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Chief Thomas E. Kelly once again says, “As we have begun our transition into fall and the temperatures start to cool down we see many of our winter residents returning. The Apache Junction Police Department wants to welcome our new and returning winter residents back. Once again I would like to remind both our winter residents, and those diehard year round residents, of the many programs and services we offer to help our residents stay safe and thrive in our wonderful community.
The following services, while not all inclusive, are opportunities and benefits that you, as a community member of Apache Junction, have while partnering with your police department to decrease and deter crime in our community:
RX Take Back and More: The prescription Take Back program is a partnership with the DEA that has been ongoing in our community since 2007 and provides residents a safe and secure method for disposal of outdated or unwanted medication. www.ajcity.net/rxtakeback In addition, your police department also provides this service year round and all you have to do is come to the department and drop your unwanted and outdated prescriptions off for proper destruction.
Bike and Golf Cart Registration: Free program that allows residents to register their bike or golf cart so if that item is ever stolen and recovered, it can be returned to them. www.ajcity.net/bikereg
Watch Your Car: A free vehicle theft prevention program sponsored by the Arizona Auto Theft Authority that allows owners to voluntarily enroll their vehicle(s) and by displaying decals that alert police the vehicle is not usually driven between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. www.ajcity.net/wyc
Free VIN Etching: VIN etching is the process of permanently etching the vehicle’s 17 digit vehicle identification number on the major pieces of glass on the vehicle. Etching your vehicle’s glass serves as a permanent fingerprint and is an effective visual deterrent against automobile theft. We hold several events throughout the year. Watch for advertisements on our Facebook page and City webpage, and in the newspapers. This is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the Arizona Auto Theft Authority and Insta Etch glass marking systems.
Car Seat Loaner program: This program makes car seats available to residents so they can ensure any children visiting them are transported safely during their visit. Due to limited resources, these seats are reserved on a first come/first serve basis. If you feel you will need to reserve a seat, please contact the AJPD Community Resource Coordinator, at (480) 474-5442 or firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible. When reserving a seat, you must provide: age, height, weight of each child you are reserving a seat for.
Tip411: The AJPD provides a way for residents to submit tips in various ways (anonymous if needed); on the phone or online. This allows for residents to be proactive in helping report activity that needs to be investigated. www.ajcity.net/tip or telephone (480) 474-8585.
RAIDS online: Raidsonline.com is an online mapping program that shows criminal activity in a specific area and notifies users of criminal activity in that area. www.raidsonline.com
Offender Watch: This link will connect you to the Offender Watch program which monitors and tracks registered Sex Offenders within the city of Apache Junction. This site is updated on a daily basis. www.communitynotification.com
Informational and Educational seminars upon request: The police department regularly visits businesses, schools, and neighborhoods to provide information and education on topics ranging from fraud, identity theft, holiday safety, shoplifting prevention, 911 use, people smarts and more. Please call to talk about a program that will work for you.
Website and Social Media: When we publish safety tips, crime prevention information, updates on arrests, and traffic or weather incidents we send it to the local newspapers, post it on our website, and post to our social media accounts: Facebook and Twitter. However, when we have spur of the moment updates or updates as events occur, such as weather and traffic alerts, these are only updated on social media since this is distributed immediately and can change rapidly. And more…
We encourage those that want to stay up to date on all our events and activities to not only check in on the www.ajcity.net/news, www.ajcity.net/police websites, but also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get immediate updates and information. The AJPD can be found using the following information: www.ajcity.net/police; Facebook: www.facebook.com/ApacheJunctionPD; Twitter: @AJPoliceDept (If you are not familiar with social media, or comfortable using it and would like to learn how, check in at the AJ Public Library for classes at www.ajpl.org)
The AJPD takes a very proactive approach in working with our community members to increase their knowledge and awareness of security and safety risks, but most importantly, we strive to partner with our residents and empower each resident to decrease and deter these risks.
If you should have any additional questions or would like more information about any of the aforementioned programs, please feel free to contact the AJPD Community Resource Coordinator at (480) 474-5442.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and please stay safe and enjoy our community.