advisory: Community safety
The Jurupa Valley Police Department would like to remind our residents that cooler overnight temperatures can bring the potential for increased residential burglaries and prowlers in our neighborhoods.
The lower seasonal temperatures can create the urge to sleep with our doors and windows open, or to leave our windows unsecured while absent on day trips or working away from the house. It’s during these times of beautiful weather; a greater opportunity for criminals to steal items from inside our home exists. The cooler weather also brings the potential for criminals to prowl our neighborhoods looking for easy access into our homes.
The police officers who protect Jurupa Valley take every step to help citizens safeguard their personal safety and valuables by making frequent patrols of our business centers and neighborhoods. The following list provides steps every resident can take to help Jurupa Valley police officers make our city an unfriendly place for criminals.
- Keep your garage door completely closed when inside or away from your home. Make a habit of checking and closing your garage door before you prepare for bedtime each night.
- Never leave for the day, or sleep overnight, with any doors into your home open or unlocked.
- Ideally, you should never leave for the day or sleep with your windows unlocked and open. If you have the urge to allow our beautiful weather into your home, consult your security professional or local hardware store to learn how you can purchase and install window locks.
- Be vigilant of strange activity or people near your home. People looking over backyard fences, walking from window-to-window around the outside of homes, staying close to landscape bushes or lingering in the shadows around homes can be indicators of criminal activity. Jurupa Valley police officers work hard to represent you well and want you to report any strange activity you see in your neighborhood to them by calling 9-1-1 immediately.
- Be vigilant of strange circumstances around your home. Window screens or fence padlocks which have been inexplicably cut or removed from your home, outside light bulbs which are unscrewed from the socket or removed entirely, and unexplained damage to window or door locks can be indicators of criminal circumstance. Jurupa Valley police officers take pride in their investigation of criminal circumstances around your home and ask that you notify them by calling the non-emergency dispatch center at (951) 776-1099.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.
If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at www.joinrsd.org or call 1-888-Join-RSD
Advisory: traffic safety
As drivers and pedestrians, we all want to reach our destinations safely. Here are some tips from the US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration campaign, "Share the Road Safely" on doing exactly that.
- Cutting in front can cut your life short! Avoid cutting in front of other vehicles as you may create an emergency braking situation for others around you, especially in heavy traffic.
- Buckle your seat belt! ALWAYS!
- Watch your blind spots and the "No Zones" around trucks and buses.
- Inattentive drivers. While driving, please focus only on the road. If you need to attend to another matter while driving (cell phones, kids, application of cosmetics, etc.) safely pull over in a parking lot or rest stop.
- Avoid aggressive drivers and driving aggressively. Speeding, running red lights and stop signs, making frequent lane changes and tailgating can create dangerous and potentially fatal situations on the road.
- Avoid squeeze play. Be careful of trucks and buses making wide right turns. If you try to get in between the truck and the curb, you could be caught in a squeeze and suffer a serious accident.
- Never drink and drive!
If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, try to remember and quickly write down:
_The make and color of the other vehicle
_Anything about the other vehicle's license plate
_Any characteristic of the other driver (sex, race, age, hair color, clothing, etc.)
_Any other details about the accident
- Watch the "No-Zones". Never hang out in a truck's blind spot or "No-Zone".
- Always wear a helmet!
- Drive to survive! Motorcycles are the smallest vehicles on the road and offer no protection in a crash. Be cautious, pay attention to the signals and brakes of other vehicles, especially trucks!
- Check yourself and your bike. Conduct a safety inspection of your motorcycle before each ride and be sure to wear the proper protective gear.
- Watch your speed!
Additional Motorcycle Safety Tips
Truck and Bus Drivers
- Take care of yourself! The most important part of a moving truck or bus is the driver. Get plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel, eat well and stay fit!
- Always maintain your vehicle
- Be aware of your "No-Zone"! The "No-Zone" represents the danger areas, or blind spots, around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur. Be vigilant in watching out for vehicles in the "No-Zone".
- Slow down in work zones!
- Always keep your distance - leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Fasten your seatbelt. Buckle up for safety and control.
- Always drive defensively and AVOID aggressive drivers!
- Work to help yourselves. Help stranded motorists, notify traffic safety agencies of crashes, unsafe road conditions and other situations that can lead to crashes.
- Watch your walkways. Walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks whenever possible. Pay attention to walk signals and keep a safe distance when standing on corners.
- Know your "No Zones". Be aware of blind spots around trucks, buses and cars when walking near and around them.
- Stopping Distances. Use caution when crossing intersections and streets. You may think vehicles will stop for you, but they may not see you or even be able to stop. Never take a chance with a truck, even if the driver sees you, they may not be able to stop. Truck brakes and gears are notorious for sticking.
- Make Yourself Visible. Wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Watch our for wide loads. Trucks with wide loads may have very limited visibility as well as difficulty maneuvering.
- Wear your helmet! Helmet Use Laws
- Bikers Beware. Always be aware of the traffic around you. Never assume that all drivers see you. Ride defensively.
- Check your brakes and be prepared to stop.
- Ride with traffic. Ride on the right side, with the flow of traffic.
- Beware of the "No-Zone". Never sneak in between a truck or bus and the curb, or you could get crushed. Be aware that large trucks have blind spots in the front, back and on the sides, which make it difficult for the driver to see around them.
Advisory: Resources for Fraud Schemes
Several of our community members have fallen victim to very convincing fraud schemes involving mortgage assistance, outstanding tax collection, foreign government assistance, and even to companies promising to return money lost in similar scams. These scams almost always request money be paid up front for services, or the threat of arrest, eviction or property seizure is made. Recently, several community members reported receiving suspicious telephone calls from young people claiming to be their grandchildren. These scammers asked for money for medical expenses, to avoid arrest, post bail or to purchase food. Our older community members are most often targeted and victimized in these cases.
Community members are strongly encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency, or an allied government agency, before providing these scammers any money or personal information. Riverside County residents who are 65 years or older, or dependent adults (18 to 64 years old) can contact the Department of Public Social Services Adult Services Division CARE (Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly) Program at any time for assistance. CARE provides education to seniors and dependent adults, and one-on-one advocacy to those who need assistance filing complaints with regulatory or investigating agencies.
Community members are encouraged to contact the following agencies for assistance:
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Jurupa Valley Station
Curtailing Abuse Related to the Elderly (CARE) Program
California Department of Consumer Affairs
Federal Trade Commission
State of California Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Better Business Bureau Inland Empire
Tips for avoiding common fraud schemes can be located on the following Federal Bureau of Investigation website: https://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud
The Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station continues to investigate phony companies and scammers that victimize the community members we serve. If you believe you were victimized, or have any questions, please contact Investigator Holder at (951) 245-3119, or by email at LakeElsinoreStation@RiversideSheriff.org.
Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.
For full details, view this message on the web.
ADVISORY: "Jury Duty Scam"
Residents serviced by the Jurupa Valley Sheriff's station have recently been the target of fraudulent phone scams. The scammers say members of the public owe money for missing jury duty at local courthouses. Please contact your local law enforcement agency if contacted by possible scammers or to report suspicious activity. For more information, please click here.