Pasadena PD celebrates 40 years of taking a bite out of crime


This July, McGruff the Crime Dog turned 40, and that’s not in dog years. It was in 1980 that he was introduced by the National Prevention Council to the public as an unnamed canine and soon became known as McGruff the Crime Dog. He became well-known for his commercials, comic books, live events at local schools and started a neighborhood revolution with the motto “Take a Bite out of Crime.” He wore a rumpled trench coat and often filled television commercial breaks with his tips on locking doors, leaving lights on when away from home and letting your neighbors know…

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