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Spring into Safety!

Get out this spring and get into safety! Check out the list below for upcoming events and activities in Saratoga that can help you make your home, family, and neighborhood safer! 

Neighborhood Watch & CERT Gathering – April 21, 2018
Join members of Saratoga’s Neighborhood Watch and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for dinner on Saturday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. at Saratoga Prospect Center to learn about both programs and have a lively discussion on how the two programs can work together. For more information, contact Crystal Bothelio in the City Manager’s Office at cbothelio@saratoga.ca.us

Saratoga CERT Spring Academy – May 2018
Register today for the spring CERT Academy to learn how you can prepare for and respond to life-threatening events in Saratoga. Join the City’s CERT program to be a critical part of Saratoga’s response to a disaster! 

Saratoga Safety Fair – May 20, 2018
Learn about home and personal safety at the Saratoga Safety Fair on Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Valley College. Enjoy safety-related presentations and meet your local first responders!

 

Tip from Captain Rich

Make sure you don’t get caught off-guard by a disaster. Sign up today for AlertSCC, the free, easy, confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get alerts sent to their mobile device, email, or landline in the event of a disaster. Sign up at www.sccgov.org/sites/alertscc

Captain Rich Urena oversees the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office West Valley Division.

 
Deputy Jonathan Lau

Meet Deputy Jonathan Lau

Deputy Jonathan Lau has been with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office for over two years and is currently assigned to dayshift patrol in the City of Saratoga. He grew up in Southern California before attending the University of California Irvine. Deputy Lau graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in International Studies. 

After graduating college, he worked in banking for a few years before a retired Sergeant with the Sheriff's Office suggested he make a career change. Deputy Lau explored the opportunity and after completing a ride-along, he realized he found his career passion. He truly loves his profession and working in Saratoga. 

Deputy Lau's immigrant parents set the example that hard work and determination would allow him to achieve the American Dream. Growing up, Deputy Lau's parents required that he learn Mandarin and Cantonese. They said that one day he would thank them, and they were right. On his days away from patrol, Deputy Lau enjoys cooking and rock climbing.

 

Saratoga by the Numbers

Below is a breakdown of recent crime-related statistics in Saratoga. Find additional crime data or sign up to receive a weekly summary of the Sheriff’s Office activity in Saratoga on the City’s website. Near real-time data is also available at www.crimereports.com

Key Takeaways
On average, there are 6 to 9 incidents of identity theft, forgery, or fraud in Saratoga each month. With so much personal information available on the internet, identity theft and fraud can happen to anyone and victims frequently suffer lasting impacts, such as damaged credit. 

As tax season concludes, residents should be aware of scams targeting taxpayers. These scams can include phone calls from individuals posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees or fake emails that appear to be sent from the IRS requesting personal information. To protect yourself, remember:

  • The IRS will never threaten to have you arrested or revoke your driver’s license for failing to pay fees 
  • You always have the opportunity to question or appeal IRS fees
  • The IRS will never require immediate payment by prepaid debit card, gift card, or wire transfer
  • The IRS does not initiate contact by email, text, or social media to request personal or financial information 

Additional information is available on the IRS website

 
Identity Theft - Month Averages 2014 to 2018
 
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