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Sergeant Stefan Fish's Personal Safety Presentation


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Sergeant Stefan Fish's presentation about personal safety to residents of the Rodeo Gulch area in Santa Cruz.

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Sergeant Stefan Fish's Personal Safety Presentation

  1. 1. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Neighborhood Watch Presentation North Rodeo Gulch & surrounding community Date 11/03/2011 6:30pm
  2. 2. Sheriff Department Intro <ul><li>Sergeant Stefan Fish </li></ul>
  3. 3. Home Safety How do burglars break into your home?
  4. 4. Ways to access a home <ul><li>Open Front door/ Side doors </li></ul><ul><li>Open Windows </li></ul><ul><li>Garage </li></ul><ul><li>Sliding glass door </li></ul><ul><li>Animal door </li></ul><ul><li>Keys </li></ul><ul><li>Door kicks </li></ul><ul><li>Garage door opener </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking the window </li></ul><ul><li>Prying door/ window with a tool </li></ul><ul><li>Scams (door knock) </li></ul>90% During Daytime Homes are accessed on average through unlocked open doors! Crooks are Cowards
  5. 5. How do I Protect Myself? How do I protect myself?
  6. 6. Deter Burglars <ul><li>Alarm system – Fake/Real </li></ul><ul><li>Sturdy doors/ windows </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs/ Pet Sitter </li></ul><ul><li>Removing valuables from view </li></ul><ul><li>Good Lighting - Motion Sensor Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Trimming bushes/trees from window areas </li></ul><ul><li>Locks - Single Cylinder Horizontal Deadbolt Best </li></ul><ul><li>Chain latches (Bad) –**Lock Outside Gates </li></ul><ul><li>Put a Hold on Mail/Newspapers when leaving town for extended periods. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Vacation Watch Fill Out at Our Service Center
  8. 8. Personal Safety <ul><li>Alertness – always stay alert to your surroundings (what is happening around you) </li></ul><ul><li>Use Intuition – gut-level feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Plan Travel – know where you </li></ul><ul><li>are going and the location you are at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>Be confident -with a purpose- while walking on the streets </li></ul><ul><li>Carry few valuables , hold purse close and tight, keep some cash in case of robbery </li></ul><ul><li>Keep cell phone handy and well charged at all times </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to walk alone , especially at night and keep distance between strangers, cross the street if necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid being stopped , just keep walking. </li></ul>*Assaults/Robberies Are Not Common but be aware for safety….
  9. 9. What is suspicious activity? <ul><li>Unusual vehicles </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown persons in the area </li></ul><ul><li>without a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown persons looking </li></ul><ul><li>into cars/residential windows </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual door-to-door sales </li></ul><ul><li>solicitation </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual traffic at all times of </li></ul><ul><li>the day to one residence </li></ul><ul><li>Excessive/ unusual dog </li></ul><ul><li>barking </li></ul>
  10. 10. What Should I do?
  11. 11. Steps when reporting incidents/activity: <ul><li>Call Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch number 471-1121 for activity in progress. *Be sure to ask the dispatcher to have the deputy contact you by phone or in person after the call to learn what the deputy learned during the investigation. </li></ul><ul><li>Call 9-1-1 if emergency or if unsure if is an emergency. Feel free to call 9-1-1 if you wish to report something that’s not an emergency and you cannot locate non-emergency number. </li></ul><ul><li>Report your experience and deputy feedback to your watch captain. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch captain then reports incident to me after gathering full information. </li></ul><ul><li>I will then report back to the neighborhood watch group what I gather from the responding deputies so everyone has the full story. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Vehicle Safety to Deter Thefts <ul><li>Lock doors/ close windows </li></ul><ul><li>Use alarm system </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid leaving valuables </li></ul><ul><li>in view </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t hide purse under seat </li></ul><ul><li>If necessary, use trunk to conceal valuables </li></ul><ul><li>Park vehicle in a well lit area </li></ul>70% of thefts from vehicles are at night from unlocked vehicles
  13. 13. Residential Scams
  14. 14. Door-to-door Scams <ul><li>Magazine Sales </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Dumpster Divers’ </li></ul><ul><li>Labor type work </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown person asks </li></ul><ul><li>if “a friend” is home </li></ul><ul><li>Put “No Soliciting” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signs Up to Deter </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Other Residential Scams <ul><li>Mail theft </li></ul><ul><li>Real estate scams </li></ul><ul><li>Lottery winnings </li></ul><ul><li>Unknown packages arriving at your house </li></ul><ul><li>Shred All Account Document Information </li></ul><ul><li>Identity Theft </li></ul><ul><li>Info/Brochure </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Scams/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Craigslist </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Problem House in The Neighborhood? <ul><li>*Most drug houses have similar identifying characteristics. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch for the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Strange Odors </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual Traffic Flow - Watch for frequent visits by different cars, at any time of day or night. Be suspicious of vehicles with obscured or absent license plates. </li></ul><ul><li>Property Alteration - This includes covering windows and patio doors with items other than curtains or drapes, barricading windows and doors, and disconnecting fire alarms. </li></ul><ul><li>Bright Interior Lights </li></ul><ul><li>Constant Humming Noises </li></ul><ul><li>Tenants Who Own Expensive Items - especially if they appear to be unemployed. Expensive cars, cell phones, home entertainment systems, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive Security Measures </li></ul><ul><li>Little Property Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Noise and Crimes - Loud voices, fights, gunfire, radios, especially at night. Increase in crimes like auto burglaries, robbery, vandalism, and assault, as well as active prostitution in or around the neighborhood. </li></ul>
