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CRIME PREVENTION UNIT

   
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PRESENTATIONS

Gang Prevention Presentation (powerpoint)
Holiday Crime Prevention Tips (powerpoint)

Slide shows will require the Powerpoint Viewer which can be downloaded here. Download speeds vary with connection speed.


YOUTH ACADEMY

For Youth Ages 14-17
Conducted by: Pinole Police Department

Class dates: April 5, 2014 - May 24, 2014
Class times: Saturday mornings, 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Class location: Pinole Police Department

Are you interested in how the police do their job?
Want an inside view of how crimes are investigated?
Then here’s your chance to step into the world of “CSI.”

Some of the class topics will include:

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Crime Scene Processing/Evidence Collection
  • Personal Safety
  • Juvenile Procedures
  • Tour of the police facility & County Jail
  • Traffic enforcement & accident investigation
  • Driving/shooting simulator
  • Emergency vehicle driving course

Sign-up today!!!
FREE!

Fill out the attached application and return it to the Pinole Police Department Crime Prevention Unit

Youth Academy Application (pdf)


NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM

The Crime Prevention Unit of the Pinole Police Department has been actively assisting neighborhoods start Neighborhood Watch Programs. Neighborhood Watch Programs are one of the most effective ways to keep crime out of your neighborhood. Neighbors working with the police create an effective crime fighting team. It involves neighbors getting to know each other, and also training neighbors to recognize and report suspicious activities to the police.

Officers can’t be everywhere, so citizen involvement is essential to fight crime. Neighbors cooperating with each other and with the police are the best ways to fight crime in the community. Neighborhood Watch members place signs in their windows and signs on their streets warning criminals that there is an active Neighborhood Watch Program in their community. You may have seen the signs already.

If you are interested in learning about starting or joining or a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact Al Chavarria at the Pinole Police Department at (510) 724-8961.


NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH NEWSLETTERS

Summer 2013 Newsletter

 

BUSINESS ALERT NEWSLETTERS

Business Alert Newsletter 2011-V-2

Business Alert Newsletter 2011-V-1


PINOLE POLICE EXPLORER PROGRAM

The City of Pinole Police Department Explorer Post #2704 is looking for qualified individuals for the position of Police Explorer. Explorers are volunteers in the Police Department who receive specialized training from professional instructors. Participating Explorers are involved in City of Pinole event security, traffic control and neighborhood watch programs. Accept the challenge and make a difference in your community today!

  • Application for Explorers
    Click on the above link and complete the application. The application can be returned, in person, to the Pinole Police Department Records Division or faxed to 510-724-9061

  • View Requirements and Photos
    Click on the above link to see the requirements, responsibilities and photos of the Explorer Program.

  • Request Explorers at Your Function
    Click on the above link, and complete the application, if you would like to have Pinole Police Explorers at your next function. Explorers can participate in city sponsored Event Security, Traffic Control and can provide Safety Awareness Booths. The application can be returned, in person, to the Pinole Police Department Records Division or faxed to 510-724-9061

 

SAFETY TIPS:

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ATM USE

  • Debit and Credit cards are safer than cash.
  • If someone is loitering near the ATM or it appears unsafe, go to another. Stand so a person cannot see your PIN.
  • Don't carry your PIN on you or attached to your card.

The Pinole Police Department needs your help to reduce auto burglaries. Cars are burglarized in Pinole every day and people suffer the loss of property and damage to their vehicles. Surprisingly, auto stereos are not the main targets of thieves; they are looking for easily removed items of value. Most cars are parked in the driveway or in front of a home. Do you leave your purse in the car, maybe under the seat, a laptop on the back seat or other valuables in plain view?


AUTO BURGLARY PREVENTION

Don’t YOU become a statistic!

Prevent Theft – Practice TLC

  • Take out valuables
  • Lock up
  • Close doors and Windows

Report Suspicious Activity
Pinole Police Department
(510) 724-1111


BICYCLE SAFETY

  • ALWAYS wear a helmet. Bicycle helmets can reduce head injuries by 85 percent.
  • Make sure your helmet is snug and flat atop your head. Click here for pictures showing how a helmet should be worn (show your kids).
  • Children's helmets include extra padding to ensure a proper fit (you remove padding as the child's head grows).
  • Make sure your bike is adjusted properly. You should be able to stand over the top tube. Handlebars should be firm and turn easily, wheels straight and secure. Check brakes before riding (hand brake levers should not touch the handlebars).
  • Wear bright clothing and avoid biking at night. Use reflectors and be aware of traffic, especially when entering an intersection or changing lanes.
  • Be aware of potential obstacles - don't dart into traffic.
  • Ride on the right side of the street (in the same direction as traffic). Ride in a straight predictable path.
  • Children should not ride in the street. Make sure they know to be extra-careful near driveways and intersections (over 70% of car-bicycle accidents occur in these areas).
  • The Pinole Fire Department will provide a bike helmet to children living in Pinole, as inventory allows. For more information call (510) 724-8970.
  • Click here for additional bicycle & helmet resources.

