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Carry your ID, and schedule a home safety survey

What's happening around town

During the past month, calls for police service in King City neighborhoods have been average for this time of year - no unusual calls or events.

The police are continuing to monitor traffic in the school zone at 131st Avenue and Beef Bend Road. As a result, police have noticed that some people are still using their cell phones without a hands-free device. This is a D traffic violation, subject to a $110 fine.

While jogging, walking and biking

At this time of year, many residents take advantage of good weather during early mornings or evenings by jogging, walking or biking.

However, when engaged in these activities, one needs to be mindful that recently in the metro area, there have been cases where people on bikes or those walking along the side of the road have been injured as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle.

Often the victim of this type of accident is dressed in dark clothing, making it difficult to have been seen by drivers. It is suggested that when jogging, walking or bike riding during dark hours of the day, you do one or more of the following: Wear light-colored clothing or a vest that is reflective, or carry a flashlight or light stick.

In addition, you should carry or wear some type of identification. Identification can be anything from your emergency notification info on a tag sewn on your clothing to ID (dog tags) on a chain around your neck.

In any case, the information should contain at a minimum the following - name and emergency contact name and phone number.

Another suggestion for those with cell phones is to create a phone number under "ICE" (In Case of Emergency). A person can put their emergency contact phone number under the term ICE in their cell phone's contact list.

By utilizing these simple suggestions, you can have a safe jog, walk or ride.

Halloween reminder

This year Halloween is Wednesday, Oct. 31, a time when kids are in costume and out in the community.

To assure that the evening is a safe one, parents should accompany their children and stay in neighborhoods that they are familiar with; each child should carry a small flashlight and a form of ID, and before eating any treat, it should be inspected by a parent.

If anything is suspicious, don't eat the material and contact the police at the non-emergency number 503-629-0111.

Drivers on Halloween night need to be extra cautious and aware that there will be many young people on the city streets.

Good time to schedule a home safety survey

It's not too late to schedule a home security survey by the police department.

As the days grow shorter, it is a good time to check of your doors and windows, sidewalks and pathways, and all exterior lighting.

If you want a home survey, give me a call and make an appointment. I can be reached at 503-620-8851 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is no charge for this service.

You be the judge (or you have to be kidding)

In a Midwest city, a man entered a convenience store and put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change.

When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled out a gun and asked for all the cash in the drawer, which the clerk gave him.

The man took the cash and left the store, leaving the original $20 bill on the counter. The total cash the robber got from the drawer was $15. This robber needs another line of work!

Until next time, be good, be neighborly and be safe.