CSI: Arlington County

Monday, October 09, 2006

Fox 5 D.C. Profiles CSI: Arlington County

In its Road Warrior segment this evening, Fox 5 D.C. profiled CSI: Arlington County. The whole segment can be viewed here at the Fox 5 D.C. website.


  • Great story on Fox 5!!
    The Arlington county 'official' who parked in front of the fire hydrant is a great example of the poor management within Arlington county, which is the focus of this blog.
    I hope Arlington uses this as motivation to fix the parking problems, instead of just issue annoying tickets for expired registrations.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:19 AM  

  • Bwahahaha. Hilarious. I love Steve Chenevy's "Go Shawn." at the end. And the "Beautiful People" soundtrack at the beginning. Oh, Fox 5, you make the best "news." Heehee.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 AM  

  • Is there someone I can contact about complaints against the towing companies themselves? It seems to me that there's as much collusion between business owners (especially residential property owners) in Arlington and the towing companies as there is with the Arlington County government.

    My case:

    I recently moved back to the DC area after a 1-year hiatus on the West Coast. I bought a new car, and parked in the underground garage of an apartment building where I hold a lease. I pay $35/month for this privilege.

    I'm a travelling consultant. I am away during the week, and come back to DC on the weekends. It's the nature of my work.

    Last weekend, I came back to find my car had been towed. It cost me $405 to retrieve my car when all was said and done. Here is why:

    1. I had a "temporary permit" issued to me by the building, and it wasn't visible to the towing company. I was told I needed a temp permit because they couldn't give me a permanent permit until my permanent license plates came in. This later turned out to be untrue. I currently have a permanent parking permit on my car even though I still have temp tags on the car. They were just lazy.

    2. The towing company is charging a $185 "administrative fee" plus $40/day storage, plus $100 for actually towing my car. They had my car for three days (towed on Tuesday, and I came home on Friday and found out about it).

    Is this legal? It seems like extortion to me!

    By Blogger Salil, at 4:49 PM  

  • Bottom line Salil - it was your responsibility to make sure your temporary permit was visible. A costly lesson and I share a similar one with you. I switched cars one day and did not attach my parking permit hanger securely to my rear view mirrow and it fell to the floor of the car. I was towed and it cost me about $200 when all was said and done. Again - it was my responsibility to be sure the parking hanger was visible. My fault and I paid the price.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:33 PM  

  • this site is amazing...
    I ranting on my blog about such things on my blog
    the double parking meter maid
    the speeding cop
    somehow they do not seem to get it

    great photos
    amazing project

    well worth sharing

    By Blogger gwadzilla, at 10:16 PM  

  • Anonymous,
    You must be in on the take, yes, I think it is a scam.
    I am from Georgia went to visit my son in Richmond Va. Pulled into the apartment complex parking lot at 11:00 pm unloaded the car and sat down for a little time with the grand kids, went back to the car it was gone. It had been towed for not having a parking permit. Bull, it was towed because it had out of state tags and was a Lexus.
    My son told me that his brother-in-law had visited in an old car and parked all night, never had a problem.
    When I addressed the apartment complex, “we don’t have any thing to do with it, we contract to a towing company, and they randomly drive through and tow at will”.
    It is extortion, I wonder who is gitting the kick backs, or do the tow companys pay the apartment complexes for the rights to there parking lot?
    I understand the need to enforce laws for cars setting for long periods, after a warning, but within 15 to 20 min. that’s just screwed up.
    Just a new name for an old swindle.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:03 PM  

  • Get a life. Park legally.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:17 AM  

  • Thank goodness this site seems to have had any new activity in almost a year! I don't work for Arlington but I do live here.

    County cars/trucks are allowed to park where every they need in order to perform official county business.

    PSAs are part of the Police department and should be allowed double park or park in a no parking spot.

