“Engaged Communities Prevent Crime” Crime Prevention Week is being observed in Ontario from November 4-10, 2012.

Events/presentations for crime prevention week:

Sunday Nov 4 – Lady’s night at Canadian Tire – counterfeit display

Monday Nov 5 – Street safety program launch with St. Dominic School

Monday Nov 5 – Sparks tour of station

Tues. Nov 6 – Elder Abuse Presentation at Country Estates

Wed. Nov 7 – SNAP (at risk kids ages 9-12) tours of station/talk on positive behaviours

Wed. Nov. 7 – take your kid to work day – tour of the station/fatal vision goggles

Thurs. Nov 8 – all day display at the mall in conjunction with the OPP – simulator vehicle with the fatal vision goggles

Fri. Nov 9 – all day display at the mall

Fri. Nov. 9 –  Remembrance Day Service with King Albert School.

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CRIME PREVENTION WEEK FACT SHEET

The following tips and reminders are aimed at heightening awareness about what you can do to help reduce the risks to you, your family and your home.

Protecting Yourself

Do not leave keys hidden in obvious places outside.

When in public, always be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of people loitering or acting suspiciously.

If you live alone, use only first initials with surname on mailboxes, directories, etc.

Arrange a system so that someone has a key to your home and is aware of your whereabouts at all times, especially if you live alone.

Protecting Your Children

Remind your children:

  • To tell you where they are at all times. Tell them, their schools, their daycare provider, etc., where to reach you in an emergency;
  • To go directly to a cashier or information booth if they become separated from you in a public area;
  • If they are home alone, not to answer the door, or if on the phone, not to say they are alone.

Protecting your Home and Vehicle

Keep a lived-in look when you are away. Have mail, newspapers, etc., picked up, lawns cut or snow removed. 

Insure your home and contents, and store valuables in a safety deposit box.

Install smoke alarms and test monthly. Plan and practice an escape route with all household members.

Don’t put your name or address on your house or vehicle keys, and keep them on separate rings.

Always check the interior and under the vehicle before entering, especially at night. It’s good practice in two-door vehicles to move the front seat forward when the vehicle is unoccupied.

If you are going to be away overnight or for extended periods of time, use automatic timers to turn lights on and off in various parts of the house at night.

Meeting Lincoln Alexander as the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario

In the late 80’s, as a young Stratford Police Constable I met Lincoln Alexander when he was the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario.

During a routine dayshift, I was assigned to escort him to the Stratford Festival Theatre where he was to attend a ceremony. His limo arrived early and was waiting at a mall parking lot on the outskirts of the city. When I arrived I spoke with his driver who asked that we wait before proceeding and that the Lieutenant-Governor would like to speak with me. Before I knew it I was sitting with him in his limo. I of course wondered what he would want to talk with me about…did I do something wrong, was I late, a protocol breached…no, he just wanted to chat. I don’t recall the specifics but generally he wanted to know about me about me, my background, family, ambitions, and policing issues. The chat flowed easily and was soon (too soon) over. I led the limo to the theatre in my cruiser…without incident.  

What struck me about the experience was that this dignitary had no airs about him, like me just a man, his ego in check, he was genuine. I appreciated his time and sadly say goodbye to a great man.

Rest in peace Sir.

Autism Registry Coming

Autism Registry Coming to City of Kawartha Lakes
 
In November of 2011 both the City of Kawartha Lakes Ontario Provincial Police and the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service were approached by the Lindsay Asperger Autism Support community group who expressed realistic concerns of the potential for negative interaction between their children and the police. Individuals with autism can often behave in an unpredictable manner as they find it hard to cope with everyday situations. 
Both police services worked together to establish an Autism Registry soon to offered to families within the entire City of Kawartha Lakes. 
 
The Autism Registry is a voluntary repository of personal information about an individual with ASD that is submitted to City of Kawartha Lakes Ontario Provincial Police or the Kawartha Lakes Police Service.
 
The Autism Registry would help not only with addressing the fears and concerns of our community members, but would also provide valuable information that will assist with the safety of both community members and officers alike.
 
The initiative will commence with a community presentation on Thursday November 29th 2012 between the hours of 7-9pm at the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service situated at 6 Victoria Avenue North in Lindsay. 

Proposed ATV Route 2012

Aside

The following is what I submitted to the City in May about the Proposed ATV Route 2012

My comments were referenced by Michelle Hendry, Director of Public Works at a Special Council meeting October 2, 2012.

My comments were after initial review and consultation with staff. I tried as much as possible to limit my comments to be exclusively from a policing/public safety perspective.

