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Good weather causes many people to walk in town after long winters.
Please do not park on the sidewalk.
Officer Michael Divitto is our Crime Prevention Officer: To have a check of your home or facility done contact him at 508-278-7755.
Remember, it is easier to child proof your gun than it is to BULLET PROOF your CHILD!
WARNING Individuals posing as representatives of banks or credit card companies may be calling you asking you to disclose account information. They may state that the cards you have will not work after January 1, 2000. DO NOT GIVE OUT your bank account information to anyone you do not know unless you initiate the contact. The banks already have your account information and should not need to request that information. Also during this time it is important to review your bank statements to assure accuracy. Any concerns should be directed to your bank as soon as possible.
PREPARE FOR SAFETY
- 1- Trust your instincts
- If something looks wrong or dangerous, change what you are doing.
- 2- Use common sense
- Let someone know where you are going and when you will be returning.
- Never carry a large amount of cash, keep your wallet close to you.
- Do not resist if someone is attempting to take your belongings, Especially if
- they have a weapon.
- Avoid dark streets or lightly traveled areas.
- 3- Work with the police department
- Know your police department
- Report suspicious activity
- Watch for unknown or suspicious people in your area and report it to the police.
- Wear clothing which will allow you to be seen and not restrictive
- Hold your pocketbook in front of you and not around your neck
- Avoid expensive jewelry which may attract attention
- Walk with a friend or a group
- Use areas which are well illuminated
- Avoid short cuts
- Take the most direct route to your destination
TRAVELING IN A CAR
- Do not accept rides from strangers
- Do not pick up strangers
- Try to park in well illuminated areas
- When returning to your vehicle, check the area, the rear seat and have your keys ready to use.
- If you are being followed, drive directly to a public area or police station.
- Ignore people who become aggravated in traffic.
- Carry a whistle or some type of alarm device.
- Let the subject following you know that you are aware that they are there.
- Go into a public place where there are other people.
- If the subject attacks, act quickly - you can scream, punch, yell and even strike the subject in vital areas (groin, face, throat)
TIPS FOR THE KIDS
- Remember to ask permission from your parents or babysitter before going elsewere
- Use the "buddy system", never go places alone.
- If you are in a public place and get seperated from the person you are with, go directly to the checkout counter or security office and ask for help.
- Do not go with anyone without your parents permission.
- Remember adults should not be asking you for directions or asking you for help, tell a trusted adult if this happens.
- Never hitch hike.
- Don't keep secrets, always talk with your parents.
- If someone touches you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell them to stop and tell your parents.
- School is open again!! With this in mind it is important to remind motorists, adults and school children alike to be careful of the increase in pedestrian activity.
- Uxbridge has been fortunate to have not had a fatal collision involving a pedestrian in many years. In order to keep this streak alive and to decrease the number of collisions involving injuries please observe the following tips:
- The American Red Cross is urging children to observe the following suggestions while boarding or leaving a school bus:
- *While waiting for the bus, line up facing the bus door
- *Don't play in the street while waiting for the bus
- *Carry supplies in a backpack or book bag
- *Do not reach under a bus to get anything that may have fallen under it
- *After exiting the bus go immediately to the sidewalk
- *Wait for a signal from the bus driver before crossing the street
- *Walk at least 10 steps away from the front of the bus
- *Don't cross the street behind the bus
- Pedestrians (adult and school age): When walking, please use the sidewalks when they are available. This will increase a walkers safety considerably. Make sure you do not cross the street with out first looking both ways and then checking again as you cross. Wear reflective clothing at night and use the crosswalks whenever possible.
- Motorists: Parking on a sidewalk is a parking violation subject to a parking ticket/removal of the vehicle (tow) or both. Please be considerate of the pedestrians and refrain from blocking the sidewalks with your vehicles. The fines for failure to yield for pedestrians have increased and to avoid monetary penalties when police do crackdowns this summer grant them the right of way whenever they are off of the sidewalk in or close to your lane of travel.
- Remember it is a violation of the law to pass a school bus when the flashing red lights are activated. The fine for this activity is expensive and the Registrar of Motor Vehicles may suspend your drivers license.
- Persons on Bicycles: Remember to wear your helmet. Please ride with the flow of traffic and be careful to look both ways before crossing traffic. When it does not interfere with pedestrians it is smart to ride on the sidewalk as opposed to the roadway.
- It is the sincere hope of the Uxbridge Police Dept. that all the residents and visitors of Uxbridge stay safe. Officers have and will continue to be out in force with radar and other programs to increase traffic safety. A little cooperation goes a long way!
- If there are any issues you would like to have discussed relative to Crime Prevention, please call us or email us with your suggested topic.