    This site is nothing more then someone who thinks they have something to prove when in fact all they have proven is ignorance and the lack of a life.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:30 PM  

  • 2 years later and they are still doing it. Advanced Towing practices predatory towing. They drive around like vultures, waiting for someone to park, get out of their car and walk out of sight. They towed my car in under 10 minutes. They contract with the taco bell that sits next to the wendy's which has no parking lot. If you park there and go into wendy's, that's enough for them to tow you. It doesn't matter if it's 10 at night and no one is using the lot. The business didn't call. $100 for the tow and $10 for the taxi later, I'm wiser, but not less pissed off. This is nothing more than extortion. These bastards towed 4 cars while I waited for the taxi to arrive. I watched them man handling a car out of a parking lot, at breakneck speed so they could get the car towed in the time it took for another guy to park, go inside order and get his food to go. He was parked at the bank which was closed. I can't see how this is legal. They should rot in hell.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:19 PM  

  • I stumbled across this site while searching for information on parking meters on private property. The Harris Teeter parking lot in Pentagon City has parking meters in the lot. I saw a guy walking around writing what I presumed were citations. I wonder who he works for, does he have such authority to issue citations, and can citations be issued on private property for meters.. Just some thoughts.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:24 PM  

  • Unbelievable. My second trip back from GA to VA in a week and I was towed again.. I parked in one of the "new resident" spots. The time of arrival was 6:30pm. The sign clearly indicated that it was for new resident parking between certain hours and that others would be towed. I was not within that time period so it should have been fine for me to park there. When I went in, we checked in with the concierge and advised him that we were there to move my daughter and checked out a cart. He had seen where we parked and made no indication that a parking permit was required.

    We went up stairs, packed and returned 30 minutes later to load the vehicle. The concierge, no doubt watched as we did this and could clearly see where we were parked. I returned back up stairs for another load and when I returned the truck had been towed. When the concierge returned, I asked if he had it towed and he said no. Then I pressed him for more information and he returned with a folder which contained maybe 100 pictures of other vehicles that were towed. On the top, was our truck. He insisted that he had nothing to do with it and that the tow company randomly comes through the parking lot looking for violators. He at this time (and not before) indicated that you need a permit and if you don't have it, you will get towed. The sign did not say that i needed a permit. I retrieved my vehicle at a cost of $15 for the taxi ride and $100.00 for the tow. After arguing with Advanced Towing (yet again) I paid and noticed that upon the reciept, It is clearly marked FAXED which indicates that the concierge identified my vehilcle (and only my vehicle) to be towed, despite the fact that 3 other vehicles with virginia plates were also parked in a new resident spot and did not have a permit. Clearly, my vehicle was towed because I had out of state plates, and the concierge is taking kick backs to report towing opportunities to advanced towing. I also sat for 1.5 hours in the parking lot while we finished loading and no tow truck passed through "searching" for people to tow, nor did they tow the other vehicles with virginia plates

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:50 PM  

  • I live in arlington, va, and i have noticed the parking guys entering my complex parking lot (private property) and issuing tickets for out of date decals, etc. Is this legal?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:30 AM  

  • From now on, I carry my camera everwhere.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 AM  

  • The City of Arlington, VA need to run Advance Towing out of our city. This towing company and their scoundrels are nothing but a bunch of predatory losers. They do not care who they hurt especially the young Hispanic mother in tears with 4 children I witnessed paying $115 to get her car back after being towed. My car was towed that same Sunday night in a 3/4 empty parking lot at Golds Gym in Ballston. In the last week 4 spaces were marked Chiropractor which I did not see as I have parked there many times before. The office was closed. Advance Towing still towed. They are losers and the City of Arlington is largely to blame for their exploitation. Something needs to be done. And by the way, the City of Arlington towing complaint office does not return calls. They are paid to do nothing but probably sit on their ass all day!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:57 PM  

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  • 要愛你的仇敵,為那些逼迫你的人禱告........................................

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:54 AM  

  • Just some comments on the towing problems. I've had contact with dozens of tow truck drivers over the years in my job and there is no doubt in my mind that most of them are shady. The vast majority of tow truck drivers that I've met have criminal records. They will scoop up cars under questionable circumstances and if you leave something valuable in your car kiss it goodbye.

    Regarding the question about enforcement of vehicle issues like dead tags on private property, it is up to the owner of the property. Many of the apartment complexes, condo associations, etc. in Arlington have given permission to the police department to enforce parking/vehicle infractions on their property because they don't want residents to leave old junkers in the parking lot.

    So there hasn't been a new post on this site in a very long time. After reading this guy's bizarre opinions I'm guessing he's not posting because he is either in jail or resting comfortably in a mental institution somewhere.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:10 PM  

  • I had the exact same problem with Advance Towing. I even took pictures of what they had done so that my Condo Association board could argue with them. They towed my car out of the driveway for my own condo where it was legally parked, and tried to argue otherwise! Check out the pictures and it's blatantly obvious what they did. Pictures

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:28 AM  

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