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Elert 05/01/2012 - Vandalism
City of DeLand Police e-Lerts
DeLand Police Department

Chief William E. Ridgway

May 01, 2012

Criminal Mischief – North DeLand

Over the last several weeks the DeLand Police Department and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office have received an increasing number criminal mischief  reports in the DeLand area. Vandals have slashed vehicle tires, spray painted cars and have thrown bricks through car windows.  Residents are strongly encouraged to call the DeLand Police Department’s non-emergency number at (386) 734-1711 to report the actions and behaviors of suspicious people or vehicles in their area. Criminal acts have been stopped simply because a resident sees something that is out of place and immediately calls the Police. Remember - when in doubt call us out.  


If an incident is in progress, call 911. Do not attempt to intervene!


If you do see an act of vandalism or other behaviors you think are criminal, the following information will help the police in their investigation or arrest:

·      A Vehicle description;

·      Tag information for the vehicle. However, don’t put yourself in harm’s way by trying to obtain a vehicle tag;

·      Suspect descriptors i.e. clothing, hair color, hats, behaviors;  

·      If the person touched anything i.e a car. Remember not to disturb the area, fingerprint evidence is fragile.

·      Direction of travel of the suspect’s vehicle and the number of people in the car.


Many times the dispatcher will ask questions for updating the officer responding to the area. Please, stay calm and answer the questions – do not hang up until the dispatchers have all necessary information.


In many cases,  crimes such as these are solved because a citizen calls and reports the incident immediately.


Thank you,


Chief William E. Ridgway

DeLand Police Department

(386) 734-1711 Main/Dispatch

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Please do not reply to this email.  If you have information regarding this e-Lert please contact Officer Rod Hancock at 386-740-5885

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