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Crime prevention should be top priority

Our steady pace of calls for service has continued with nothing unusual occurring. However, everyone is probably wondering what was going on Wednesday afternoon, May 8.

Well, there was an overturned tractor accident in the area of Southwest 109th and Naeve Street across Pacific Highway in Tigard. Due to the nature of the accident, there was a request placed for the LifeFlight helicopter. The nearest clear landing area at that time of day happened to be the near the King City golf course, so the LifeFlight helicopter landed in the Pro Shop parking lot.

Thank you, King City

There were two events in King City during April and May when the residents of King City made themselves proud.

The first event was the semi-annual drug drop-off day, held April 27. During this event, the police department collected more than 100 pounds of outdated prescription and over-the-counter drugs. All residents of King City and areas around the city are to be applauded for their participation in this successful collection event.

The second event was the city of King City and the police department's first (to be annual) document-shredding event May 11, when paper filling 22 60-gallon carts was shredded (this totaled 3,760 pounds of shredded paper). In addition, more than 600 pounds of canned food were donated.

The following CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) volunteers assisted during the event - Ray Puckett, Colleen Garrabrant, Terry Norris, Marie VanderWeele, and Ahren Richards. We also give a special thanks to Pride Recycling and Pride employee Curt Tabscott.

Safe trailer

You may have seen the police department's safe trailer parked in various parts of the city as part of our traffic education effort. Well, the trailer is available for placement in your neighborhood upon request. The trailer uses static radar to measure the speed of passing vehicles and then flashes the speed on its reader panel.

If you want the trailer in your neighborhood, all you need to do is contact the King City Police Department at 503-620-8851 and request the trailer. Your request will be placed on the request list, and you will be notified when the trailer will be in your neighborhood. The requests are on a first-come, first-served basis. The trailer is a good way to inform drivers about their speed as they drive through your neighborhood. This is especially true now that summer is upon us.

Crime prevention tips

The fear of becoming a crime victim weighs heavily on the minds of both seniors and non-seniors alike. We are all reminded that crime prevention is not just a task for the police department but a responsibility for everyone.

By following a few commonsense tips, the apprehension of becoming a crime victim can be lessened. These tips are from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Neighborhood Watch News:

-- Keep 9-1-1 and the non-emergency number, 503-629-0111, handy;

-- Don't hesitate to report suspicious circumstances you observe to the police;

-- Keep windows and doors locked, and keep the garage door closed;

-- Have a safety inspection of your residence, and update locks and deadbolts if needed;

-- Don't hide keys under lawn ornaments; instead, leave them with a trusted neighbor;

-- Keep the outside of the residence clear of shrubbery that blocks windows;

-- Keep the area around the residence well lighted, especially the front door and back yard;

-- Don't allow strangers in your home regardless of their requests;

-- If out of town for an extended time, sign up for a residence check by police;

-- Keep photos and serial numbers of valuable items.

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

Now that motor-home weather is here, the following incident should be of interest.

Recently in a city in the state of Washington, a man attempted to siphon gas from a motor home parked on a city street, but his endeavor got him more than he bargained for.

The police were called and upon arrival at the scene, they found a man curled up next to the motor home along with a pool of sewage. The would-be thief admitted to the police that he was trying to steal gas and inadvertently plugged his hose into the motor home's sewage tank.

The owner of the motor home declined to prosecute, commenting that "street justice had been done."

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

Chuck Fessler is the King City police chief.