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Crime statistics change with population growth

The King City Police Department hopes everyone had a joyous New Year.

As the department finalizes 2014, our activities for the year show a notably increase.

Our calls for service increased by 21 percent; the number of citations issued increased by 14 percent; and the number of arrests increased by 7 percent. As a point of interest, the top percentage of the citations issued were speeding (22 percent), license violations (21 percent) and insurance violations (18 percent).

The increases in activities were mainly due to the population increase and the department’s ability to be more responsive to citizen complaints as a result of additional staff. We are still one of the safest cities in Oregon.

Construction scams continue

Clinton Reany has a long history of scams dealing with sidewalk and driveway repair. His targets for such scams were often senior citizens.

Unfortunately, these types of repair scams continue. Often the police department receives reports from homeowners who have been scammed or taken advantage of with shoddy or unfinished work, many times involving sidewalks and driveways.

The office of the Oregon Attorney General encourages homeowners who have become victims to file complaints against contractors and landscapers who have violated Oregon laws by taking money for construction or landscape work that was either never performed or for materials never delivered.

In addition to reporting the crime to state authorities, victims need to file a police report with the King City Police Department.

The King City Police Department recommends that any time you are considering hiring a contractor to do any sort of construction or landscape work that you check out the individual or company for any complaints and the status of the license of the contractor.

You may start this inquiry by contacting the following:

For information on license or complaints about construction contractors, contact CCB at 503-378-4621 or online at www.oregon.gov/ccb and click on consumers;

For information on landscaping businesses, contact LCB at 503 378-5909 or online at www.lcb.state.or.us and click on consumer information;

For general information on construction and landscape contractors and their complaint history with the Oregon Department of Justice, call the AG hotline at 503-229-5576 (Portland area) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392 or email consumer.hotline@doj.state.or.us.

Remember that you should avoid using any individual or company that offers to do construction work or landscaping for an unusually small fee or who wants a large amount of money up front prior to doing any work.

If you feel that you may be the target of unscrupulous contractors call the police non-emergency number, 503-629-0111 and an officer will contact you.

Chat with the Chief

I am still looking for a site to hold my monthly “Chat with the Chief.” To date I haven’t found a location conducive to the format. I welcome any and all suggestions. I need a site than is accessible, has a family-like environment and is available on a Saturday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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

We all have had a lapse of memory, sometimes referred to as a “senior” moment. In this instance, a young Oregonian, who professed to be sharp, went to circuit court to represent himself at his arraignment for heroin possession.

While going through the courthouse security screening, he was found to have in his possession a syringe, needles and a cotton ball (use to filter and store heroin) in his pants pocket.

When challenged by the security staff, he sheepishly stated that he meant to leave the items in the car but forgot.

I guess you can attribute his forgetfulness to a “junior moment.” With the additional charges providing for a longer stay in jail, our “sharp as a tack” junior criminal will have plenty of time to work on his memory techniques.

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