November 25, 2015

SCPD use Pinterest & Instagram to Return Lost/Found & Recovered Property

SCPD is now using Pinterest and Instagram to help the public find lost or stolen items. We get lost and found items all the time and would like to quickly return property back to their rightful owner.

It can be a long process to track down the owners of lost and stolen property. Pinterest and Instagram are the perfect solution to reunite people with their lost belongings.


SCPD’s property unit will post a variety of items on the Pinterest and Instagram page. Our goal is to reunite lost or stolen property with the rightful owners. 
Our Pinterest and Instagram sites has over 40 items so far including jewelry, tools, wallets, keys, bikes, equipment/hardware, and electronics.
SCPD hopes the social media sites can help reunite people with lost belongings. “Our goal is to reunite as many people with their lost property as we can” said Lieutenant Escalante “We’re willing to explore any avenue to accomplish that.”

To view posted photos follow us on SCPD Pinterest
Or follow us on SCPD Instagram

Please keep in mind, we have removed some marks and names from the photos, however, the rightful owners would know what those marks are. Additionally, if the owner cannot provide proof of ownership or purchase, they will need to describe certain peculiarities with the device. For example, if you are claiming a laptop, you would need to tell us any type of mark, scratch, document, video, photo or software we would find on the laptop.
If you believe any of these items belong to you, contact SCPD Property Unit: (831) 420-5900 or email You will be required to submit proof of ownership (case number, prior photo, receipt, etc.) to claim any property. After 90 days items may be purged or auctioned.

You can also file an online report for lost property, click here to file a report.

Property Release hours are Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm or by appointment (release hours are subject to change). Property Unit will be closed on all City Holidays.

SCPD Property (831) 420-5900
155 Center Street – Property

November 19, 2015

Take Back Santa Cruz & Santa Cruz Neighbors Donate to PRIDE Youth Program

Supporting our community is something near and dear to Take Back Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Neighbors groups. Because of their commitment to the community youth, the two groups recently donated $1,300.00 the Santa Cruz Police Department PRIDE youth program.
SCPD PRIDE Program Receives $1,300 Donation from Take Back Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Neighbors
The donation will directly support middle school students in the PRIDE program. The SCPD PRIDE program teaches and creates opportunity for youth to make better choices. The P.R.I.D.E. acronym stands for Personally Responsible Individual Development in Ethics.

"We are grateful to be supported by the community. The gift of this donation shares our SCPD vision of ensuring that all youth have opportunities for positive experiences in our community” said Chief Vogel "Programs such as PRIDE and BASTA give young people the chance to get involved and make a difference in their life choices. "

Thank you Take Back Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Neighbors for supporting and giving back to our community.

SCPD Presents City Council Public Safety Study Session

On November 3rd, the Santa Cruz Police Department presented to the City Council at a study session focused on public safety. SCPD made an extensive and informative presentation to the Council, highlighting the state of public safety in Santa Cruz. Here are the actual slides from the presentation. 
View Public Safety Study Session11 3 15P.pptx and other presentations by santacruzpolice.
As we all know, public safety in Santa Cruz is a complex and dynamic topic that presents unique challenges. Our presentation provided an overview of crime statistics, workload volumes, challenges and the efforts we have made to improve public safety in the city.

The information SCPD presented was eye opening for the Council on many fronts. Key topics that generated extra discussion were crime trends and analysis, recruitment and retention, workload volumes, enforcement challenges and the inefficiency of the Alliance records management system

The presentation offers real insights with tangible analytics that demonstrate the volume and scope of the challenges and successes at SCPD. The full video of the City Council Public Study Session presentation is available here

"Our calls for service and demanding workload stats are compelling. Despite the unique challenges, our employees day in and day out serve the city at a high level of competency and commitment to public safety. I am proud of our department and appreciate each member of the SCPD team." Chief Vogel

November 10, 2015

Slideshow Impact of Illegal Campsites

The Santa Cruz Police Department Parks Unit has been overwhelmed with the clean up of illegal campsites throughout the city, especially our open spaces. Our team spent a good deal of the summer and fall working on the illegal campsite abatement and environmental restoration.

In a 5 month period, 79,220 lbs of trash was pulled from our open spaces. This photo slideshow will give you an idea of the magnitude of the encampment issue. SCPD will continue to identify, safely restore and return open spaces to their intended use.

Please join us in thanking the dedicated women and men who work year round to protect the health and safety in our parks community. Thank you SCPD Parks Unit, SC Park Rangers,SCPD Community Service Officers, Santa Cruz Parks and Rec Department, and Public Works.

