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GameStop Armed Robbery  O.P.D. Case 2014-294881

On 07/15/14, at approximately 2:15 p.m. a male suspect entered the Game Stop located at 1884 S. Semoran Blvd. The suspect approached the counter, displayed a handgun, demanded money and a gaming console. The suspect obtained an undisclosed amount of money and a Play Station Vita gaming console.

                        

He ran out of the store to a waiting vehicle. The suspect is described as possibly Hispanic, in his late 20’s and the vehicle model year is believed to be 2005-08, silver Nissan Murano.

If anyone has any information about this case should call CrimeLine (800)423-TIPS or the Orlando Police Department (321)235-5300

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DEPUTIES SEEK WINTER PARK RAPIST


On Friday, 7/11/14, the depicted suspect knocked on the door of a female resident at the Affinity Apartments in Winter Park. When the woman answered the door, the suspect forced his was in,armed with a box-cutter. Th suspect rape the survivor and then left.  
Please take a good look at the composite sketch.

Hispanic male who spoke English but with a Spanish accent.
Late 30's to early 40's
5'08 to 5'09
165 to 175 lbs
Very light complexion
Dark hair
Last seen wearing a red t-shirt

If anyone has any information about this case should call CrimeLine (800)423-TIPS

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SHOPPING SAFETY

Criminals want you distracted and vulnerable. Consider how both apply to unloading your shopping cart. You're back is turned to the public while you are trying to find a good spot in your vehicle to place items. Also, your thought process may be more concerned about your coupons and next destination rather than your own safety. Please consider using our safe-unload method.

Simply position your cart at a 45 degree angle to the edge of your open door. Form a triangle whose sides consist of the cart, your door, and your vehicle. You'll be in the middle.. That way, you're protected on all sides while you unload and can retreat into the interior of your vehicle through the open door if you have to. Once your bags are no longer a distraction, you'll be able to move the cart with more of a focus on your surroundings more. Stay safe !

 Reducing Risk of Sexual Violence

Courtesy of: Victim Service Center Of Central FL
2111 E Michigan St, Suite 210 Orlando, FL 32806  Office:  (407) 254-9415  email:  
VSC@ocfl.net
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, call Florida Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY)

As with any violent crime, there's nothing you can do to guarantee that you will not be a victim of sexual violence. But there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of being assaulted.

Who are the Offenders?
◦It is not always the stranger hiding in the bushes. In fact, approximately two-thirds of victims know their perpetrators. It could be a social acquaintance, friend, neighbor, family member, coach, etc.
◦Many rapists show no evidence of psychological disturbance. Most are in control of their behavior and know it is illegal.

Avoid Dangerous Situations
◦Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation. Learn a well-lit route back to your place of residence and avoid putting headphones in both ears, especially if you are walking alone.
◦Try to avoid isolated areas and becoming isolated with someone you don't trust or someone you don't know well. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
◦Walk with purpose. Even if you don't know where you are going, act like you do. Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
◦Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn't the best place to be.
◦Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.

In a Social Situation
◦When you go to a party, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other and leave together.
◦Practice safe drinking. If someone offers to get you a drink from the bar at a club or party, go with them to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. Don't drink from punch bowls or other large, common open containers. Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. Watch out for your friends, and vice versa.
◦Have a buddy system. Don't be afraid to let a friend know if something is making you uncomfortable or if you are worried about your or your friend's safety.
◦If someone you don't know or trust asks you to go somewhere alone, let him or her know that you would rather stay with the group.
◦Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.

If You Are Being Pressured
◦Be true to yourself. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with. Don't feel obligated to do anything you don't want to. "I don't want to" is always a good enough reason.
◦Have a code word with your friends or family so that if you feel threatened you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing.
◦Lie. If you don't want to hurt the person's feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse.
◦Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows? Are there people around who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
◦If you and/or the other person have been drinking, you can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment.

Online Safety
◦Never give out any personal information when you are online. If you post details about your life, people may be able to figure out your full name, where you work or go to school, and even where you live. Use privacy settings on Facebook, social media and blog sites so only people you trust can read your personal info.
◦If you decide to meet up with someone you meet online (assuming that you're of legal age), take sensible precautions. Take a friend with you, meet in a public place and make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will be back.
◦If you don't already use up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware programs in order to keep your computer safer, we recommend that you either buy or download a free program that will help to protect you and your computer.
◦If you have any reason to think that your computer may not be safe due to spyware, keystroke logging, viruses, or someone monitoring your computer usage in some other way, please consider using an alternate computer. If you can't borrow a friend's, you may be able to access a free computer at your local public library or local community center.
◦Avoid websites with which you are unfamiliar. If you feel uncomfortable, log off.

