Spring 2019 District Newsletter
As the city of Scottsdale continues to become a hub and innovation center, the Scottsdale Police Department works diligently to develop collaborative relationships with companies to understand how new technology and the testing of that technology impacts our residents and the overall public safety mission throughout the city.
For the past several months, robotics company Nuro has been testing a grocery delivery service utilizing the Nuro R1 autonomous vehicle. This testing involved grocery deliveries from the Fry's store at 7770 E. McDowell Road to customers in the 85257 ZIP code.
Prior to launching this test service, police officials worked collaboratively with Nuro representatives to ensure that the Nuro R1 tests would have little-to-no impact on public safety. Nuro representatives provided police officials with the pertinent information regarding the operation of the R1 vehicle, as well as detailed and specific instructions to officers about how to shut the R1 off, move it off the roadway and load it onto a tow truck. Additionally, Nuro Operations Specialists are available 24/7 to officers via a dedicated phone line specifically for law enforcement.
Although the R1 autonomous vehicle testing will be coming to an end soon, Nuro will be utilizing a fleet of self-driving Toyota Prius' later in the year. Fortunately, the Scottsdale Police Department will continue to have a collaborative working relationship with Nuro moving forward to ensure the public safety is paramount in testing and developing new technology in the city of Scottsdale.
Commander Tom Henny
McKellips District Commander
Preventing vehicle burglaries
Vehicle burglary is a crime of opportunity. Leaving doors unlocked, windows down and property in plain sight invites criminals to burglarize your car. Many times, criminals target places such as gyms and trailheads knowing people will not carry their personal items while they are working out. If you must leave personal items in your vehicle unattended, place them in your trunk PRIOR to arriving at your destination. Once at your destination, roll up your windows, lock your doors and set the alarm, if you have one. Protect your property, do not leave it in plain sight.
This is one of those short but beautiful times of the year where we open up those screen doors and windows. As we all know, in the blink of an eye, summer will be here yet again. So, as we invite that cool, fresh air into our homes, please ask yourself these simple questions:
- Does your front door have a security door or just a screen door?
- Does the window have a latching mechanism when open or do you need to add a window lock to prevent it from opening too far?
- If you are being "safe" and only opening doors and windows accessible from the backyard, can anyone access your yard at any time?
- What about your sliding doors and windows? Do you have a dowel in the track or locking mechanism to prevent it from opening too far?
The one takeaway from this is awareness. Once you are aware of an issue, you can then determine the best actions to take. It could mean buying dowels or locks for your windows. It might mean purchasing a security door. You should close and lock all of your windows prior to leaving your home. Be sure to take the proper precautions to keep your family safe.
It's spring and love is in the air. However, sometimes romance is not what it seems. Did you know that last year, $143 million was lost by people that were victimized by romance scams, the highest amount of any scam type.
With these types of scams, a victim will meet the scammer on an online dating site. At some point, the scammer will ask for money, usually for an emergency or to pay for an in-person meeting. Be wary of anyone that you have never met that asks for money. You should be suspicious of anyone asking for money via a wire transfer or with gift cards. For more information about romance scams and to watch a short video, visit the FTC.gov website.
Scottsdale Teen Academy
Do you know any teenagers with an interest in law enforcement or fire services? The city of Scottsdale is hosting the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy June 3-7. Teens ages 14-18 are invited to try their hand at various scenarios and watch several tactical demonstrations. The deadline to apply is April 12. For more information, visit our website.
Behind the Badge
Find out how the Scottsdale Police Department manages the thousands of records requests it receives every year.
To watch previous episodes of Behind the Badge, just visit the SPD YouTube page.
"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 April 6 and May 4. Cost is $4 per box. All paper is shredded on site. These events are hosted by Police Officers of Scottsdale Association. Proceeds benefit POSA Outreach and their charitable events.
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, May 4, at the North Corp Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive.
Find out all the items that can be recycled.