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Welcome to the Brea Briefing Room, the Brea Police Department’s official blog. The purpose of this blog is to keep the community informed while providing a behind the scenes look into the operations of the Department. The blog also offers an opportunity to interact with the Brea Police Department through the sharing of information. We encourage you to express your thoughts on topics posted on the blog through respectful and insightful discussion. The Department reserves the right to remove comments that contain inappropriate language and/or material. View blog disclaimerBreaPolice.net

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Apr 03

Monthly Tip - Watch for Card Skimming

Posted on April 3, 2017 at 2:25 p.m. by Brea Police Department PIO

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Card skimming is the unauthorized copying of electronic data from your debit card or credit card. Thieves use hidden equipment, such as pin-hole cameras and card reading devices to obtain your PIN and card data. The stolen data is then encoded onto a counterfeit card, which is used to withdraw funds or make purchases without your knowledge.

This type of crime can occur anywhere, but most commonly occurs at gas stations and ATM machines. Gas pump and ATM machines can be easily tampered with since they are not monitored 24/7. Thieves place devices that resemble the actual equipment on the machine in order to read your card you use it.

Some quick prevention tips:

  • Use ATM machines that are inside the bank or business and visible and open to the public.
  • Check your bank records and statements often and look for unusual or unauthorized activity.
  • Report any lost or stolen cards IMMEDIATELY.
  • Always keep your cards in your sight. If the sales clerk moves to a different register, accompany them.
  • Pay attention to the number of times your card is swiped and make sure that any transaction that is not the actual sale is voided.
  • Consider using the credit option as opposed to entering your PIN.
  • Do not accept "assistance" from a Good Samaritan at an ATM. If the machine does not properly work, move on!

If you see anything or anyone suspicious near an ATM machine, call the police!

Mar 01

Monthly Tip - Report Suspicious Activity

Posted on March 1, 2017 at 8:39 a.m. by Brea Police Department PIO

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The Brea Police Department serves a population of approximately 41,000 residents, business and commercial locations, all within about 12 square miles.  While the Brea Police Department is constantly patrolling the city, the men and women of the department cannot actively police every square inch of our city at all times. Therefore we encourage residents and visitors serve as the eyes and ears in the community for our dispatchers and officers. The best way to decrease crime is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Give criminals the message if they are in our neighborhoods, and about to commit a crime, they are being watched – not ignored – through a joint effort by our residents and the police department.

If you witness suspicious activity in your neighborhood, or see something that doesn't sit right with you, please pick up the phone and call our department’s non-emergency dispatch number at (714) 990-7911 – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As always, if you witness a crime in progress or have an emergency, remember to dial 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY. We make many great arrests based on citizens reporting to us about unfamiliar people or suspicious behavior in their neighborhoods.

As members of a greater community, we are all responsible for its protection, as safety does not simply end at a property line. Get to know your neighbors and your neighborhood, remain alert, and never hesitate to call your police department. Please do not assume your neighbors have called the police. We prefer to receive 3 calls about suspicious activity than none at all. 

Feb 16

Monthly Tip - What to Do If You’re Involved in a Car Accident

Posted on February 16, 2017 at 4:49 p.m. by Brea Police Department PIO

Rear End CollisionGetting in a car accident can be stressful, confusing and altogether overwhelming. Although no one wants to get into a car accident, taking the time to prepare beforehand can help the process seem easier and ensure that you will collect the necessary information accurately and completely. First, you must carry with you and present to a police officer, your driver's license, proof of insurance and current vehicle registration when stopped by an officer or involved in a collision. In the state of California it is a crime to not stop if you are involved in a traffic collision. If you fail to stop, you can be charged criminally.

The Department of Motor Vehicles has a page devoted to collision information, including reporting requirements to the State. Visit the DMV webpage.

Another resource may be your insurance company. While renewing your insurance, check with your agency, sometimes they will supply you with a pre-printed check list that you can keep in your glove box.

If you are in a car accident, the first thing to do is to check for injuries to you, your passengers, the other involved driver or their passengers. If someone is injured, immediately call 9-1-1 and report the collision. If there are injuries that require medical attention, leave the vehicles in place until police and fire personnel arrive.

If no one in either car is hurt, remove the vehicles from the roadway. Pull to the side of the road, a parking lot, or side street, whatever you feel is the safest and out of the way of traffic. Next, evaluate the damage. If there is substantial damage or injury, the police should be called to the scene. If the damage is minor and no one is injured, merely exchanging information between the two drivers is acceptable. A police report is NOT always required.

When exchanging information, record the following:
  • Date, time and location of the collision
  • Name, address and phone numbers for all drivers and passengers
  • Driver’s license numbers for involved drivers
  • Insurance company name, policy number and policy holder for all drivers or vehicles
  • Complete vehicle information of involved vehicles to include license number, make, model, color, and description such as pick-up, four-door etc., and name of registered owner if different
  • Description of any damage
  • Photographs of damage, or lack thereof, other parties and scene if safe to do so
  • Note lane position of each vehicle and where the vehicles were prior to and at time of collision
  • Note any unusual conditions such as inoperative lights, vision obstruction
  • Note/photograph any physical evidence like skids or debris resulting from collision

Be safe, slow down, and wear your seat belt!


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