Crime & Police
2013-03 An Alexandria Police Officer—Peter Laboy—was shot in the head while making more than a routine traffic stop. The individual who fired the gun likely was aiming at a different target. Laboy, who is married and the father of four boys, has made a miracle recovery, but he still has bullet fragments in his brain. Donations can be dropped off at the Alexandria Police Department—3600 Wheeler Avenue—or sent to the Alexandria Police Association c/o Peter Laboy, P.O. Box 1228, Alexandria, VA 22313.
2013-02 Sargent Lemuel Houston is the new police liaison to SHA. He reports that crime on Seminary Hill is low, but please continue to LOCK YOUR CARS. Brian Grenadier remains the Sheriff’s Office liaison and reminds us that prisoner work crews welcome maintenance projects as they have done in the past at Fort Ward and Fort Williams Parks.
2013-01-23 The West End Alexandria Patch reported that a man was indicted in the October Holmes Run sexual assault.
2012-11-08 Deputy Chief of Police Hassan Aden said farewell as he retired and became the Chief of Police in Greenville NC. He reminded everyone not only to lock your cars and report solicitors but also be mindful of people stealing packages from front porches.
2012-10-11 Deputy Chief of Police Hassan Aden reported on two assaults in Holmes Run Park where police have increased patrols and noted SHA had a break-in on North Ivanhoe Street in September. This gives the SHA area a slight increase in crime compared with last year. PLEASE continue to LOCK your cars!
2012-06 A neighbor by the Inova Alexandria Hospital wrote that she and her husband failed to lock their cars one night . . . lock your cars!
2012-05-10 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden thanked us for securing our cars and personal property; larceny and theft is down in SHA neighborhoods. Police have monitored traffic on Quaker Lane and will bring results to a future meeting as well as information about changes to the speed limit on Quaker Lane.
2012-04-19 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden reported that several individuals tried to run a scam on some residents on Taney Avenue. Beware of individuals offering to do work on your property—they need to show an Alexandria permit. Call the police nonemergency number—703-838-444—if you are approached by a scam so they can track these individuals.
2012-03-08 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden said that crime continues to decrease in the City of Alexandria but noted two crimes near Seminary Hill. He reported significant damage to many vehicles in the Fox Chase area that were “keyed” whereby someone used a key to scratch the paint on the vehicles. In addition, near Quaker Lane, an Alexandria Police Officer was injured when directing a motorist to stop and instead the driver drove off over his foot. The driver was subsequently arrested on hit and run charges and DWI.
2012-02-03 A fire at 5325 Polk Avenue (near Pegram)—where developers have proposed dense projects—caused the owner to tear down the abandoned structure that had created a public nuisance and attracted campers and teenage partyers.
2012-02-09 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden reported that crime is still low but we continue to have larcenies from parked cars.
2012-01-31 A resident of Seminary Hill reported that someone had taken items from her unlocked car at her home—Sony Walkman, sunglasses, cash, etc.—and reminds everyone to lock your car!
2012-01-12 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden reported that crime in December was the lowest on record since 1965; only four larcenies and one burglary. He advised that motor vehicle theft is up 13 percent over last year and cautioned not to “warm up” your car (leave it running when unattended).
2012-01-12 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden led SHA members on a tour of the new police headquarters.
2011-12-08 The Alexandria Police thank you for continuing to LOCK YOUR CARS and keeping SHA’s crime rate low and ask you to also LOCK your belongings when you work out at a GYM, and help prevent PACKAGE THEFT during the holiday season by requesting a signature confirmation of delivery or arranging delivery with a neighbor. As always, report any suspicious activity to (703) 838-4444 and drive slowly on Quaker and Seminary (police gave out over 100 traffic tickets last month).
2011-09-15 LOCK YOUR CARS! Residents along Quaker Lane have experienced break in and thefts from their cars. The Police ask you to report any criminal activity like this so that they can see any patterns and do more patrols (703) 838-4444.
2011-05-12 In April, Seminary Hill had a jump in crime when more than 20 cars and some garages were robbed in Area 9, Seminary Ridge. Deputy Chief of Police Hassan Aden advises, “LOCK your cars, even if they are in the driveway or in front of your house.” Also, secure your garage (keep the door closed). He explained that once this type of crime begins it often continues because the thieves realize the likelihood that cars in the neighborhood will be unlocked and easy to access. Locked cars in Area 9 were untouched, and no windows were broken to gain access. This type of crime has happened recently in other parts of Alexandria and is challenging to solve. The Police ask you to report any criminal activity like this so that they can see any patterns and do more patrols (703) 838-4444.
2011-05-12 Police will assess activities in Fort Ward Park during lunch time, since an Internet website has designated it as a romantic meeting spot.
2011-03-10 Deputy Police Chief Hassan Aden reported that the crime rate in Seminary Hill continues to be at a record low but advises to not warm up a car—leave it running and unattended—outside a home or when shopping.
2011-02-10 Deputy Police Chief Hassan Aden reported that the crime rate in Seminary Hill was at a record 44-year low. The enforcement of speeding limits is the main issue.
