In today’s economy, it’s especially valuable to have options available for citizens to buy, sell, or trade goods. Craigslist, Facebook, and other online platforms are a great way to sell that car you’ve never gotten around to fixing, or buy a gently used lawnmower for a reasonable price. However, some people are understandably skeptical about inviting a stranger to their home to make that exchange, or to venture into an area with which they’re unfamiliar, with a pocket full of cash.
All over the country, ecommerce safe zones are popping up. Numerous law enforcement agencies are providing a safe place to make those exchanges. The Grand Junction Police Department is happy to start providing that service to our community, as well.
The process itself is really simple. Our lobby is open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week. We also have two well-lit spots in our parking lot that we’ve designated for before or after hours trades. Feel free to arrange to meet here to buy, sell, or trade your items. Both our lobby and parking lot are under recorded video surveillance, 24 hours per day. No appointment is needed, no advance notification necessary. There won’t be an officer monitoring the transaction. Our intention is to provide a location where citizens can feel safe and comfortable in these types of situations, knowing that police are only feet away. If someone is unwilling to meet you at the police department to make your exchange, you may have just avoided a scam, or worse.
The Grand Junction Police Department is always looking for proactive ways to clamp down on crime and partner with our community. We hope our citizens will find this service useful. Questions? Concerns? Let us know! Call (970)549-5114, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heather Fullerton has been found and is safe. There is no longer a need to report Heather’s whereabouts.
On Saturday, September 12, at approximately 2:30pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a call of a suspicious male watching children at a playground in the southwest quadrant of the City.
Upon arrival, witnesses reported to the officers that a male, later identified as Michael Raymond Graham, DOB 4/27/70, was watching children play at a neighborhood playground. The male followed some of the children into an apartment, after requesting they give him some water. Once inside the apartment, the male was confronted by an adult and left the apartment. The victim then contacted law enforcement. Based on information gathered from the witnesses on scene, Graham was located and taken into custody on charges of 1st degree trespass and harassment.
Once at the jail, Graham admitted to watching the children and having thoughts about touching the children in a sexual manner. Graham, who is a registered sex offender, also admitted to fantasizing about one of the juveniles, specifically.
Graham’s charges were amended to 2nd degree burglary and three counts of enticement of a child.
Recently, one of our employees took the time to compose this lovely, articulate letter, in appreciation of his co-workers. It would be a shame not to share it with all of you. Thank you, Mr. Pearson, for sharing your thoughts. Your words mean so much.
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help in locating the suspect(s) that stole a truck parked in the 100 block of Winter Hawk Drive. Sometime between 8 pm on Thursday, July 16th and 7 am on Friday, July 17th, the suspects unlawfully gained entry and stole a truck parked in a residential driveway. The stolen truck is described as a lifted Silver 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 with 37” tires and metallic Rims, a loud straight pipe exhaust, with a B&W locked trailer hitch. The truck had “All About Trees, Licensed and Insured 970-589-0821” written in Red lettering on both sides and therear of the truck. The suspect later drove through McDonald’s restaurant where a surveillance camera captured a photo of him. The photo can be viewed at http://www.241stop.com. The total estimated property loss is over $20,000.
If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com
A check in the mail that you weren’t expecting.
An email from someone, offering you much more than you were asking, for that item you posted for sale online.
These are just a few of the ways that scammers may attempt to get your money or your personal information. Bad guys are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to victimize you. The Grand Junction Police Department wants our community members to be informed, aware, and savvy when it comes to protecting your identity and your bank account.
- Educate yourself that scams are out there. When you encounter an uninvited contact from a person or business, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. These contacts can come via phone, mail, email, social networking sites, or even in person. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
- Know who you’re dealing with and be suspicious of any requests for your personal information or money. Do your homework. If you’re solicited by someone you don’t know, research them online. Never send money or your information to anyone you don’t know or trust. Don’t agree to transfer funds for someone else. You may be targeted for a money laundering scheme, which is a criminal offense.
- Be careful when shopping or conducting business online, and keep your personal details secure. Only use online services that you know and trust. Again, do your research to see what other people’s experiences have been before you make an online purchase with a person or business for the first time. Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social media. Scammers use that information to steal your identity.
