Summer 2017 District Newsletter
Each summer, the Scottsdale Police sees an increase in the number of calls for dogs in distress or dogs locked in vehicles related to the heat. Here are some of the warnings and reminders to keep your pet safe this summer.
Walk your dog in the mornings or late evenings. Feel the ground with your hand to see if the pavement is too hot to walk. We wear shoes, pets do not. The ground can be 20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature when the sun is out.
Don't leave pets inside parked vehicles. The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30 degrees. After an hour, the temperature inside your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70 degree day, that?s over 110 degrees inside your car.
Here is a chart showing just how hot it can get inside a vehicle:
What are some of the signs of heat related illness in dogs and what can you do?
Signs of heatstroke include: rapid panting/pulse, bright red tongue, red or pale gums, thick and sticky saliva, excessive drooling, weakness, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea and shock. When you see these signs; remove the dog from the heat immediately. Lower the dog?s temperature gradually (try fans or cool water). If you cool a dog too quickly, it can cause issues as well. Take the dog to a vet as soon as possible if you suspect heatstroke.
If you suspect a dog is suffering from heatstroke outside or in a vehicle you can call Maricopa County Animal Control or Scottsdale Police for assistance.
Commander Aaron Minor
Scottsdale Police Department
Filing police reports online
Did you know that you can submit a crime report to the Scottsdale Police Department online? In an effort to streamline the reporting process and maintain police resources for emergencies, citizens are encouraged to submit crime reports online. This user friendly submission process is available on the City of Scottsdale?s website and for crimes that meet certain criteria.
Reports can be submitted online for the following crimes:
- Theft (without burglary) of items valued at $1,000 or less (or bicycles of any value). Theft is when someone takes the property of another with the intent to deprive the person of such property, obtain services by misrepresentation, or comes in control of lost property, with no attempt to find the owner.
- Shoplifted items valued at $250 or less. Shoplifted items are items taken that were displayed for sale.
- Damaged items valued at $2,000 or less. Criminal damage occurs when a person defaces or damages your property. Examples include slashed car tires, damaged plants or landscaping, keyed car paint.
- Lost items over the value of $2,500. Lost property is technically not a crime, but we will make a courtesy report for items valued over $2,500.
Residents are still encouraged to call the Scottsdale Police Department non-emergency number at 480-312-5000 if the crimes do not meet the online reporting criteria listed above. Residents should call 911 to report life-threatening emergencies and crimes in progress. Damage to mailboxes should be reported to the U.S. Postal Service.
Crimes that cannot be reported online include:
- Identity Theft
- Credit Card Fraud
- If a weapon was used or threatened
- Lost or stolen weapons or medications
- Burglary where someone enters a structure with the intent to commit a theft
For additional information or to file a crime report, go to eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/crimereport.
What happens to your information after it is stolen?
Have you ever wondered what happens once identity thieves steal your information? The Federal Trade Commission decided to find out. They created a group of 100 fake "customers" and posted the information on a hacker's website. Within nine minutes, identity thieves had attempted to use the information. In total, 1,200 attempts were made to access email, payment and credit card accounts.
In the study, the FTC determined that the fake "customers" that used two-factor authentication did not have their information compromised. Two-factor authentication is a process where a password and a second piece of information are used, such as a special code sent to a cell phone.
You can learn more about the study by visiting the commission website.
Want to know how to keep your kids safe during the summer months? You can learn how on the latest edition of Behind the Badge. Chief Alan Rodbell and Community Liaison Chris Vassall welcome their panel to discuss ways to keep kids out of trouble during summer break.
To watch previous episodes of Behind the Badge, just visit the SPD YouTube page.
Citizen's Police Academy
Take an inside look at how the Scottsdale Police Department operates by attending our Citizen?s Police Academy. The next academy starts on Sept. 7 and meets for eight consecutive Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For further information about the program or to download an application, please visit our website.
"Shred It" events
Don't be a potential victim of identity theft. Protect your identity by attending a "Shred It" event. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to be shredded from 7 to 10 a.m. on the day of the event at the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Upcoming dates, all Saturdays, are Sept. 9 and Oct. 7. Cost is $3 per box.
Electronics Recycling Collection Day
Recycle your old electronics equipment, including computers, TVs and phones. Our next electronics recycling event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the North Corp Yard at 9191 E. San Salvador Drive. Find out all the items that can be recycled.