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CARSEAT GUIDELINES

  • Children must be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint (safety seat or booster seat) until they are at least 6 years old or weigh at least 60 pounds.
  • This is a NEW LAW. Click here for information on booster seats and how to secure older children.
  • The safest place for your child is the BACK SEAT (ideally in the center position). All children age 12 and under should ride in the back seat.
  • Infants under 1 year (or 22 lbs) should be in REAR-FACING seats.
  • The Pinole Fire Department has trained firefighters who can install your child's car seat properly. For more information call (510) 724-8970.
  • Most safety seats are not installed correctly! For installation tips, help choosing a carseat and other helpful information, click here.

CELL PHONES

Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning new laws.

  • Q: When did the new wireless telephone laws take effect?
    A: The new laws took effect July 1, 2008

  • Q: What is the difference between the two laws?
    A: The first prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. (Vehicle Code (VC) §23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device. Drivers under the age of 18 may NOT use a wireless telephone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle(VC §23124).

  • Q: What if I need to use my telephone during an emergency, and I do not have a hands- free device?
    A: The law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency services agency.

  • Q: What are the fines if I’m convicted?
    A: The base fine for the FIRST offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions. According to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule, with the addition of penalty assessments, a first offense is $76 and a second offense is $190.

  • Q: Will I receive a point on my driver's license if I’m convicted for a violation of the wireless telephone law?
    A: NO. The violation is a reportable offense: however, DMV will not assign a violation point.

  • Q: Will the conviction appear on my driving record?
    A: Yes, but the violation point will not be added.

  • Q: Will there be a grace period when motorists will only get a warning?
    A: NO. The law becomes in effect on July 1, 2008. Whether a citation is issued is always at the discretion of the officer based upon his or her determination of the most appropriate remedy for the situation.

  • Q: Are passengers affected by this law?
    A: No. This law only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.

  • Q: Do these laws apply to out-of-state drivers whose home states do not have such laws?
    A: Yes

  • Q: Can I be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for using my handheld wireless telephone?
    A: YES. A law enforcement officer can pull you over just for this infraction.

  • Q: What if my phone has a push-to-talk feature, can I use that?
    A: No. The law does provide an exception for those operating a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or tow truck, to use a two-way radio operated by a “push-to-talk” feature.

  • Q: What other exceptions are there?
    A: Operators of an authorized emergency vehicle during the course of employment are exempt as are those motorists operating a vehicle on private property

DRIVERS 18 AND OVER
Drivers 18 and over will be allowed to use a hands-free device to talk on their wireless telephone while driving. The following FAQs apply to those motorists 18 and over.

  • Q: Does the new “hands-free” law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on it?
    A: The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.

  • Q: Will it be legal to use a Blue Tooth or other earpiece?
    A: Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered.

  • Q: Does the new hands-free law allow you to use the speaker phone function of your wireless telephone while driving?
    A: Yes.

  • Q: Does the new “hands-free” law allow drivers 18 and over to text page while driving?
    A: The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer’s opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Text paging while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.

DRIVERS UNDER 18

  • Q: Am I allowed to use my wireless telephone hands free?
    A: NO. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving in any manner, even hands free. EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call police, fire or medical authorities. (VC §23124).

  • Q: Why is the law stricter for provisional drivers?
    A: Statistics show that teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. Teen drivers are vulnerable to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating or drinking, and talking or texting on wireless phones, which increase the chance of getting involved in serious vehicle crashes.

  • Q: Can my parents give me permission to allow me to use my wireless telephone while driving?
    A: NO. The only exception is an emergency situation that requires you to call a law enforcement agency, a health care provider, the fire department or other emergency agency entity.

  • Q: Does the law apply to me if I’m an emancipated minor?
    A: Yes. The restriction applies to all licensed drivers who are under the age of 18.

  • Q: If I have my parent(s) or someone age 25 years or older in the car with me, may I use my wireless telephone while driving?
    A: NO. You may only use your wireless telephone in an emergency situation.

  • Q: Will the restriction appear on my provisional license?
    A: No

  • Q: May I use the hands-free feature while driving if my car has the feature built in?
    A: NO. The law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type of wireless device while driving, except in an emergency situation.

