •     PARK YOUR VEHICLE IN THE GARAGE
  •     ENGRAVE THE VIN# ON THE SEAT

If you have a neighbor or friend who owns a full size SUV, please share this important message with them.

Always report suspicious activity by calling the Orange Police Department at (714) 744-7444 or call 911 for emergencies.

Thank you for your help in keeping the City of Orange safe.

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Orange Police Department

1107 N. Batavia, Orange, CA 92867

Phone: (714) 744-7444 (for non-emergency)

Fax: (714) 744-7320

E-Policing Website: www.OrangeiWatch.com

City Website: CityofOrange.org

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