Monday, December 4, 2017

Don't Let the Grich Steal your Christmas

Tips to Prevent Package Theft

Online holiday shopping has many of us have ordering gifts for friends and loved ones. Packages are being delivered by the truckload on front porches to numerous homes in Redwood City.

Packages that are left unattended make for easy targets for criminals. These thefts commonly occur during normal working hours, since many people are not at home. This is a crime that occurs in virtually every community in our country.

RCPD recommendations to avoid becoming a victim of package theft:
1. If your employer will allow it, have packages delivered to your office.
2. Request that the shipper hold your package at their pick-up facility so you can pick it up in person at your convenience.
3. Have packages delivered to a place where they can be received in person, such as the home of a trusted neighbor who stays home during the day, or a retired relative.
4. If purchasing something from a large retailer, request that your package be delivered to a local branch of the store so you can pick it up in person at your convenience.
5. Request a specific delivery date and time from the shipper when you know you will be home.
6. Provide delivery instructions to the shipper so that packages can be left at a safe location at your home that is out of sight from the street.
7. Sign up for delivery alerts (text messages or e-mails) from the shipper; call a trusted neighbor when the packages are delivered, and ask them to take the packages inside for safekeeping until you get home.
8. Request that the shipper require a signature confirmation upon delivery; this will prevent your package from being left at an unattended home.
9. Check out other secure delivery options. For example, has an option for purchases made on their website called "Amazon Lockers," which delivers your package to a secure site. There are several Amazon Locker locations in Redwood City. For more info on finding an Amazon Locker location near you, see

This is a great time of year to get to know your neighbors and encourage them to keep eye out for suspicious behavior. Call 9-1-1 to report suspicious activity immediately in your neighborhood.

If you see a theft in progress do not attempt to stop the suspect on your own. Call 911 and give the operator a detailed description of the individual, including clothing description, physical description, vehicle description, and direction of travel.

Encourage your neighbors to connect with RCPD on social media to learn about crime prevention tips for your neighborhood (like package theft!).
Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Redwood City Police Cadet Program

The Redwood City Police Cadet Program has a long and well-established history of offering valuable experience to local teens and young adults as they explore the vocation of law enforcement. At the same time, these volunteers provide many hours of service to the Redwood City community during City events and large-scale incidents handled by the Police Department. Yet the Program also strives to provide participants with direction and guidance to prepare for the responsibilities of becoming a successful adult.

The Cadet Program has refocused its emphasis on early development of youth interested in seeking careers in law enforcement. Throughout the year, cadets learn and practice police techniques including enforcement tactics and strategies, legal precedents and statutes, and community policing. Those who are interested travel regionally and throughout the State to compete with other Cadet teams in order to further develop their skills and challenge their resolve to pursue a career in law enforcement. In recent years, the Cadet Program has grown into an award-winning group, gaining regional acknowledgments for their performance.
Cadets are unarmed and are not police officers, nor do they undertake enforcement tasks in any capacity, however cadets are exposed to policing topics within controlled environments and under close supervision of Police Department employees. The primary goal of this program is to expose youths with an interest in law enforcement to core values and functions that frame this profession. The Redwood City Police Department continues to benefit from the Cadet Program, as a number of cadets, have eventually gone on to be selected as police officers.

The Cadet Program is located in the Police Activities League (PAL) building on Bay Road and enjoys partnership with this program as Cadets serves as role models for youth in the community. Cadets must volunteer at least ten hours of their time each month, as well as attend monthly meetings and training sessions. Working with sworn police officers at public events and assisting in various capacities throughout the Department helps the young people develop new leadership skills and explore many of the facets of public service while learning to stand on their own two feet. 

More information can be found on the Redwood City Police Department’s Cadet Program webpage at:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Safety Tips

The holiday season is up on us and we want to give you a quick reminder to stay safe while you are out shopping for the holidays. The National Crime Prevention Council has great tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains on Black Friday. Here are some safety tips to remember:
Shopping in Stores
  • Do not buy more than you can carry.  Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or asking a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  • Save all receipts.  Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
  • Don’t flash the cash. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multi-use disposable credit cards or money orders, including at online stores.
  • Wait until asked by a cashier before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.

 Walking to and From Your Car
  • Be informed about your surroundings.
  • Deter pickpockets.  Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car. Lock them in the trunk, or if possible, take them directly home.
 Shopping With Small Children
  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
  • Select a central meeting place.
  • Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.
  • Have them memorize or keep your cell phone number handy.

 Shopping Online
  • Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall installed.
  • Keep your personal information private and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
  • Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
  • Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.
  • To avoid purchasing counterfeit products, carefully examine the products you want to buy for signs of missing information (manufacturing information, warranty, product codes, etc.), broken or missing safety seals, different or incomplete packaging, and subtle or obvious changes to a company logo.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Safety Tips

School days bring traffic, kids on bikes and walking, and hurried parents trying to drop of their kids before work.  The Redwood City Police Department reminds residents that schools will be back in session starting the week of August 21st. Officers and will be out enforcing traffic laws at our schools. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school.

Here are a few recommendation 

If You're Dropping Off
Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following apply to all school zones:
  • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school
Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians
  • According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:
    • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
    • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
    • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
    • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
    • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
    • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
    • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way
Sharing the Road with School Buses
If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It isillegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
    • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if 
    • you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
    • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is 
    • extended, traffic must stop
    • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough 
    • back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
    • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks

Sharing the Road with Bicyclists 
On most roads, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions. The most common cause of collision is a driver turning left in front of a bicyclist.
    • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between    your car and the cyclist
    • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the          rider to pass
    • If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider       go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
    • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children               especially have a tendency to do this
    • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods
    • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
    • Check side mirrors before opening your door

By exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can co-exist safely in school zones. The National Safety Council has prepared a reference sheet on school zones / traffic enforcement and isavailable HERE for download.