  • Q: Can a law enforcement officer stop me for using my hands-free device while driving?
    A: No. For drivers under the age of 18, this is considered a SECONDARY violation meaning that a law enforcement officer may cite you for using a hands-free wireless phone if you were pulled over for another violation. However, the prohibition against using a handheld wireless telephone while driving is a PRIMARY violation for which a law enforcement officer can pull you over.


DRUNK DRIVERS

How to Report a Drunk Driver In Pinole City Limits

  • Call 911 (724-1111 from a cell phone) and tell them you wish to report a drunk driver.
  • Give the exact location of the vehicle, including the name of the road or cross streets and the direction the vehicle is traveling.
  • Give a complete description of the vehicle, such as make, model, color and license plate.
  • Describe the manner in which the vehicle is being driven.

How to Spot a Drunk Driver
The following signs can help you detect an impaired driver on the road:

  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Straddling the center of the road or lane marker
  • Appearing to be drunk (i.e., eye fixation, face close to windshield, drinking in the vehicle)
  • Almost striking an object or another vehicle
  • Weaving or zigzagging across the road
  • Driving on surfaces other than a designated roadway
  • Swerving or abruptly turning away from a generally straight course
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
  • Stopping without cause in a traffic lane
  • Stopping inappropriately
  • Following others too closely
  • Drifting or moving in a straight line
  • Erratic braking
  • Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
  • Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
  • Slow response to traffic signals, including sudden stops and delayed starts
  • Driving with headlights off

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POCKET BIKES, SCOOTERS, AND THE LAW

The Police Department has received many questions on the legality of pocket bikes and scooters. Basically, pocket bikes can only be driven legally on private property. They cannot be registered or driven on city streets. Scooters can be driven on city streets where the speed limit is 25 MPH or below or where there is a bicycle lane. The rider must be at least 16 years old and wearing an approved bicycle helmet. Scooters cannot be driven on San Pablo Avenue, Appian Way, Fitzgerald Drive or Tara Hills Drive. The following presentatio

 

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SHOPPING AND DRIVING

  • AVOID CARRYING A PURSE. Use a fanny pack or deep pockets in clothing to carry what you need. If you have to carry a purse, carry it close to your body and always zipped. Never leave your purse unattended while shopping.
  • Carry your keys, cash and credit cards separate from each other and be constantly paying attention to what’s going on around you.
  • If you have a cell phone, take it with you.
  • Shop before dark if possible. Coordinate shopping trips with a friend.
  • Avoid shopping until you are exhausted. You are more alert when you are less tired.
  • Parking strategically close to the store is optimum. Park in well-lit areas away from bushes. Know exactly where you park your car. Make a mental note or write it down so you will know exactly where to go when you leave the store.
  • Lock your car and roll up the windows.
  • When hurried or in a crowded shop, make sure you get all forms of I.D. and credit cards returned to you before leaving.
  • Don't overload yourself with packages. Take a trip back to the car if necessary with extra packages. Hide packages in trunk or under a blanket. Never leave any item in your vehicle that is in plain view.
  • Use an escort or mall security if you have too many packages or if you are leaving the store after closing.
  • Leave the mall/store well before closing time. This way, there is greater assurance you will walk out with other people. There is safety in numbers.
  • Have you car keys in hand before heading to the parking lot.
  • Check underneath your car as you approach it. This is a common ploy of criminals in parking lots and they will take you by surprise.
  • If involved in a property damage collision, drive to the nearest well-lit spot where light and other people are present.
  • If a person other than the police wave you to stop, acknowledge them, but drive to the nearest well-lit spot where light and other people are present. If available, use your cell phone to tell the police you are being pulled over by an unmarked vehicle.
  • At home, keep gifts hidden from view through outside windows.
  • After opening gifts, break down cardboard boxes of expensive electronics and fancy stores and put them in plastic bags to hide the fact you have valuable items in your home.

SHOPPING WITH KIDS

  • Do not leave children unattended in vehicles that cannot care for themselves.
  • Stay in a group. If not, make a time and place to meet.
  • Teach kids to go to a store clerk or security guard if separated or if there is a problem.
  • Keep children under 4 in a stroller or close to you.
  • If placing your child in a shopping cart, use the safety belt. About 21,000 kids, 5 and under, are treated in emergency rooms yearly for shopping cart injuries.
  • Watch your purse. Don't leave it in your cart unattended. If taken, immediately report it to the store personnel and the police.

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"YOU'VE WON MONEY"

  • Don't give your credit card, bank account, or personal information over the telephone.
  • Don't allow anyone to come to your home unless you are certain of them.
  • You don't have to pay to win.
  • If it is too good to be true, it usually is.

