Emergency responses to incidents at homes and business can easily be delayed if the numbers are not visible to those who respond. The PPD 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, 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.
The PPD 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.
The City of Pickerington has a juvenile curfew law which prohibits or restricts children under the age of 18 from being out and about after certain hours.
The Pickerington Codified Ordinance states:
648.11 MINOR'S CURFEW.
(a)Responsibility of Minors.
Minors under fourteen. No minor under the age of fourteen years shall engage in any employment or be upon or in any street, park or public place in the Municipality between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, unless accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other person having the care, custody and/or control of such minor.
Minors under sixteen. No minor under the age of sixteen years shall loiter or be upon or in any street, park or public place in the Municipality between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day, unless accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other person having the care, custody and/or control of such minor.
Minors under eighteen. No minor under the age of eighteen years shall loiter or be upon or in any street, park or public place between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m., unless accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or other person having the care, custody and/or control of such minor.
Responsibility of Parents. No parent, guardian or other person having the care, custody and/or control of a minor under the age of eighteen years shall knowingly permit such minor to violate any of the provisions of subsection (a) hereof.
Exceptions. A minor may travel, traverse or be upon or in any street, park or public place, while directly en route to or from any public or parochial school functions or service club dances.
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.
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 anyone except you.
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.
Would you leave a million dollars in 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. Carjacking does occur and within seconds you could lose your child.
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.
In 2006, the Ohio Department of Transportation initiated a 100% federally funded grant program called "Safe Routes to Schools" (SRTS). The Program is an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. The program is being credited at school districts in other states as one which enhances children's health and well-being, eases traffic congestion near schools, improves the air quality and improves community members' overall quality of life.
SRTS programs use a variety of education, engineering and enforcement strategies that help make routes safer for children to walk and bicycle to school and encouragement strategies to entice more children to walk and bike. They have grown popular in recent years in response to problems created by an expanding built environment, a growing reliance on motor vehicles for student transportation and with the more recent development of federal and state funding of SRTS programs.
Things to remember:
Safety tips for crossing the street:
Next, go to the edge of the car and look left, right, left to see if cars are coming. When no cars are coming, walk - do not run - across the road. Keep looking left, right, left for cars while you are crossing.
Wait until you see the WALK signal, following again the basic rules for crossing.
A flashing DON'T WALK signal indicates you should not start to cross the street; however, if you are in the middle of the street and the DON'T WALK signal starts flashing, continue walking. You have time to complete the crossing.
If you see a steady DON'T WALK signal, do not begin to cross the street! Wait for the next WALK signal.
Remember to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you. Do not take a walk signal, a green traffic light, or a driver for granted.
The WALK signal and the green traffic light indicate that it is your turn to cross the street, but they DO NOT mean it is always safe to cross.
The WALK signal and the green light mean look, and then if it is safe, go.
Rules to ride by:
When riding on the street, a bicycle is considered a vehicle. Bicyclists should be riding in the same traffic pattern as a car. The same rules apply for a bicycle as a car. Reflective material, lights in the front and a red flashing light on the rear of the bike should be used at night. Ohio law enforcement can write citations to violators, which could cost $85 - $100 per violation. Lights can be purchased for less!
Skaters should follow the same rules as pedestrians. If the area is unsafe to skate, then skaters should carry their boards. The City of Pickerington has a skate park and parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their children. Parking lots and businesses are private property. Many of the businesses do not allow skating on their property. Residential streets may appear to be tempting but are dangerous!
When bicycling or skating, you should always wear a helmet and protective clothing to minimize injuries. Keep in mind that reaction time to move out of the way of a moving vehicle is never fast enough! We strongly discourage running or walking when it is getting dark.
Gangs exist in every county in the State of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has tracked over 700 groups that pose threats to our communities and Pickerington is not immune.
So what is the definition of a gang? Ohio law describes this as any group of people of three or more that may use a symbol or sign, or wear identical clothing, specifically in colors and with the purpose to break the law or have criminal intent.
How can I tell if my son or daughter is in a gang or wants to be in a one?
The following information comes from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It helps parents identify behaviors that may indicate inappropriate activities on-line.
For further information, or to report incidents, please contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.
Although on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and different ways of life they can also be exposed to dangers while exploring the information highway. There are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the Internet. Some of these individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts.
These predators often are willing to devote considerable amounts of time, money, and energy to this process. They empathize with the problems of children, and know all about their latest music, hobbies, and interests. They attempt to gradually lower children's inhibitions by slowly introducing sexual context and content into their conversations. By this time the child will consider the person a "friend," and won't want to hurt their feelings or get them into trouble.
Should any of the following situations arise in your household, via the Internet or on-line service, you should immediately contact your local or state law enforcement agency, the FBI, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:
If one of these scenarios occurs, keep the computer turned off in order to preserve any evidence for future law enforcement use. Unless directed to do so by the law enforcement agency, you should not attempt to copy any of the images and/or text found on the computer.
Starting with the 2014 opening day of archery deer season on September 27th, the City of Pickerington will be allowing deer hunting within the city limits. Any land owner wishing to allow deer hunting on their property must get a permit from the city. The land owner must have at least five acres of continuous property to be considered. Anyone wanting to hunt deer within the city must first have permission from a land owner who has had their land approved by the city for deer hunting and then get a permit from the city to hunt. Only archery hunting is permitted. You may stop by the Pickerington Police Department at 1311 Refugee Road to pick up a complete packet of the list of guidelines and information any time.