City Welcomes New & Returning Winter Residents

There is no better time to experience life in the desert than during these mild-weather months in Apache Junction.

“As the temperatures cool down, we see many of our winter residents returning,” said Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) Chief Thomas E. Kelly.

“We welcome our new and returning seasonal residents back, and I would like to remind them—and those diehard year-round denizens—of the many programs and services we offer to help them stay safe and thrive in our wonderful community.”

Below are some of the opportunities and benefits that Apache Junction community members have as partners with AJPD. They all help 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DEA that has been ongoing in our community since 2007 and provides residents a safe and secure method for disposal of outdated or unwanted medication (www.ajcity.net/rxtakeback). Your police department provides this service year round, and all you have to do is come to the department and drop your unwanted and outdated prescriptions off for proper destruction.

Bicycle and Golf Cart Registration: A 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 (AATA) that allows owners to voluntarily enroll their vehicle(s) and  display decals that alert police that the vehicle is not usually driven between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. (www.ajcity.net/wyc).

Free VIN Etching: Vehicle identification number etching is the process of permanently etching the vehicle’s 17 digit VIN 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, city webpage and in the newspapers. This is free, 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 served basis. If you feel you will need to reserve a seat, please contact the AJPD Community Resource Coordinator at 480-474-5442 or cru@ajcity.net, 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: www.communitynotification.com 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.

Informational & Educational seminars upon request: The AJPD 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.

We encourage those who 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.

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.)

AJPD takes a proactive approach working with our community members to increase their knowledge and awareness of security and safety risks, and, most importantly, we strive to partner with our residents and empower each resident to decrease and deter risks.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of our programs, please 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.

Photo above: Be sure to visit downtown Apache Junction and take in the beautiful Christmas tree that was lit last Saturday.

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