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PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST EMAIL FRAUD (PHISHING)

Internet scammers casting about for people’s financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go "phishing."

Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information.

Phishers send an email or pop-up message that claims to be from a business or organization that you deal with – for example, your Internet service provider (ISP), bank, online payment service, or even a government agency. The message usually says that you need to "update" or "validate" your account information. It might threaten some dire consequence if you don't respond. The message directs you to a Web site that looks just like a legitimate organization's site, but it isn't. The purpose of the bogus site? To trick you into divulging your personal information so the operators can steal your identity and run up bills or commit crimes in your name.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, suggests these tips to help you avoid getting hooked by a phishing scam:

If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, do not reply or click on the link in the message. Legitimate companies don't ask for this information via email. If you are concerned about your account, contact the organization in the email using a telephone number you know to be genuine, or open a new Internet browser session and type in the company's correct Web address. In any case, don't cut and paste the link in the message.

Don't email personal or financial information. Email is not a secure method of transmitting personal information. If you initiate a transaction and want to provide your personal or financial information through an organization's Web site, look for indicators that the site is secure, like a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or a URL for a website that begins "https:" (the "s" stands for "secure"). Unfortunately, no indicator is foolproof; some phishers have forged security icons.

Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to determine whether there are any unauthorized charges. If your statement is late by more than a couple of days, call your credit card company or bank to confirm your billing address and account balances.

Use anti-virus software and keep it up to date. Some phishing emails contain software that can harm your computer or track your activities on the Internet without your knowledge. Anti-virus software and a firewall can protect you from inadvertently accepting such unwanted files. Anti-virus software scans incoming communications for troublesome files. Look for anti-virus software that recognizes current viruses as well as older ones; that can effectively reverse the damage; and that updates automatically.

A firewall helps make you invisible on the Internet and blocks all communications from unauthorized sources. It's especially important to run a firewall if you have a broadband connection. Finally, your operating system (like Windows or Linux) may offer free software "patches" to close holes in the system that hackers or phishers could exploit.

Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them.

Report suspicious activity to the FTC. If you get spam that is phishing for information, forward it to spam@uce.gov. If you believe you've been scammed, file your complaint at www.ftc.gov, and then visit the FTC's Identity Theft Web site at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft2012/ to learn how to minimize your risk of damage from ID theft. Visit www.ftc.gov/spam to learn other ways to avoid email scams and deal with deceptive spam.

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TOBACCO INFORMATION

On April 20, 2010, the Pinole City Council approved Ordinance No. 2010-01 amending Chapter 9.28 of the Pinole Municipal Code, entitled “Tobacco and Tobacco Products,” commonly referred to as the “Smoking Ordinance.”

The City Council recognizes that secondhand smoke has repeatedly been identified as a health hazard and that creating smoke free areas can help protect the health of those who are nonsmokers. It is the intent of the City Council to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare by protecting the public from exposure to secondhand smoke.

In addition to the previously existing provisions of Chapter 9.28 of the Pinole Municipal Code, the amendment to the City’s Smoking Ordinance extends the ban on smoking to outdoor eating areas in restaurants, indoor and outdoor common areas in multi-family residences unless that area is exempt as provided, and within 20 feet of public and private enclosed spaces and buildings in which the ordinance prohibits smoking. The amendment also revokes exemptions in the Smoking Ordinance that allow bars, bowling alleys, bingo parlors, and cardrooms to have designated smoking areas.

It is important to note that the Smoking Ordinance requires the posting of “Smoking” signs (designating optional smoking areas as allowed by Section 9.28.080 of the ordinance) or “No Smoking” signs, whichever are appropriate, at each point of ingress and egress and minimally at one other conspicuous place within the buildings, or other place where smoking is controlled by the Ordinance (i.e. outdoor dining areas, restaurants, bars, retail stores, the common areas of hotels and motels, public schools, bowling alleys, other offices, etc.).

Please refer to the link below for specific regulatory information regarding Pinole Municipal Code Chapter 9.28 in regard to the City’s Smoking Ordinance. Additionally, please refer to the link below to print a color copy of a “No Smoking” sign for posting as required by the Ordinance.

Any person wishing to provide information, or make a complaint regarding violations of the Smoking Ordinance, may call the Pinole Police Department at (510) 724-9843.

Information on the Smoking Ordinance can be found in the Pinole Municipal Code.

  • Once the Municipal Code is open, select "Frames".
  • In the Table of Contents, click the "+" next to "Title 9 Public Peace, Morals and Welfare".
  • Select "Chapter 9.28 Tobacco and Tobacco Products".


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