Thursday, July 5, 2012

Community Column by Don Butt (July 2012)

(Town of Mono, ON) A piece in the paper the other day started me thinking (I do occasionally). The discussion was on a new piece of legislation to make it mandatory for adults to wear helmets on a bicycle the same as juniors are required to. This is a no-brainer I believe, as adults have accidents on bikes as well. There nothing so stupid as to watch a family out riding with the kids wearing proper helmets and the adults with none. Wake up, legislators!  

It is now well into Holiday time and, for those going away, some tips on protecting your home while away. We recommend the use of motion lights and not just leaving an outside light on. This is a dead giveaway to pros that no one is home.

Make sure everything is locked up including tools in the yard or garden, and let your neighbours know how long you are going to be away and if anyone has a key and may be checking your place. If you have a neighbourhood watch let them know. If you do not have block captains let any member who is active in the program know. If possible, have a family member check the house at regular intervals .

To keep you up to date on the committee’s activities, we now have road watch on the internet, attached to our web site and you can send reports directly to the OPP. The signs for the new neighbourhood watch on Purple Hill should be installed soon.

Safety Tip
Reverse to park or pull through to park so you can always drive forward to exit (this tip comes to you from Doug Annette and the Skid Control School at Oakville, ON

Road Watch
For those who do not have access to a computer, our forms are still available at Mono Plaza and OPP at Primrose. Otherwise use our web site on the Internet.

Don Butt is currently the Public Relations and Media Contact for the Mono Community Policing Committee. If you would like more information on anything covered in Don’s Column or would like to see a topic of public interest or safety covered; post a comment below.