2011-02-27 The Alexandria Police Department responded to reports that property was taken from several unlocked cars on Colonel Ellis Avenue. Also an SUV was reported stolen from Hardee Place. Police strongly advise residents to LOCK all vehicles parked outside and not leave any items of value visible.
2011-01 SHA Area 7 representative Pat Lidy reported the police responded promptly when a house in her area was broken into during the day.
2011-01 Police picked up an intoxicated man in Area 5 and returned him to the Hospital after he wandered out and fell over a fence or wall. His head was bloodied.
2010-12 SHA's Sheriff's Office Liaison Lt. Brian Grenadier spoke on behalf of the fund raising effort for the Truesdale memorial and happily reported that the City jail is making money as it houses 195 federal prisoners.
2010-11-18 Sheriff Dana Lawhorne sent a letter to SHA requesting donations for a memorial in honor of Deputy William Truesdale, the only fallen Sheriff's Deputy in the history of Alexandria. The stone monument will be dedicated on May 5, 2011. Donations are tax deductible and checks should be made to the City of Alexandria and mailed to Ms. Cindy Catlett, Alexandria Sheriff's Office, 2003 Mill Road, Alexandria VA 22314.
2010-09-23 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden advised that crime in the Seminary Hill area continues to be at an all-time low. Thanks to citizens for not leaving valuables in their vehicles. SHA commended the police for their success in controlling speeding with their new LIDAR equipment on the main roads in the areas (over 160 tickets were issued in Aug-Sep).
- · People knocking on doors and soliciting need a permit from the City and citizens may ask to see it.
- A gypsy population is operating again in the Hamlets and Potomac Yard that scams people by doing shoddy home and car maintenance. The police ask for citizen help to control them by reporting any license plate numbers to the non-emergency police number (703) 838-4444.
- If you have a zoning enforcement problem—such as noise or vandalism—call the non-emergency police number (703) 838-4444 as often as it happens so your problem will move up on their "hot spot" list and get more attention.
2010-08 An individual attempted to break into a home on North Early Street while residents were at home. According to Captain Tim Dickinson (Sector 3-West End Commander), "The resident reported that her 11 year old daughter saw an unknown race male attempting to open the rear kitchen door. The incident occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. She reported that when the subject opened the door, the alarm went off. The subject then closed the door and ran towards the rear of the house. He then jumped the wooden fence and continued running northbound. K-9 ran a track but the track ended at the wooden fence. Officers completed a canvass by knocking on several doors but no one was home."
2010-06 Crime in the SHA neighborhoods was down 15 percent from the same time last year, according to Deputy Chief Hassan Aden. He noted that larcenies are up 10 percent from last year and advised residents to lock their homes and not leave any electronics or valuables in their cars. In addition he shared information about "Shimming" a criminal technique to steal ATM card information and then access peoples bank accounts (more information on SHA website).
2010-07 Police officers will enforce speed regulations using their new Lidar radar during July and August on Seminary Road and West Braddock Road.
2010-05-17 The process for timely removal of graffiti has not changed; citizens report it to the police on-line http://www3.alexandriava.gov/police/pd_report_incident.php or the non-emergency phone (703) 838-4444. Sergeant Briel mentioned an internal change between the Police and Parks & Recreation Departments regarding accountability. Hopefully the new reporting/removal procedures are now posted for the citizens somewhere.
2010-05-13 Captain Hassan Aden reported that the number of crimes in Seminary Hill neighborhoods was notably down from the same time last year—for example only 1 burglary compared with 7 last year—but that larcenies continue to rise—from 39 to 54. He asks you to PROTECT items like laptops and GPS systems by not leaving them in your CARS and always locking your car.
2010-03-04 Deputy Chief Hassan Aden reported that the number of crimes in Alexandria was up slightly this year compared with last year. He noted that 10 of the 14 offenses in the Seminary Hill area were larcenies. He asked citizens to report ALL thefts, even if the item was not expensive; for example, $50 of potted plants. The police are trying to understand the pattern of these crimes.
2010-01-14: Police Deputy Chief Hassan Aden reported at the SHA monthly meeting that thefts are likely to continue because of the economy. Please let him know—703-838-6360, ext. 1274 or email@example.com—if anything is stolen from your residence. Also, police officers in our sector have new Lidar equipment, so expect increased speed enforcement this winter. Please let the police know.
2009-12-10: Police Deputy Chief Hassan Aden reported at the SHA monthly meeting that the City had 130 serious crimes in 2009—a 43-year low—although Seminary Hill was up a little. Hide those GPSs in your vehicles!
2009-12-10: A victim of a larceny at the Alexandria Pastry Shop told the SHA Board of Directors how she had her purse stolen during an altercation between a customer and the cashier and then her credit cards were used. Police Deputy Chief Hassan Aden advised that this crime was committed by a gang operating along the East Coast from Florida to Boston. It targets customers in bakeries, such as the one at Bradlee Shopping Center and Panera. The feds have the video of this crime.
Police non-emergency phone: (703) 838-4444
Report graffiti or other non-emergency crime with the form at http://www3.alexandriava.gov/police/pd_report_incident.php
Our Police Liaison Representative
Deputy Chief Hassan Aden
Patrol Operations Bureau
703-838-6360, ext. 1274