Warm weather brings variety of different issues
This past month we have not experienced any extraordinary police activity or crime within the city. We seem to be in a period of low crime and increased quality-of-life calls for service.
However, as we approach summer and warmer weather, the potential for crimes of opportunity increases. By doing a few things, you can lessen your potential as a crime victim:
-- Keep your vehicle locked with windows rolled up;
-- Remove items of value from your vehicle when parked at your residence;
-- Be vigilant of door-to-door home repair or yard work proposals;
-- When not at home and at night, keep your house and garage doors closed and locked;
-- As mentioned last month, when going on vacation, request a vacation check from the police department or have a friend keep an eye on your residence.
Thanks to all who brought old over-the-counter and prescription drugs to the drug drop-off on April 28. We collected 50 pounds of material in King City.
Public alert system
At a recent meeting of the King City CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), a member inquired about a dangerous hazard notification program, where residents are telephonically notified in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.
Since the question resonated with the CERT members, I thought it would be a good idea to refresh King City residents on this valuable service.
The service is referred to formally as "public alerts" and informally as "reverse 9-1-1." A version of this program exists in Washington County as well as the other counties in the metro area.
The essence of this program is a system located at the Washington County Consolidated Communications Center that when activated will send out a prerecorded message about a pending hazard in a specific geographical area, as large as the entire county or as small as a particular neighborhood.
The basic notification goes over telephone lines automatically when activated. However, if a resident doesn't have a telephone line yet prefers to participate using a cell phone, email, internet phone, or text/SMS messaging, the resident can register such a device in the program.
To do so, you can register on line by visiting www.publicalerts.org, select Washington County and follow the registration directions. .
Safety belt blitz
Through June 1, there is a nationwide safety belt enforcement blitz, including King City. This activity is designed for two purposes: educate the public on the need for proper use of safety belts and child safety seats, and to gain compliance with the statutes that cover the use of safety belts. The value in this endeavor is demonstrated in the crash fatality and injury rates.
Since 1990 in Oregon, the fatalities and injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents have dropped 61 percent and 37 percent respectively, while the safety belt use has increased from 50 percent to 97 percent. Oregon's 97 percent belt use ranks third in use in the United States.
The proper use of both safety belts and child safety seats can be found in the Oregon Drivers Manual on pages 70 to 72, in the Oregon Motor Vehicle Code or in free pamphlets at King City City Hall.
Be safe, use your safety belt and make sure any children are properly seated and belted when in your vehicle.
Walking your pet
The police department has received several calls regarding dogs and cats that are unattended or off-leash on their neighbor's property or in public spaces such as the King City Community Park.
Pet owners are reminded that the city of King City's municipal code (Chapters 6.04 and 6.08) prohibits both dogs and cats from being at large or off-leash when on public streets and property or on private property without the property owner's permission.
If you permit your pet to be in your yard unattended or off-leash, the pet cannot leave your property.
When walking your pet, the code provides that you are responsible to clean up after your pet. Failure to do so could lead to a fine.
Let's enjoy the good weather and the companionship of our pets while respecting our neighbors.
You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)
During a recent police investigation of a purse snatch in a Midwestern city, officers picked up a man who fit the thief's description and drove him to the crime scene.
He was told to exit the car and face the victim for identification. The suspect did as told, eyed the victim and blurted out, "Yeah, that's the woman I robbed!"
So until next time, be safe, be friendly, and be a good neighbor.
Chuck Fessler is the King City police chief.