Category Archives: Crime Trends and Prevention

MBPD Project BLUE LIGHT- December 1-31


Morro Bay Police Department Press Release:  Project Blue Light

November 15, 2016

The Morro Bay Police Department is inviting all citizens to participate in Project Blue Light this holiday season by placing a single blue light in your window as an expression of support for fallen officers.

Project Blue Light began in 1988 when the surviving mother-in-law of a Philadelphia, PA., police officer who was killed in the line of duty wrote a letter to Concerns of Police Survivors. She stated that she would be honoring her late son-in-law, Officer Danny Gleason, by placing a blue light in her window.  The project has grown steadily since, and is now a way of recognizing the law enforcement officers who serve and protect us, while remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their community and have been killed in the line of duty across America.

Police Chief Larry Todd said, “I feel it is an important time for citizens to express their support for their local police officers, especially with the unprecedented number of officers who have been deliberately targeted and killed this past year. Our officers strive to build a strong police/community partnership and this is an easy, meaningful way for citizens to show their support.”

The concept is simple. Place a single blue light in your window as an expression of support and in memory of fallen officers. At this time of year, ornamental light fixtures, such as candlestick replicas, are easy to find and serve this purpose well. Replace the bulb with a single blue bulb and place it in a window where it will be seen. You could replace garage lights with blue bulbs or string-up blue Christmas lights instead of plain white ones.  Businesses can participate as well.

Shine your support December 1st through the 31st for your police officers. Show support for the holiday season or let it shine all year long.

Caroling Cops Christmas Parade 2016 ***Dec. 12-14***

Mark Your Calendar…

The Caroling Cops will be lighting up the streets of Morro Bay again for three nights in December from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Press Release from Morro Bay PD


  • Dec 12 (Monday) – SOUTH Morro Bay
  • Dec 13 (Tuesday) – Middle Morro Bay
  • Dec 14 (Wednesday) – NORTH Morro Bay
Track Santa on Radio Station 97.3 FM (Morro Bay)
97.3 FM The Rock; Estero Bay Radio
97.3 FM The Rock Estero Bay Radio

To track Santa’s progress during the trolley ride tune in to our local radio station 97.3 FM “The Rock”   and Santa’s Elves will do their best to let you know where they are in between handing out goodies and all that Caroling and good cheering.

RIDE the Trolley with Santa and the Elves

ADVANCED RESERVATIONS begin November 25th!  Check back here on that date for details!

Come on out when you hear the trolley approach on your street and help spread the joy of the season.

Morro Bay NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Aug 2, 2016

All Estero Bay Residents Welcome!

Bring a dish to share!  Hot dogs and drinks provided, Free drawing for the kids.

DATE:  Tuesday,  August 2, 2016
TIME:  5-7pm
LOCATION:  Cloisters Park, North Morro Bay

Get acquainted with our public service agencies and your neighbors! This is a night for Morro Bay to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity.

On the 1st Tuesday in August community members throughout the Estero Bay area are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the Annual National Night Out” crime prevention event.

National Night Out is designed to:
  1. Heighten crime awareness
  2. Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts
  3. Meet our local public safety officers (police, fire, etc).
  4. Get to know your neighbors

National Night Out is sponsored by Morro Bay Police Department and Morro Bay Neighborhood Watch.

Residents and business owners throughout the Estero Bay area are invited to stop by and spend the evening with our public safety partners.

NNO flyer 2016
We Hope To See You There!

Location:  The Cloisters Park, Morro Bay


  • Morro Bay Police Dept
  • Morro Bay Fire Dept
  • Harbor Dept
  • Red Cross
  • CERT team
  • 97.3 The Rock
  • MB Neighborhood watch


  • FREE Hot Dog barbeque
  • Bring a side dish to share


  • FREE Face Painting for kids
  • Clock the speed of your throw with the PD radar trailer.
  • FREE raffle for kids

Donations for this event have been by our SLO Target Store.

Dog Walker Watch

Lets bring this program to Morro Bay!

Dog Walker Watch (DWW) is a crime awareness program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) that encourages dog walkers nationwide to serve as “extra eyes and ears” for local law enforcement agencies. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of dog walkers throughout the community who are often preoccupied with texting, chatting, emailing, and phone calls during their neighborhood walks. Dog Walker Watch trains these individuals on how to effectively observe and report criminal activity.

Summer Safety For Children

Don’t Take A Vacation From Safety

While summer is a memorable time for most children, be more cautious as your children are spending less time in the classroom and more time going swimming, bike riding, or playing in the backyard.

Your kids love summer! But did you know that summer is the most dangerous time of the year for kids? Children will be rushed to emergency rooms nearly 3 million times this summer during “trauma season” from May to August. The greatest summertime risks include motor vehicle crashes, drownings, bike crashes, pedestrian incidents, falls and other hazards. Sadly, more than 2,000 of these children will die, unless we share information about protecting kids with our families, neighbors and friends. Don’t let your child be one of them!

Follow these simple tips with your family to protect your children from the top summertime risks:

  • Actively supervise your child when engaging in summertime activities, such as swimming and playing on playgrounds and backyards.
  • Use the appropriate safety gear for your child’s activities, such as a helmet for wheeled sports and sporting activities, a car seat or booster seat as appropriate, and a life jacket for open water swimming and boating.
  • Role model proper safety behavior. Children are more likely to follow safety rules when they see their parents doing so.
  • If you have a pool or a spa, it should be surrounded on all four sides by a fence at least four feet high with self-closing, self-latching gates, and it should be equipped with an anti-entrapment drain cover and safety vacuum release system. An inflatable pool needs to be surrounded by a fence, just like any other pool, and parents need to empty these pools when not in use.
  • Make sure your home playground is safe. Keep 12 inches safe surfacing, such as mulch, shredded rubber or fine sand, extending at least six feet in all directions around the equipment. Remove hood and neck drawstrings from your child’s clothing.
  • Keep children away from the grill area while preheating and cooking, and while the grill is cooling.
  • Remove potential poisons from your yard, including poisonous plants, pesticides and pool chemicals.
  • Walk all the way around a parked vehicle to check for children before entering a car and starting the motor. Don’t let children play in driveways, streets, parking lots or unfenced yards adjacent to busy streets.
  • Apply sunscreen rated SPF 45 or higher to your child’s exposed skin 15 to 30 minutes before going out, and reapply frequently.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water. A child who seems tired or achy should rest in the shade or go inside for a while. Get immediate medical help any time a child’s skin is hot to the touch (with or without perspiration), if a child has a seizure, or if they become disoriented in hot weather.

Active supervision, proper protective gear, and other simple prevention steps will help your child avoid danger.

For more information on child safety visit

Crime Prevention Tip – “Grandson” Scam

Scam artists will take advantage of your concern for family members to steal your money.

Recently there have been reports of senior citizens receiving a call from someone claiming to be their grandson, (or friend of their grandson), saying that the grandchild is in trouble and in urgent need of cash.  Sometimes the grandparent was addressed by name.

The caller asks that the grandparent wire them money and to “not mention this” problem to other family members.  The original call may be followed up by a second call claiming to be an attorney, police officer or other official.

In any case the grandparent is told to wire the money via money-gram, Western Union or other money transferring service

THIS IS A SCAM!!  The grandparents have contacted their grandchildren directly or through the parents, only to find that their grandchildren are safe and not in any trouble at all.

Please do not fall for this SCAM.  If you receive a call from someone claiming to be your grandchild, or a friend of your grandchild, asking for money . . . call your grandchild back on the number you know, or call the parents and ask for a contact number for the grandchild.

Don’t let these crooks steal your money!!  Be shrewd and be wise.