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GJPD Offering Safe Hotels Program #GVCopBeat

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Safe Community LogoCommunity Resource officers with the Grand Junction Police Department will be offering a valuable training about the Safe Hotels program on Thursday, November 19, from 12pm-5pm, at the Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue.

The Safe Hotels program is a simple, effective way to reduce police calls for service at hotels and motels, benefitting not only guests and staff, but also nearby residents.  The program is geared toward owners of hotels and motels, property managers, maintenance supervisors, and any other staff that have a vested interest in the quality of their accommodations.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of the program, including receiving a weekly report of calls for service on your property and an evaluation to identify environmental areas that could be addressed to reduce crime at the location.  Your participation in the program also allows us to list your business on our City website, for people seeking safe locations to stay in Grand Junction, as well as the option for you to use the program’s logo on your own marketing materials!  You will also have a direct point of contact with an officer that knows you and your property, so we can better serve you.  Don’t miss out!

Please note that Safe Hotels is replacing the previous Crime Free Hotels program.  If you’ve attended a Crime Free training in the past, we would still encourage you to sign up for this month’s presentation, to see what’s new and improved about the program!

To register for this free program, please call or email Officer David Keech, at (970)549-5336, or davidke@gjcity.org.

We’re Celebrating Veterans Day, Office Closure on November 11 #GVCopBeat #HappyVeteransDay

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US_Flag_BacklitThe Grand Junction Police Department will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day. The GJPD Records and Front Counter will be closed, but emergency services will resume as normal.

The GJPD wishes to honor and thank all of those who have served, and we wish you a heartfelt Veterans Day.

Guns Stolen from Grand Junction Museum #GVCopBeat #CrimeStoppers

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Cropped Badge-Transparent BackgroundShortly after 5:00pm on Monday, November 2, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a glass break alarm at 462 Ute Avenue, the Museum of the West, which is a part of the Museums of Western Colorado.  Officers were on scene within minutes of the initial alarm notification.  The building was searched and no one was located.  Further investigation revealed that three weapons that were displayed in a glass case in the museum had been stolen.  These included two handguns that had previously belonged to Sheriffs of Mesa County.  There was also a pistol stolen, which had belonged to a famous actor.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.  If you have any information about the suspect or suspects in this crime, or the whereabouts of the items stolen, please call Crime Stoppers at (970)241-STOP, or you can provide information at info@241stop.com.

Happy Halloween, from the GJPD! #ShareGJ

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Some things to think about, as we go into Halloween weekend…have fun, be safe!

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Series of Thefts from Autos at Stocker Stadium #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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IMG_9626Fall is here!  The autumn season brings with it changing leaves, all things pumpkin, football, and…car break-ins?

Over the last several weeks, the Grand Junction Police Department has taken numerous reports of thefts from vehicles in and around the parking lot at Stocker Stadium, specifically during high school football games.

Please don’t leave your valuable items in your car unattended.  Unfortunately, locking your doors is not enough; several of the victimized automobiles have had the windows broken.  In these cases, items of value, such as purses and electronics, have been in plain view inside the vehicles.  If you don’t want to carry these items with you, lock them in your trunk.

The Grand Junction Police Department is taking steps to address this trend, but our best defense is public awareness, so that citizens can protect themselves and their property.  If you’re out at the stadium, supporting your local team, please be aware of your surroundings and call 911 if you see suspicious activity in the area.

Online Sales Exchange Safe Zone Now Available at GJPD #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Craigslist2In 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 heidid@gjcity.org.

Male Suspect Photographing Teens in Target #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify a male suspect that is wanted for harassment. On Tuesday, August 25th two female teenagers were shopping inside Target located at 2424 Hwy 6 & 50, when they noticed a male subject taking photos of them. The suspect was described as Hispanic male, approximately 40 years old, 5’3” tall, with a scruffy mustache and goatee wearing a black t-shirt, shorts, and a red baseball cap. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.  2015-51774

If you know the identity or location of the subject 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.

Missing Person Found #Missing #GJPD #ShareGJ #GVCopBeat

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Heather Fullerton has been found and is safe.  There is no longer a need to report Heather’s whereabouts.

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Seeking Shoplift Suspect #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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2015-00055887SUSPECT_1The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in locating a male suspect who stole a pair of shoes from the Wal-Mart store at 2545 Rimrock Avenue, around 4:40 pm on Saturday, September 12.

The male switched the shoes he was wearing with a pair of new shoes in a box on the display shelf and started walking out of the store. When contacted by loss prevention officers, the male then ran from the store. The suspect is described as a white male, 35-45 years old, around 6 feet tall and 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black shirt. The total estimated property loss is less than $100. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of this subject, 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, visit http://www.241stop.com

So You Have A Vacation Planned, but What About Your House? #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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With the changing of the seasons comes the opportunity for vacation. Before you jet set off to the nearest beach, or to spend time with your family, it is important to make sure things are squared away at home. As the holiday season is just around the corner, often, thieves take this as an opportunity to break into homes and steal precious items. Don’t let yourself or your valuables become a victim.                                GJPD Logo

The Grand Junction Police Department would like to help protect your home while you are away. Our Vacation House Check program is free, and only requires this  Vacation House Check Form to be filled out and submitted . You can rest easy and enjoy your vacation knowing that we have the safety of your home and the goods inside it better protected.

In addition to filling out the vacation house check form, here are a few tips to help you further protect your home:

  • Buy A Light Switch Timer:
    You may think that leaving a house light or two on during your vacation will prevent thieves, but it could actually lure them in. Having a house light on consistently and through out the night looks odd–and gives the impression that nobody is home to turn it off. Instead, consider purchasing a light switch timer that will automatically turn your lights on and off according to the time schedule you set. Think you’re going to buy one? Check out this Honeywell 7-Day Programmer from Amazon.
  • Don’t Make it Easy for Thieves–Watch What You Post:
    Before you post about your upcoming vacation on your social media accounts- such as Facebook and Twitter- it’s important to stop and think: “Who is actually reading this?” Social networking sites have made it easier for criminals to target their next victim. Be aware that not everything you post is protected, and often, social media sites have a consistently fluctuating privacy policy–before you post, make sure to think twice. In addition to watching your posting habits before your next vacation, it is also important to be careful what you say on your home phone answering machine or voice mail. Callers just need to know you can’t come to the phone, not that you’re not home.
  • Extra! Extra! They’re Not Home to Read It:
    Do you have a daily or weekly newspaper delivered to your driveway? Before you leave on your vacation, consider asking a friend or a family member to pick up the newspapers from your drive way. Having multiple newspapers gathered on the front of your drive way could send a signal to criminals that you’re out of town. If you plan on being gone for an extended period of time, you might consider putting a hold to your mail, as well. Piled up mail in the mailbox could lead to a number of issues, including identity theft. To place a hold to your mail, visit USPS.com.
  • Have A Spare? Don’t Make it Easy:
    Instead of leaving your extra house key under the mat on your front porch, or even under a flower pot, give it to a trusted family member or friend. If for any reason a criminal does get wind that you’re not home, they’re likely to look for a spare key. Don’t make it easy for them to walk away with your items.
  • Lock It Up:
    In addition to following the advice above, don’t forget to lock your house. You might find yourself so eager to leave, that you forget to lock your windows or your back door. Before leaving, double check that all locks are in the locked position and that there are no open windows. If your home has a security system, make sure that is set as well. If you have certain items that have substantial value, such as jewelry, consider locking it up and putting it in a closet under clothing.

Happy travels!