Unfortunately, there are people out there that will take advantage of our desire to be polite, generous, or compassionate. It’s not just the naïve or gullible that fall for these schemes; any of us can fall victim. Don’t be afraid to be assertive! If you believe someone is attempting to victimize you, confront them. Usually, that will end the contact. If someone uses abusive language to intimidate you, end the contact immediately. Most importantly, if you encounter a scam, tell your friends and family; that knowledge could help protect them, should they be targeted in the future.
If you fall victim to scam and suffer a loss of personal information or money, residents of Grand Junction should download our fraud packet found here, then contact non-emergency dispatch at (970)242-6707 to set up an appointment to make a report with an officer. To report attempted scams, you can call the Colorado Attorney General’s Fraud Complaint Line at 1-888-222-4444, or you can go online to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.
This week Crime Stoppers needs your help
to identify and locate the suspects involved in a case of arson at the Western Colorado Community College located at 2508 Blichmann Avenue.
Sometime between 3:00-3:20 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14th, unknown suspects cut the chain link fence to gain access into the Automotive Technical School parking lot.
The suspects tampered with a fuel tank on a vehicle which resulted in a fire that spread to three additional vehicles.
If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at http://www.241stop.com .
It is with a heavy heart that the Grand Junction Police Department will be assisting with a funeral procession of a local active duty military casualty.
Starting at 1:00 pm, a funeral procession for Terry Fick will leave Callahan Edfast Mortuary in the area of 25 Road and Patterson Road. The Procession will go from there to the Veteran’s Cemetery in the area of 28 Road and D Road. The procession is expected to be large and traffic between the Mortuary and the Cemetery will be effected.
We would like to remind the motoring public to be patient at times like this and if you need to be somewhere and your drive may be effected by this event, please plan on leaving early or consider alternate routes.
The cost of a bike isn’t always cheap, with some bikes ranging in price from $400 to thousands of dollars–a bike is an investment, and it is important to take proper precautions as bike riders to prevent bike theft. The Grand Junction Police Department has seen a recent spike in bike theft and we would like to pass on a few tips to protect yourself from falling victim.
Invest in a strong bike lock and know how and where to use it:
Locking your property is the best way to prevent a thief from stealing it. Often people fail to lock up their bike while running quick errands or in places where it would seem to be okay to leave it unlocked. People often leave their bike unattended and unlocked on their patio at home, or in the hall of their apartment building, or even in the hallways of Colorado Mesa University–this gives thieves an easy target. If you are going to leave your bike somewhere unattended–even just for a few minutes–lock it up! When you do lock it up, remember to lock it to something sturdy. Bike racks are available at a multitude of locations, but given they are unavailable or full, remember to lock your bike to something hard that is difficult to cut or break.
Register Your Bike at The Grand Junction Police Department for just $1:
In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, having it registered with the GJPD will increase your chances of getting it back and greatly aides our recovery to get your bike back to you. Often GJPD officers will come across stolen bikes, with no way to prove they are stolen or lost because they aren’t registered.
To register your bike with the GJPD bring your bike down to our department located at 555 Ute Ave. Our records department will obtain basic information about the bike, such as the serial number, make and model and your information and run it in our system to make sure it isn’t stolen. Once that is completed, you will be issued a small metallic sticker with a unique number that can be placed on your bike. The sticker and registration is good for ten years.
Happy Biking! Stay Safe and Be Alert.
As parents, there are few things that we value above the health and safety of our children. Any parent of a high school or college bound son or daughter knows the concern that the influence of peers often outweighs mom’s or dad’s input.
The Grand Junction Police Department would like to invite parents, as well as high school and college aged young adults, to join us for a frank discussion about how we can equip our young people to make safe, smart choices that can help protect them and their friends. Officer Suzette Freidenberger, a 13 year veteran of the Grand Junction Police Department, offers a candid presentation about how to navigate the many choices with which young people are confronted. In settings where alcohol and/or drugs are present, an ill-considered choice can have long term consequences. We will be joined by a panel of guests, including health care professionals, school resource officers, and other invested community members.
It is important to empower our sons and daughters to recognize these serious circumstances and be ready to make sound decisions that can protect them and their peers. Parents, please know that this will be a candid discussion, with frank language and content. We would strongly encourage parents to attend with their high school and college age children, and be part of the conversation.
When: Tuesday, September 8, 6:30pm
Where: Grand Junction Police Department, 555 Ute Avenue
Please contact Heidi Davidson at (970)549-5114, or at email@example.com, to RSVP or with questions.