Pickerington Police Advice
From the Chief...
Emergency responses to incidents at homes and business can easily be delayed if the numbers are not visible to those who respond. Chief Michael Taylor suggests that every home and business have numbers that are reflective and easy to read from the roadway that can speed up the arrival of emergency responders. In addition to being visible, Chief Taylor states that too many times vehicles block the numbers, brush or trees are overgrown or the porch light is not working and the numbers are not seen.
Chief Taylor reminds residents that during any emergency, whether a heart attack or a Domestic Violence incident or even someone breaking into a home, precious minutes can be lost if the responders cannot read your house numbers.
The Violet Township Fire Department can be contacted to obtain reflective signs.
With the arrival of summer comes the increase in crime. We ask everyone to be aware of their surroundings throughout the summer months. Residents are encouraged to increase their vigilance of strangers in their neighborhood and call us if you feel someone is out of place. A quick check by a patrol officer can ensure not criminal activity is taking place and deter criminals from coming into the neighborhood.
The summer season also means there will be an increase in the number of children running about, playing, and generally enjoying their childhood. Please be especially attentive as you drive about. Parents: Please caution your children to look both ways before entering a road or street.
The city of Pickerington has a juvenile curfew. The curfew law breaks down like this:
If you are under 15 you must be inside by 10:00 pm
If you are under 17 you must be inside by 11:00 pm
If you are under 18 you must be inside by midnight
Parents are also reminded to monitor your children's activity on their computer over the summer. Many children spend hours on their computers in social networks and/or chat rooms. Caution must be used in this area as predators use these avenues to make contact with our children. Talk with your children about the dangers of interacting with strangers on the internet. A person who portrays himself to be a 12 year old may actually be a 40 year old criminal. Please be careful. Remember the rule: 30 minutes on the computer then 30 minutes outdoors. For more information, Internet Safety.
Have a safe and happy summer!
Passing Bad Checks - New City and County Policy
The Fairfield County Municipal Prosecutor has issued a new policy regarding how to process the receipt of bad checks. The new policy covers how to accept checks for your business, what course of actions to take if a check is returned, and what conditions must be met before prosecution of the offender can be completed. The City of Pickerington Prosecutor has accepted this policy into the Mayor's Court as well. For a copy of the new policy, click the below link to be redirected to the Prosecutor's Forms and Protocols page on their website.
Identity Theft Alert
Identity theft is rising. Many times professional thieves use false pretenses to obtain personal information from you. The Pickerington Police Department wants the community to know what to do in the event this happens.
Never give any information over the phone, or be internet unless you are ABSOLUTELY sure that the company or organization is legitimate and you have dealt with them before. This includes phone numbers, because many times the phone call to you has been random number punching.
Your Social Security number belongs to you and should NEVER be given, except to Police when you have face to face contact with a police officer. There may be occasions at banks and other places but generally speaking your social security number should be protected.
Recently the Ohio Department of Commerce issued an alert where an organization is using their information to obtain your information. It is not unusual for thieves to use such names as The US Government, The FBI, The Department of Commerce, The local Police and Fire Department, as well as disaster relief services to get money and information from you while lining their own pockets.
If your identity has been stolen or used to make false purchases call the police. We will direct you to the proper authority for mail, international or local help.
You can also stop identity theft by keeping your wallet and purse with you at all times, never leaving them in cars or accessible to any one except you.
Keeping your home safe:
Homes are generally easy targets for crime, there are some steps you should consider. Securing your home should not be a secondary thought but a primary thought! Having a professional risk assessment completed will help you fight against those who enter your home.
Risk assessments can help you determine the type of electronic security services available in your area as well as providing prevention measures to keep you and your family safe, as well as your property.
Always keep the doors secure if not in use.
Never use hollow type doors. Use doors that are recommended to withstand a few hits with a sledge hammer, making it more difficult for a suspect to enter.
The use of deadbolts with protected strike plates are also great deterrents.
Proper lighting is one of the best crime deterrents we have. Lighting at all doors and driveways can help keep suspects away from your home. But remember, if a light bulb burns out it should be immediately replaced. We highly recommend sensor driven lighting systems.
Alarms and video equipment should work hand in hand. Inexpensive equipment will result in poor quality pictures making positive identification impossible. You get what you pay for.
When video and lighting work together you avoid glare and other distorted images. Be sure to have your risk assessment company check the system at night time when you are away from your business to determine if the system works the way you want it to.
Kids and Cars
Would you leave a million dollars in the your car? The Pickerington Police Department is encouraging everyone NOT to leave any child in car or near a car unattended. nearly 75 children are seriously injured or killed by this form of neglect annually.
When picking up or dropping off children at day care centers, do not leave any child in the car. Do not leave the car running. Car jacking does occur and within seconds you could lose your child.
Child Safety Seat Law
Ohio Revised Code 4511.81
Children who are either or both - (1) less than 4 years of age, (2) less than 40 pounds - MUST be in an approved child safety seat, installed according to the manufacturer's instructions. Children less than 8 years of age, or less then 80 pounds must be seated in an approved booster seat, installed according to the manufacturer's instructions.
The Pickerington Police Department encourages everyone to follow the law
- it is a known fact that seat belts saves lives!