November 3, 2015

Steps to Car Prowl Prevention

In 2014, vehicle burglaries accounted for 42% of our total theft crimes in the City of Santa Cruz. Car prowls are crimes of opportunity. An offender makes a split second decision to break into a vehicle based on a perception that there are items of value in that vehicle, which makes the potential payoff worth the risk.
Although there is no profile of a typical car prowler, we know a number of offenders break into vehicles to support drug addictions. A car prowl and break in can be completed in a minute or less. It can happen anytime of day or night. Most often they enter into the vehicle through an unlocked door, breaking a window, or using a wedge to gain access.

The suspect car prowler often wears a backpack or bag to transport stolen items. They often walk or bike to canvas a neighborhood looking for an opportunity to steal. Anything inside the car is fair game to these criminals.

Car prowl is one of the easiest crimes to prevent with increased awareness and a change in habits. 
The following steps will reduce the chances that your vehicle will be targeted: 
Keep the interior of your car “showroom” clean. Never leave valuables, including bags, purses, wallets, briefcases, laptops, cell phones, loose change, or anything that may appear valuable to a thief in plain view. Offenders have broken in to vehicles for items such gym bags because they assumed there were electronic devices and valuable items inside the bag.
Hide chargers and accessories that indicate a GPS, mobile phone, or other device may be stashed in your vehicle. • Remove garage door openers, key cards, and house or work keys from the car so that a prowler cannot gain access to your home.
Don’t store or leave credit cards, identification or personal information in your glove box or anywhere in your car.

Car prowls are a gateway to other crime like: • Identity Theft • Burglaries • Vehicle Theft
If you have to leave valuables in your car, put them in the trunk before you arrive at your destination.
If your car is parked in a carport or near your house, leave your exterior lights on throughout the night. Light Motion detectors are good deterrent. , The lights make the prowler or thief more visible.

Improve visibility where your car is parked. If you park on the street, choose a well-lighted.
Use a mechanical locking device such as a club that locks to the steering wheel, column, or brake.
Neighborhood Watch - Get to know your neighbors; share contact information – phone numbers, emails – and look out for each other. The people who live on your block are the most likely to recognize suspicious people or suspicious activity. • Be observant when you exit or enter your parked vehicle, stop and take a look around the area. • Report any suspicious activity to the police.

What to Do if Your Car is Broken Into - If your car is broken into, report the crime to the police. If it’s a crime in progress, call 9-1-1. Take note of any details of the suspect(s), vehicles, and or activities, and share your observations with the police.

November 1, 2015

2015 Halloween Stats

Before the night crowds rolled in, SCPD Officer Deeg and Officer Warren were very popular with trick or treaters on Pacific Ave. SCPD handed out hundreds of book bags, pencils and stickers. 
We saw lots of kids and parents with smiles and very cool costumes.
After dark an estimated 18,000 to 20,000 people converged on downtown Santa Cruz to celebrate Halloween.
This event has become the largest single informal gathering in the city. Throughout the Halloween day and evening, the Santa Cruz Police Department deployed over 175 uniformed personnel to patrol the downtown and remainder of city streets. From 8:00 AM on October 31st through 8:00 AM on November 1st, we handled 423 calls for service

Overall downtown Santa Cruz, arrests were down and citations were up from 2014. The following provides an overview of the night’s statistic.
The Downtown Deployment reported the following activity:
27 Arrests
20 for public intoxication

73 Citations Issued
40 were for Triple Fine violations. Of the Triple Fine citations, 33 were for open containers of alcohol.

Overall, the crowd demeanor was relatively calm and celebratory. Police presence included additional officers from all Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies as well as the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office gang team. Furthermore, we had additional California Highway Patrol officer from out of county and the services of the CHP helicopter. We would like to thank all of the agencies who dedicated personnel and resources to assist the City of Santa Cruz throughout the night.

Proactive patrols included contact and close monitoring of several known gang members throughout the event. In addition to the downtown patrols, officers were added to patrols throughout the remainder of the city to address neighborhood safety and complaints of large parties. We were pleased to see the hard work paid off and there were no significant incidents of violence.

October 28, 2015

Don't Be A Clown Downtown this Halloween

This Halloween, the Santa Cruz Police Department is encouraging responsible and respectful behavior throughout our city. We will have 100+ police officers on patrol to address problems and ensure you have a safe Halloween.