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Community Safety Tips from Loudoun County

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Dear neighbor,

There has been a recent string of thefts from vehicles and three recent home burglaries in our community, and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with some basic safety information and tips to prevent incidents from occurring in your home and neighborhood.  Please be assured that the Sheriff’s Office is fully aware of the situation and has begun to increase its patrolling of the area and will be implementing various measures to increase community awareness and deter future crimes.

One of these measures will be a community meeting with Captain Rick Frye, of the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff Station.  This will be a great opportunity for members of the community to learn more about the recent incidents and what actions are being taken by the Sheriff’s Office.  I encourage you to spread the word in your neighborhood about this important meeting.  All members of the community are welcomed.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 5th
  • Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Cascades Library (Room C) 21030 Whitfield Pl Potomac Falls, VA 20165

There are several resources available to you and your neighbors that will improve communication and help spread awareness of any incidents which may occur.

  • Loudoun Alerts – If you have not done so already, I encourage you to sign up for this electronic messaging system that will provide you with alerts and notifications during a major crisis or emergency and also keep you informed about other news and events in Loudoun County.
  • Neighborhood Watch – This a great resource for those interested in becoming active participants in protecting and improving their neighborhoods.  I encourage you to sign up for the monthly newsletter, which regularly includes community updates and helpful safety and preventative tips.  Should you wish to start a neighborhood watch program in your community or would like a Crime Prevention Specialist to teach a class in your area, please contact Deputy Specialist James Spurlock at 703-771-5749.
  • HOA mailing lists – Another avenue for information within the community is your Home Owners Association.  Most HOAs in the Potomac District have monthly newsletters that you can sign up for and receive community specific updates.  I would encourage you to reach out to your HOA and sign up for their mailings.  Please feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it should you have any questions regarding your HOA contact information.
  • Citizens Group in Cascades – Given the recent incidents in the Cascades community, citizens are organizing a group to create a more secure neighborhood.  If you live in the Cascades community and would like to become involved, please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and I will provide you with their contact information.

Aside from keeping yourself informed, it is imperative that each of us take simple measures to ensure that we are not the target of a crime.  Below is a list of basic tips you and your neighbors can take to prevent future crimes.

  • First and foremost, please report all incidents and/or suspicious activity immediately to the police, no matter how insignificant it may seem.  As citizens, we each share the responsibility of keeping our family and neighbors safe, and involving the police will help us deter future crimes.  For non-emergencies, please call 703-777-1021.
  • Keep your vehicles and homes locked.  Most stolen items are taken from cars and homes that are unlocked.  In one of the cases the subject(s) used a garage door opener from an unlocked vehicle to gain entry into a home.
  • If available, park your car inside of your garage and keep the garage locked.  If a garage is unavailable, park in an illuminated area.
  • An open garage door attracts burglaries.  Most of the home intrusions in the community have occurred  because the culprit entered through an opened garage door.  Be sure to check your garage door before heading off to bed or before it gets dark outside.
  • Remove valuables from your car when not in use or store in one of your car’s compartments, even if your car is in your garage.
  • If you arrive home and believe your house has been broken into, DO NOT ENTER.  Immediately call the police and stay in a secured area away from your home until the police arrive.
  • Although our communities have a fantastic record of safety and security, it is important to remember that crime can occur in any community at any giving moment.  Be vigilant and remember to report all suspicious activity.

Together, we can ensure that our families and neighbors are able to live, work and play in a safe and secure environment.  I encourage you to follow these steps and to communicate with your neighbors and HOAs regarding any issues you may have.  As always, I am here to help in any way I can. Please feel free to contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or my aide, Alex Delgado, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it should you have any questions.

Thank you,
Andrea McGimsey
Supervisor, Potomac District