The Grand Opening of the Precinct 5 Substation at 1621 S. Parker Road
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has opened a new substation that will serve some 25,000 residents in the Four Square Mile and Holly Hills neighborhoods. The neighborhoods are within the Precinct 5 patrol service area. While the ACSO has always had a presence there, the new substation will offer a modern and updated facility for patrol deputies to work. The new facility will help strengthen the partnership between the ACSO and the community.
We’re excited about our new substation,” said Sheriff Tyler Brown. “It will give us a visible presence in the area and allow our deputies to spend more time interacting with residents in the community they serve.”
Deputies will report to the 4,029 square-foot facility for duty, get briefed via videoconferencing, book in evidence, conduct training, and hold small community meetings. Arapahoe County purchased the half-acre site for $760,000 in January 2018. The $1.74 million project was completed in seven months by Intergroup Architects and Alliance Construction Solutions.
“Survey results show 94 percent of residents believe public safety is an important service provided by Arapahoe County,” said Board of County Commissioner Chairman Jeff Baker. “The new substation aligns with what is important to our community and represents a fiscally-responsible investment in our quality of life.”
The former Precinct 5 substation was in a leased facility in the 9200 block of East Iliff Avenue. The ACSO outgrew that location and determined a permanent location owned by Arapahoe County was needed to meet the community’s needs.
ACSO has four substations including the one in Precinct 5. They are in Littleton, at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, and in Byers. The ACSO assigns deputies to work in specific geographic areas to maintain appropriate response times to calls for service and to build community partnerships.
This is your car, stolen.
When your car is stolen because you left it unlocked or puffing, this is how we find it. Trashed. So filthy with cigarette-burned panels, liquor-soaked seats, and poisons like meth seeped into the fabric that insurance companies almost always total it. Auto theft investigators say the sheriff’s office already has about 400 cases this year. All because someone left the doors unlocked and the engine running.
A lot of these thefts are crimes of opportunity. There are people walking around and checking door handles. So when you leave your doors unlocked, they’re going to get it,” says an ACSO investigator. “If you see people walking around at night with backpacks, it's not likely they're returning from school. They’re probably up to no good, so call us and let us know about it.”
Usually, the thieves go on a bender. They use your car to steal other things like wallets, purses, checks, credit cards, keys (which give them access to your home and business), and more. They usually strip out the inside. They eat in the vehicle, sleep in it, and do drugs in it.
The vehicles look like they’ve been lived in for years. They’ll even trade your car for drugs – and use it to steal other cars. They’ll dump yours and take another so the crime doesn’t come back to them. About 95-percent of crimes occur in a stolen vehicle and are related to drugs in some way.”
The CO Stolen Vehicle Database Repository reports 21,324 vehicles were stolen last year, 9.4% more than in 2017. 88% of those cars were recovered by law enforcement.
Interesting fact: The most common day of the week for cars to be stolen in Colorado is Monday.
Don't want your car stolen?
- Lock your car doors
- Hide valuables in the trunk (or don't leave anything in the car)
- Lock your garage doors
- Keep vehicles in the garage (don't use it as a storage unit)
- Don't leave your engine running
- Park in well-lit areas
- If you leave a firearm in your car, put it in the garage and lock it up.
- If possible, program your garage code in your car instead of carrying around a garage door opener.
What to do if your stolen car has been recovered
- Check the car for damage, illegal drugs and paraphernalia, and contraband
- Vacuum and wipe down the interior with a disinfectant
- If the key was stolen and not recovered, install a new ignition switch
- Change the locks on your home, office and any other building if the thief got your keys
- Change garage codes
Meet our new K-9 puppies!
On the left is one-year-old Oto and on the right is 14-month old Zero. The German Shepherds arrived from Germany during the blizzard. Oto and Zero are in the process of living with their handlers and their families and getting to know their new surroundings. Oto's new 2-legged partner is Deputy Tadd Alexander. Oto will be a dual purpose bomb/apprehension K-9. Zero has been teamed up with Deputy DJ Ruybal and will be trained for the dual purpose of finding drugs and apprehending criminals.
Your seat belt thanks you
Congratulations and thank you for being one of those people who pulls that wonderful piece of equipment called a seat belt across you and buckles up when you get into a car. Your family, friends, first responders and the insurance company thank you.
The seat belt was first invented by English engineer Sir George Cayley around 1900 to keep glider pilots in their seat. The 1st patented seat belt was developed by American Edward Claghorn in 1985 to keep tourists safe in the back of NYC taxi cabs.
George Cayley, an English engineer, invented the first 3-point safety belt system in 1958. The 3-point system protects both the lower body and torso from excessive movement during an impact. That became standard equipment on all Volvo vehicles. In 1966, it became a requirement for all automobiles in the U.S. to have seat belts. The District of Columbia and 34 states have primary seat belt laws for 18+ years of age drivers and front-seat passengers. Colorado does not. That may be why we had 222 deaths related to people in accidents last year not wearing their seat belts. - Data from CODOT.gov
Will a seat belt protect you in all accidents? That depends on the mechanics of the accident, speed, impact and other variables. However, wearing your seat belt gives you that edge to defy the odds of getting hurt or killed.
Cold Case: The mystery murder of John Cliborn
John William “Bill” Cliborn was the kind of solid, reliable guy you’d expect to see running a fledgling company. A devoted family man, Bill had previously served as a security guard, as well as a reserve officer for the Littleton Police Department. As co-owner of LAN Resources, Bill’s meticulous, organized personality lent itself well to running the company’s quality control. On a cold and icy evening, March 10, 1988, Bill was allegedly last seen around 6:00 p.m., and spent his last hours alive working late in his Inverness Business Park office. A short time later, two of the company’s project managers returned from completing a job downtown and were greeted by a horrifying scene. Bill Cliborn lay sprawled on his office floor, bloody and viciously bludgeoned to death. Investigators later found nothing in Bill’s office to be stolen or disturbed. To this date, his murder is unsolved.
If you have any information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at 303-795-4711, or email Coldcase@arapahoegov.com.