  17. 17. What should I do if I suspect a drug house in my neighborhood? <ul><li>Communication is Key - Talk to anyone and everyone: neighbors, the sheriff, your Neighborhood Watch Captain. You will not solve the problem yourself - the only way to shut down a drug house is through teamwork. </li></ul><ul><li>Organize a Neighborhood Watch - The more people who are watching the drug house, the more &quot;witnesses&quot; the police have to the activity. Other neighbors might see things that you don't, or vice versa. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep records – (SEE HANDOUT) Set up a calendar and a log to take down license plate numbers, car color and make of suspicious vehicles, date and time of activity. Report any relevant information to NET (Narcotics Enforcement Team) 454-3008 or Non Emergency Dispatch # . Call 911 in case of emergencies. </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient - Police have to work within the law, and so do you. It may take time to gather enough evidence to shut down the drug operation legally, so don't be discouraged. Remember that prevention is the best way to stop drug houses. Start a Neighborhood Watch, get to know your neighbors, and meet your community police officers. As problems arise in the neighborhood, work with neighbors and police to resolve them as quickly as possible. </li></ul>
  18. 18. What does a Drug Addict look like? <ul><li>Physical warning signs of drug abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Bloodshot eyes or pupils that are larger or smaller than usual. </li></ul><ul><li>Deterioration of physical appearance and personal grooming habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing. </li></ul><ul><li>Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Unexplained change in personality or attitude. </li></ul><ul><li>Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts. </li></ul><ul><li>Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out.” </li></ul><ul><li>Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Speeding Problems? <ul><li>Speed Radar Trailer Placed in Your Neighborhood Service </li></ul><ul><li>California Highway Patrol handles complaints for speeding, parking problems, etc. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Gang Task Force
  21. 21. Gang Awareness
  22. 22. Graffiti Information <ul><li>Gang Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Vs. </li></ul><ul><li>Tag Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Norteno= Red, 14, XIV, X4, NSSC </li></ul><ul><li>Sureno= Blue, X13, X3, 13 </li></ul>Example of ‘North Side Santa Cruz’ Gang Related Graffiti
  23. 23. Graffiti Information <ul><li>Gang Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Vs. </li></ul><ul><li>Tag Graffiti </li></ul><ul><li>Artist Recognition, Bubble Writing, with Personal Signature near the Graffiti Tag </li></ul><ul><li>Ages 15-25 </li></ul>Example of Personalized Tag Graffiti
  24. 24. Graffiti Information <ul><li>If Found: </li></ul><ul><li>Document Graffiti by Photographing </li></ul><ul><li>Report To Police/Sheriff </li></ul><ul><li>Clean Up ASAP- If On Your Property Do Yourself or </li></ul><ul><li>On Public/Other Private Property Call Graffiti Removal Project </li></ul><ul><li>Graffiti Removal Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See Brochure for Contact Info </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Abandoned Vehicles <ul><li>Call Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Hotline: 454-3139 </li></ul><ul><li>Or Report Online </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicle is considered to be abandoned if it is left on a street in such inoperable or neglected condition that the owner’s intention to relinquish all further rights or interests in it may be reasonably concluded and; </li></ul><ul><li>Parked for a period of 72hours w/out being moved more than 1000ft and appears to be a deserted vehicle. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Personal Inventory Record <ul><li>Record your personal items in the event items are stolen </li></ul><ul><li>(Use a camera, camcorder, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>Include in the Inventory list the item, make, model, color, serial # location, cost/value and any distinguishing marks, OAN (owner applied number) engravings, or other characteristics. </li></ul>See Handout Form
  27. 27. Register Cell Phone <ul><li>Register your Cell Phone with our Local Dispatch “Santa Cruz Regional 911” online at </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dispatchers can send important messages to residents and businesses within Santa Cruz County. The system has the capability of sending thousands of messages in a very short time based on geographic location of the incident. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Neighborhood Watch Supplies <ul><li>Visit to order Neighborhood Watch and other related Crime Prevention Signs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*Sheriffs Office Does Not Supply Items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Idea to Network with Neighbors to Pool Money Together for funding </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Website <ul><li>File a Report Online/Print Forms & Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Access various other sites such as Meghan’s Law </li></ul><ul><li>Press Releases </li></ul><ul><li>Crime Mapping/Statistics Unincorporated Areas Only </li></ul><ul><li>Crime Prevention & Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Unsolved Homicides/Wanted Persons </li></ul><ul><li>Your Community Information & Center Locations </li></ul>
  30. 30. Merrill St Crime Map
  31. 31. Internet reporting on Sheriff’s website:
  32. 37. Contact Info
  33. 38. Live Oak/Soquel Sheriff’s Center <ul><li>Sgt. Stefan Fish: </li></ul><ul><li>(direct office number)462-8304 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Community Service Officer Lindsey Warwick: </li></ul><ul><li>(direct office number)464-6232 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  34. 39. Other Agency Contacts <ul><li>Scotts Valley Police </li></ul><ul><li>438-2326 </li></ul><ul><li>Santa Cruz Police </li></ul><ul><li>471-1131 </li></ul><ul><li>Capitola Police </li></ul><ul><li>471-1141 </li></ul><ul><li>Watsonville Police </li></ul><ul><li>471-1151 </li></ul><ul><li>California Highway Patrol </li></ul><ul><li>662-0511(M-F 8 to 5)796-2160(after hours) </li></ul>
  35. 40. Questions?