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Brea Briefing Room

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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May 02

Monthly Tip – Take Safety Precautions While Walking and Running!

Posted on May 2, 2017 at 3:09 p.m. by Brea Police Department PIO

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With the latest section of the tracks at Brea opening, the  warmer weather, longer amount of daylight, and summer fast approaching more pedestrians are heading out earlier in the mornings and staying out later in the evenings. Many factors impact whether or not drivers will see pedestrians. Some vision obscurements and lighting conditions are not controlled by the pedestrian, but we can greatly enhance their safety and visibility with some proactive steps. Here are some that you can take to stay safe! 

  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night
  • Always walk facing traffic so you can see cars approaching
  • Never assume cars will stop or yield – make eye contact before crossing streets or driveways
  • If possible, wear clothing with reflective strips
  • Always carry your phone and identification
  • Keep earphone volume low enough to hear for oncoming traffic
  • Use the buddy system – walk with a friend
  • Walk or run in well-lit areas only – avoid alleys or secluded trails
  • Avoid approaching vehicles that are stopping near you or in your path
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. 


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