- Crime Prevention Bulletin
- Citizen Academy
- Neighborhood Watch Program
- Neighborhood Watch Newsletters
- Business Alert Newsletters
- Pinole Police Explorer Program
- Pinole Police Youth Academy
- Safety Tips
CRIME PREVENTION BULLETIN
This Crime Prevention Bulletin is compiled to inform everyone about the weekly activity throughout the City of Pinole. You will see in the bulletin the city is separated into beats that the patrol officers are assigned to work for each shift. Each beat has a brief description and the crimes that have taken place within so you can see what is happening in your neighborhood.
Conducted by: Pinole Police Department
Class dates: Saturdays - May 21st, June 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
Class times: Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Class location: Pinole Police Department
The Citizen Academy is designed to give an inside look at the Pinole Police Department. Speakers will include the Chief of Police, Police Officers, K-9 Officer, Dispatchers, and Detectives. There will be a tour of the Police and Fire Departments and also the Contra Costa County Jail facility.
Some of the class topics will include:
- Criminal Investigations
- Drug Enforcement
- Crime Scene Processing/Evidence Collection
- Personal Safety
- Traffic enforcement & accident investigation
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 the Pinole Police Department at (510) 724-8950.
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
- ATM Use
- Auto Burglary Prevention
- Bicycle Safety
- Carseat Guidelines
- Cell Phones
- Drunk Drivers
- Pocket Bikes, Scooters, and the Law
- Shopping and Driving
- Shopping with Kids
- "You've Won Money"
- Protect Yourself Against Email Fraud (Phishing)
- Tobacco Information
- Deceptive Solicitations
Slide shows will require the Powerpoint Viewer which can be downloaded here. Download speeds vary with connection speed.
- 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?
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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.
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
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
- Stay alert to your surroundings.
- If you have a cell phone, take it with you.
- Park in a well-lit space away from bushes.
- Lock your car and roll up the windows.
- 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.
- Have you car keys in hand before heading to the parking lot.
- 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.
- 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.