Leesburg police recommend Apple upgrade to deter theft

The Leesburg Police Department, along with law enforcement agencies nationwide, is encouraging owners of Apple products — including the iPhone, iPad and iTouch — to upgrade to the new iOS7 operating system to help prevent the use or resale of a stolen device.

One of the features in the software upgrade is an activation lock that makes the phone very difficult to use or wipe clean if the device is stolen or lost, Leesburg police said in statement. When the lock is enabled, anyone who finds or steals the device cannot disable the Find My iPhone feature without knowing the user’s Apple ID and account password.

In addition, if the user designates the device as lost, it cannot be reactivated or restored, and the phone displays a phone number and custom message about contacting the owner, the statement said.

Loudoun residents can recycle electronic devices Saturday

Loudoun County residents can recycle computers, printers, televisions, DVRs, VCRs, stereos, cellphones, power tools and many other electronic devices, cords and cables, including holiday lights, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Telos Corp. parking lot, 19886 Ashburn Rd., Ashburn, county officials said in a statement.

There is a recycling fee of $12 per television and $3 per computer monitor. Payment can be by cash or check only; checks should be made out to CRS Holdings of America. There will be no charge for other electronic items accepted at the event. There is a limit of 15 items per vehicle, the statement said.

Residents can go to www.loudoun.gov/electronics or call 703-771-5514 for information about the event and other options for recycling electronic equipment.

Workforce Resource Centerto sponsor job fair next Thursday

The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Thursday at the Sterling Park Safety Center, 46700 Middlefield Dr., Sterling, county officials said in a statement.

The free job fair is open to the public. Job seekers are advised to be prepared to meet with employers and to have multiple copies of their résumés. Appropriate business attire is recommended.

Job seekers planning to attend are encouraged to register on the job fair Web site, www.loudoun.gov/wrcjobfair, to receive reminders and updates. Anyone with questions may call the Workforce Resource Center at 703-777-0150.

Leesburg receives award for its budget presentation

The Government Finance Officers Association has announced that Leesburg has received its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the town’s fiscal 2014 budget, Leesburg officials said in a statement.

The award recognizes organizations that meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting, the statement said. Leesburg’s Finance Department has received it every year since 1986.

“The budget staff works very hard each year to improve upon last year’s budget document,” Town Manager John Wells said in the statement. “We have an outstanding professional budget staff.”

— Compiled by Caitlin Gibson