I also attached from referenced material:

  • HKPR Report re On-Road Operation of ATVs
  • ATV Safety Report – Wisconsin
  • MTO – Operating an ATV in Ontario

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Comments

 

  • I have attached research from HKPR District Health Unit – they reference research that states: “manufacturers’ operating instructions and ATV industry organizations confirm that a route which allows ATVs to operate on pavement, on the side of public roads and/or with the regular flow of vehicular traffic, poses a verified risk for ATV operators and other road users.”;
  • Further research from The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Wisconsin – they state: “ATVs should not be driven on paved roads. ATVs on paved roads are at risk of being hit by cars and other vehicles. While passenger vehicles contain safety features designed to protect occupants from collisions, ATVs do not. If struck by other vehicles, ATV riders can be killed or severely injured.”;
  • Having referenced the above the MTO has rules for that type of use and allows Municipalities to create By-Laws to regulate on road use;
  • On this proposed route an ATV would have to be operated as a “car” and drive with traffic occupying a lane;
  • I would anticipate increased calls to our Police Service responding to complaints from residents/businesses about ATVs speeding, noise, parking on private property, ATVs leaving route etc…;
  • I would also predict an increase in vehicle collisions based purely on increased vehicle volume alone, and anticipated frustrated drivers passing ATVs (in some cases multiple ATVs);
  • Having said that the OPP have had no problems with the ATV trail through Fenelon Falls.  They have laid one (1) charge for an ATV driving off the trail.  No complaints about the trail. I haven’t compared the routes re distance, traffic volume, intersections etc…;
  • Significant signage of route would be required for ATVs and road traffic (I would like to be consulted on this);
  • Consider limiting the number of ATVs travelling together reducing the impact on motorists;
  • It would be helpful to add no parking areas on some of the streets  during the ATV season;
  • KATVA Wardens would have to be utilized at entrances/exits to ensure compliance;
  • Prior to implementation, KATVA Trial permits should be reviewed (by legal) to  ensure the municipality’s liability is waived;
  • In Town I would want The By-Law Department to be primarily responsible for responding to and managing complaints;
  • We would be utilized to speeding enforcement, possible criminal enforcement (impaired driving), and occasional By-Law enforcement;
  • If the Municipality proceeds I would recommend a May 1, 2013 – November 30, 2013 trial to allow for signs to be developed and installed (unless that can be expedited).

 

KATVA rules that would have to be followed:

  • Must have KATVA (or reciprocal) Permit in their possession;
  • ATV use is – MAY 1-NOV 30, between hours of 7:00am-9:30pm.


Summarized Research

 HKPR District Health Unit

With regard to allowing road access for ATVs, the HKPR District Health Unit believes the most important factor is safety and the best outcome will be achieved when the municipality implements a decision that minimizes the risk of injury and death.

Based on the research available, collisions on roads and highways are known to be a significant source of injury and death for ATV users and often involve collision with another vehicle.

The Health Unit acknowledges the need for appropriate places for ATV riding but encourages ATV users to maximize their safety by primarily using managed trails systems.

Credible research, manufacturers’ operating instructions and ATV industry organizations confirm that a route which allows ATVs to operate on pavement, on the side of public roads and/or with the regular flow of vehicular traffic, poses a verified risk for ATV operators and other road users.

Source: Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit Report “On-Road Operation of All Terrain Vehicles” October 2009

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Wisconsin

ATVs should not be driven on paved roads. ATVs on paved roads are at risk of being hit by cars and other vehicles. While passenger vehicles contain safety features designed to protect occupants from collisions, ATVs do not. If struck by other vehicles, ATV riders can be killed or severely injured.

In addition, most ATVs have low pressure tires and a solid rear axle, where both wheels turn at the same speed. When making a turn, the ATV’s inside rear wheel is intended to skid because its path length is less than the path length of the outside wheel. ATVs on paved surfaces have much better traction, which prevents the necessary skidding. This can make turning an ATV on paved surfaces unpredictable and unstable.

The CPSC’s concerns are echoed by the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, a not-for-profit association dedicated to ATV safety. SVIA takes this position: “ATVs are not designed, manufactured, or in any way intended for use on public streets, roads or highways. [SVIA] urges that on-highway use of ATVs be prohibited and law enforcement efforts be strengthened to eliminate this dangerous practice.”

Source: Wisconsin Department of Transportation report “On-Road Operation of ATVs” June 2009

 

The info below is from a MTO document that would provide a resource for regulating this.

On-Road Use

  • An ATV that has four wheels (all of which contact the ground), is equipped with steering handlebars, a seat designed to be straddled by the driver, and is designed for a driver only and no passenger, is permitted to travel along some provincial highways.
  • It must weigh 450 kilograms or less and have an overall width not greater than 1.35 m.
  • An ATV that has the above features is prohibited from operating on a municipal road, unless the

Municipality has a bylaw permitting the use of ATVs.

  • An ATV must be registered and insured as outlined in “Off-Road Use” section.
  • Driver must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid G2/ M2 licence or greater.
  • Driver must wear an approved motorcycle helmet.
  • Passengers are prohibited.
  • An ATV driver must travel at speeds that are less than the posted speed limit. The maximum speed an ATV can travel on roads with a limit of 50 km/hr or less is 20 km/hr, and the maximum speed on roads with a limit of more than 50 km/hr is 50 km/hr. Municipalities may set lower speed limits or additional rules for ATVs.
  • An ATV must be driven in the same direction as traffic and travel on the shoulder of the road. If the shoulder is unsafe or impassable, it can be driven on the travelled portion of the road.
  • An ATV travelling along a road must have its headlights and tail lights on.

Source: Ontario Ministry of Transportation web page document “Operating an ATV in Ontario What You Need to Know”