Thursday, February 6, 2014

Community Column by Don Butt (Feb. 2014)

(Town of Mono, ON) Over the last few years, the best thing I have done for home security has been my motion lights. Before we even established a Neighbourhood Watch community, I installed a double  floodlight motion lights. After some learning and adjustments, it has meant a big difference. We used to have young people in our yard almost continuously at night and when these powerful lights come on, they clear out fast. The bank of lights consist of two 150 watt floods. You have to make sure that the sensor unit covers the area below  the lights or otherwise people can come in under the lights and not trip them. Another thing to watch for is park your vehicles facing or away from the light and not crosswise as the car will block the beam and people can come in low behind the car and not trip the lights. These are not expensive and you can feel safer with them in place.

Have just had a message from Constable Paul Nancekevil of Dufferin OPP concerning our bad winter weather. Due to bad visibility and road closures, Paul says, if you really don't have to go out, please don’t. It is worth your life or someone else’ s when you cannot see, even for short Distances. Please remember this and see if we can all make it to spring.

Safety Tip
Visually inspect "left, right, straight" before every intersection, on approach and before start-up. Inspect early enough and deep enough to make a difference. (this tip comes to you from Doug Anette and the Skid Control School at Oakville, Ont (

Phone Nos. – (a list of valuable numbers to have)
For all emergencies - 911
To report non emergency incidents or bad drivers -1-800-310-1122
Or by cell phone only *677

Road Watch
Our forms for reporting dangerous and aggressive drivers are now attached to our website.If you prefer a paper form or do not have a computer, our forms are available at Mono Plaza and OPP at Primrose. Please use them, the life you may save could be your own or a loved one. Or use the cell number to call direct - *677.

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.