Travel Safety
◦If you are walking— remain mentally alert, carry a small noisemaker (like a whistle) and/or flashlight on your keychain, take major streets and paths rather than less-populated shortcuts, keep some change accessible just in case you need to use a pay phone
◦While in the car— keep your doors locked, have extra car necessities (oil, jumper cables, etc.), try not to wait until the last minute to fill your gas tank, plan your route before you start driving
◦When taking a cab— if possible, talk to someone on your cell while you are in the cab to let him or her know where you are until you reach your home
◦When riding the bus or subway— consult a schedule to avoid waiting for a long time at a stop, use the busiest and best-lit stop possible, tell the driver or use the emergency signal if someone is bothering you

Protecting your Child
◦Abusers will sometimes tell a child that the abuse is a secret. Talking openly and directly about abuse-related issues teaches children that it is okay to talk to you when they have questions.
◦Teach children that it is not ok to be touched if they do not want to be touched — whether it's by a stranger or someone they know or trust. Let children know that other people should not be touching them, and if such a situation does occur, the child should tell a trusted adult as soon as possible.
◦Ask your child about the people they go to school with or play with; get to know the other parents and adults around your child.
◦Create a code word so that if your child feels uncomfortable for any reason, they can indicate discomfort or fear discretely.
◦Role-play: Practice with your child about what to say and what to do in an uncomfortable situation. You may even try role-playing, so that they know what to do if they are uncomfortable.
◦Talk about the media. If your child watches a lot of television or plays video games, watch or play with them. Use examples from TV or games that you have watched or played together to start conversations about sexuality and sexual abuse.
◦Make time to spend with your child. If your child comes to you with concerns or questions, make time to talk to them.

Intervening to Help a Friend
◦If you see someone in danger of being assaulted, step in and offer assistance or create a diversion (ex. spill a drink, cut in on a dance, or interrupt the conversation) to make it easier for the prospective victim to walk away. NOTE: Before stepping in, make sure to evaluate the risk. If it means putting yourself in danger, call 911 instead.
◦There is evidence that the mere presence of bystanders reduces crime and that criminals try to avoid being observed while committing crimes. If you are witnessing an uncomfortable situation, don't leave the room and keep your eyes indirectly on the interaction.
◦If you believe someone is dangerously intoxicated or has been drugged, do not leave them alone for any reason, get them immediate medical attention, and keep their beverage for drug testing.
◦If someone you know has been assaulted, listen, be there, encourage your friend to report the crime to law enforcement (call 911 in most areas), and let them know that professional help is available at this website or by calling us at 1.800.656.HOPE (press ONE at the menu).
◦Become knowledgeable about the issue and share your knowledge with others. Let friends know what to look for in a potential offender and how to react if ever in a dangerous situation.

Sexual assault is a crime of motive and opportunity. Ultimately, there is no surefire way to prevent an attack. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it's not your fault. You are not alone. The V.S.C.C.F. is available 24/7 to help you — just call them at 1.800.656.HOPE (press ONE at the menu). You can also get live help through the Online Hotline.
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G R A F I TT I

We do not care about persons who paint graffiti on a sanctioned wall with the owner's permission. However, we detest cowards who paint property without consent. That changes the classification from art to vandalism. However, the vandals will still try to justify what they do by claiming it's free expression. They often try to vilify those who oppose them by labeling them oppressors of that free expression. Meanwhile, those same vandals cause hundreds of dollars in damage, drive a businesses customers away and lower property values.
 
We often ask if a graffiti goon would still call it "art" if it was their property being defaced without permission.

Graffiti can also have a more serious meaning due to being gang related. Gangs can use graffiti to mark territory,advertise drug sales, mourn deceased members, announce alliances and issue threats. All the more reason to report and remove it immediately.

If you see tagging in progress dial 9 1 1

For recent graffiti in Orlando report it to (407) 254-GRAF (4723) or click HERE

For recent Orange County graffiti dial 3 1 1. You may also report it on the free app OCFL 311

M.O.S.T. strongly advises you to remove tags immediately after they get documented by law enforcement. We feel it is bad advice for anyone to advise you to leave the tags up a week or two to prevent retaliation. Letting tags remain sends a message of tolerance, lowers the property value for both you and your neighbors and can drive away your customers or potential property buyers. Not to mention that each day you look at the tag is a reminder of how your property was violated. Who needs that kind of aggravation ?

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